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Video Overview

We’ve created a short video overview of the Washington Avenue Livable Centers Plan! Check it out!

Washington Avenue Livable Centers Plan from Asakura Robinson on Vimeo.


Help Shape the Future of our Region

In less than 30 years, our region is expected to add 3.5 million people. The Houston-Galveston Area Council is currently working with a group of regional partners to create a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development that will look at current and future opportunities to meet the needs of the diverse communities and residents of the region in a manner that doesn’t compromise the needs of future generations. The plan will lay out goals for the region, develop metrics to assess sustainability, analyze regional scenarios, and recommend implementation strategies.

We invite you to take a 10-minute survey about four alternative futures we could pursue: Current Course, Less Time on the Road, Greener Region, and Competitive Workforce. We want to hear what you think about these alternatives and the tradeoffs involved with each of them.

To learn more about the alternatives and make your voice heard,


Survey respondents will be entered in a drawing for one of four $25 gift certificates to be given away each week.

The survey will be available through November 16, 2012.

Public Meeting 3 Presentation Boards

Thanks to all of the community members who joined us last night at the Winter Street Studios! If you missed the meeting, or just want a longer look at our recommendations, click the image below to download a copy of the display boards.

About the Project

The Houston-Galveston Area Council, in partnership with Better Houston, the City of Houston and TIRZ 15,  is conducting a Livable Centers study of Houston’s historic Washington Avenue Corridor.

The Livable Centers program seeks to create walkable, mixed-use places that provide multi-modal transportation, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. The Washington Avenue Livable Centers study area, which is bounded by I-45 in the East, I-10 in the North, Westcott in the West and Buffalo Bayou in the south, includes much of Superneighborhood 22 and contains all or most of the First and Sixth Wards, Memorial Heights, West End, Magnolia Grove, Westwood Grove, Rice Military, Wood Crest and Cottage Grove neighborhoods.

The study is engaging area residents and workers, government agencies, businesses and institutions in developing recommendations for improvements to the area. These will include transportation, economic development, housing choice, sustainability, open space and placemaking recommendations. Plans for Livable Centers, to be effective, are supported by incentives, flexible regulations, and basic standards for walkable urbanism.

To join a stakeholder group or to be contacted regarding public meetings and other opportunities for input, please contact us at, or visit our office at 1902 Washington Avenue (entrance on Silver Street).

The project team includes Asakura Robinson, Arup, Morris Architects, RCLCO, SWA Group, Traffic Engineers and Damon Williams Consulting.