By Zachary Smith
With the recent addition of the Southeast line to the METRORail network, the Greater Third Ward is geared for revitalizing changes. The new line extends from downtown to the Palms Center, a former shopping center located at the intersection of Griggs Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Created to meet the needs of middle-class white suburbanites, the Palms Center has adapted to the racial and economic transformations of the surrounding neighborhoods over a span of sixty years, and today it serves a very different purpose than it did in the past. Understanding the history of the Palms Center is vital to understanding the struggle to combat community deterioration and the importance of revitalization in the Greater Third Ward.
Click below to watch the movie created by author Zachary Smith on Palm Center’s history.
Click the play button below to hear Marlon Mitchell discuss the ideas and goals established for Palm Center after its decline in 1984.
Click the play button below to hear Marlon Mitchell discuss the demographic shift in Southeast Houston since 1984 and the types of businesses that will be conducive to the development of Palm Center in the future.
Click the play button below to hear Marlon Mitchell explain the lending process for small businesses, talk about managing Palm Center in 1993, and its becoming a tax exempt organization.
Watch Johnny Hanson’s video with Roland Cotton on the community garden.
Watch Johnny Hanson’s video on the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance and the important of community.
Enjoy other links regarding the Palm Center below.