Near Northside, Houston

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Near North Side (renamed as the Northside Village by the Superneighborhood Council) is a historic neighborhood located in Northside, Houston, Texas.[1] Near Northside is primarily occupied by people of Hispanic descent and a growing number of African-Americans.[2]

Development of the Near Northside neighborhood begun in the 1880s-1890s with the expansion of the nearby Hardy Rail Yards. With the decrease of rail traffic and increase in suburban development in Houston, the neighborhood began to decline after World War II. Today on a few residents live in the neighborhood that was altered in 1954 by the construction of the Elysian Viaduct.

Preservation Texas, an organization dedicated to preserving historic resources in the state of Texas, named Near Northside Neighborhood to list of Texas' most endangered historic places in 2005. The Metropolitan Transit Authority is planning an extension of the METRORail light rail system through the neighborhood. The proposed expansion could result in the demolition of blocks of historic houses, including properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

In 2011 the community was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Avenue Community Development Corp. supported the listing.[4]


The boundaries of the Near Northside community are Interstate 45, Hardy Street, Burnett Street, and roughly Cavalcade Street.[4]

Before the development of the interstate system in the mid-20th century, there was an area at the intersection of Hill Street and Lyons Avenue named "Pearl Harbor." The writer Sigman Byrd, active from the late 1940s until the early 1960s, wrote about it, and the writings were published in Sig Byrd's Houston.[5]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Near North Side is served by the Houston Independent School District.

Elementary schools serving sections of the community within the Near North Side include Ketelsen,[6] Looscan,[7] C. Martinez,[8] and Sherman.[9]

All residents are zoned to Marshall Middle School and Jefferson Davis High School.[10][11]

Elementary schools formerly serving the Near Northisde include Lamar Elementary,[12] Lee Elementary,[13] and Ryan Elementary.[14]

The new Northside Elementary School will be built in place of Sherman Elementary on McKee St. HISD plans to level Sherman Elementary and build a new, larger school at its current location in Northside Village. The work will consist of demolishing the existing buildings on the site (including the school building and houses) and construction of a new 86,000-square-foot (8,000 m2) school building to accommodate 750 students.[15]

Jefferson Davis High School is located on Quitman Street. Marshall Middle School is across from Davis. Nearby elementaries are Sherman and the brand new Ketelsen which replaced Lamar and Lee Elementaries.[16]

YES East End, a charter Grade 6 middle school, is actually located in the Near North Side area, northwest of the East End area.

Private schools[edit]

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston oversees the Holy Name School, a Kindergarten through 8th Grade school in the area [1]. January 2009 the Archdiocese of Galvesto-Houston announced the closing of Holy Name School.

Public libraries[edit]

Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Ana Maria Lopez Houston Police Department Storefront

The Houston Public Library's Carnegie Neighborhood Library serves the community.[17]

Community services[edit]

Harris County Hospital District operates the Casa de Amigos Health Center at 1615 North Main Street and the Thomas Street Health Center at 2015 Thomas Street; both are in Houston.


  1. ^ GHPA > HNC > Newsletter
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  4. ^ a b Meeks, Flori. "Near Northside sees past as key to progress." Houston Chronicle. October 16, 2012. Retrieved on December 20, 2012. "Near Northside is bounded by Burnett Street to the south, Interstate 45 to the west, Hardy Street to the East and roughly Cavalcade to the north."
  5. ^ Lomax, John Nova. "Houston 101: Sig Byrd, Houston's King of True-Life Noir." Houston Press. Friday November 20, 2009. Retrieved on September 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ketelsen Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  7. ^ "Looscan Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  8. ^ "C. Martinez Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  9. ^ "Sherman Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  10. ^ "Marshall Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  11. ^ "Jefferson Davis High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  12. ^ "Lamar EL Boundary Map." Houston Independent School District. November 28, 2001.
  13. ^ "Lee EL Boundary Map." Houston Independent School District. November 28, 2001.
  14. ^ "Ryan EL Boundary Map." Houston Independent School District. March 28, 2002.
  15. ^, June 28, 2011.
  16. ^ SN #51
  17. ^ "Carnegie Neighborhood Library." Houston Public Library. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.

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