In June 1837, a steamboat named The Constitution, sailed up Buffalo Bayou (now The Port of Houston) and validated the idea of Houston becoming an economic trading hub capable of competing on the world stage. A huge influx of immigrants from Asia and Mexico began to shape much of east Houston with the construction of many new neighborhoods. East Downtown, or EaDo, owes its existence to the settling of these new residents but it wasn’t until the economic boom of the 1990s that the East End reemerged as an economic powerhouse and continues today stronger than at any other point in its history.
The Houston Heights’ history began at the end of the 19th century. When Houston Heights was founded in 1891, it was a street-car suburb of Houston. It had its own local government until the City of Houston annexed the neighborhood in 1919. The historic influence gives the exciting community of Houston Heights many advantages over other neighborhoods in town. Known for its architectural distinction, small-town character, and proximity to Downtown Houston, The Houston Heights is an enchanting step back into yesteryear. The Heights feels very much like a small town in the middle of a big city but don’t think this little gem is not growing.
This District has three notable qualities: its working population is well educated, it is in close proximity to downtown, and has great appeal as a restaurant, entertainment, and shopping area. There are over 2,100 businesses in the Montrose District which is a popular shopping and dining destination for Houstonians and visitors that are looking for smaller more intimate shops, restaurants and drinking places offering more personal service than that typically found in suburban chain outlets.
Established in 1947 by Oak Forest Realty Corporation, owned by Frank Sharp, a developer who would later establish Sharpstown. In 2011 an article in the Houston Chronicle referred to Oak Forest as the “new West University“. Some refer to Oak Forest as “like a little mini Bellaire, but with better prices. Oak Forest is in northwest Houston, outside of, and north of the 610 Loop and east of U.S. Route 290. It is located near West 43rd Street, and is between T. C. Jester and Interstate 45.
AKA The Washington Arts District aka 1st Ward Arts District is a subdivision located a mere 8 blocks from downtown Houston tucked between the I-10 East curve and Washington Avenue. It is a state recognized cultural district in Houston and home to several converted warehouses which house over 250 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs, as well as vast amounts of exhibition and event space. Because of this unique congregation of creative space, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas!