Street design for Gillette and Genesee Streets in Houston’s Fourth Ward was developed through engagement with stakeholders that identified the importance of enhancing the pedestrian experience, improving access between Buffalo Bayou, and highlighting the area’s history. The final concept is a celebration of the past that serves as an amenity for the existing community. Greenways and linear parks provide access and open space preservation with expanded pedestrian and landscape zones that feature rain gardens, public seating, shade trees, lush planting and water features. The area’s history is celebrated through the preservation of original brick pavers at key locations and incorporating art and memorials into the landscape to educate about Houston’s African American Heritage, specifically Freedmen’s Town, to honor those who originally settled this part of Houston at the end of the 19th and the early 20th century.
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