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District J Journal - May 2, 2017

Complete Communities: Gulfton


On April 17th, Mayor Turner announced a new initiative to improve the quality of life in some of the City's most underserved neighborhoods. Five neighborhoods were announced as the target areas, including one neighborhood in District J - Gulfton.

With a population of 180,000 persons, who speak as many as 85 different languages, District J has lead the City in its transformation as a multicultural beacon. When Gulfton was being developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it became an epicenter of rapid construction of apartment communities. These developments were designed to quickly house the multitudes of people who flocked to Houston from across the nation, during the economic boom of that era.

After the oil bust of the eighties, the area's newly affordable housing welcomed the City's next wave of new residents, who traveled to Houston from across the globe.

The Mayor's Complete Communities Initiative will seek to address some of the challenges facing the Gulfton community. Building upon a strong foundation of local neighborhood advocates, the community will work closely with City Departments to create a more complete neighborhood. Those advocates will work to provide: enhanced access to quality affordable homes; jobs; well-maintained parks and greenspace; improved streets and sidewalks; grocery stores and other retail; good schools and reliable transit options.

I am proud that the Shenandoah Civic Club, BakerRipley, Connect Communities, the Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council and other local organizations will be called upon to help further revitalize Gulfton. Our office looks forward to working with all of these key stakeholders to infuse new resources and a new sense of excitement into this vibrant and vital community.

Thank You,
-Council Member Mike Laster, District J

Sharpstown Plant Swap

plant swap

Save the date for the inaugural Sharpstown Parks Alliance Plant Swap at Lansdale Park on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. Bring your extra plants to share with other gardeners in the neighborhood! Check-in will be at 8:30am, with the exchange lasting from 9-11am.

For more information and to register, click here.

S Rice Asphalt Overlay

asphalt overlay

Construction will begin soon on a S. Rice for an asphalt overlay from Elm St. to Westpark. Construction will last throughout most of the summer until Fall. Please be aware and plan accordingly.

Campo del Sol

Campo Del Sol is a summer day camp that has taken place at Burnett Bayland Park for the past 15 years. The camp is for youth - aged 7-17 years old - who reside in the 77081 zip code. The Mayor's Anti-Gang Office operates the camp Monday through Thursday from 10am - 4pm for eight weeks (2 separate 4 week sessions). Session 1 is scheduled for June 5th through June 29th. Session 2 is scheduled for July 10th through August 3rd.

For more information call (832) 393-0895.

Turnaround Houston

turnaround houston

The Turnaround Houston initiative addresses the barriers to employment that many Houstonians face. There will be a free Turnaround Houston resource fair at the Southwest Multi-Service Center (6400 High Star) on Friday, May 12th from 9am to 1pm.

Featured at the fair will be various employer booths, information on job readiness, social services, resume building, education, interview preparation, mental health services, and other tools.