International District (Greater Houston)

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The International Management District (IMD) or simply the International District (ID) is a management district in Harris County and Fort Bend County, Texas. Most of the district is within the city of Houston, while a portion lies within an unincorporated area.[1]

History[edit]

Texas State Representative Hubert Vo suggested the creation of a management district.[2] The 80th session of the Texas Legislature created the district in 2007.[3] In 2009 the district stated that at least half of its $1 million budget would be used to enhance security.[4]

Cityscape[edit]

The district has about 12 square miles (31 km2) of land. It is roughly bounded by Bellaire Boulevard to the north, Texas State Highway 6 to the west, and Beltway 8 to the east. The district runs along Bissonnet from Highway 6 to Kirkwood. The district then runs along West Bellfort to U.S. Highway 59.[2] The area occupied by the district is commonly known as Alief.[5] As of 2011 seven hotels are located in the district.[6]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The International Management District levies taxes on businesses in its boundaries to increase security, to promote international business and trade, and to pay for beautification projects.[3]

County, state, and federal representation[edit]

The Harris County Sheriff's Office serves the unincorporated Harris County side. It operates the Mission Bend Storefront in the International District.[1][7] The El Franco Lee Health Center in the district, operated by the Harris County Hospital District, opened on May 19, 2009.[8] Prior to the opening, the closest facility was the People's Health Center. The district said in a 2006 Houston Chronicle article that it planned to build a health care facility in Alief.[9] The center has 66,000 square feet (6,100 m2) of space.[10]

The United States Postal Service operates the Alief Post Office and the Beechnut Post Office.[11][12]

Economy[edit]

The International Trade Center-Houston was established around the time of the formation of the International District.[13]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The Harris County residents are within the Alief Independent School District.[1] The Fort Bend County residents are within the Fort Bend Independent School District.[1] Christina Autry of the IMD wrote that "The International Management District (IMD) largely overlaps with Alief ISD".[14]

Alief ISD schools in the district boundaries include:[15]

Each area is assigned to a particular elementary school, with several areas assigned to elementary schools outside of the district. Some schools do not have bilingual programs, so bilingual students for those schools are redirected to other schools.[16] In addition to the intermediate schools above, Alief Intermediate, Budewig, Mata, and Miller serve sections of the district, with bilingual students at Alief Int. being redirected to Owens.[17] In addition to the middle schools above, Alief Middle, Albright, and Holub middle schools serve portions of the district.[18] High school students in Alief ISD are randomly assigned to either Elsik, Hastings, or Taylor, with the same institution for all grade levels, while Kerr and Alief Early College serve as magnet schools.[19]

The Fort Bend County portion is served by Arizona Fleming Elementary School,[20] Hodges Bend Middle School,[21] and George Bush High School.[22]

Community colleges[edit]

The Houston Community College System has served the Alief area since 1982.[23] The HCC Alief Campus, a part of the Southwest College,[24] is in the Westchase area of Houston.[23][25] The HCC Alief Continuing Education Center is located in an unincorporated area in Harris County adjacent to the International District.[23] In 1982 HCCS expanded classes to Alief Elsik High School. In 2001, HCCS opened the Alief Center on Bissonnet. In 2007, the new Alief Campus in Westchase opened. In 2008, the former Alief Center became the Continuing Education Center.[23]

Public libraries[edit]

Houston Public Library operates the David M. Henington-Alief Regional Library in the district.[26]

Recreation[edit]

The Lunar New Year is celebrated in the district.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "International District Boundaries Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine." International District. Retrieved on May 2, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to the International Management District." International Management District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Kumar, Seshadri and Jennifer Friedberg. "Alief set to establish International Management District / Second bill can let AISD board increase length of trustees' terms." Houston Chronicle. Thursday June 7, 2007. ThisWeek 7. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Martin, Betty L. "INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT DISTRICT." Houston Chronicle. March 17, 2009. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  5. ^ "About the District Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine." International Management District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  6. ^ "Hotels Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine." International District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "Contact Information Archived 2010-03-03 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  8. ^ "El Franco Lee Health Center Archived 2009-05-02 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County Hospital District. Accessed April 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Kumar, Seshadri. "County plans Alief health center / Twelve-acre facility would be largest in HCHD." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 26, 2006. ThisWeek 5. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  10. ^ "HCHD Set to Open New El Franco Lee Health Center in Alief Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County Hospital District. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location - ALIEF Archived 2010-05-20 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  12. ^ "Post Office Location - BEECHNUT Archived 2010-05-17 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  13. ^ Wollam, Allison. "New district imports global trade center." Houston Business Journal. Friday October 26, 2007. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Autry, Christina. "Q&A With Superintendent of Alief ISD and IMD Board Member HD Chambers". International District, Houston. Retrieved 2019-08-14. The International Management District (IMD) largely overlaps with Alief ISD[...]
  15. ^ "International District with Campus Network, 2010". International District. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  16. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Boundary Map". Alief Independent School District. Retrieved 2019-08-14. - Regular boundary PDF and Bilingual boundary PDF
  17. ^ "Intermediate School Attendance Boundary Map". Alief Independent School District. Retrieved 2019-08-14. - Regular boundary PDF and Bilingual Boundary PDF.
  18. ^ "Middle School Attendance Boundary Map". Alief Independent School District. Retrieved 2019-08-14. - PDF.
  19. ^ "Alief ISD High School Information". Alief Independent School District. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  20. ^ "2009–2010 Elementary Schools[permanent dead link]." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  21. ^ "2009–2010 Middle Schools[permanent dead link]." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  22. ^ "2009–2010 High Schools[permanent dead link]." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  23. ^ a b c d "HCC provides opportunity and education for the Alief community[permanent dead link]." Houston Community College System. Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  24. ^ "HCC Southwest College Archived 2013-10-31 at the Wayback Machine." Houston Community College. Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  25. ^ "SECT2-key.gif Archived 2009-02-27 at the Wayback Machine." Westchase. Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  26. ^ "Henington-Alief Regional Library Archived 2010-04-20 at the Wayback Machine." Houston Public Library. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  27. ^ "2010 Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine." International District. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.

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