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Council District C

Council Member Ellen CohenEllen Cohen has lived and worked in the city of Houston for the past 37 years. She served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and for 18 years as the CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2006, she was elected as the Texas State Representative for Houston’s District 134. After serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, Ellen decided to continue her public service career at home. She ran for Houston City Council, and was sworn into office in January 2012 as the Council Member representing District C.

During her tenure on Council, Ellen has championed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the elimination of the sexual assault kit backlog, the creation of a Parking Benefit District for the Washington Corridor, and many other initiatives to improve the quality of life of her constituents. She is currently serving her second term on Council. 

Council Member Cohen Opposes Neighborhood Routes for High-Speed Rail

Texas Central Railway has recently proposed the construction of a high-speed rail line that would connect Houston to Dallas. Two routes are currently being considered for this project and the Federal Railroad Administration is undertaking an Environmental Impact Study to determine what impact these routes may have on adjacent property owners (in terms of property values, aesthetics, safety, noise, and other issues).

Both routes include portions of District C and, while Council Member Cohen supports high-speed rail as an important mass transit option, she opposes the currently proposed routes due to their close proximity to residential, deed-restricted neighborhoods. She has submitted a letter (.pdf) detailing her concerns to the FRA, which will be included in the study.

About the District

District C is a dynamic, neighborhood-centric community located just west of downtown. Its primary neighborhoods include (from north to south):

  • Oak Forest
  • Garden Oaks
  • Lazybrook
  • Timbergrove
  • The Heights
  • The Washington Corridor
  • Freedmen’s Town
  • Montrose
  • Midtown (half)
  • Upper Kirby
  • University Place
  • Braeswood Place
  • Meyerland