Highlights: 1983 – Present

Whether leading the charge or part of a collaboration, Central Houston played a vital role in these important civic milestones:

Texas Special METRO Circulator 1983
Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park Design Competition 1984
Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol 1985
Trees for Downtown 1985
Buffalo Bayou Master Plan & Buffalo Bayou Partnership 1986
Banner Ordinance and Program 1987
Design Plan for Downtown 1987
Main Street Proud Street Program 1987
Creation of Theater District 1987
Successful METRO rail referendum 1988
Albert Thomas Convention Center (Bayou Place) Redevelopment RFP 1988
Opening of Buffalo Bayou Park Sabine to Bagby 1988
Work to create Houston Downtown Management District— (resulted in Chapter 375 of the local government code) 1989
Opening of Phase I Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park 1989
Creation of Houston Downtown Management Corporation 1990
Creation of Houston Downtown Public Improvement District 1991
Downtown Police Center- 1111 Rusk 1991
METRO Monorail urban design 1991
Houston Area Community Development Corp. 1992
Convention Center Hotel rebate legislation 1993
Houston Coliseum redevelopment RFP 1993
Convention Hotel RFP 1993
Gaming research 1994
Downtown Development Framework Plan 1994
Downtown Business Development Program 1994
Main Street Task Force and plan 1995
Creation of Houston Downtown Management District 1995
Creation of TIRZ#3 Market Square for The Rice redevelopment 1995
Arena research & study 1996
Downtown ballpark planning & referendum 1996
Ground breaking on ballpark 1997
Opening of Bayou Place 1997
Main Street Coalition formation 1998
Groundbreaking Downtown Transit Streets program 1998
Opening Phase II Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park 1998
Downtown arena development planning 1999
Opening of ballpark 2000
Successful downtown arena referendum 2000
Main Street Light Rail planning and design 2000
Emergency Response Task Force 2001
Toyota Center groundbreaking 2001
Council of Chairs, sister organizations, formed 2002
Creation of Downtown Scenic District 2002
Main Street Square development 2002
Opening of Toyota Center 2003
Opening of expansion of George R. Brown Convention Center 2003
Opening of Hilton Americas Hotel 2003
Blueprint Houston formed 2003
Opening of Main Street Square and METRO light rail 2004
Super Bowl XXXVIII 2004
MLB All Star Game 2004
Downtown Development Framework 2004
Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness formed 2004
Urban Collaborative Program 2004
Hurricane Housing Task Force planning support 2005
Discovery Green Conservancy formed 2005
Intown Living Task Force 2005
NBA All Star Game 2006
Dynamo Soccer Stadium location and preliminary studies 2006
Homeless Strategic Plan and Rapid Re-housing Initiative 2006
Urban Corridor Planning 2006
Downtown Sustainability Initiative 2007
METRO Phase 2 LRT planning 2007
Access/ Transportation Priorities Task Force 2008
Discovery Green opens 2008
Supportive Housing Task Force and plan 2008
Transit Corridors Ordinance adopted 2009
North & Southeast LRT corridors groundbreaking 2009
Market Square Park re-opens 2010
NCAA Final Four 2011
HSPVA downtown site designation 2011
George R. Brown Master Plan Update 2011
United States Olympic Team Trials Marathon 2012
Education Task Force, 2014-2015
Coordination of the I-45/I-10 planning by TxDOT with several affiliated organizations 2014-2015
Plan Houston, participation in the process of creating a general plan for Houston, 2013 – 2015
Downtown Leadership Summit, participating member 2015
Formation of CHIME, young professional membership program of Central Houston, 2015