Livable Centers Study
The Houston Southeast Management District and Museum Park Super Neighborhood (MPSN) were awarded a $250,000 master planning grant in 2014, the Museum Park Livable Centers Study, by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).
H-GAC is a voluntary association of local governments encompassing thirteen counties of the Texas Gulf Coast. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.
The SWA Group, a leading international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm was selected to create the master plan for the Museum Park Livable Centers Study which was completed in June 2016.
The goal of the study was to address Museum Park challenges that have developed with the success of the area, including the need for better transit, bike lanes, parking, sidewalks, crosswalks, sustainable streetscapes, bus management, way-finding signage, and the complete lack of a sense of place. The best destinations in Houston are right here, but are among the most difficult to access.
A Museum Park Livable Center study resulted in a master plan that, when implemented, will offer safer transit and pedestrian-friendly access to our 12 million annual visitors. Most importantly, a Livable Center Study master plan opens doors to opportunities for implementation money. Of the recently completed Livable Centers studies, resulting construction dollars have ranged from $10 to $25 million.
For more information:
Livable Centers Study (LCS) for Museum Park - Final Report 2016
LCS excerpt: Beneficial Landscapes for Museum Park
LCS excerpt: Community Design Character Standards for Museum Park