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El Corazon de la Communidad – Navigation Boulevard

El Corazon de la Communidad – Navigation Boulevard

Navigation Boulevard has become the East End’s new Main Street, El Corazon de la Communidad, with a wider esplanade and walkable, shaded sidewalks. The $5 million ARRA stimulus grant that brought improvements to Sampson and York is also funding the exciting, community-driven changes on Navigation. Residents and visitors will enjoy safe crosswalks, pedestrian level solar lighting, an active area of commerce, restaurants, and attractions.

The new esplanade features amenities that are both functional and artistic. Pedestrian-level lamps have bands of color around the LED lights, and are powered by solar generators with enough battery power to run year round, even on cloudy days. Benches in the esplanade are faux bois, and look like centuries-old wood. The bench backs are tiled and the seats have well-known sayings that are applicable to Texas culture and history. Bike racks feature Spanish and English words in script text. Overhead, an iron archway crosses the boulevard, and is fashioned like papel picata, with imagery of some of the original industry in the East End: shipping, railroads, and oil.

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The BioArt Bayou-Torium: A Social, Bilingual, Art and Science Project on Buffalo Bayou

The BioArt Bayou-Torium: A Social, Bilingual, Art and Science Project on Buffalo Bayou

The BioArt Bayou-torium, created by artist Henry G. Sanchez, is a science lab and art studio housed in a shipment container overlooking Buffalo Bayou in Houston’s 2nd Ward. This socially engaged, bio-art based project invites the general public to make art by investigating nature with the aid of science tools and provides bilingual pontoon boat tours of the nature and history of the bayou.

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