Forum Park, Houston

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Forum Park Apartments

Forum Park is a community in Houston, Texas. It is bounded by Texas State Highway Beltway 8, U.S. Route 59 (Southwest Freeway), and Bissonnet Road.[1] A portion of the community resides in the Greater Sharpstown district.[2]

The community includes many large apartments and townhouses with high population densities.[3] As of 2009, many apartments and townhouses were not well maintained. The pools at the complexes were not well maintained, and trash pickup was not up to standard.[3]

City government[edit]

Houston City Council District J now covers Forum Park.[4] District J was created to allow Hispanics to more easily elect representatives who cater to them.[5] Robert Jara, a political consultant of the group Campaign Strategies, drew the boundaries of District J in order to ensure that Sharpstown and Gulfton were together in one area. That way, the Hispanic residents could lobby for influence with their city council representative, whether he or she is of Hispanic origin or not.[6] In the 2000s, Forum Park was in District C.[7] In the 1990s, Forum Park was in District F.[8]

Crime[edit]

In 2009 the community had a large amount of violent crime. In the two months leading to Thursday February 5, 2009, 36 drug offenses, 35 robberies, 29 burglaries, 23 aggravated assaults, and two rapes occurred in the community. Jeff McShan of KHOU-TV said that many residents in the community had fear about crime.[3]

Education[edit]

Betty Roberts Best Elementary School

Residents are within the Alief Independent School District.

Residents are zoned to Betty Roberts Best Elementary School in Forum Park,[9][10] Klentzman Intermediate School,[11][12] and Olle Middle School.[13] High school attendance is chosen by a computer lottery, which can result in the student going to Alief Elsik High School, Alief Hastings High School or Alief Taylor High School.[14]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Forum Park

The City of Houston operates Forum Park in the community. The park includes a trail system.[15] In 1993 the community Forum Park had no parks within the community. During that year, Houston City Council member John Goodner argued that Forum Park needed a park under the city's "Neighborhoods to Standard" program. Goodner said "They desperately need a park. You can't tell kids to ride their bicycles across the freeway to get to the nearest park."[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robinson, James. "14 areas of city targeted to get major facelifts/Officials recommending subdivisions for patching." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday July 20, 1993. A11. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Map Major Roads." Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on August 15, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c McShan, Jeff. "Neighborhood war zone searches for ways to bring peace." KHOU-TV. February 5, 2009. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  4. ^ City of Houston, Council District Maps, District J." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Shauk, Zain. "Hispanic-opportunity district draws three candidates." Houston Chronicle. Friday October 14, 2011. Retrieved on November 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Political challenge: Revised council redistricting plan offers Hispanics a third majority district." (editorial) Houston Chronicle. Wednesday May 18, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "District C." City of Houston. September 4, 2008. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "map3.gif." City of Houston. February 11, 1997. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "Elementary Attendance Boundary Map." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  10. ^ "Elementary Bilingual Attendance Boundary Map." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  11. ^ "Intermediate School Attendance Boundary Map." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "Intermediate Bilingual Attendance Boundary Map." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  13. ^ "Middle School Attendance Boundary Map." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  14. ^ "2010-2011 Alief ISD Registration Times, Dates, & Requirements." Alief Independent School District. Retrieved on October 16, 2011. "Students receive their assignments to Elsik, Hastings, or Taylor High School by means of a computerized random-draw system. Following the draw assignment, those who are interested in attending Kerr High School may apply for admission"
  15. ^ "Our Parks A-F." City of Houston. Retrieved on December 30, 2011. "9900 Sugar Branch, 77036"

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Coordinates: 29°40′12″N 95°33′18″W / 29.670°N 95.555°W / 29.670; -95.555