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.Â 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.