Planning Geographies

This section includes planning area context maps at several scales, and maps that show how the Buena Vida Neighborhood relates to census tracts, police beats, and other boundaries used to collect and report information.


This section presents information drawn from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey concerning the demographic characteristics of the neighborhood, as well as information on population density within neighborhood. The Buena Vida neighborhood includes the following census tracts: 138.01 and 138.02. HACB’s Buena Vida property is located in census tract 138.02.

Land Use, Assets, and Features

This section includes maps and data illustrating existing neighborhood use patterns including zoning, existing neighborhood programs and initiatives, environmental features and a variety of neighborhood assets including schools, churches, day care facilities, and social services.


This section provides information regarding transportation options within the CNI impact area, including maps illustrating transit, bicycle, and pedestrian routes.

Data Sources and Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the City of Brownsville for providing GIS files that contained the information used to generate most of the maps included in the Data Book for the Buena Vida Choice Neighborhood planning area. For more information regarding citywide and neighborhood planning initiatives in Brownsville, please visit and

Population and housing counts and social characteristics are based on data from two U.S. Census Bureau data resources:
  • The 2010 U.S. Census provides a snapshot of the U.S. population and basic count of housing as of April 1, 2010. The U.S. Census is conducted once every ten years for the purpose of congressional apportionment and legislative redistricting. Data collected in decennial census is available on a block level and includes population by age, race, Hispanic origin, household relationship and sex, and limited housing data.
  • The American Community Survey (ACS) is intended to measure the changing social and economic characteristics of the population. The ACS is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social and economic data each year. Because ACS data are collected continuously, they are not always comparable with data collected from the decennial census. ACS data is reported as 1, 3, or 5-year estimates depending on the census geography. One-year estimates are available at the municipal level, but 5-year estimates must be used for census tracts. Because only a few surveys may be collected in any given year for a particular census tract, there is sometimes a wide margin of error for a particular data set that must be considered when analyzing data.
  • For more demographic information, please visit
Population and housing counts and social characteristics are based on data from two U.S. Census Bureau data resources:
  • City of Brownsville Planning Department
  • City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department
  • The Buena Vida Barrio: A Brownsville Traditional Neighborhood – A CBIRD REPORT (May 2003)
  • Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department Open Space Master Plan 2008-2020 (January 2008)
  • Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan (July 2009)
  • Mitte Cultural District Master Plan Summary (April 2015)