About

The Near Northside is roughly a small area of Houston that’s generally recognized as being bordered by Burnett street to the South, I-45 to the West, Hardy Street to the east, and more or less Cavalcade to North. anything above Cavalcade to about Crosstimbers is considered “Lindale.” Near Northside is an area that was once part of the Fifth Ward when the Ward system was used as a districting device for city government during the early years of Houston’s history.  Clifford Crouch mentions in his article, “A Few Words on the Wards” that the Fifth Ward is defined by an 1890 Houston Street Directory as “Bounded by Buffalo and White Oak Bayous to the south and west and the northeast city limits.” (HTexas Magazine May 2007). The area that I talk about as the Near Northside was once predominantly occupied by people of Italian and German decent, but was re-gentrified by a largely Mexican-American population after world War II. The area East of Highway 59 is still generally thought of as Fifth Ward, though I’ve also heard people draw that line just East of Hardy Street.


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This is an account of northsiders and their daily lives in the neighborhood and beyond. We see all kinds of things that seem to happen to us and around us by the city, land developers, everyone who stands to benefit from the proximity to downtown and the existing infrastructure that we currently enjoy. Some things that happen are good (we need light rail in this city). Other things are bad (some people don’t want light rail). In general, we try to make it through the day the best we can.

 

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  2. Staci Davis says:

    What a great blog! Keep up the good work. I’d love to contribute sometime!!

    Staci from Radical Eats

    Things I love about Northside: Dancing at Casa Grande Kaoroke at Kukos!

  3. nearnort says:

    Thank you, Staci!

  4. Mandy says:

    I am a realtor in Houston, and I heard there were deed restrictions filed in the Near Northside. How can I look up which properties this pertains to? Do you have a map?

  5. nearnort says:

    I’m not aware of any deed restrictions in the Near Northside. There might be deed restrictions in Lindale Park; but if so, they would have been filed a long time ago. A few areas in the Near Northside have, in fact, recently filed for Chapter 42, minimum lot size restrictions. Those are not deed restrictions, but rather are amendments to the City of Houston’s planning code regarding the minimum lot size allowed in a specific area – making it impossible to subdivide an existing lot into anything smaller than the prescribed minimum size.

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