VOICES OF THIRD WARD
Voices of Third Ward is a collective tribune of residents to give a snapshot of the history and culture of Third Ward.
Dr. Inge Ford:
Q: What do you think about the state of biking in the 3rd Ward?
“We need to create a more bike-friendly culture, and a compassionate culture, and that requires cyclists do their part to follow the rules of the road, as well as motorists understanding that they need to slow down. . . so I think it’s improving, but there’s a long way to go, a lot of education that needs to happen, and a lot of enforcement that needs to happen. And the only way we can do this is to have more civic engagement for people that understand the value of having different options to get around, not just by vehicle.”
Q: What has living in the 3rd Ward taught you?
“It has taught me the sense of and the importance of community. That we are all more alike than not alike; that people want the same things; they want a secure environment; they want clean air, clean water; and a good place to send their babies to school, as well as places they can congregate safely. So, living in a community like this has always been something I’ve enjoyed growing up as a child, as a college student, and even coming back to Houston. I’ve been to different places in the city, I’ve lived in different places in the city, and I have to say, this is probably–it may not be the most beautiful, in terms of its aesthetics, but I think it has a lot to offer for people in terms of being able to go to different parts of the city against the flow of traffic, if you will. And there’s a lot of culture here, because when I grew up, a lot of Third Ward encompassed we know now as Midtown and the Museum District, Museum Park, all of that was my backyard. So culturally, it has what most people in the city come to Houston for.”