Sharpstown Trail

Transportation

Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood getting long-desired trail along CenterPoint easement

Posted on · The Houston Parks Board, with funding from the Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Lesley Briones, is constructing a 1.8-mile trail in existing green space. The plan is to eventually connect it to other trails to the north and south.

Medians along Houston Avenue to be removed out of concerns for public safety

City of Houston

Cost to reverse road work on Houston Avenue more than double that of initial construction project

Posted on · The City of Houston figures to spend upwards of $1 million on a six-block stretch of Houston Avenue near downtown, including $100,000 in December to install medians and curbs, $230,000 to reverse the previous work and an additional $500,000 to repave the street with new asphalt. A local transportation advocacy group called it "wasting taxpayer dollars."

Sandra Edwards wears a "Creosote Killed Me" shirt, which were made in response to the creosote contamination allegedly caused by the Union Pacific Railyard. Taken on Jan. 27, 2021.

Development

Fifth Ward residents want more transparency from Houston officials on development in contaminated areas

Posted on · The City of Houston approved a $5 million voluntary relocation program to help residents who've been fighting for years to get the area cleaned up. They live near a Union Pacific Rail Yard that is contaminated with creosote, but residents have been reluctant to move because of confusion about the city’s relocation plan. 

The Union Pacific Railyard, located near Kashmere Gardens. Residents say the railyard is responsible for the cancer cluster in Kashmere Gardens. Taken on Jan. 27, 2021.

Development

As City of Houston moves forward with relocating Fifth Ward residents, development in cancer cluster area sparks concerns

Posted on · The city issued 88 permits for new single-family homes and 17 for multifamily units since January 2019 when the cancer cluster area was first reported. The most recent was issued in January 2024, close to the plume, before Whitmire paused issuing permits at the end of  January.   

Power Lines

Business

CenterPoint, City of Houston reach agreement on delivery rate increase slated to take effect March 1

Posted on · The Houston City Council last month denied a proposed 57% increase to CenterPoint's delivery rate for electricity, but the parties subsequently negotiated a smaller increase. Additional hikes could be coming in the months ahead because of a new Texas law that allows utility companies to make more rate increases per year.

Firefighters battle a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. The large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines.

Energy & Environment

Houston Ship Channel deemed ‘sacrifice zone’ in new pollution report by Amnesty International

Posted on · The international human rights organization found that people in communities near the ship channel, which are predominantly low-income communities of color, have life expectancies up to 20 years shorter than largely white and affluent areas about 15 miles away. Amnesty International pinned the problem on the petrochemical industry as well as state and federal environmental regulators.

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