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Alief Neighborhood CenterA grove of 22 mature live oaks is about the only thing left from the old Alief Community Center in Houston. The building and the rest of the site were scrapped to make way for a new, multipurpose neighborhood center and park, but the value of old-growth shade in Texas is on display in the front yard of the two-story building that’s nearing completion after two years of construction. An entry drive swoops up and around the grove, in deference to the trees, and meets up with a first level that’s been elevated above the five-hundred-year flood mark. A soaring roof covers the massive entry patio. Jonas Risen, lead designer for the building’s architect, Page, calls it “the biggest front porch in Texas.” Sixteen-foot tall…

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