Design & Inspiration : Be a Heights Local

( HHA 2016 Brochure imagined and designed by Angela DeWree of Design&Inspiration )

Be a Heights Local!  
Annual Houston Heights Association Business Showcase

On Monday Night, November 14th at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale.  Doors open at 6:30pm.
Meet Your Local Business Owners and experience the abundance of services and shopping right in your Neighborhood.
From physicians to plumbers, food to footwear, designers for home, web and business, decor for home or party, artisans of gifts to garden — it’s all in the Heights!
Everyone is invited to this popular evening, come hungry — refreshments from local eateries will be served!  

HHA Board Candidates for 2017 will be announced.

The annual HHA Business Member Showcase is free and open to all HHA Business Members. To sign-up for November 14th, email
To learn about the vibrant business community visit the HHA online business member directory, and published twice a year in the HHA Newsletter.

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Design & Inspiration Today: The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago!

Trees along Yale in Heights given special protection

Hundreds of live oaks along Yale part of city's first 'green corridor'

September 18, 2016 Updated: September 18, 2016 7:28pm
More than 500 live oaks planted nearly 30 years ago along Yale in the Houston Heights received special protection Sunday.
The trees, which line a 1.6-mile stretch of Yale between 6th Street and 19th Street, officially were proclaimed part of Houston's first "green corridor," a move by city leaders intended to protect the mature trees from developers and others who may want to cut them down. In a ceremony at a former fire station in the Heights, local political leaders said they hoped other tree-laden areas of Houston would be similarly set aside for protection.
"We're very excited about where this will go," Houston City Councilman David Robinson said.
Houston City Council in June voted to grant the Yale designation to protect trees measuring 15 inches or more in diameter. Commercial property owners who want to remove any protected trees would have to get approval from the city first. Volunteers collected signatures from commercial property owners along the 1.6-mile length of roadway who OK'd the special protection.
The day was a long time coming for Donna Bennett, who has lived in the Heights for 23 years and was one of the volunteers who established the green corridor. Bennett said she admires the green canopy overhead every day as she drives down Yale.
"The neighborhood is changing," Bennett said, referring to increased traffic and new apartment construction on the stretch of land that combines ramshackle houses and empty storefronts with new townhouses.
Debbie Broman, a founding member of Trees for Yale, got involved in the tree planting project when she bought a house on Yale in 1985. At the time, she said, the street was barren.
"We wanted a reflection of the neighborhood, not as a major thoroughfare," said Broman, who got choked up as she made her presentation to the small group sitting on folding chairs at the old fire station.
With the help of Trees for Houston and the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, volunteers raised enough money to buy seedlings and plant them on both sides of the four-lane road in 1986. Volunteers kept them watered and fought city efforts to expand the roadway, which would have eliminated many of the trees. Over the years, only about 30 of the live oaks perished, Broman said.
As the Heights neighborhood was considering ways to protect the trees, civic leaders discovered a 1991 ordinance regarding the designation of green corridors as part of a larger effort to beautify the city and improve quality of life in neighborhoods. Until then, the ordinance never had been used.
As part of the celebration on Sunday, Trees for Houston and the Houston Heights Association gave away about 120 trees to residents, including pines, sycamores and crape myrtles.

L.M. Sixel

Business Writer, Houston Chronicle

Design & Inspiration Today: Witness History in the Making at Yale Green Corridor Dedication

Witness History in the Making at Yale Green Corridor Dedication
The Best Time to Plant a Tree is 30 Years Ago … The Next Best Time is Today
HOUSTON – Aug. 24, 2016 – The Houston Heights Association will dedicate the Yale Green Corridor during its Annual Urban Forestry Gift of Trees Day celebration, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. In addition to activities and events to be held at the Heights Fire Station located at 12th and Yale, Trees for Houston and the Houston Heights Association will distribute 150 to 300 three- and five-gallon containers of native trees for planting in Houston yards, businesses or right of ways.
Comprising trees originally planted in the late 1980s by Trees for Yale volunteers with assistance from Trees for Houston and the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Yale Green Corridor, which runs from 6th Street to 19th Street, provides 1.6 miles of protected, mature trees, forming a canopy along the thoroughfare. Nearly 30 years later, this stretch of Yale Street was designated as the city’s first green corridor through a vote by the Houston City Council in June.

“The creation of Houston's first green corridor in the Heights is important in further protecting over 200 trees funded, planted and nurtured by Heights neighbors,” Jonathan Smulian, a longtime Heights resident, said. “These mature trees act as a buffer to ever increasing commuter through-traffic, provide shade for pedestrians and connect with the hike and bike trail that runs all the way to Downtown. This is the first use of Houston’s 1991 Green Corridor ordinance, which has the potential for the creation of similar green corridors in many districts citywide.

Smulian and fellow members of the Houston Heights Association Urban Forestry Committee Mark Williamson, Donna Bennett and Angela DeWree were instrumental in obtaining the designation and hope it will stimulate property owners to plant more substantial trees on major thoroughfares in the future.

Trees for Houston and the Houston Heights Association will distribute the trees throughout the event. Reserve trees by contacting The adoptions are open to anyone in Houston. Come early for the best selection with assistance from Houston and Texas urban foresters.

The Annual Urban Forestry Gift of Trees Day celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heights Fire Station, with the Yale Green Corridor dedication set for 1 p.m. All Houstonians are invited to stop by the fire station to adopt a tree, witness history in the making and enjoy refreshments with some of Houston’s dignitaries.

About Houston Heights Association
The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic organization that promotes and fosters friendship, goodwill and community spirit within and around the Houston Heights. Proceeds from HHA events go directly into the community for beautification, restoration and maintenance of the Heights Boulevard esplanade, Marmion and Donovan Parks, and the historic Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station. Additionally, and among its many other endeavors, HHA supports educational activities for local schools and schoolchildren, and promotes local business.


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The Houston Heights Association will distribute 150 to 300 three- and five-gallon containers of native trees to Houstonians as part of its Annual Urban Forestry Gift of Trees Day celebration and Yale Green Corridor dedication on Sept. 18.