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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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Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

The 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón took place on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade on Saturday, October 21st. In partnership with the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East End Management District-produced festival returned for its sixth year. Festival goers reported that this year's festival was the best one yet. With a fully-activated kid zone, over 60 artisan vendors, thirteen local vendors, and a full day's worth of musical and dance entertainment, the 2017 East End Street Festival con Corazón, benefiting Hurricane Harvey Relief welcomed over 5,000 attendees to the Navigation Esplanade in the heart East End Houston. Join us next year on October 20, 2018!

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