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City Council Approved Houston Bike Plan

Mar. 22, 2017City of Houston

Houston City Council today voted to approve the Houston Bike Plan.  The plan’s vision is to transform Houston into a safer, more accessible, gold level bicycle-friendly city by 2027.   Continue Reading »

Heights Waterworks site conversion now under way

Mar. 18, 2017Heights Leader

Driving down 19th or 20th Streets earlier this week, residents may have noticed the sudden emergence of cranes, city trucks and loud bangs—all a sign that a much-discussed project appears to have been set in motion. Continue Reading »

Mayor Turner Selects New PWE Director, Interim Parks Director

Mar. 17, 2017City of Houston

Veteran Houston engineer Karun Sreerama is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s pick to head the Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE).  Sreerama is a highly respected engineer with 28 years of experience managing multi-million dollar capital projects across the U.S. and abroad.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a doctorate in civil engineering as well as a Master’s degree in business administration.  He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dale Rudick, who has led PWE since 2014. Pending council approval, the new appointment is to be effective April 3, 2017.  In the interim, PWE’s Deputy Director for Engineering and Construction Carol Haddock will manage the department. Continue Reading »

Memorial Park Receives Lone Star Legacy Designation

Mar. 3, 2017City of Houston

Memorial Park became one of five Texas parks honored with the designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) during a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in Irving, Texas, on March 1, 2017. Continue Reading »

Special parking area approved for Montrose

Mar. 1, 2017Houston Chronicle

Some Montrose-area businesses will have more flexibility in the way they provide parking for their employees and customers as the result of a plan approved Wednesday by Houston City Council that relaxes some city parking requirements. Continue Reading »

Levy Park reopens to crowds after $15 million reconstruction

Feb. 26, 2017Houston Chronicle

At the center of inner-city Houston, Levy Park’s new appeal can be seen for miles.

After nearly 15 years of gradual renovation, the Upper Kirby park reopened Saturday to a sizable crowd of Houstonians flocking from several corners of the city. Continue Reading »

How you can help make Houston’s streets safer

Feb. 25, 2017Houston Chronicle

For most bicyclists, the feeling of a car zipping by too close to their shoulder is a familiar one. Pedestrians, too, have had their near-misses as cars roll through crosswalks. Even drivers have their fair share of “oh man, that was close” exhalations. Continue Reading »

Annual District C CIP Meeting

Feb. 24, 2017Council Member Ellen Cohen

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen hosted the annual District C Capital Improvement Plan Meeting, during which the Public Works and Engineering Department and others presented upcoming infrastructure upgrades that will improve District C over the next five years. Continue Reading »

Quality of Life Committee Materials Available Online

Feb. 24, 2017Council Member Ellen Cohen

Chair Cohen convened a meeting of the Council Committee on Quality of Life. The Houston Public Library shared updates on planned improvements to the Central Downtown Library Plaza and a proposal to rename it as the ‘Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.’ Continue Reading »

City of Houston Expands Investment in Renewable Energy

Feb. 22, 2017City of Houston

Reaffirming Houston’s commitment to renewable energy, reducing emissions, and saving taxpayer money, Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council today agreed to purchase an additional 20 megawatts (MW) – for a total of 50 MW of solar power.  This increase expands the 20-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) the City entered into in 2015 with Hecate (now SolaireHolman) and will supply 10.5% percent of the City’s electricity needs with solar power. Continue Reading »