Draft Action Plan
The Open House for Near Northside was held on February 20th at 6:30 PM at Clemente Martinez Elementary to review the draft action plan for the community. Residents prioritized projects for each topic area of their interest. Participants also made comments on ideal partners and existing programs to help implement these projects. The draft tables of goals, projects, and partners are available for comments and suggestions. The tables can be accessed here and are available in English and Spanish. These tables will be available online for one week. Please send your comments to Planner, Davonte Caldwell at Davonte.Caldwell@houstontx.gov.
Planning in Near Northside
"You can not be a Complete Community unless we have quality schools and great educators to help teach our children."
"We need to spend more money in the arts. Let's build this community up"
-Mayor Sylvester Turner
The Near Northside Kick-Off was another success! It was held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Marshall Middle School. The meeting opened with a musical performance from the School’s choir and band. Residents and community partners prioritized the goals from existing plans in Near Northside during a workshop. The workshop gave residents the opportunity to discuss topics or areas of concerns with the City of Houston’s department leaders. After the workshop, participants reported back highlights and key ideas from their conversations. Attendance was estimated to be 175 or more. Many thanks to all who participated in the event! Lots of partners were identified paving the way to the creation of the Action Plan.
Once the next public meeting is scheduled, the logistics will be posted here. You can sign up to receive an email announcing the meeting information.
"A Complete Community is..."
We heard the voices of Near Northside, and this is what they said
Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience
Team Lead: Christopher Andrews, Planner II
Davonte Caldwell, Planner I
Every neighborhood’s assets, challenges and vision are unique. However, the goal of Complete Communities is the same: to improve neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. The Complete Communities Planning Process is designed to create an Action Plan that will guide how communities and their partners will reach that goal. This collaborative community-driven method will achieve consensus on a vision and goals, identify projects and strategies, set priorities, engage partners, create benchmarks to measure success over time and adopt the Action Plan. The final step is to implement the goals that completes the community’s vision. Near Northside has existing community plans rich with neighborhood participation and support. Because of its extensive planning work, Near Northside will follow steps 3-5.
For more information on meeting specifics in Near Northside that are planned or have occurred, click:
November 2, 2017
Neighborhood Support Team (NST)
It is vital that the Complete Communities initiative connect with each neighborhood's civic leaders and organizations to understand their strengths, their connections within the community, and their perspectives on the needs of the neighborhood. Local civic leaders have the pulse of the community and know the assets and concerns better than the City alone.
We will rely on the NST to be our partners in this process by providing guidance to the public engagement approach in the area. We need to hear their voices and depend on the NST to ensure widespread participation from the community. Leaders should represent a constituency, are supported by that group and have some engagement capacity.
To see a list of the leaders and organizations the City has contacted or will soon contact, click Near Northside NST. The attached list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of leaders and/or organizations that should be included in this dialogue, please contact the Team Lead listed below.
Near Northside, located just north of Houston’s downtown, is one of the city’s historic neighborhoods. The super neighborhood is connected to Downtown Houston by Main Street. The neighborhood is generally bounded by I-10 to the south, I-45 to the west, and Hardy Street to the east, while extending a number of blocks north of I-610. The Complete Communities focus area for the Near Northside is the area between the north side of I-10 and the south side of the I-610 Loop, and generally between Robertson Street and Maury Street.
Near Northside saw its first development in the late 1800s with the growth of the city’s railroad industry and the influx of European immigrants. The Hardy Rail Yards, which lies on the southern edge, drew residential and commercial development to the area just north of White Oak Bayou and Downtown Houston. The Near Northside is still home to a variety of small, locally owned businesses, many Victorian style homes, and a variety of social service and healthcare agencies.
The Near Northside is serviced by METRORail’s Red Line, extending along its two major commercial arteries: North Main and Fulton streets. Home to a largely Hispanic population, the Near Northside features its culture through the neighborhood’s annual Sabor del Northside festival. Moody Park is an important gathering place in the community, along with Northside High School (formally Jefferson Davis High School). The southern part of the neighborhood includes Marshall Middle School and Carnegie Library.
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