We are a grassroots organization that is opposed to TXDOT’s plans to expand the right-of-way of Interstate 45 (North Houston Highway Improvement Project). We object to the plans because we value environmental justice, equity, and historic preservation. A few months ago, we were just individuals living across Houston. Now we are standing together, and we know it’s not too late to save our city.
Alone, we felt disappointed and angry that TXDOT will once again be slicing up communities, deepening the tradition of inequity in Houston transportation, foolishly ignoring new flood standards, and demolishing homes, businesses, and historical landmarks. We were convinced--like so many others--that TXDOT had already won, and all we could do was submit comments and hope for the best. But we found each other. And we know now that freeways can be stopped. TXDOT proposed a similar project in Dallas, but Dallas stood their ground and won. Together, we can make our voices heard, stop TxDOT, and create a better Houston for all of us who live here.
To put pressure on elected officials and decision makers to send TXDot back to the drawing board to fix the structural and design problems of the current I-45 WITHOUT expanding the right of way or otherwise affecting the quality of life and business in these neighborhoods.
To inform the residents that live in adjoining neighborhoods about the potential negative effects on their health and quality of life if the I-45 Expansion is realized.
Environmental Injustice means that the burden of the problems of the NHHIP are going to fall on lower income and minority communities that will not be well served by the I-45 Expansion.
No matter what the particular issue with the NHHIP is (flooding, air quality, noise, neighborhood isolation, destruction of historic communities, residential displacement, business displacement, job loss, etc.) our answer is that the NHHIP will harm the communities of color and low income communities.
Super Neighborhood 51 has endorsed STOP TXDOT I45 at its July 2019 meeting.
Likewise, the Historic Near Northside Civic Club has endorsed the mission of STOP TXDOT I45.
The Houston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed our mission.