State’s First LGBT Pride Crosswalks Complete in Montrose

By | June 19, 2017

Houston, Texas (June 19, 2017) – The Montrose Management District (MMD) announced today that the installation of rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Westheimer and Taft is complete just in time for the start of Pride Week. The crosswalks were painted in rainbow colors in honor of Alex Hill, a gay Montrose resident, who was killed at this intersection in a hit and run in January of 2016.

“We are excited to have Texas’ first rainbow crosswalks here in our community,” said Claude Wynn, Montrose Management District Chairman of the Board. “The crosswalks honor Alex Hill, but they also honor the LGBT community which has such a rich history here Montrose.”

The crosswalk project was funded by Pride Houston, and received approval from the City of Houston, Mayor Turner and the Montrose Management District. There is also a traffic box mural nearby honoring Hill. The District will pay to maintain the crosswalks, which are expected to remain in place for approximately two years. A permanent memorial will be put in place as part of the Lower Westheimer Project. The crosswalks and mural were designed by Up Art Studio, a local art studio that specializes in public art commissions.

About the Montrose Management District: Improving the quality of life in the historic Montrose area is one of several focuses of the District. The Board of Directors follows a service, improvement, and assessment plan to meet the needs of the District. The plan focuses on four core areas including: enhanced public safety, business and economic development, strategic planning, and visual and cultural improvements.

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.