Sunday Streets Returns To The Heights This October

Popular Houston event, which promotes physical activity, resumes October 12.


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Sunday Streets


After a successful pilot program last spring, the City of Houston is relaunching “Sunday Streets.”

Activities resume October 12 on 19th Street in the Heights. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic from noon to 4:00 p.m., allowing people to walk and bike.

We visited 19th Street with Raj Mankad, the editor of Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine. Mankad says visitors will have the opportunity to check out unique, locally-owned businesses.

“There’s antique shops. There’s clothing resale. There’s a vinyl records shop. There’s lots of restaurants.”

The Sunday Streets program came about after Mankad successfully petitioned the city to close streets on weekends to create a family-friendly pedestrian walk.

Mayor Annise Parker’s office promotes Sunday Streets as a way for Houstonians to get out of their cars and get active, and Mankad says it’s also a great way to get to know the neighborhood.

“The city isn’t programming the event and spending lots of money to make the street more interesting. It’s the street itself. It’s the community itself, the people in this neighborhood that make it interesting.”

On November 2, Sunday Streets will be held in the Third Ward on Dowling and Elgin Streets. Activities will be held in the East End and Fifth Ward on December 7.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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