West End (Houston)
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Traditionally a working-class neighborhood, recent gentrification has increased the population density and the development of numerous townhome communities. For many residents, the area known as the West End was the land north of Memorial Drive, south of I-10, east of Westcott and west of Studemont. The area had a variety of architecture. For instance the area in the vicinity of the West End Park had an array of 1920's shot gun style bungalows. The drive ways there were paved with crushed sea shells. This area was traditionally an African American part of the neighborhood. The main avenue that flows on an East to West base until it breaks off towards and over interstate 10, is Washington. The area nearer to the beautiful Memorial Park had larger wood framed house with expansive yards until it was gentrified beginning in the 1990s. Memorial Park is neighborhood fixture. The park was at one point an army base named Camp Logan where an army mutiny raged at one point. Buffalo bayou serves as a natural southern border for the West End. WHite Oak bayou also meanders through a portion of it. The Houston Heights is a natural buffer to the north. The West End has other interesting portions of what make it a classic Houston neighborhood. Take the Jackson Hill area with all its hipness and textured roads towards biking, jogging, tennis and a host of other outdoor activities that await. Or you can head towards the Washington avenue and get your foodie on. Why not shop at one of the many shopping areas too. This area has undergone intense change. The parts that were the worst affected from neglect, poverty, the Houston Crack Epidemic have changed into glitzy clean and respectful town homes for many.
West End is also a part of Super Neighborhood 22, an organized collection of neighborhood civic clubs along the Washington Corridor that voices their neighborhoods' interests to various local issues/situations.
The official boundaries of West End are Durham Dr.to the west, Washington Ave to the south, I-10 to the north and Yale St. to the east.
Parks and recreation
West End Park, established in 1976, is located on the East side of Patterson St. between Koehler St. and Eli St.
West End residents are zoned to the following Houston Independent School District (HISD) public schools:
- "Houston Super Neighborhood 22"
- "West End Civic Club"
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- West End Civic Club
- Houston Super Neighborhood 22
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