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The History of Northside

Houston’s Near Northside Neighborhood is a historic neighborhood developed in the 1880’s. It is located inside the city’s inner loop just north of downtown.

The first to settle in the neighborhood were immigrants from Germany, Italy and other parts of Europe; many of whom settled in the Northside to live near their work at the Southern Pacific Hardy Rail Yard. Part of the neighborhood has been designated as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Northside expanded with the Ryon Addition in the 1910’s, The Irvington Addition in the 1920’s and Lindale Park in 1930’s. After World War Two, demographic changes lead to the Northside becoming a predominately Mexican American Neighborhood.

Detailed Overview
With a strong history and culture, the Near Northside’s 29,923 residents- as stated by the 2000 Census- are primarily of Hispanic descent with a growing number of African-Americans.

The Near Northside neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation from a warehouse district known for crime and lacking in economic opportunities, to a more vibrant community offering new homes, retail options, jobs and recreational spaces to residents.

Crime, an aging housing stock, and inadequate infrastructure have degraded the quality of life in the community, but due to its proximity to downtown, the neighborhood is experiencing new redevelopment activity along with the Metro Light Rail expansion that will go through the neighborhood. Also, the Main Street transportation corridor provides an important connection between the Near Northside and the downtown business district.