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Photowalk: Guided Tour of Allen’s Landing and Downtown

July 28, 2012 @ 8:15 am


Allen’s Landing Park
1005 Commerce St
Houston, TX 77002
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(713) 752-0314

Update 7/26/2012:

According to some folks who have taken tours with Preservation Houston in the past, this is going to be a really interesting photowalk.  I’m seriously looking forward to it, and hanging out with you guys!  Here’s some last-minute details:

The map for this walk does NOT include the actual route, so if you’re late, you’re lost. NEW PEOPLE: the entire group will collectively roll their eyes and sigh really loud if you show up late saying you couldn’t find the location or couldn’t find parking.  CHECK THE MAP, PRINT A COPY, it has everything you need!  :-))) Roll call is at 8:15, we start walking as soon as Preservation Houston is ready to go. The map doesn’t work on some mobile devices, check the map BEFORE leaving home. CLICK HERE FOR Allen’s Landing Photowalk Map – Official start location is N.E. corner of Commerce and Main at the foot of the Main Street Bridge – 1001 Commerce

Parking is 4 blocks from the meetup location near Niko Niko’s BRING SOME CASH 1:  Street parking has a 2-hour parking limit, so use a parking lot instead, $5-10 bucks. BRING SOME CASH 2: This area has a lot of friendly folks standing around.  Most of these guys are nice folks and many are happy to let you take their picture.  Some of them will be asking for/expecting a couple of bucks for a “thank you”.  Be prepared. The 3rd “Reason We Walk” is educating the public that photographer’s aren’t jerks.  Consider politely asking permission before taking someone’s picture.  But if you get beat down by a street guy who doesn’t want to be photographed but you did anyway, there will be 59 photographers there to document it for you. Its gonna be hot.  Really hot.  Wear your light clothes, wear sunscreen, wear a hat, wear sunglasses. Pack as light as possible.  Your lens-changing opportunities will be few, no need to bring 9 lenses when 3 will do.  🙂 BRING WATER.  If you pass out, the rest of us will draw on your face and take your picture.  Or take your picture while a street person gives you mouth-to-mouth CPR. Bring water. I’m just sayin’ … Pee.  There’s few if any public “do your business” locations along the route.  So stop at a gas station on your way in.  Buy some water while you’re there.  🙂 I know this was long, we have lots of new folks that haven’t heard my typical run of tips.  See you Saturday!

Preservation Houston will be taking us on a guided tour of Historic Downtown Houston. We will start at Allen’s Landing and make our way past the warehouses and nature trails of Buffalo Bayou. This tour typically costs $10 per person.  Purchase your ticket in advance here for $7 and then I will be writing a check to the Houston Preservation Society for $10 per person.

Tickets must be purchased in advance rather than collecting money at Allen’s Landing to prevent a delay in the photowalk start (and I don’t want to walk around with an insane wad of cash in my pockets).  🙂

UPDATE 7/8/2012: This event is now full with a waiting list. Please make sure you pay the $7 to secure your spot. Folks that have not paid will be moved to “Not Going” to make room for those on the waiting list.

If you think you want to go, be sure and join the waiting list. If the list is large enough, we may schedule a 2nd visit in the future. Thanks!

This event is limited to 50 people!! Sign up early to avoid the waiting list.

The tour will last about 2 hours as we photograph and learn about our city. We will divide up into groups of 10 or 15, and will be lead by historical experts from the Houston Preservation Society.

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Joe Lippeatt
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