Third Ward

Public Meeting #1

Monday, October 30th
6 - 8 pm
Emancipation Park Cultural Center
3018 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, TX 77004

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Third Ward, located less than one mile southeast of downtown Houston, is one of Houston’s historic African American neighborhoods. The boundaries of the Complete Communities area span I-45 on the north, State Highway 288/I69 on the west, Wentworth and Blodgett to the South, and then along Spur 5 on the east.

Third Ward’s history is rich. It was one of Houston’s original “wards” dating back to the early 1800’s. Recently renovated Emancipation Park, once the only public park available to African-Americans, lies within its boundaries. Third Ward is home to two universities – Texas Southern University and University of Houston. Texas Southern University began in 1927 as a junior college for African-Americans, changed to a four-year college in 1934 and was later named Texas Southern University in 1951. Third Ward is also home to many notable people – Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, State Representative Garnet Coleman, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, and Beyoncé among others.

There are currently four known plans in Third Ward:

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 Third Ward 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.

List of Civic Leaders and Organizations (.pdf)

Neighborhood Profile

The following data and maps provide information on Third Ward. The PDFs may be viewed onscreen or easily printed in 8.5 x 11 format on most printers. A portable document reader, such as Adobe Reader is needed to display the documents.


Resource Assessment

Land Use Map

Third Ward
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Public Facilities Map

Schools Map

Third Ward TIRZ (.pdf)
Third Ward MD (.pdf)

Civic Clubs Map

Coordinating Team

Team Lead: Lynn Henson, Administration Manager
Annette Mitchell, Planner II

Phone: 832.393.6600
Fax: 832.393.6647

Third Ward Complete Communities Plan

The public engagement process will begin in August. Please visit often to learn about the upcoming dates. You may also sign-up for the Complete Communities Newsletter emailed via Constant Contact that will include upcoming dates and other information by clicking the button below.

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