27 miles longs and only 3 miles at it’s widest point, Galveston, Texas begins where US 45 ends. Home to institutions like UTMB Galveston, Texas’s oldest medical school where Aggies and Longhorns somehow live side by side in harmony, Galveston is filled with an eclectic mix of surfers, retirees, professionals, and artists. Most locals classify themselves as either B.O.I. (Born On The Island) or I.B.C. (Islander By Choice). Tourists flock to Galveston year round to go "back in time" at Dickens on the Strand, cool off at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, or just hang out at the beach. These visitors will push the normal population of 50,000 up by 100,000 on the weekends and 400,000 during special events! With over 60 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and being home to a myriad of historically significant events like the Juneteenth Proclamation, Galveston is overflowing with rich, vibrant history.
Like every city, Galveston has its challenges. The average income in Galveston is around $36,000 a year, well below the national average, while the living wage remains high at $26 an hour. Though the city has done an amazing job recovering after Hurricane Ike, there are still many of our neighbors caught in the cycle of poverty.
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Just on the north side of Broadway, spanning only about 20 blocks, is the community of North Broadway. As one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Ike, the North Broadway community has many challenges. High poverty rates, average incomes as low as $9,000 a year, and the lack of thriving community businesses has made development in the North Broadway community hard. In spite of all of this, we have seen the beauty of community transformation through relationships! After school, it's normal to see scores of children playing at the Wright Cuney Rec Center while the adults either play basketball at the park or just sit and talk to other neighbors on their porch until the street lights come on. Residents are kind and eager to give you a history lesson on how their neighborhood has changed for better. Our goal is to see our city thrive and North Broadway become a community people want to live in rather than leave!