Houston Heights Parklet. Photo: Raj Mankad.

The issues of parking, management and infrastructure are interconnected. Access to parking is a persistent problem in the Rice Village area, despite the fact that even at peak times, at least 1,000 parking spaces are empty and unused in Rice Village. The creation of a managing special district could help facilitate conversations between the city of Houston and private stakeholders to resolve parking and other issues. A district also could collect a pool of funds to spend on pressing infrastructural improvements.