Maplewood is a community in Houston, Texas located outside the 610 Loop, southwest of Downtown Houston. It consists of 524 houses. They are one-story and two-story houses, as two stories is the limit allowed by the subdivision. The oldest houses were built in the early 1950s. Maplewood is located along Beechnut, Hillcroft, and Renwick.
The Maplewood Civic Club (MCC) is the area civic club.
Around 1988 Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) proposed having Beechnut Street widened. Residents of Maplewood, Meyerland, and Robindell appeared before the METRO board and protested the plans, stating that they would result in increased traffic. METRO dropped the plans.
In April 2010 the City of Houston "automated" curbside recycling program was extended to Maplewood.
Maplewood Mall, a 94,910-square-foot (8,817 m2) outdoor shopping center, serves neighborhood residents. As of 2004 it has a Foodarama, a Burke's Outlet, a Family Dollar, and a Radio Shack. It opened in 1965 as an indoor shopping mall. In 2004 New Plan Excel Realty renovated the center and converted it from an indoor shopping mall to an outdoor shopping center. On August 6, 2004, it held a grand re-opening. 200 people, including Marvin Zindler, attended. All of the mall's previous tenants continued to occupy space in the refurbished development.
Maplewood is divided between the following elementary schools:
- Braeburn Elementary School
- Herod Elementary School
- Lovett Elementary School
- Sutton Elementary School
Maplewood is divided between the following middle schools:
- Fondren Middle School
- Long Middle School
- Pershing Middle School
Prior to the 1980s oil bust Braeburn Elementary school had a middle class, White student body. After the oil bust, Central American immigrants moved into apartment complexes in the northern portion of Braeburn's attendance zone. By the year 1990 only 5% of Braeburn's 1,000 students were White. On April 29, 1992, a petition to have the neighborhood rezoned to Herod, a mostly-White high performing school, circulated in the southern portion of Braeburn's attendance zone. The area board member, Donald R. McAdams, did not support the proposal, and the request was not approved. McAdams, the author of Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools-- and Winning!: Lessons from Houston, wrote that he did not support the proposal because the area demanding a rezone was across the street from Braeburn to the south and west and that "Moving this neighborhood to Herod would acknowledge that middle-class white [sic] children were not expected to go to a school filled with poor Hispanic children, even when the school was directly across the street." In addition, at that time Herod was overcrowded.
- McAdams, Donald R. Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools-- and Winning!: Lessons from Houston. Teachers College Press, 2000. ISBN 0807770353, 9780807770351.
- "Home." (Archive) Maplewood Civic Club. Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
- Mintz, Bill. "Residents win fight on Beechnut plan." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday September 21, 1988. Retrieved on August 8, 2011.
- "Residents begin new curbside recycling." Houston Chronicle. April 2, 2010. Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
- Lassin, Arlene Nisson. "Maplewood Mall's new look is official / Facility reopens as an outdoor shopping center." Houston Chronicle. Thursday August 12, 2004. ThisWeek 12. Retrieved on December 1, 2011.
- "Maplewood Section Map." (Archive) Maplewood Civic Club. p. 2. Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
- "Braeburn Elementary Attendance Zone Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- "Herod Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
- "Lovett Elementary Attendance Zone Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- "Sutton Elementary Attendance Zone Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- Fondren Middle Attendance Zone Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- Long Middle Attendance Zone Archived 2014-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- Pershing Middle Attendance Zone Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- "Pin Oak Middle School." The Southwest District. Houston Independent School District.
- "Bellaire High School Attendance Zone Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on February 27, 2009.
- Sharpstown High Attendance Zone Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.." Houston Independent School District.
- McAdams, p. 56.
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