Museum Park Livable Center Plan

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TEI’s transportation planners and engineers often team with landscape architects and urban designers to create holistic plans that unite multi-modal mobility with livability and place making. In 2016, TEI was the transportation lead to develop a Livable Centers Plan to improve transportation and development in the Museum Park neighborhood. The Museum Park Livable Center study was aimed at opportunities to improve multi-modal transportation, economic development, environmental sustainability, placemaking, and affordable housing objectives within the context of continued redevelopment.

The Museum Park neighborhood is situated in a unique and vibrant area in the City of Houston. The neighborhood has great bones with a tight street grid and a high level of potential transit access and bicycle connectivity. It also contains multiple world-class museums, a rich history, and easy access to Hermann Park. However, given these amazing assets, the neighborhood is experiencing a significant influx of redevelopment and struggles to balance the needs of local residents with large numbers of visitors. The aim of the study was to enhance Museum Park’s existing resources and showcase its diverse cultural assets and history, while bolstering its economic vitality.

Comprehensive street design

TEI’s recommendations focused on multimodal travel, that is sensitive to the surrounding land uses and context for each corridor. Particular focus was given to prioritizing walking and considering transit and bicycles where appropriate. TEI developed a conceptual schematic for Hermann Drive which includes a two-way cycle track, on-street parking, curb bulbouts, and safer crossings for people who walk or bike:

Museum Park Cultural Trail

TEI supports development of a cultural trail, for people who walk and bike, that will link the museums and Hermann Park to a broader network of museums and cultural assets in the city.

Leveraging reconstruction of US 59

Design is underway for TxDOT to reconstruct US 59 through this neighborhood. TEI is working with project partners and community leaders to leverage the highway reconstruction as a means to ensure and improve access to Wheeler Station, and promote that area as a premier site for transit-oriented development. Recommendations include development of a regional Cap Park over the freeway.