A Plan To Connect Downtown To The Galleria And Back Without A Car

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced a plan to focus on Memorial Park as a kind of green connector between the Galleria area and downtown. The plan is meant to serve as yet another step toward improving quality of life in Houston.

If approved by City Council, the plan will use funds from the Uptown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, or TIRZ, to reforest Memorial Park and add two bus lanes to Post Oak Boulevard.

“The proposed transit improvements include the widening of Post Oak Boulevard to allow for construction of bus rapid transit lanes within the median while preserving the existing six lanes of automobile traffic. Like the planned park amenities, these transit plans are game-changing improvements that will go a long way to filling out our critical transportation needs in a north-south link between the Westpark and the Northwest transit centers.”

Downtown to Galleria

Parker says the reforestation will position Memorial Park as an east-west gateway for the Bayou Greenways initiative. That project links bayou trails with parks and was approved by voters in the last election.

The new plan also aims to connect the Uptown business district to the park and ultimately create a non-automobile uptown-downtown connection.

This is Roksan Okan-Vick, director of the Houston Parks Board.

“It’s truly going to transform the way others see our city, transform the way we see our city, transform the way we live in our city.”

Funding for the project would come from growth in property values over 25 years within the Uptown TIRZ. The zone would also annex 1,768 acres of public land.

There will be a public hearing on the plan on April 24.

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Florian Martin is the KUHF NewsLab Coordinator. While guiding and overseeing interns, he works on his own stories and is always on call to cover breaking news and other media events...