The East Little York/Homestead Super Neighborhood
under the leadership of Jackie Mayhorn, (President of her
Super Neighborhood and of the Super Neighborhood Council)
has taken the lead in “giving arms and legs” to
a larger vision of revitalization and redevelopment in Northeast
Houston. Northeast Houston Beyond 2000 was founded in 1993
and encompasses three Super Neighborhoods within its boundaries.
This coalition was sponsored by Greater Houston Development,
Inc., a CDC headed by Robin German-Curtis, and now includes
five other CDCs. More than 70 visioning and planning session
have resulted in a broad revitalization plan for the area.
German-Curtis points to ten builders and more than 200 additional
units of affordable housing as a result of their efforts.
Enter Jackie Mayhorn and Super Neighborhood #47. With Ms.
German-Curtis as facilitator, community leaders have held
three planning sessions and expect to have three more before
the plan is ready for roll out at a town hall meeting in the
summer. The objective is a revitalization plan for the areas
with a 7-8 mile radius and 20,000. The predominant land use
currently is single family housing although about half the
area is undeveloped. Much of the developed area is in need
of repair or replacement. A needs assessment including housing,
job development, recreation, transportation and identification
of target population will guide the formation of a redevelopment
The first focus of the planning sessions is on the economic
development corridors. The Department of Planning and Community
Development is assisting with mapping, demographic information,
and renderings of what these economic development corridors
might look like based on the vision. A urban planning class
at TSU, under the direction of Professor Lalita Sen, is also
lending assistance to the community.
While the visioning/planning sessions began with community
leaders, participation from other residents is expanding with
each session. An aggressive outreach effort will precede the
summer meeting at which the plan will be presented to the
community. The decade of experience and the broad vision of
Northeast Houston Beyond 2000 and the commitment of East Little
York/Homestead have joined together in an effort to realize
the vision of a vital and growing community.