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El Corazon de la Communidad – Navigation Boulevard

El Corazon de la Communidad – Navigation Boulevard

Navigation Boulevard has become the East End’s new Main Street, El Corazon de la Communidad, with a wider esplanade and walkable, shaded sidewalks. The $5 million ARRA stimulus grant that brought improvements to Sampson and York is also funding the exciting, community-driven changes on Navigation. Residents and visitors will enjoy safe crosswalks, pedestrian level solar lighting, an active area of commerce, restaurants, and attractions.

The new esplanade features amenities that are both functional and artistic. Pedestrian-level lamps have bands of color around the LED lights, and are powered by solar generators with enough battery power to run year round, even on cloudy days. Benches in the esplanade are faux bois, and look like centuries-old wood. The bench backs are tiled and the seats have well-known sayings that are applicable to Texas culture and history. Bike racks feature Spanish and English words in script text. Overhead, an iron archway crosses the boulevard, and is fashioned like papel picata, with imagery of some of the original industry in the East End: shipping, railroads, and oil.

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Street Fest to Celebrate East End Heritage

Street Fest to Celebrate East End Heritage

Houston’s East End is a vibrant international business district rich in diversity and bursting with residential and commercial development. To celebrate the changes in this historic area of Houston, community leaders kicked off the first East End Street Fest back in 2012 on Harrisburg Boulevard. In 2013, the East End Street Fest moved to its…

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Navigation Esplanade Earns Prestigious ULI Development of Distinction Award

Navigation Esplanade Earns Prestigious ULI Development of Distinction Award

The Navigation Esplanade was recently awarded the prestigious designation of best Urban Open Space at the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Development of Distinction Award Ceremony. Navigation_Esplanade from Urban Land Institute on Vimeo. "The Navigation Esplanade exemplifies what a community can achieve when it works together. A weekly farmers market in a food desert, and support…

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