District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

Everywhere you turn, Westchase District’s identity is becoming a little more colorful through a series of new public art murals painted by Larry Crawford. The artist has been on a prolific painting spree these past months, debuting new works on bridges and retaining walls. Crawford produced four murals that capture the identity and feel of the area, all of which are a visual treat for one to spy. The Nutria Mural is on the Deerwood…..Read More

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

John Vargas has been in the Cantina Laredo family for almost two decades. He began with the Dallas-based restaurant company when it had only four locations. In December 2003, it was looking to expand into a new market which brought Vargas to open its first Houston restaurant. The growing company selected the former site of Good Eats in Westchase District. While Vargas and his partners were not thinking long-term, the restaurant’s reception dictated other plans.…..Read More

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

Ofc. Ron Broadnax is one of the newest members of Westchase District Patrol, joining the District five months ago. If you have been out on the expansive Westchase District Trail System, you have likely crossed paths with him and his partner, Ofc. Zhen Wang, on patrol bikes. “The trails are an excellent way to cover the District because you can get to anywhere fast,” said Broadnax. In fact, Broadnax knows about speed and agility. He…..Read More

Bike Barn Powers Cycling World

Bike Barn Powers Cycling World

Whether for lifelong sport, cleaner air, improving health, saving money on gas, less traffic, turning a work commute into a workout or just to feel the wind, people ride bikes for many reasons. And in Houston, cyclists peddle to Bike Barn. The retailer has been supporting the world of cycling since 1983. Serving Cycling Community Bike Barn’s market niche has been reinforced by increasing trends for bike commuting which has grown by 62 percent since…..Read More

Walnut Bend Reconstruction Near Completion

Walnut Bend Reconstruction Near Completion

When Westchase District broke ground on the Walnut Bend street reconstruction project in September 2019, it marked the beginning of construction, but also the end of 18-months of design and engineering that involved approximately eight engineers, CAD drafters and constructability review professionals from Westchase District-based Lockwood Andrews & Newnam (LAN). But as any engineer will tell you, real-world conditions don’t always match up to what was expected when the project was in design. In fact,…..Read More

Elmside/Woodchase Streetscape Improvements Take Shape

Elmside/Woodchase Streetscape Improvements Take Shape

Months of construction progress and work are enhancing Elmside and Woodchase Drives as streetscape improvements are nearing completion. Select driveway sections along the path have been replaced and repaved while wider, continuous sidewalks have been built on the east side of the street. The new sidewalks connect pedestrians and cyclists from Westheimer to Woodchase Park. Along the 1.4 mile-path, the District replaced span wires with the installation of traffic light mast arms (at Westpark and…..Read More

February Freeze Claims Mature Trees

February Freeze Claims Mature Trees

Fewer than 50 trees were originally marked to be removed by the construction of Walnut Bend Lane. This included some that were already on the decline, plus some that were in conflict with the proposed improvements. Most of those trees were covered by the City of Houston’s Tree Protection ordinance, which dictates that any removed trees be offset by new trees within the project area. For example, if a construction project removes trees with a…..Read More

Houston TranStar Offers Hurricane Season Preparedness Tips

Houston TranStar Offers Hurricane Season Preparedness Tips

While residents are no strangers to heavy rain events throughout the year, and particularly during hurricane season, which runs from June 1 – November 30, Transportation and Emergency Management personnel at Houston TranStar are stressing the importance of being prepared for severe weather. “Your ability to survive a hurricane depends on you having a plan, staying informed, and preparing wisely,” said Dinah Massie, Executive Director for Houston TranStar. This year, TranStar is sharing four helpful…..Read More

Illegal Truck Parking Addressed

Illegal Truck Parking Addressed

It is illegal for 18-wheel tractor/trailers to park for more than two hours on any residential street in Houston. It is also illegal for the smaller “box” trucks to park for more than 24 hours on a city street. But if you’ve driven Meadowglen Lane,  Elmside Drive or Seagler Road, you know that illegal parking is a chronic problem that interferes with vehicular traffic. Westchase District is actively working to curtail this illegal parking. The…..Read More

Quillian Center Readies for Summer Camp

Quillian Center Readies for Summer Camp

In Texas, the first week of May means the last month of school. That’s when parents of school-age children are finalizing their summer plans and the team at Quillian Center is ramping up to provide another summer of epic programming for those same children. For 60 years, Quillian Center’s summer day camps have provided outstanding programming to kids from throughout west Houston. Campers can always count on swimming, athletic activities, counselor challenges, arts and crafts…..Read More

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