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Buena Vida Choice Neighborhood Plan

Urban Design, Architecture

Located adjacent to downtown Brownsville and within walking from distance from the United States – Mexico border / International Crossing to the City of Matamoros, the Buena Vida neighborhood is home to this 13-acre (150 units) public housing site owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Housing Authority and the City of Brownsville a planning grant to redevelop the existing public housing site into a mixed-income development and urban strategies for 360-acre neighborhood.

During this two-year planning process led by Camiros Ltd., we developed in collaboration with residents, community leaders and stakeholders a neighborhood plan guided by the following design and planning principles: leverage and celebrate cultural identity and heritage; create a clear and connected framework for redevelopment; strengthen connections with the neighborhood; promote walkable, active and safe open spaces; and support a healthy, resilient and equitable community.