Livable Centers create a unique, identifiable destination, bolstering civic pride and acting as a catalyst for investment and development in an area. Livable Centers are wonderful places for people to interact, to live, and to work. The Greater East End Management District has received several grant awards that have helped improve the pedestrian and cycling environment in Houston’s East End, with new sidewalks along Navigation, York and Sampson and other important streets. Additional amenities for walkers and transit users include lighting, benches, bike racks, bus shelters, and ramps, all of which improve access to transit in the East End.
The District used its capital reserves to make similar improvements for walkers and transit riders on Harrisburg Boulevard, including shade trees along the new East End light rail corridor, and this work generated match dollars for additional grant funding.These projects were implemented following extensive community engagement in the form of meetings, workshops, and stakeholder sessions to determine the most desirable improvements in the Second Ward and other near-town neighborhoods, benefiting both commercial property owners and residents alike.
To date, nearly 30 miles of sidewalks have been built in the Livable Centers project area in the historic Second Ward neighborhood. All of these improvements are based on extensive community input and have been made between the existing curb and the property lines within the public right of way.
More on Livable Centers:
Following are documents, study presentations, and maps that track the progress of the Livable Centers initiative since 2007. The original Livable Centers Phase 1 Plan and the East End Corridor Vision are the basis for all of the current work and future plans. As community support grew and important partnerships were developed, a Development Potential report was created, followed by a Master Plan.
More On Mobility:
A Mobility Study showing improvement opportunities was completed and presented to stakeholders in March, 2012. The Houston-Galveston Area Council presents “Mobility Now” a community television show about the many ways we move around in the Houston-Galveston region, hosted by H-GAC’s Director of Transportation, Alan Clark.