West End (Houston)

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West End is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, United States located along the Washington Avenue Corridor.

West End neighborhood sign

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. The West End Park vicinity originally had an array of 1920s shotgun-style bungalows. The driveways there were paved with crushed seashells. This was traditionally an African American part of the neighborhood.

The main street that runs east to west until it breaks off towards and over interstate 10, is Washington Avenue.

The area nearer to the beautiful Memorial Park had larger wood-framed houses with expansive yards until it was gentrified, beginning in the 1990s. The park is a neighborhood fixture, and was at one point an army base named Camp Logan where a 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 official boundaries of West End are Durham Drive to the west, Washington Avenue to the south, I-10 to the north and Yale St. to the east.[1]

The parts of this area that were the worst affected by neglect, poverty, and the Houston crack epidemic have changed into clean and respectful townhomes 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.[2]

Government[edit]

West End is in the 18th Texas Congressional District and is a part of the Houston City Council District "H".[3]

Parks and recreation[edit]

West End park sign

West End Park, established in 1976, is located on the east side of Patterson Street between Koehler and Eli Streets

Education[edit]

West End residents are zoned to the following Houston Independent School District (HISD) public schools:

Previously it was zoned to Milam Elementary School.[7] In April 2004 the HISD board voted to close Milam, rezoning its students to Memorial.[8] Milam was later converted into a private preschool.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West End Civic Club"
  2. ^ "Houston Super Neighborhood 22"
  3. ^ "City of Houston Council District "H" Map." City of Houston. January, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Memorial Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  5. ^ "Hogg Middle School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  6. ^ "Reagan High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  7. ^ "Milam EL Boundary Map." Houston Independent School District. March 28, 2002. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Spencer, Jason. "HISD adopts plan for promotions, shuts 4 schools." Houston Chronicle. Friday April 9, 2004. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Foster, Robin. "School closing draws protest in Cottage Grove." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday May 3, 2011. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.

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Coordinates: 29°46′23″N 95°24′14″W / 29.773°N 95.404°W / 29.773; -95.404