Bellaire Boulevard

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The intersection of Bellaire Boulevard (百利大道 Bǎilì Dàdào) and Corporate Drive (合作路 Hézuò Lù) in Chinatown
The intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and Beltway 8 (八号公路 Bāhào Gōnglù) in Chinatown

Bellaire Boulevard is an arterial road in western Houston, Texas, United States. The street also goes through unincorporated areas in Harris County and the cities of Bellaire, Southside Place, and West University Place.

Bellaire Boulevard goes through or next to the Houston communities of Alief, Chinatown, Gulfton, and Sharpstown.[1] In addition the boulevard goes through the Greater Sharpstown management district.[2] John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press described Bellaire Boulevard as "a world market of a street, a bazaar where Mexicans, Anglos, Salvadorans, African Americans, Hondurans, stoners, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans and Thais go to shop and eat."[1] The street ends at Holcombe Boulevard, which extends to the Texas Medical Centre.[3]

As of 2005 many Salvadoran immigrants live and work along the portion of Bellaire Boulevard in the Gulfton area.[4] Many Asian American businesses populate the sections of Bellaire Boulevard in Alief and Chinatown.[5]

History[edit]

William Wright Baldwin, who was the president of the South End Land Company in the 1900s and 1910s, constructed the portion of Bellaire Boulevard from the Bellaire town site to Main Street in Houston.[6] He also incorporated the Westmoreland Railroad Company to build an electric streetcar line down the centre of the boulevard. The streetcar, known as the "Toonerville Trolley," operated from 12 December 1910, until bus service replaced it on 26 September 1927[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lomax, John Nova. I am a Pedestrian Report: Bellaire. Houston Press. 25 May 2007. Retrieved on 4 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Districts." Greater Sharpstown. Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ Kever, Jeannie."STREET HISTORY Who was Stella Link?." (Archive). Houston Chronicle. 25 January 2008. Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ Moreno, Jenalia. "Salvadoran émigrés build a new life and a commerce network in Houston by providing products and services familiar to their fellow countrymen / A foreign concept." Houston Chronicle. Sunday, 6 February 2005. Business 1. Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Super Neighbourhood #25 - Alief." City of Houston. Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  6. ^ Bellaire, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  7. ^ The Beautiful City of Bellaire, Texas City of Bellaire, Texas Website.

Coordinates: 29°42′20″N 95°29′19″W / 29.7055°N 95.4887°W / 29.7055; -95.4887