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Mayor visits Heights second grader who asked him to fix her sidewalk

Apr. 26, 2017Houston Chronicle

Sophie Blitz likes to ride her bike along Courtland Street where she lives, a tree-lined street with spacious Victorian homes. But when a portion of the sidewalk became too damaged for her to ride her bike over, she went to the top to get it fixed. Continue Reading »

EPA Recognizes the City of Houston Among Nation’s Leading Green Power Users

Apr. 24, 2017City of Houston

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Houston is number one on the EPA’s Top 30 Local Government list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership for 2017. Continue Reading »

Editorial: Don’t take away city rights to provide transportation options for all

Apr. 17, 2017Texas Tribune

Safe and accessible transportation for all should be a priority for Texas. Access to reliable transportation is critically important for individuals with disabilities who depend on them for transportation to and from their daily activities and to lead independent lives. Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Announces Complete Communities Initiative

Apr. 17, 2017Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner unveiled details of his long-anticipated Complete Communities initiative Monday, three months after a federal investigation found the city had violated the Civil Rights Act by locating subsidized, low-income housing in segregated areas. Continue Reading »

Houston’s Big Green Transformation

Apr. 10, 2017The Huffington Post

“Houston is definitely the city to watch,” says nationally recognized design critic Alexandra Lange. The car-centric, zoning-averse city (the fourth-largest in the nation) is undergoing a monumental transformation that is being led by landscape architecture—transformation at a scope and scale unseen in the U.S. in more than a century. The city is “desperately trying to shed its reputation as a concrete wasteland,” the Houston Chronicle’s Molly Glentzer has written, “and reinvent itself as a place of verdant, world-class parks.” Continue Reading »

Solar increases by a third in Houston in 2016

Apr. 4, 2017Environment Texas

Solar capacity in Houston increased by 33 percent in 2016, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

“By using solar power, we can reduce pollution and improve public health for everyday Texans,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “To realize these benefits, city leaders should continue to embrace a big vision for solar on rooftops throughout the community.” Continue Reading »

Senior living – new Heights

Apr. 2, 2017Heights Leader

Everything we see in this world today is the fruits of someone’s labor–someone who came before us and made a way. Seeing as today’s elderly generation were a part of the fabric of this city, it only seems right to pay them back in any small manner, and 223 residents of a local senior living community now have a facility best-suited for their needs. Continue Reading »

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $1 Million Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant for Avondale Promenade Park

Mar. 29, 2017City of Houston

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) has been awarded a $1 million Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (T.P.W.D.) Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant for the Avondale Promenade Park project (424 Westheimer Road). The grant is one of thirty-seven grants awarded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on March 23, 2017.  Continue Reading »

Opinion: Houston Bike Plan offers a future with safer city roads

Mar. 26, 2017Houston Chronicle

Now that City Council has voted to adopt the Houston Bike Plan, the city must quickly and deliberately move forward with the plan’s implementation. My interest is not solely for our community’s collective quality of life. For me, success of the bike plan, and a future with city streets that are safer for people, is deeply personal. Continue Reading »

Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces 2017 Individual Artist Grants

Mar. 24, 2017City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the award of Individual Artist Grants to 37 recipients, including four emerging artists. Awarded on an annual basis, Individual Artist Grants support the development and presentation of new artistic works across the community.  Since 1985, this City grant program has awarded more than $4.5 million through more than 780 Individual Artist Grants. Continue Reading »