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TIRZ 13
Old Sixth Ward
Reinvestment Zone

The Project Team

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & PUBLIC OUTREACH
   

DWC | DAMON WILLIAMS CONSULTING  
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P R O F E S S I O N A L  

Timeline
• nine Month Project, currently in month Four • four phases • Existing Conditions • Conceptual Plan • Design Drawings • Implementation Plan and phasing

Project Goals
1. Develop a framework for the development of mixed-use, multi-modal and unique neighborhoods that support residents, employers and visitors regardless of life-stage, ethnicity or income. 2. Provide more transportation choices, especially for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, that improve the overall environment and improves the quality of life of residents. 3. Encourage the continued development of the neighborhoods of the Washington Avenue Corridor as a destination for living, shopping, arts, dining and entertainment in a way that respects the needs of residents. 4. Ensure that community members have increasing and ongoing methods to have their voices heard and that they have an active role in shaping their neighborhoods. 5. Focus on implementation, ensuring that the community’s desires become on the ground realities.

How have we gotten input?
• • • • One Public Meeting (on March 8th) Workgroup meetings open House and civic club meetings Neighborland (neighborland.com/washave)

• Government Data (City, Regional, National) • Fieldwork and Observation • Interviews with key city departments

What are we looking at?
Placemaking, Branding & Wayfinding Circulation & Connectivity Housing Choice & Buildings Economic Development Sustainability & Open Space

Placemaking, Branding & Wayfinding
1. The area has a deep history and distinctive neighborhoods
2. Population had Declined for many years, but is almost back to its 1950 level 3. The Arts, restaurants, open space and entertainment are very important to the character of the area

Circulation & Connectivity
1. The Bayous, i10 and the rail lines severely limit north/south traffic through the area
2. North/south traffic makes up most of the non-highway traffic through the area 3. Paving Quality, the availability of sidewalks and roadway safety vary greatly through the area 4. Bicyclists have many desirable east/west paths, but are limited in north/south connectivity 5. Many buses pass through the area, but the routes are difficult to understand and have had declining ridership 6. much freight passes through the area 7. Parking is one of the major quality of life issues

Housing Choice & Buildings
1. Over half of the land in the neighborhood is residential, and more land has been transitioning to residential uses 2. 52% of buildings in the area were built between 2001 and 2011. 66% were built between 1990 and 2011. 3. Affordable housing choices are declining, especially in the first ward 4. the visual quality of buildings, and the way the relate to the street, is highly variable, but mostly negative along commercial streets

Economic Development
1. The area is growing faster than the city of Houston and the MSA as a whole 2. The Area is richer than the city of houston but not as rich as the MSA 3. Household size is smaller than the average household 4. Jobs in the area are increasing 5. more of the area’s residents are professionals working downtown 6. newer homes and historic homes are more likely to be owned, post war homes are more likely to be rented 7. The retail mix is quite good, and improving, but residents desire more local, smaller businesses 8. Land prices are strongest in the south and west of the area

Sustainability & Open Space
1. The area is surrounded by green space, but it often feels inaccessible 2. lack of Neighborhood parks and quality of schools is a major concern for parents 3. bayous surround the neighborhood and drainage issues are important 4. some Historic Industrial sites are contaminated 5. noise pollution comes from freight trains, i10 and night clubs 6. Air pollution comes primarily from i10

How do we organize our recommendations? Subject Scale
District neighborhood nodes

Type
INFRASTRUCTURE REGULATION PROGRAM

1. RIGHT OF WAY ON WASHINGTON AND SILVER
existing conditions
1. Washington Avenue @ Silver Street 13.5’ 10.5’ 12’ 10.5’ 13.5’

complete streets

60’ R.O.W.

50’ R.O.W.

60’ R.O.W.

50’ R.O.W.

50’ R.O.W.

2. Washington Avenue @ Leverkuhn Street

10’

10’

11’

10’

10’

70’ R.O.W.

50’ R.O.W.

80’ R.O.W.

70’ R.O.W.

80’ R.O.W.

4 1

60’ R.O.W.

70’ R.O.W.

50’ R.O.W.

80’ R.O.W.

70’ R.O.W.

60’ R.O.W.

60’ R.O.W.

70’ R.O.W.

60’ R.O.W.

