Esplanade clean-up, March 3, 2018

Progressive Fifth Ward Community Association and the Positive Black Role Models of Houston along with Ms. Ernestine Lloyd of the Fifth Ward Civic Club cleared weeds on March 3, 2018.


Public Meeting – Highway 59/69 Construction


Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
1700 Gregg Street
Houston, TX 77020 (Map)


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Open House: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


The purpose of the public meeting is to introduce and to receive input about the I-10 East Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study, which encompasses I-10 East from I-69 in Harris County to SH 99 (Grand Parkway) in Chambers County. The meeting will be held in an open house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned. Please note: TxDOT is hosting three additional public meetings about this study that displays the same meeting materials but at different locations on Feb. 13,  Feb. 15 and Feb. 20, 2018.


The I-10 East PEL study is a high-level, early-planning process; the goal of a PEL study is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process. Maps of the study corridor and exhibits will be available at the public meeting.

Special accommodations: TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The open house will be in English, if you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Please call TxDOT’s Public Information Office at (713) 802-5076 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Comments must be received on or before March 9, 2018, to be a part of the official public meeting record.


Reference the following project number: 0912-00-535
TxDOT Houston District
Public Information Office
(713) 802-5076

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival, March 24, 2018

Now in its fifth year, the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival remains FREE to the community and continues to celebrate the history, art, culture, and current revitalization of Houston’s 5th Ward. Using the allure of music, dance and other art forms to engage the community, this annual celebration showcases positive changes in the area and new developments that are taking place. Unique to the Festival, Houston’s only egg drop by helicopter!

Opportunities for vendors are available here.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit:

If you’d like more information on how to participate as a vendor or volunteer at the event, please email Kim Stoilis at or call 713-674-0175 to speak with a festival committee member.

Results from community clean-up in Frenchtown on 1/15, MLK Day of Service

Big thanks to everyone who came out and helped on Monday, 1/15 with our MLK Day of Service in Frenchtown, Fifth Ward. Also thanks to Keep Houston Beautiful for providing the tools and Positive Black Males of Houston for partnering and providing us with such a good group of kids and parents who are committed to community service. Mark your calendar for the next clean-up, March 3rd, 2018…details will be forthcoming.

Keep Houston Beautiful Recognition

We, along with our community partner, Samuel Johnson, were honored to received recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful & Mayor Turner for our efforts to revitalize the outside space of a veteran, senior citizen couple who have lived in Fifth Ward for over 40 years. Thanks to the Travis Manion Foundation and Positive Black Males of Houston for their volunteerism & support.