SD-15 Super Neighborhoods
Acres Homes, historically significant since World War I, attracted African Americans seeking affordable land prices and an agrarian lifestyle. Today, predominantly African American, the community offers a mix of land uses, including single-family residential areas, undeveloped land, multi-family residential, parks, offices, and transportation facilities. Discover the captivating charm of Acres Homes, where a rich history and diverse land uses come together to create a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood. Acres Homes is the home of the Mayor for whom I worked in the office of Resilience and Sustainability.
Bellaire, located in southwest Harris County, was founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin. It grew as an exclusive residential neighborhood and agricultural trading center, with notable developments such as Bellaire Boulevard and the "Toonerville Trolley." The city is home to churches, community organizations, schools, and local publications, providing amenities and services to its residents. The population has steadily grown, reaching an estimated 18,584 in 2016.
Montrose, also known as Neartown or Neartown/Montrose, this vibrant area is renowned for its hipster culture, thriving art scene, diverse food options, and vibrant nightlife. Originally established in 1911, Montrose features a mix of demographics and showcases a variety of charming homes, including renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches, and cottages nestled along tree-lined boulevards. Often referred to as the "Heart of Houston" or the "strangest neighborhood east of the Pecos," Montrose remains a distinct and captivating part of the city. Montrose is where I learned about Southern LGBTQ history in the oldest gayborhood in the South. It’s also the headquarters for the renewable energy company I work at Pattern.
Pleasantville was established after World War II to provide housing and homeownership opportunities to Black families, which were limited due to racist policies like segregation and redlining. Melvin Silverman and his cousin Bernard Paul, along with local Black community leaders Judson Robinson Sr. and Josie Robinson, developed the plan for Pleasantville. Redlining and segregation prevented many Black Americans from becoming homeowners, but Pleasantville offered a unique alternative. It became a symbol of hope and prosperity for the Black community, defying the odds and providing a foundation for a thriving neighborhood. Pleasantville is the home for activism on Criminal Justice reform and environmental justice that I’ve taken part in.
West University Place, West University Place, often referred to as West U, is an upscale and well-established neighborhood located in the inner loop. Founded in 1910, the neighborhood's development attracted young, middle-class families seeking a desirable place to call home near Rice Institute (now Rice University). Over the years, West University Place has grown and flourished into a thriving community with significant infrastructure development and various amenities, including beautiful park spaces. Known for its charming tree-lined streets, elegant homes, and excellent schools, West U remains a highly sought-after neighborhood for residents looking to enjoy a high quality of life in Houston.
Afton Oaks/River Oaks is a combined Super Neighborhood that encompasses a network of historic neighborhoods and major economic centers. The region features prominent retail centers such as Highland Village and the River Oaks Shopping Center and is adjacent to the Galleria, making it a prime location. River Oaks, Houston's first master-planned community, was developed in the 1920s and transformed into an enclave for the affluent. The neighborhood is known for its annual "Azalea Trail," showcasing magnificent displays of azaleas and select house tours. Afton Oaks, a tranquil neighborhood, consists primarily of 1950s ranch-style homes and is popular among two-income families seeking convenience and access to entertainment venues within the Inner Loop.
Braeburn Super Neighborhood is located in southwest Houston between Brays Bayou and Bissonnet Street. It emerged after World War II, and Richmond Road (now Bissonnet Street) served as the main route into the city. The area is predominantly middle-class and has experienced progressive growth and a diverse population over the past 50 years. Bissonnet Street is the commercial corridor, lined with high-density residential developments and commercial strip centers. Gessner Road is a major thoroughfare in the western sector, and Braeburn Glen Subdivision is located there. Brae Acres is a notable subdivision known for its large single-family lots.
Brays Oaks is a neighborhood located in the southwestern part of Houston, spanning approximately eight square miles. It is bounded by Brayswood Boulevard to the north, South Main Street to the south, Braewick Ditch to the east, and U.S. 59 to the west. The community offers a mix of families, culture, and commercial businesses. The area saw development in the 1940s, attracting young professionals. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, apartment complexes and commercial businesses emerged along the major corridor, Fondren Road. The neighborhood experienced challenges during the Houston oil bust but rebounded in the 1990s with revitalization efforts.
