HOUSTON – The City of Houston has completed the Resilient Sidewalks Plan for the communities of Gulfton and Kashmere Gardens. The City of Houston received Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery 2017 (CDBG-DR 17) funds for planning activities after Hurricane Harvey. The Resilient Sidewalks Plan was created to assess the state of sidewalks and develop solutions to address pedestrian mobility needs without contributing to flooding impacts. The Plan includes three documents: The Citywide Toolkit, The Gulfton Community Plan, and the Kashmere Gardens Community Plan. The Plan sets a framework for other potential studies in the future. The Resilient Sidewalks Plan builds on the third goal of Resilient Houston: we will improve safety and well-being for all Houstonians.
“The Resilient Sidewalks Plan is an in-depth look at the broad inter-connectivity between mobility, sidewalks and drainage for two communities severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner. “With the input from stakeholders and those who live in these communities, we now have a significant toolkit to produce an actionable plan to secure funding for future projects.”
The Citywide Toolkit provides guidance to create a safe and more reliable pedestrian network while mitigating flooding caused by future events. It focuses on multifunctional design developers can use citywide. It uses the city’s Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM), current standard construction details, and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) standards to support a resilient pedestrian network for the city.
|GULFTON – RESILIENT SIDEWALKS PLAN
The Gulfton community is the most densely populated community and one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Houston, with nearly 36 miles of streets that have either no sidewalks or sidewalks in very poor condition. It also has the highest rates of pedestrian-vehicle crashes compared to all of Houston’s Complete Communities. Drainage is 80% curb and gutter with inlets and gravity mains, along with 20% of open ditches. Community outreach for the plan included a project website, 360 multilingual surveys, eight community events and four Super Neighborhood Council meetings.
The Gulfton Resilient Sidewalks Plan illustrates the need to mitigate concrete sidewalks with some degree of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The Gulfton Resilient Sidewalks Plan calls for multiple action items:
KASHMERE GARDENS – RESILIENT SIDEWALKS PLAN
Kashmere Gardens is considered one of the oldest, well-established communities in the city and one with historic underinvestment. Only 30% of streets in Kashmere Gardens have sidewalks, with many in poor condition and lacking adequate drainage infrastructure. There are 81 miles of missing sidewalks in Kashmere Gardens. Community outreach for the plan included a project website, 140 multilingual surveys, 10 community events and four Super Neighborhood Council meetings.
The Kashmere Gardens Resilient Sidewalks Plan is the first step towards creating a resilient pedestrian network in the neighborhood. The Kashmere Gardens Resilient Sidewalks Plan calls for multiple action items:
The Resilient Sidewalks Plan was developed in partnership with the Housing and Community Development Department utilizing CBDG-DR17 funds, which are awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Texas General Land Office.
The Resilient Sidewalks Plan included collaboration from the following city departments:
The City of Houston would like to thank the following organizations for their participation:
The community can read the full Resilient Sidewalks Plan for Gulfton and Kashmere Gardens at EngageHouton.org/resilient-sidewalks.