Livable Centers Initiative


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.

Livable Centers Improvements Map

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 WardPavers, Medallion, Cast Stone Street Name 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:

Livable Centers 2: The Houston-Galveston Area Council, in partnership with the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Greater East End Management District, is conducting a Livable Centers Study of Houston’s historic Fifth Ward and Second Ward. The study, underway since Spring 2014,  seeks to create walkable, mixed-use places that provide multi-modal transportation, improve environmental quality and promote economic development in ways that will connect these two important neighborhoods. The Fifth Ward / Buffalo Bayou / East End Livable Centers study area, which is roughly bounded by Lockwood in the East, Lyons in the North, Waco/Hirsch/York in the West and Center St in the south, contains much of the eastern portions of the Fifth and Second Wards. Uniquely for the Livable Centers Program, this study is a strong collaboration between neighboring neighborhoods! The study will engage area residents and workers, government agencies, businesses and institutions in developing recommendations for improvements to the area. These can include transportation, economic development, housing choice and affordability, sustainability, open space and placemaking recommendations. The project team includes Asakura Robinson; McCann Adams Studio; Lockwood, Andrews, Newman; Marsh Darcy Partners; and The Working Partner.

Livable Centers 1-Phases 1 & 2:

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.

Livable Centers Phase 1

Livable Centers Phase 2 Executive Summary

Livable Centers Phase 2 Plan

Livable Centers Phase 2 Environmental

East End Master Plan

Development Potential 2012

Houston Sustainable Streets

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.

A Walkable Community

Mobility Now Video

Mobility Now Website