Carverdale Super Neighborhood is located in northwest Houston and is easily accessible via US 290, Beltway 8 (west), Gessner Road, Clay Road, Tanner Road, and Brittmore Road. It is a small, deed-restricted residential area that was originally developed in the 1950s. The community is predominantly African American and has become a major commercial and industrial hub in the northwest part of the city due to its location near the Northwest Freeway (US 290) and Beltway 8 West. It is home to various civic organizations and religious institutions.
Central Northwest includes the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks neighborhood, located between Pinemont Drive, Shepherd Drive, the North Loop West, and the Northwest Freeway (US 290). Garden Oaks was developed as a garden suburb before World War II, featuring curvilinear streets and a range of housing options. Oak Forest, developed after the war, became one of Houston's largest residential developments at the time. The neighborhood is known for its pine trees and suburban feel within the city. Central Northwest is where we put our headquarters in the geographic center of the district so we can represent every superneighborhood and municipality.
Clinton Park/Fidelity is a vibrant neighborhood just north of Clinton Drive, adjacent to Galena Park. This charming community, historically African American, offers a unique blend of urban convenience and natural beauty. Surrounded by high earthen dikes and holding ponds from the Houston Ship Channel, the area boasts lush wetlands, providing open spaces and a serene sanctuary for many residences. Thriving due to its proximity to jobs in the port and nearby industries, Clinton Park/Fidelity is a close-knit and diverse community.
Denver Harbor/Port Houston are located north of the Houston Ship Channel turning basin. Along Clinton Drive lies an industrial landscape, while the smaller yet charming residential area, Port Houston, graces both sides of McCarty Street. Enjoy the diverse atmosphere with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses, creating a thriving community. Denver Harbor, primarily residential, is anchored by Lyons Avenue, a bustling commercial corridor. Despite being divided by Interstate Highway 10, Denver Harbor maintains its strong identity, while both neighborhoods have embraced a rich Hispanic heritage, adding to the cultural vibrancy of the area.
Downtown Houston, the city's birthplace, houses the historic Market Square District with some of its oldest buildings. Defined by freeways constructed in the 1960s and 1970s, downtown offers state-of-the-art performing arts facilities, major institutions, and energy interests. With loft apartments converting older buildings, the area boasts a thriving residential element, complemented by a vibrant nightlife, restaurant scene, and clubs. Downtown's appeal extends to quality park spaces like Discovery Green and Market Square Park, offering performances and recreational activities. The presence of Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center adds further interest, while the East Downtown Management District envisions a well-planned community, integrating commercial and residential development.
East Houston is in the northeastern part of the city that offers a mix of suburban living and natural beauty. The area features wooded surroundings near Halls Bayou, as well as the City of Houston's Brock Park and golf course. The community's diversity is highlighted by the annexed neighborhood of Verde Forest, contributing to East Houston's distinctive appeal. With its captivating blend of nature and urban living, East Houston provides a professional and welcoming environment for both residents and visitors.
Eastex/Jensen is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood located in northeast Houston, just outside the North Loop. Situated along both sides of the bustling Eastex Freeway and Jensen Drive corridors, this area boasts convenience and accessibility. Explore the charming communities of East Aldine and Eastex/Jensen, each with its unique culture and rich history rooted in hard work and resilience. With a steadily growing population and thriving consumer demand, these neighborhoods present exciting opportunities for economic development, making them a promising destination for residents and businesses alike.
Greater Heights, founded in 1891 and incorporated as its own city in 1896 before being annexed by Houston in 1918, is Texas' earliest planned community, boasting diverse architectural styles from the turn of the century. Developed by the Omaha and South Texas Land Company, the neighborhood's elevated location northwest of Houston offered a respite from mosquito-infested lowlands near the coast. The area's growth was further facilitated by the extension of the streetcar lines, making it a popular location for Houston's new suburbs. Today, revitalization efforts, led by the Houston Heights Association, preserve the area's historic charm while incorporating modern elements.
Greenway/Upper Kirby, one of the area's major commercial corridors, was surrounded by affluent residential neighborhoods but initially lacked the desired panache. To address this, the Upper Kirby District was established, initiating significant transportation and beautification projects that revitalized the commercial corridor. Today, upscale restaurants and shops are making their way into the area, breathing new life into this vibrant district. Museum Park and Upper Kirby are where both I lived while teaching in the East End, as well as home to the museums I got to take my students to help connect with greater Houston.
Greater Inwood was developed in the early 1960s for oil executives during Houston's oil boom. Among its notable features is the Inwood Forest Country Club, originally a private golf course, which has transformed into a cherished community gathering place over the years. Offering affordable housing, easy access to major highways, and various local amenities, Greater Inwood remains a popular choice for families and individuals seeking a perfect balance of suburban living and city convenience.