3

3. Center Street @ Sabine Street

18’

4. Center Street @ Silver Street

33’

4. Center Street @ Leverkuhn Street

36’

Cambridge Street, Somerville, MA 50’ R.O.W.

road diets

KEY
30’ R.O.W. 40’ R.O.W.

100’ R.O.W.

40’ R.O.W.

2

30’ R.O.W.

5

60’ R.O.W.

60

70

80

90

Divesadaro, Fresno, CA

South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

culation & Connectivity | Place of Work - Residents of Study Area

nd

Fewer Workers

2. high Frequency transit
Study Area
35

Label indicated number of residents commuting from Census Tracts in study area to designated Census Tract.

More Workers

journey to work for people living in the study area

frequent branded bus service

40

50 25 30 45 25 45 85 385 70 85 170 275 125 120 1575 45 85 30 20 185 25 20

15

40

15 45 25 50 40 100

35

35

20

40

urces: Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) 2000

streetcar

bus rapid transit

3. Pedestrian improvements
crosswalks sidewalk width

signals

ADA

4. ON STREET BIKE CONNECTIONS
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5. FREIGHT RAIL 6. COMPREHENSIVE PARKING 7. GRID INTRODUCTION/RESTORATION (LOWER WASHINGTON)

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WASHINGTON WASHINGTON

8. WOW ROUNDABOUT IMPROVEMENTS 9. MEMORIAL/WAUGH INTERSECTION

10. BUILDING SETBACKS ON MAJOR STREETS 11. TOWNHOUSE BUILT FORM
HOUSTON
SAWYER

STU

T.C. JESTER

SHEPHERD

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DURHAM

HEIGHTS

NT

YALE

CO ST WE TT

I-10 KATY FREEWAY

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MEMORIAL DRIVE

LIKE DISLIKE

1

2

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7

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12. VERTICAL MIXED-USE 13. ARTISTS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY 14. Stormwater Management 15. Utility poles

mixed use

existing conditions

Midtown, Houston, TX

16. Triangle Plazas (pavement to Parks)
before
WOODLAND PARK

STUDE PARK

WHITE OAK PARK

HOUSTON

SAWYER

STU D

HOGG PARK

HEIGHTS

EM ON T

I-10 KATY FREEWAY
CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OLIVEWOOD CEMETERY basketball playground

RICHARD P. JONES PARK playground basketball playground

basketball playground

RICHARD BROCK PARK

BROOK SCHOOL

TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN STATESMANSHIP STATUES

baseball playground

Cambridge, MA

after
tennis volleyball picnic STUDEMONT SPACEWAY MECA KNOX PARK SPOTTS PARK WASHINGTON CEMETERY
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND COUNSELING THROUGH THE ARTS

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHILDREN’S CENTER

GLENWOOD CEMETERY playground HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT MEMORIAL JAMAIL SKATE PARK

JOHNNY GOYEN PARK

BUFFALO BAYOU PARK

HOUSTON PARK

Cambridge, MA

17. Linear Park/pedestrianized Street (Rice Military) 18. Ped/bike connections to buffalo bayou (Rice Military) 19. pocket parks
community gardens linear park

First Ward Community Garden, Houston, TX

Linear Park, San Francisco, CA

20. wayfinding/directional signage/street furniture/ Fencing
wayfinding streetsigns

Downtown, Houston, TX

Upper Kirby, Houston, TX

21. Lighting plan 22. gateways 23. Public Art 24. art and performance beneath Highway underpasses

25. local commercial development 26. Management entity 27. Pop-up hood Program for vacant storefronts

pop-up hood

pop-up hood

Old Town, Oakland, CA

Old Town, Oakland, CA

nodes
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WASHINGTON AVENUE CORRIDOR LIVABLE CENTERS STUDY DEVELOPMENT I NODES AND NEIGHBORHOODS
RESIDENTIAL PARCELS NODES NEIGHBORHOOD BOUNDARIES The Washington Avenue Corridor serves as the boundary between a number of highly distinctive neighborhoods. We propose to concentrate on the nodes where major north-south streets cross Washington. In doing so, we will create attractive neighborhood centers that accentuate the distinctiveness of the neighborhoods and increase the visibility and brand awareness of each neighborhood throughout the city, while also serving as focal points for development without necessitating residential displacement.

WEST END

FIRST WARD

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Maud St. Depelchin St Weber St
Westcott St.

Radcliffe St.

St.

Katy Freeway Service Road
Courtlandt St.

Alamo St.
Bonner St.
Harvard St.

