The District is very active in removing the visual blight caused by graffiti. Graffiti abated by the District is color matched and chronicled for HPD investigations. To date the District has abated over 1,300 individual inci- dents of graffiti. We are grateful to our community partners and residents who actively assist us in reporting incidents. We are also working closely with our graffiti abatement contractor and HPD to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible for graffiti in our District.

We encourage all residents and businesses to join the in the effort to help us eradicate graffiti from the District by reporting to 3-1-1 or by going on-line to and reporting incidences via the “Report a Problem” button on the home page.

The District also provides funding for street light surveys which are performed bi-monthly with outages reported to CenterPoint Energy for repair. This year the District reported over 900 lights to CenterPoint for repair.

Litter Abatement

Recognition that the area needs to look the way it feels prompted Elaine Gaskamp, the District’s Chair of the Environmental and Urban Design Committee, to request a new approach in the way the District handles its litter abatement. Acting on recommendation from the committee, the Board agreed to hire a contractor who would be solely dedicated to the District to handle: litter abatement, bandit sign removal, return of shopping carts to stores, and mowing of the under maintained public rights-of-way.

In just three months since their implementation the team has collected over 10,000 lbs of trash, mowed 400 rights-of-way, collected over 500 bandit signs and returned 48 shopping carts to their store of origin. The litter crew can be easily identified by the signature white service truck with the District logo on the driver and passenger doors.