Kashmere Gardens is a community poised for change – as a historic African-American community situated inside the I-610 loop and near Downtown Houston, it is an area that is likely to see increased investment over the next ten years. This Kashmere Gardens Livable Centers Study focuses on helping the Near Northside Management District and other local stakeholders to direct that change so that it addresses community needs and benefits existing residents, as well as creating an inviting environment for new residents, visitors, employees, businesses, and consumers.
The Livable Centers program facilitates the creation of walkable, mixed-use places that provide multimodal transportation options, improve environmental quality, and promote economic development. Livable Centers studies also advance the six HUD livability principles, including:
- Provide more transportation choices.
- Promote equitable, affordable housing.
- Enhance economic competitiveness.
- Support existing communities.
- Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
- Value communities and neighborhoods.
CREATING AN ACTION PLAN
The study focuses on the recommendations from the study that were prioritized by Kashmere Gardens residents and stakeholders as the highest priority issues for the Management District and its local partners to take on in the short term. These recommendations form an implementable “Action Plan” that will help further livability in Kashmere Gardens.