A Means to Meaningful Employment

A Means to Meaningful Employment

For those wanting to learn skills that will place them in professional careers, higher education options abound in Westchase District. Already, students have their choices of American InterContinental University, Houston Community College (and its partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler), the Center for Advanced Legal Studies and Fuller Theological Seminary. Add to the list the District’s newest degree-granting institution: the Interactive College of Technology.   Degrees and diplomas Founded in Athens, Georgia in…..Read More

Come experience our trails at first-ever fun run

Come experience our trails at first-ever fun run

On Saturday, November 11, Westchase District will host its first-ever fun run on the Westchase District trail system. "Westchase on the Run" will kick-off at 8 am from METRO's Westchase Park & Ride lot at 11050 Harwin Drive. “We’ve just completed the construction of the Brays Bayou Connector Trail, so we’re excited about this opportunity to show off the trail by hosting this fun run,” said Sherry Fox, vice president of communications, who is organizing…..Read More

METRO Bus Stops in Westchase District Receive a Facelift

METRO Bus Stops in Westchase District Receive a Facelift

Projects Director Louis Jullien is always looking for a way to bring new art to Westchase District. He’s the staff member responsible for bringing “muralitos” (the utility box murals found at intersections) to Westchase District and the billboard-sized murals that decorate the Library Loop Trail. More recently, he commissioned artist Larry Crawford to paint additional murals on the retaining walls on Rogerdale, bringing still more color and whimsy to the streets of Westchase District. Jullien’s latest…..Read More

Padding the District’s Public Safety Efforts

Padding the District’s Public Safety Efforts

Picture this: surveillance cameras are trained on a Westchase District business. Monitoring software detects a group of individuals congregating in a corner of the parking lot and sends a notification to a patrol officer on duty. With a few finger taps, the officer then pulls up the video feed on an iPad and spreads his fingertips on the touchscreen to zoom in to get a better look at faces and to determine if he should…..Read More

A New Look at an Old Address

A New Look at an Old Address

Whether you’re searching for commercial real estate information, hunting for the perfect apartment or just want to know more about the area, westchasedistrict.com is your source for all that and more. Visited by more than 20,000 users each month, the website received a major overhaul this summer that resulted in not only a fresh new look, but usability boosts that will ensure that visitors can find what they’re looking for more quickly.   Strong pillars…..Read More

Two More Trails Under Construction To Be Completed Soon

Two More Trails Under Construction To Be Completed Soon

On August 1, workers began pouring concrete for the latest addition to the Westchase District trail system, the Westpark Trail. This 10-foot-wide trail is located just north of the Westpark Tollway, runs .6 miles east-west between South Gessner Road and Briarpark Drive, and connects to METRO's Gessner Park & Ride lot (see orange line on map above). Another trail in the works is the Wilcrest Connector Trail, a .3-mile trail also located north of the…..Read More

Take Livable Centers Study Survey

Take Livable Centers Study Survey

The Westchase District Livable Centers study is examining the green area outline on the map above.   The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Livable Centers Program encourages the development and design of walkable, mixed-use places that provide a variety of transportation options, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. Westchase District is an H-GAC livable centers planning study partner examining these issues. We need the community's feedback to help set the study's priorities and inform our recommendations.   We want…..Read More

Wilcrest Improvements to Begin in July

Wilcrest Improvements to Begin in July

Westchase District motorists who use Wilcrest will enjoy the new improvements coming to the Wilcrest/Westheimer intersection. More than 80,000 vehicles travel through this busy intersection every day and the many possible turning movements that occur immediately north of the intersection can slow traffic and cause considerable congestion. "On Wilcrest just north of Westheimer, there are several misaligned driveways in close proximity to one another. That, coupled with the high traffic counts, creates a challenging traffic…..Read More

Student Art Adorns Benches along Brays Bayou Connector Trail

Student Art Adorns Benches along Brays Bayou Connector Trail

Art students from Elsik High School in the Alief Independent School District have been studying the concept of sacred geometry and recently turned their own geometry designs into mosaic tiles that are incorporated into concrete seat walls along Westchase District’s Brays Bayou Connector Trail. When Louis Jullien, Westchase District’s projects director, approached local artist Reginald Adams about creating public artwork for the trail involving youth from the community, Adams said mosaics were top of mind.…..Read More

City-wide Initiative Aims to Curb Panhandling and Homelessness

City-wide Initiative Aims to Curb Panhandling and Homelessness

As the economy has faltered, more individuals stake out street corners, grab their cups and cardboard signs and solicit money from strangers. Their signs are plaintive: “lost job,” “single mom,” “unemployed veteran,” or “have cancer/no insurance.” Some motorists are motivated to help these individuals, handing out whatever spare change they have in their possession or distributing carefully-assembled plastic bags with toiletries and snacks. But how do you know that your donation is really helping someone…..Read More