Quality of Life

Inclusion Caboose

This Inclusion Caboose is a renovated historical caboose which houses an interactive library for all kids, including amenities for children with special needs.

This caboose is located in the heart of the Mitte Cultural Distrist at Linear Park, (E. 6th St. & E. Ringgold St.) This project was funded through a $30,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company.

The Inclusion Caboose was also made possible through partnerships with the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville, the Brownsville Wellness Coalition, the Community Improvement Corporation of Brownsville, the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, the Brownsville Preservation Society and the Port of Brownsville.

Downtown Revitilization

First Friday

All-new in 2019! Brownsville First Friday is an immersive music and art experience on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Brownsville’s downtown, entertainment and arts district springs to life for this event with galleries, cafes, bars, artisans, culinary experiences, performers, musicians, DJ’s, poets and more.

AARP Community Challenge Grant

AARP Texas presented the City of Brownsville with a $20,000 check for the transformation and activation of Brownsville’s 14th Street Plaza.

The funds are part of the 2019 AARP Community Challenge program that calls for converting the area into a multi-generational safe space that fosters a feeling of community and economic development.

The City of Brownsville added creative place making elements that support local artists, provided seating options for people of all ages, and added landscaping elements.

Murals without Borders

In 2019, the Brownsville Beautification Committee announcing the winners of the Murals Without Borders contest. The contest was based on the artist depiction of a world without borders.

The murals were chosen based on the bi-national, bi-cultural celebration of Brownsville and Matamoros. The artwork of Marisa Latigo, Marcelina Gonzales, Robert Ruiz and Santos Villarreal will be put on display for the community to see.

Brownsville Police Department

Under the leadership of Police Chief Felix Sauceda, the Brownsville Police Department highly reveres its dedication and commitment to COMMUNITY value. It has launched various community outreach and partnership initiatives to build trust with the residents they serve.

In May 2019, the department partnered with Driscoll Health Plan and Down by the Border to launch car decals for children with special needs. These decals will be placed onto vehicles indicating that a child with special needs is on board, allowing law enforcement to be aware of the circumstances and understand how to respond appropriately. For example epilepsy, they will turn off their blinking lights.


Don’t be surprised to see the Brownsville Chief of Police filling backpacks with school supplies for students going back to school, delivering bouquets of flowers to mothers in nursing homes on Mother’s Day, or playing ball and painting with children in our community.

Texas Monthly Live

The City of Brownsville partnered with Texas Monthly Magazine to host the first Texas Monthly LIVE in the Rio Grande Valley! Texas Monthly LIVE brings the unique experience of a live issue of the magazine reimagined for a theatre audience.

The event was held at the Texas Southmost College Performing Arts Center on July 9th, 2019. Mixing music, video, narration, and live performances, the special 90-minute editorial production took audience members on a storytelling journey they would never forget. Texas Monthly LIVE in Brownsville featured stories and performances curated by Texas Monthly editors, showcasing the breadth and depth of Texas. It was hosted by the magazine’s beloved columnist, The Texanist, David Courtney.

The City of Brownsville is excited to share that Texas Monthly Live will be back in Brownsville Summer of 2020!

Performance Highlights

Star Hunter / The Rio Grande Valley is steeped in lore. Senior Editor Carlos Sanchez tells the tale of one Brownsville resident that began 1.3 billion years ago. 

Brownsville’s Bicycle Revolution / Writer-at-Large Wes Ferguson tells the story of how the Rio Grande Valley is getting outside, hitting the trail, and pursuing a visionary project to transform itself from one of the unhealthiest regions in the nation to one of the fittest.

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