Published Oct 05, 2022 by Brina Morales
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.
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 GNMD is home to more than 10,000 businesses, more than 5,000 commercial, retail and industrial properties and more than 150 restaurants.
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:
A few hidden gems:
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