The Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD) and EaDo are participating in a Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Livable Centers study. The program aims to create walkable, mixed-use locations that provide multi-modal transportation while improving environmental quality and promoting economic development. Click here for an overview of the program.

The study involving HDMD and EaDo encompasses an 11x16-block area bound by Pease, St. Charles, Commerce and Austin Streets that is currently home to major destinations like George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green. Recent office, residential, retail and entertainment development is underway in the area, in addition to the new Houston Dynamo Stadium, METRO light rail lines and new public spaces, so the Livable Centers study is certainly timely in conjunction with said growth.

EaDo and HDMD invite your participation in developing recommendations that will make our neighborhood a vibrant destination, welcoming business professionals, residents, regional visitors and convention-goers. The current workshop and public meeting times are listed below and are meant to gather ideas. Another public meeting will be held in May to present recommendations.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Workshop
Drop by anytime from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Union Station at Minute Maid Park, The Depot, second floor
501 Crawford, Houston, TX 77002

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Workshop
Drop by anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Union Station at Minute Maid Park, The Depot, second floor
501 Crawford, Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, February 24, 2011 Public Meeting
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Incarnate Word Auditorium
609 Crawford, Houston, TX 77002

Another public meeting will be held in May to present recommendations. We will update the May meeting day/time once it is finalized via this newsletter and Facebook.

Do you use Dowling to Capital or Rusk to access downtown? The permanent closure of the two blocks of each street between Dowling and the former Hutchins street are now closed for the construction of the Soccer Stadium to be the home of the Houston Dynamo.

Go to www.DowntownStreets.com for alternate routes and the latest info.

These closures are near Minute Maid Park as the stadium will be at the corner of Texas and Dowling. See the orange rectangle and info on the map at the web site. Click the lines and points on the map for more info. If your commute does not take you near Minute Maid Baseball Park then this closure will not affect you. This will be a quick project so get ready to come to opening day in April 2012.