The Houston Police Department's (HPD) South-Central Division provides the city's public safety services to EaDo. We recently spoke with Sergeant Aguirre of SCD to find out what ways he and his colleagues interact with the community and how their roles have changed since the onslaught of development in the area. The SCD holds a "Positive Interaction Program" meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the South Central Station during which citizens are invited to meet and discuss any questions or concerns they have about HPD and their community. These meetings also often play host to guest speakers who discuss various relevant topics. The PIP meetings occur the 3rd Tuesday of every month and are held at the South Central Station at 2202 St. Emanuel St. For more information, call the station at 832.394.0200. HPD also participates with EaDo as a member of the Public Safety and District Operations Committee that meets monthly on the second Wednesday of every month at 2612 McKinney at 11:00am. Other members of the committee represent METRO Police, Harris County Precinct 6, City of Houston' s Traffic and Transportation, Parking Management, Neighborhood Protection and Mayor' Citizen Assistance departments along with other residents and agency representatives.

The City of Houston Charter requires that the Houston City Council expand to eleven single-member districts at such point that census data demonstrates that the City's population exceeds 2.1 million residents. With the much anticipated release of the 2010 U.S. Census, the City will begin the process of redistricting in order to add those districts. The City is interested in hearing from citizens in all of Houston's neighborhoods regarding suggestions for the configuration of the new council districts, so a series of Town Hall meetings has been scheduled in various parts of the city. Anyone can attend any of the meetings, and a full schedule and more info on the program can be found here. If you have questions or concerns, contact margaret.wallace@houstontx.gov or call 713.837.7826.

It's official, the Downtown Super Neighborhood # 61 Council (DSNC), which includes most of EaDo within its boundaries, has been formed. As the Downtown/EaDo area includes state-of-the-art performing arts facilities, Houston's city government, banking and energy interests, residential towers and areas, office/commercial buildings, nightlife, restaurants, plus two existing sports stadiums and another on the way, the DSNC will offer residents an opportunity to participate in the continued development of this vibrant business community. The next general meeting is March 10, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 at the Downtown YMCA. For more information on the DSNC, click here. To see the boundaries of Super Neighborhood #61, click here.

"EaDo is the next area of major change...It's just a matter of a few years." explains homebuilder Ankur Desai when asked why he's building a major project in the neighborhood with plans for 14 units on 2 additional parcels of land after that. Desai —who purchased his first property in the area in 2004, first built in 2005, and also offices in EaDo—is hard at work on 20+ new homes, 10 of which will be ready by June. The first development is called Townside Villas and features luxurious but affordable Mediterranean-style townhomes offering spacious floor plans with built-in upgrades (with no additional cost to the buyer) like granite countertops, roof top terraces and/or balconies, and 8' doors when possible.

As a homebuilder, Desai agrees with speculators who see EaDo as the next big thing, especially given its proximity to downtown, major universities, and sports arenas. As such, his target markets span a variety of consumers, including first-time homebuyers, college students, empty-nesters, married couples, and even sports fans! With soon-to-be three major sports teams headquartered within one mile of his properties, why not reach out to hardcore athletic aficionados?

"Since over two thousand residents now live within the area, EaDo is changing every day," says Desai, as he ponders the explosive growth the region is currently enjoying. While he anticipates continued improvements to the neighborhood, he is quick to list numerous traits he already loves about EaDo, like its wide streets, proximity to sports, music, and entertainment venues, safe streets, and relative quiet, considering it's directly in the middle of the fourth largest city in the country.

An obvious fan of east downtown, Desai is proud to offer prospective buyers homes he describes as, "stylish and functional, but still a great value." Two of 3 townhomes currently being built on the corner of Bell and Nagle Streets have already sold, and Desai has his sights set on the corners of McKinney and Roberts and Scott and Bell next. Why such a big investment in EaDo? To Ankur Desai, the answer is simple: "Location, location, location."

For more information on Ankur Desai projects in EaDo and beyond, call Ankur at 281.788.6728.

Houston's largest St. Patrick's Day Festival will take place again in EaDo on March 17th encompassing 100,000 square feet of festival space, anchored by Lucky's Pub at the corner of St. Emanuel and Rusk Streets. Bars at the festival will open at 7 a.m., with breakfast, including bowls of Lucky Charms, served in the morning, followed by green beer specials all day. In addition to Lucky's Pub, two biergartens will further serve the crowd in outdoor areas with over 14 full bars and 28 beer tubs. In anticipation of thousands of revelers, the festival will have over 100 bartenders and servers on hand. The St. Patrick's Day Block Party will feature ten bands performing on three stages, and attendees can also groove to the sounds of four DJ's. Additional entertainment acts booked for the day include a troop of bagpipers and performing leprechauns. Local rock station 94.5 The Buzz will broadcast live, all day, from 6 a.m. to midnight. Further, Corksoakers Wine Bar, EaDo's newest entertainment venue, will sponsor an exclusive VIP/Sponsor area within the festival, as well. Admission into the VIP area will be by invitation only, however, there will be chances to win VIP passes on 94.5 The Buzz. For more information, call Lucky's Pub at 713.522.2010 or visit www.luckyspub.com.

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 Liv March 6 – Longtime cult-followed English post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen; March 25 – Devo – the famous 70's and 80's punk/post-punk/new wave band known best for their 1980 hit "Whip It";  March 26  – "Jump around" with Irish-American hip-hop group House of Pain; March 31 – American indie-rock band Cold War Kids.  For full listing visit:
Warehouse Live >

Super Happy Fun Land
– SHFL has live shows throughout the month of March – many of the acts are overflow from SXSW in Austin so be sure to check for full listings at
Super Happy Fun Land >

Little Woodrow's
Little Woodrow's invites everyone in EaDo and beyond to come enjoy their expansive patio and seasonal beer selection while watching all of the March Madness games on their multiple flat screen TV's! 

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.