The IAH / Airport Area, surrounded by well-established subdivisions, bustling commercial developments, and promising undeveloped land near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Discover charming rural-origin communities, such as Bordersville, now benefiting from city water and sewer service. On the airport's south side, find major employment centers like World Houston and Interwood, offering fantastic opportunities for professionals and businesses. IAH is the gateway to the rest of the nation and world from which I’ve taken numerous flights.
Meyerland, located on both sides of Brays Bayou at the southwest corner of Loop 610, comprises several neighborhoods like Meyerland, Marilyn Estates, Barkley Square, and Maplewood. Rich in history and community spirit, this area is home to many institutions of Houston's Jewish community, including temples and the Jewish Community Center. The northeast corner boasts the thriving Meyerland Center retail development. Established in the 1950s, the area continues to evolve, with recent developments, like the construction of luxury homes, driven by the sustained high demand for housing in this appealing neighborhood.
Lake Houston neighborhood started as a lakeside homes area in Atascosita. In 1965, nearby subdivisions were annexed to the City, leading to significant development and growth. Today, it's a thriving super neighborhood with a picturesque setting and a warm community in Lakewood Heights subdivision. Lake Houston, Humble, and Atascocita are the refuges I’ve gone to to escape the Houston heat.
Hunterwood is a tranquil residential area with well-maintained homes and tree-lined streets. It offers a peaceful atmosphere and a close-knit community feel, making it an attractive choice for families and individuals seeking serenity. Its convenient location provides easy access to essential amenities and major roads, adding to its overall appeal and practicality for residents.
El Dorado/Oates Prairie is a delightful neighborhood in northeast Houston, known for its mix of residential charm and industrial presence. Originally a rural area, it later developed due to its proximity to job opportunities in the city and the Channel industries. With its convenient location and potential for growth, it offers a balanced blend of suburban living and urban convenience.
Northshore is a vibrant and diverse community located in the eastern part of the city. Situated along the shores of the Houston Ship Channel, the area offers stunning waterfront views and a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. With its rich industrial heritage, North Shore boasts a strong sense of community pride and a unique mix of cultures.
Midtown, a trendy and vibrant neighborhood just south of downtown, has undergone a revitalization since the 1990s. With a mix of residential, commercial, and entertainment spaces, it has become a favored destination for young professionals, artists, and families seeking a dynamic urban lifestyle. Its walkable streets, green spaces, and proximity to major attractions make it a cherished part of Houston's urban landscape, blending historical charm with modern amenities.
Fourth Ward is situated west of downtown. Established in the mid-1800s, it boasts charming tree-lined streets and Victorian-style homes. Originally settled by German immigrants, it later became a diverse community of freed African Americans and European immigrants. Despite facing challenges, ongoing revitalization efforts have preserved its historical character, making Fourth Ward a cherished part of Houston's rich heritage. Today, it offers a blend of historical charm and modern urban living.
Washington Avenue Coalition/Memorial Park is a vibrant community with a lively nightlife, diverse dining options, and unique boutiques. Originally an industrial district, it underwent revitalization in the late 20th century, transforming into the trendy and thriving destination it is today, blending historical charm with contemporary urban living. Memorial Park is the refuge for my wife, I, and our dog at the height of the pandemic.
Lazybrook is a charming neighborhood in Houston, Texas, northwest of downtown. Developed in the 1950s, it offers a serene retreat with leafy streets and a welcoming atmosphere. Today, it remains a sought-after destination, cherished for its tranquil ambiance and convenient location. Lazybrook/Timbergrove and the Greater Heights are where my wife and I settled in 2021 and bought a house.
Independence Heights is a historic neighborhood established in the early 20th century as one of the first African American communities in the area. With a rich civil rights history, it has faced challenges but continues to thrive through ongoing revitalization efforts, preserving its historical significance and cultural heritage. Today, Independence Heights offers a blend of historical charm and modern urban living.
Spring Branch, a diverse and vibrant neighborhood on the city’s west side, boasts a rich history dating back to the 1830s when German immigrants settled in the area. Over the years, it has transformed into a thriving community with a strong community spirit, offering a mix of residential areas, schools, parks, and local businesses. With its convenient location, excellent schools, and variety of amenities, Spring Branch remains a sought-after destination for families and individuals looking for a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood in Houston. Spring Branch North is right where the central office of HISD is, where I worked with Emerge students on Saturdays for exams, and where I protested the overturning of democracy by Greg Abbott when he took it over.
