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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.

Upcoming Public Meeting: Proposed Expansion of TIRZ #2

Recently, a proposal has come before Council to expand Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #2 to include portions of District C’s Montrose and Museum District neighborhoods (.pdf map). In contrast to a Management District, a TIRZ does not involve new taxes for businesses. Rather, a TIRZ changes how property taxes from commercial properties are allocated by using them for projects within the TIRZ boundaries.

To ensure that the affected community has an opportunity to learn more about this proposal and how it will impact their neighborhoods, Council Members David Robinson, Dwight Boykins, and I will host a public meeting: 

Public Meeting: Proposed Expansion of TIRZ #2
Monday, December 15th, 2014
6:30PM – 7:30PM
University of St. Thomas: Scanlan Hall in the Jerabeck Activity Center
4000 Mt. Vernon St, 77006
(Please note that this building is located on a pedestrian-only path within the university complex. Signage will be posted.)

PowerPoint Presentation: Proposed Expansion of TIRZ 2 (12.15.14)

The parking garage at the Moran Center (3807 Graustark St, 77006) will be available for participants. I encourage you to send in questions in advance by contacting my office at or 832.393.3004.

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