A group of young women are preparing to take a giant step in Houston.
They’ve decided to make the city their home.
In an era of massive development and rapid population growth, they’re hoping to transform the city’s neighborhoods, from the strip mall to the upscale district.
They want to change the way people think about neighborhoods and neighborhoods themselves.
“We are not looking for a gentrifying or a changing of the face of Houston,” says Melissa Zimdars, one of the women behind the project, who grew up in Houston and currently lives in the affluent West End neighborhood.
“We are looking for change.”
For the last decade, the community around the new Whole Foods Market has been booming, attracting the kind of young professionals who might never have ventured to the city otherwise.
It’s the heart of the urban renewal push that’s driving Houston’s transformation into one of America’s most diverse, affluent, and diverse cities.
The area’s new Whole Food Market was opened in January.
Its newest store, the new Starbucks, opened in October, and its most recent apartment complex opened in November.
Many of these developments, like the Whole Foods, were created to attract young professionals.
But some are also seen as a way to bring new residents to the neighborhood and draw in businesses.
A new wave of new residentsThe new Whole Meat Market is a prime example.
The store, located at the corner of Westheimer and Broadway, has already drawn nearly 1,000 new residents since it opened in mid-November.
As part of the project’s push, the Whole Meat has begun to sell organic and locally grown produce, which are also becoming more common in the region.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, co-owner Lola Zimds told the AP that the new store was designed to help lure residents of the area who are looking to move.
The idea is that they’ll come in and say, ‘Hey, I like Whole Foods and Whole Foods is a good place to live.’
“The Whole Meat is just an example of a new neighborhood that is taking shape,” Zimads said.
“It’s not going to become a new suburb.”
The neighborhood’s residents say they’re trying to change a lot about the way the city thinks about neighborhoods.
One group, called the New York City Residents Association, wants to create a network of community meetings in the neighborhood.
The group is also working to attract businesses to the area and attract residents of all ages.
The group has also started to work with the community on a series of projects, including the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of several houses in the West End, and the purchase of a large trailer park to use for temporary housing.
Some residents say the new residents will also help with their own neighborhood revitalization efforts.
“They’re really good people who are going to help us to get our community back together and get our neighborhood back to where it used to be,” said Zimstars.
For the past several years, Zims has worked as a community organizer, and she’s hoping to turn the area around, too.
“When people come here, they know they’re part of a great community,” she said.
But while the residents say there’s a lot of excitement and hope in the new neighborhood, many of them aren’t ready to commit to a permanent home just yet.
“People say, it’s the first time they’ve lived here,” Zisds said.
But she’s still concerned about the potential negative impacts the new community could have on the neighborhood’s health.
“There are so many people that live here and they don’t have the resources to have a home, and there’s so many residents that don’t want to leave,” she added.
For Zimstad, who is currently living in Houston, the decision to move is still a big decision.
She doesn’t want her family to move back home.
“I want to make sure that I am the only person who’s here,” she says.
“This is a long-term decision.”