Regions and Neighborhoods: Greater Northside Management District Reflects Houston's Diversity
Houston’s Greater Northside is home to a lot of gems, including Instagram-worthy scenes, diverse cuisine, historic neighborhoods, parks and trails and the iconic Houston Farmers Market. The Partnership recently spent the day with the Greater Northside Management District to explore what their area has to offer.
"We are Houston at the core"
The district focuses on promoting economic development, improving the quality of life for commercial and residential property owners and creating opportunities for new development. It encompasses more than 24 square miles north of downtown Houston. The vastness of the district means it serves a diverse population. From historic neighborhoods like Lindale Park and Woodland Heights to emerging ones like Hardy Yards, the district offers something for everyone.
“We are Houston at the core. Reflecting the diversity of the city,” said Rebecca Reyna, Executive Director of GNMD.
Certain neighborhoods on the south side of the district are considered some of the oldest in Houston, established in the 1880sand settled primarily by immigrants from central and southern Europe. Today, you’ll find a mostly Hispanic population, which is once again transforming as more people move into the district. Reyna said character and prime location are what draw people to the area.
“I’ve noticed people moving here want to keep the character and they’re getting involved in their community,” she said.
The district is easily accessible via the Hardy Toll Road, Loop 610, I-45, I-10 and I-69, allowing drivers to get to most parts of the city within roughly 20 minutes. The METRORail Red Line also provides service to the district and there are more than 10 Bcycle stations in the area.
The district is covered with public art murals, many designed by Houston artists, including Gelson Lemus, better known as W3r3on3.
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The Business Community and Projects on the Horizon
The GNMD is home to more than 10,000 businesses, more than 5,000 commercial, retail and industrial properties and more than 150 restaurants.
Conceptual rendering of Meow Wolf at former Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy: The Deal Company/E-Studio Group)
Conceptual rendering of courtyard at Moncrief Lenoir buildings (Courtesy: The Deal Company/E-Studio Group)
Conceptual rendering of Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy: The Deal Company/E-Studio Group)
Conceptual rendering of media venue at Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy: The Deal Company/E-Studio Group)
Reyna said there are many exciting developments underway or on the horizon, including the redevelopment of the historic Moncrief Lenoir Manufacturing Company buildings across the street from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. According to developer DealCo, Meow Wolf will be the anchor tenant of the 120,000-square-foot mixed-use space, offering restaurants, event space, artist studios and galleries, creative workspace, loft offices and more. Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience, is expected to open its Houston “portal” in 2024.
A 10-acre tract of land in Hardy Yards, owned by the city, will be developed into affordable single-family homes with commercial and multi-family housing along North Main Street. Reyna is also excited about a $6 million project to reconstruct Quitman Street from Houston Avenue to Elysian Street to add sidewalks, lighting, bike lanes and more.
Some of the notable businesses and restaurants located across the district include:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
El Bolillo Bakery
Teotihuacan Mexican Café (original location)
Houston Farmers Market
White Oak Music Hall
Houston Foam Plastics
A few hidden gems:
Granel Spice Market
Big Owl Craft Brew House
Butterfly Pocket Park
Great view of downtown Houston from White Oak Bayou Greenway Bike Trailhead near Henry and South Streets
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