Plans to transform the east end of Buffalo Bayou to be unveiled Saturday

Not since the Allen Brothers promoted Houston as a semi-tropical paradise has the east end of Buffalo Bayou looked as promising as it does today.

Along a four-mile stretch of waterway tantalizingly close to downtown, the water is wide, more river than bayou. Egrets and herons perch on deadwood, and pelicans and hawks glide by along the high, weedy banks.

From Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s pontoon boat, passersby also see vast tracts of rugged, abandoned acreage where heavy industries established in the early 20th century once claimed the waterfront for barges. Those sites still cut off access to the bayou for the working class neighborhoods on both sides between downtown and the Port of Houston’s Turning Basin.

By Molly Glentzer - Houston Chronicle