As someone who is excited to move into the new Broadstone Summer Street apartments, the re-connection of Summer Street is great news. This area is becoming more and more a real neighborhood and I look forward to the days when people stop flying down Studemont as they try to get to 10 and pay attention to the pedestrians who want to walk Summer Street to get to the "Arts District". I strongly believe this area can be similar to Miami's Wynwood area and look forward to the thriving street art as long as we can harness the industrial, warehouse vibe while keeping everything safe for pedestrians.
The Kroger and Target (IMO) detract from this feel, but hopefully with the Lower Height District and continual development of empty lots in an industrial design, this area will be the most "raw urban" area of the city. This area definitely differentiates itself from the mass produced "un-pedestrian" areas like Upper Kirby, Galleria, and sadly (it should be "cool and urban" but the Westheimer corridor makes me sad with all of the strips) Montrose.
If you like Heartworn Highways, you should seek out Be Here To Love Me, a documentary about Townes Van Zandt. Unfortunately, the DVD's hard to find/expensive now, and I'm not sure it's available on any of the streaming services.
Rodney Crowell just played the Heights Theater last week. I wasn't able to go this time, but I saw him there last year, and he's really doing excellent live work these days.
They specifically wanted to serve the third ward community. It's a lot easier to serve the surrounding community when you are in it physically. Plus the med center is only 3.5 miles away it's not like that's an impossible distance to cover in this day an age.