Please visit the recently launched official EaDo Facebook page for updates on neighborhood progress, media highlights, and the latest on what's going on! We also feature great photo albums of various scenes in EaDo, to which we aim to keep adding (hint, hint – send us your pics by posting them to the wall!)

Become a fan of our official EaDo page by clicking here!

Did you know that amid the gridded streets of EaDo lies an extensive network of hike-and-bike trails? Indeed, the neighborhood boasts over ten miles of off-street and on-street hike-and-bike paths, many cleverly created over existing pathways formerly inhabited by railroad tracks. The trails can carry walkers, commuters, bike enthusiasts, and joy-riders alike all the way from Discovery Green park downtown, east across the heart of EaDo via Polk Street, south, winding down Cullen, through Historic 3rd Ward and the University of Houston's Main Campus, and finally, back west along Braes Bayou into Hermann Park and the Texas Medical Center. No need to fear Houston's infamous freeways as the route connects east and west via a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning across Highway 288. This route, known as The Columbia Tap-Union Station Hike-and-Bike Trail, lets Houstonians ride their bicycles from the Texas Medical Center all the way to downtown, and vice-versa, and is not only for recreation but also used by many for traveling to and from residential sites in EaDo to work locations throughout the area and beyond!
Click here for a map of the trail system >

Houston Electric Cars is the first and only all-electric car dealer in Houston, and it's right in the heart of EaDo! Owner/Manager Rick Ehrlich was already an EaDo resident before opening his business in 2008. He looked at a number of places near downtown, but ultimately settled on his home base due to its proximity to major freeways and available space. According to Ehrlich, "My favorite reaction to having my dealership in EaDo is when someone comes to look at the e-cars, and they've lived in Houston for 20 years but have never been east of 59. They usually end up feeling pretty foolish, but I make them happy that they're here now! They're always amazed it's so accessible, not crowded, and anything you want is in the immediate vicinity!" When asked about EaDo's progress, he added, "I got lucky as the Dynamo announced their front door will be right across the street from my dealership…I also hope to see further residential influx." When shopping for an e-car, in addition to contributing to cleaner air and reducing your gas consumption, buying an electric car will also spark your imagination with vehicles with energetic names like Zenn, Zap, Sky, and, our personal favorite: the Benjy Electro. Ehrlich also converts regular cars into electric cars and offers hybrid to Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) services. Learn more at www.houstonelectriccars.net, or call 713.237.9100, or stop by the dealership at 2420 Rusk- suite #A, (at Dowling), Houston, TX, 77003.
For more info, click here >

Jim Olive is a native Houstonian whose 40 year career has taken him on assignment to over 90 countries. One of the most sought-after American photographers for oil and gas and skyline photography, his work has been featured worldwide, is used by the GHCVB in Houston promotional materials, and his coastal wetlands photos were displayed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as well as in the book, "The Bays of Texas," by environmental attorney Jim Blackburn. Jim moved to EaDo in 2004, making the emerging neighborhood his home and place of work. "I've always liked warehouse areas and living and working in a loft," says Olive, "There's more space to move about and I can have my gallery, studio, library, and living quarters in the same space without feeling crowded."


Reflecting on the progress EaDo has enjoyed in the last six years, Jim says he's happy to see so many residential developments cropping up, rife with young professionals, artists, and empty-nesters. "The character of the neighborhood has definitely changed…I've been involved in EaDo for over seven years and I like the direction it's taking as the ‘art and soul of the city.' With infrastructure improvements already in the works and the 6 block long International Promenade with the Sister Cities Association that will tie in to the south entrance of the new Dynamo Stadium, we will be able to fulfill the city's need for more hotel rooms by building in EaDo along with more retail and residential development. I'm very excited METRO is building a new light rail station in the area, so, in the future, catching a train to other parts of the city will be inexpensive and save time!"

Being an EaDo board member keeps Jim at the forefront of the logistical issues a burgeoning neighborhood faces, but it's the little things that really make him happy about being an area resident. The great restaurants and music venues within blocks of his home offer a wide array of entertainment options any night of the week, and the proximity to downtown means he can walk to Discovery Green for the Farmer's Market, or to Astros and Rockets games. Jim muses, "I like having space for a vegetable garden and being able to sit on my deck, watching birds and squirrels a mere couple of blocks away from the central business district of the 4th largest city in the U.S."

Jim Olive's work can be seen on his company's website at www.stockyard.com, and his work and gallery space on Hutchins Street can be toured by appointment by calling 713.520.0898. Jim's work can be seen throughout Houston, including at an upcoming exhibition at Sculptures by Design Studio in Greenway Plaza and CITYCENTRE.

Each month, we cover highlights of what's happening in EaDo, and we link to the full calendars of the area's various venues. If your venue is not listed and you'd like for it to be, please contact us at info@eadohouston.com.

Warehouse Live – 80's icons The Psychedelic Furs on July 2nd; Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (July 14th) brings "Local Licks," a reoccurring residency showcasing some of the best up and coming local musicians around; & July 25th brings English piano rock band Keane, indie-pop artist Ingrid Michaelson, and Fran Healy of the band Travis.
Warehouse LIve >


Super Happy Fun Land
– check out Fiskadoro and Quintron & Miss Pussycat on July 23rd.
Super Happy Fun Land >

Meridian
– this space is open and here to stay! Don't miss Funtastic Voyage 3 for house/techno/trance music on July 17th.
Meridian >


Lucky's Pub
– Lucky's is showing all remaining World Cup games!
Lucky's Pub >


Aerosol Warfare Gallery
– check out the 2010 Year-Round Exhibition that's up from 6/25/10 to 2/1/11.
Aerosol Warfare Gallery >

The next East Downtown Management District Board Meeting will be July 13th at 8:00 a.m. at 912 St. Emanuel