Alamo St. Ovid St. Spring St. Shearn St. Crockett St. Summer St. Winter St.
Beachton St.
Elder St.

ont

T C Jester Blvd.

Bass Ct.

Henderson St.

Colorado St.

Stu

Hemphill St.

Utah St.

St. Dell

Allen

McDonald St.

Studer St.

Maxie St.

St.

E 2nd St
Honsinger St

Thompson St.

Cohn St.

Shepherd Dr.

Yale St.

East

Patterson St.

Reinerman St.

Bace Ct.

Sandman St.

Durham Dr.

Birdsall St.

Malone St.

Parker St.

Fowler St.

Moy St.

Roy St.

Center St.

Hickory St.

Goliad St.

Knox St.

Allen St.

Edwards St.
National St.
Silver St.

Holly St.

Nett St.

Harvard St.

Hicks St.

Bingham St.

Wichman St.

Wagner St.

Sachs St. Court St.

Brashear St.

Custus St.

Waugh Dr. Waughford St.

Oliver St.

Detering St.

Lester St.

Asbury St.

Lillian St.

Lillian St.

Sawyer St

Ave.
Rose St. Barnes St.

Lakin St.

Washington
Rose St.

Center St.

Garvin Ct.

Dart St.

Dar

t St.

Center St.

Kessler St.

Heights Hollow Ln.

Olive St.

Jackson Hill St.

Leverkuhn St.

Rose St.

Comira Epstein Ct.

Rose St.
Snover St.
Floyd St.

Girard St.

Barnes St.

Hartman St.

Floyd St.

Colorado St.

Henderson St.

Archwood

Bethje St.

Barber St.

S Park Grove N Gate Stone

Trinity

Dickson St.

Cross Park Ln

Lubbock St. State St.

Dickson St.
O Reilly St.
Sco tlan

Crest Hill Ln

Ida Bell St.

Dickson St. Lacy St. Crooms St. Venice St.
Kuhn
Reinicke St.

Memorial Crest Blvd
Bayou

Scotland St.
Chandler St.

Memorial Ct.

N. Memorial Way

Meado

d St.

w Ln

.

Node 3: Courthouse Site: Bayou District

Memorial Dr.

Artesian Pl.

Gibson St.

Feagan St

Willia St.

Hemphill St.

NODE 1: washington/Shepherd: Downtown Wash Ave
Blossom St.
Gibson St.

Riesner St.

Sabine St.

Blossom St.

Memorial Heights Dr.

Taylor St.

Floyd St.

Decatur St.

White St.

Raymond St

Union St.

Park Trail Ln.

Trail

Bismark

Green Tree Park

Kane St.

Pre

sto

nS

t.

Elder St.

Court St.

Schuler St.

Wagner St.

Home St.

Givens St.

Truro St.

Allen St.

Lakin St. Wichman St.

Eli St. Schuler St.

Summer St.

High St.

Taylor St.

White St.

Silver St.

Eigel St.

Eigel St. Maxie St. Koehler St.

Sabine St.

Clyde St.

Johnson St.

Spencer St.

Heights Blvd

Inker St.

dem

Hamman St.

Houston Ave

Stillman St.
Ca

Nolda St.

Detering St.

Herd

Chester St. Marina St.

NODE 2: first ward: warehouse district

Katy Freeway Serv

ice Rd

Ovid St.

We stc ott St.

lde t. rS

Lu bb oc kS t.

NODE 1: washington/Shepherd: Downtown Wash Ave
Katy Freeway Service Road
Bonner St.

Bass Ct.

Eigel St.

Spencer St. Eigel St. Maxie St. Koehler St.

Heights Blvd

Inker St.

Courtlandt St.
Wagner St.

Harvard St.

Nolda St.

Herd

Chester St. Marina St.

Katy Freeway

E 2nd St
Honsinger St

Studer St.

Thompson St.

Yale St.

Schuler St.

Shepherd Dr.

Allen St.
Parker St.

Home St.
East

Lakin St. Wichman St. Court St.

Eli St. Schuler St.

High St.

Patterson St.

Reinerman St.

Bace Ct.

Sandman St.

Durham Dr.

Fowler St.

Nett St.

Allen St.

Moy St.

Roy St.

Lillian St.

Olive St.

Rose St.
Snover St.
Floyd St.

Rose St.

1. The highest volume intersections in the study area Rose St.
Barnes St.

Lillian St.

