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METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

As Houston’s population grows, METRO is also expanding its transit network to meet the region’s transportation needs. More and more residents are seeking walkable neighborhoods with access to transit. The completion of METRO’s Red, Purple, and Green light-rail lines, along with the redesigning of the local bus network in 2015, gives both public and private entities a chance to encourage transit-oriented development that supports walking, biking, and transit use.

Metro has released their Transit-Oriented Development Study in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which identifies the benefits of successful transit-oriented development, such as triggering economic, transportation, health, and community benefits. By identifying and communicating these benefits, METRO and other stakeholders can support policies and programs that will make TOD more likely to occur.

The Houston Planning Commission approved an Urban Corridor Plan that was adopted by Houston City Council in 2009 that requires that new development along transit corridors and intersecting streets comply with specific design and construction standards. City ordinance #2009-0762, Chapter 42 Article IV requires that these standards be fully accommodated in the public right of way.

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Shop to Benefit Second Ward Fire Victims

Shop to Benefit Second Ward Fire Victims

Council Member Karla Cisneros, Christina Morales of Morales Funeral Home, and Christian Navarro of the Original Villa Arcos are hosting a pop-up resale shop, silent auction & raffle benefiting the victims of the May 4th warehouse fire that affected nearby residents in Houston's Second Ward.

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East End District Acquires New Weapon in Fighting Graffiti and Blight

East End District Acquires New Weapon in Fighting Graffiti and Blight

The Greater East End Management District’s (GEEMD) Graffiti Abatement Program has a new state- of-the-art machine for removal of graffiti and tagging on commercial properties. The new equipment saves time and operating costs leading to greater efficiency and more sites treated. According to Martin Chavez, Director of Constituent Services and Public Safety at GEEMD, “The new technology allows us to remove graffiti in a fraction of the time compared to the old way. To illustrate, at one location that would have taken 14 man hours, we removed the vandalism in one hour.”

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