Super Neighborhoods

SN 28 - University Place

NAME: University Place


STATUS: Active



Kathie Easterly
2nd Tuesday, 11:30 am, Quarterly

Meeting Virtually at this time

LOCATION: University Place Super Neighborhood is the unique community bounded by Kirby Drive, US59, Main Street, and North Braeswood.  Nestled between the museum district, Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center and West University, University Place is at the heart of Houston’s most popular destinations.

COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY: The University Place Association (UPA) was established in 1989 to serve the University Place community, and in 2000 became the first Super Neighborhood in Houston.  For more than 30 years, the University Place Association/Super Neighborhood has been serving as a unified and highly effective voice for the diverse interests of our community.  The UPSN Board is comprised of representatives from civic clubs, institutions, and businesses in the area.  Active participants include civic clubs in the Southampton, Boulevard Oaks, Morningside Place, Old Braeswood, Southampton Extension, and Southgate subdivisions, the Museum Area Municipal Association, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Congregation EmanuEl, and First Christian Church, Rice University, and the South Main Alliance, and Rice Village and Holcombe Blvd. businesses.  UPSN employs part-time Executive Director Kathie Easterly.

UPSN is relied on by civic organizations, homeowners, businesses, and institutional stakeholders to help protect and enhance the University Place community, request and support needed changes and repairs affecting infrastructure improvements, beautification, deed restriction protection, City of Houston ordinance enforcement, and more.  UPSN works closely with elected officials, METRO, TXDOT, HPD, Rice University, other Super Neighborhoods, and the City of Houston, which used University Place as its model for Super Neighborhoods.  Comprised of single-family homes, multi-family duplexes and apartments, student housing, the Rice Village and other businesses, churches and synagogues, historically designated neighborhoods, two exemplary elementary schools, numerous parks, including two Spark Parks, and Rice University‚ÄĒUniversity Place is like a small town with the charm of a close-knit village.

CIVIC CLUBS: (Updated 0/06/2023)

•   Morningside Place Civic Association email web site
•   Museum Area Municipal Association email
•   Southampton Civic Club email web site
•   Southampton Extension Property Owners Assoc email web site


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