The Emancipation Avenue corridor was selected as a pilot area for Walkable Places due to the neighborhood’s geographic relationship to downtown, ongoing efforts of the Complete Communities program and the recent $30M+ reinvestment in the neighborhood’s park. During the Complete Communities planning process, the Department heard from 3rd Ward residents about a desire to have more attractive streetscapes. The Department saw this as an opportunity to marry the two planning processes together. Through intense collaboration with the community and local stakeholders, the Department hopes to create a new, unique set of development regulations that will ensure that as properties along certain corridors redevelop, a more human scaled form is achieved.

The proposed boundary evolved from previous planning studies conducted by MIT, existing minimum lot size areas to the south (which were excluded), the Columbia Tap Trail & Metrorail Line to the east, and connections to adjacent Midtown to the West.

Emancipation Avenue Pilot Area Boundary

Proposed Walkable Places Pilot Area Boundary: Emancipation Avenue

Emancipation Avenue, click graphic for a full-sized .pdf version.

Emancipation Walkable Place Rules

Past Community Meeting

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Emancipation Park Graphic

October 21st, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Emancipation Park
3018 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77004

Emancipation Avenue Graphic

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June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018

On July 14th, 2018, the Planning Department held its 2nd public meeting in 3rd Ward regarding the proposed Emancipation Avenue Walkable Places Pilot Area. The purpose of the meeting was to provide residents with a brief history on the project and to obtain feedback on key elements of a development site plan- Building placements, entrances and windows, pedestrian realm widths, public realm amenities and the location and amount of parking. Following a brief presentation by staff, residents were encouraged to interact with each of the station to provide their feedback on the five topics. Following the break out session, staff reconvened the group to discuss feedback from residents and provided the community with what the next steps would be.

October 27, 2018

Walkable Places Team
Devin Crittle
Phone: 832.393.6600
Fax: 832.393.6647