Westbranch is a welcoming neighborhood on the city’s west side, known for its peaceful atmosphere and family-friendly environment. Developed as a suburban community in the mid-20th century, it has evolved into a thriving and close-knit area. With its convenient location, access to major highways, and variety of local amenities, Westbranch is a popular choice for families and individuals seeking a balanced suburban lifestyle in Houston.
Carverdale is a vibrant neighborhood in Houston's northwest, known for its diverse community and residential charm. Established as a suburban community in the mid-20th century, it has evolved into a sought-after destination with convenient access to major highways and local amenities, making it an appealing choice for families and individuals seeking a friendly and well-connected neighborhood.
Fairbanks is a historic neighborhood located in the northwest part of the city. Originally settled as a farming community in the early 1900s, it has since grown and evolved into a diverse and well-established area. With its convenient location, access to major highways, and variety of amenities, Fairbanks continues to be a popular choice for families and individuals seeking a welcoming neighborhood in Houston.
Willowbrook is a vibrant neighborhood in northwest Houston, situated at the intersection of State Highway 249 and FM 1960. The area is dominated by Willowbrook Mall, a regional shopping center with 160 stores spread over 1,530,000 square feet. Acclaimed as one of Houston's most successful retail malls, Willowbrook continues to thrive and offers excellent potential for future growth, thanks to its accessibility to major highways and availability of land.
Westbury, a charming neighborhood in southwest Houston, has experienced a resurgence as it attracts buyers seeking affordable housing. Named the "Best Hidden Neighborhood" in 2007, Westbury prioritizes greenspace and quality of life. With projects like the Willow Waterhole Greenway detention and the Westbury Community Garden, the area continues to thrive, offering a family-friendly atmosphere and convenient location.
Gulfton is a diverse neighborhood in southwest Houston known for its multicultural population and proximity to the Galleria shopping district. It has a vibrant atmosphere, with authentic international cuisine reflecting the various cultures of its residents. Gulfton and Midwest are the home of Houston’s South Asian enclave in Hillcroft, as well as a national center for refugees where I volunteered with students in college as part of the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees.
Midtown has evolved into a diverse and vibrant neighborhood from what was once a fashionable residential district. While commercial development and traffic changes altered the landscape, the area maintains its charm with surviving churches and a thriving Vietnamese business district. Recent efforts, including the Midtown TIRZ, have led to the construction of luxury apartments and townhomes, bringing new life to this beloved community near Baldwin Park.
Southside Place is an upscale and tranquil neighborhood located in southwest Houston. Known for its charming streets, well-maintained homes, and family-friendly environment, it offers a high quality of life. Residents enjoy easy access to parks, recreational facilities, and excellent schools, making it an ideal choice for families. Despite its peaceful setting, Southside Place remains conveniently close to downtown Houston, providing access to urban amenities without compromising its suburban appeal.
University Place is a unique and vibrant community located in the heart of Houston, surrounded by popular destinations like the museum district, Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center, and West University. Established in 1989, it became Houston's first Super Neighborhood in 2000. Over the years, the University Place Association/Super Neighborhood has been a unified voice for the diverse interests of the community, working closely with civic organizations, businesses, and stakeholders to enhance the area through infrastructure improvements, beautification, and more. With a mix of housing, schools, parks, and a strong sense of community, University Place is a thriving and close-knit neighborhood.
Langwood is a peaceful and diverse neighborhood located in the northwest area of Houston. It is known for its tranquil residential streets and lush green spaces, providing a serene suburban atmosphere for its residents. With a mix of housing options and a friendly community spirit, Langwood offers a desirable living environment in the vibrant city of Houston.
Greater Greenspoint, commonly known as Greenspoint, is a bustling neighborhood in the northern part of the city. It is known for its commercial centers, business opportunities, and proximity to major highways and the airport. Greenspoint remains a vital commercial and economic center for the city, offering a range of job opportunities and amenities for residents and visitors alike.
Greater Northside has a rich history dating back to the 1880s-1890s, linked to the expansion of the Hardy Rail Yards. Despite facing decline after World War II, the area is now experiencing rapid growth and development. It has become one of Houston's fastest-growing neighborhoods, offering promising opportunities for new businesses. While embracing change, the community is committed to preserving its unique heritage, making the Greater Northside a vibrant and culturally significant part of the city's life.