Planning in the Third Ward
The Third Ward Kick-Off was successful! It was held on Monday, October 30, 2017. Attendance was estimated to be 225 or more. Thank you to all who participated in the event! Lots of partners were identified paving the way to Action Plan creation.
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. The anticipated date will be in January 2018.
A Complete Community is...
We heard the voices of Third Ward, and this is what they said
Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience
Team Lead: Lynn Henson, Administration Manager
Annette Mitchell, Planner II
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. Third Ward has existing community plans rich with neighborhood participation and support. Because of its extensive planning work, Third Ward will begin with steps 3-5.
For more information on meeting specifics in Third Ward that are planned or have occurred, click:
October 30, 2017
- October 30,2017 (Kick-off)
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.Neighborhood Profile
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.
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