There are all sorts of movements afoot in the country to address people on streets, walkability, public access, public presence: betterblock.org is one. And Houston has a Facebook page, too: https://www.facebook.com/betterblockhouston
It is the kind of thing citizens can do now… right now. On your block. You don’t have to wait for an organization, funding, a BID, a non profit: it takes you, and hopefully you have one neighbor that will join you and none that will snip at you.
We’ve been cleaning on Mondays… one block so far. Time to add some chalk 🙂