Jackson Hill St.

Leverkuhn St.

2. good block pattern

Barnes St.
Hartman St.

Bethje St.

Barber St.

Dickson St.
O Reilly St.

Crest Hill Ln

ell St.

.

Memorial Crest Blvd
Bayo uM

Scotland St.

S Park Grove ate Stone

Dickson St.

Archwood

Gibson St.

t Feagan S

Willia St.

Park Trail Ln.

Gibson St.

Green Tree Park

Trail

Blossom St.

3. mix of commercial and residential ssom St.
Blo

Floyd St.

Waugh Dr. Waughford St.

Lester St.

Av Opportunities e.

Raymond St

Lakin St.

Washington

Wichman St.

Wagner St.

Center St.

Harvard St.

H

Cross Park

Maud St.

NODE 2: First Ward: Warehouse district
Depelchin St Weber St Alamo St. Ovid St. Alamo St. Ovid St. Spring St. Shearn St. Crockett St. Summer St. Winter St.
Beachton St.

Henderson St.

Colorado St.

Hemphill St.

Taylor St.

White St.

Silver St.

Sabine St.

Johnson St.

Houston Ave

Bingham St.
Hickory St.

Goliad St.

Edwards St.
Silver St.

Holly St.

Garvin Ct.

Dart St.

Opportunities
2. artists lofts

Dar

t St

Brashear St.

Custus St.

Oliver St.

Sawyer St

1. underutilized warehouse buildings
Girard St.

Kessler S

Taylor St.

Riesner St.

Sabine St.

Colorado St.

Bismark

Hemphill St.

Henderson St.

Lubbock St. State St.

Trinity

Artesian Pl.

Kane St.

Pre

sto

nS

t.

Elder St.

Decatur St.

White St.

Union St.

3. just a few owners/developers

Elder St.
.
t.

b Lu bo ck St .

mo St. Spring St.

id St.

Houston Ave

Colorado St.

Johnson St.

Shearn St.

NODE 3: Courthouse site: Bayou district

Crockett St. Summer St. Winter St.
Beachton St.

ingham St.
Hickory St.

Goliad St.

Edwards St.

Holly St.

Dart St.

Dar

t St

Kessler S

Girard St.

Riesner St.

Sabine St.

Colorado St.

Bismark

Pre

Elder St.

Elder St.
.
t.

sto

Artesian Pl.

nS

Opportunities
1. City owned property 2. Proximity to the theater district 3. light rail connection 4. bayou Walk

t.

b Lu ck bo

Trinity

St .

What’s Next?
• Continue to give add ideas on neighborland (neighborland.com/washave)

• Try our visual survey with Placeology (placeology.ws/washave)

• Next public meeting: August 9 (phasing) JuNE Workshops: Sign up now!

better b l o c k
washington
a v e n u e
For one day only, residents are exploring what washington avenue, one of the oldest streets in Houston, could look like in the future! New shops and eateries, slower traffic, a greener street and all of the great cultural ammenities of the area will be on display!

sawyer st.

Food truckS
SHOWING OFF the AMAZING LOCAL FOOD SCENE!

WAVE Shuttle to Art car parade and Haute wheels foodtruck festival begins at 11 am! PARK AND RIDE rate $15

P

Bingham St.

silver St.

Edwards St.

Pop up Shops
GIVING LOCAL VENDORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY OUT THEIR BIG IDEAS!

STREET TREES
AND OTHER GREENERY WILL IMPROVE THE STREETSCAPE!
dart St.

music artistS
area artists wil show work! Washington ave. Local street musicians will perform!

Dog Park

P

center st.

may 12, 2012 3PM to 10PM

WAVE Shuttle PARK and RIDE rate $15
union St.
bo ok

Book Store
Buy, sell or trade your used books!

Bike repair sidewalk cafes
hemphill st. henderson St.

Decatur St. taylor st.

parts swap and bike tours of the neighborhood!

between white and hemphill www.washave.org www.betterblockhouston.org www.facebook.com/betterblockhouston

Liberty Station
Local BEER ON TAP AND A CRAWFISH BOIL!
white St. silver St. sabine St.

Kane st.

Art car parade 15 minute Walk via sabine st

questions? betterblock@betterhouston.org / 713.528.0049

5:30 Bicycle Tour (Lower Washington)

6:30 Transit/walking tour (upper washington)