Regions and Neighborhoods: The Greater Northside reflects Houston’s diversity
Houston’s Greater Northside is home to many gems, including Instagram-worthy scenes, diverse cuisine, historic districts, parks and trails, and the legendary Houston Farmers Market. The partnership recently spent a day with the Greater Northside Management District to explore what their area has to offer. “We are Houston at its core” The district is focused on promoting economic development, improving the quality of life for commercial and residential property owners and creating opportunity for new development. It covers 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 up-and-coming neighborhoods like Hardy Yards, the neighborhood has something for everyone. “We are Houston at heart. They reflect the diversity of the city,” said Rebecca Reyna, Executive Director of GNMD. Certain neighborhoods on the south side of the borough are considered some of the oldest in Houston, having been founded in the 1880s and settled primarily by immigrants from Central and Southern Europe. Today you’ll find a predominantly Hispanic population that’s changing again as more people move to the district. Reyna said the character and prime location draws people to the area. “What I’ve noticed is that people who move here want to keep their character and want to be involved in their community,” she said. The district is easily accessible via Hardy Toll Road, Loop 610, I-45, I-10, and I-69, allowing motorists to reach most parts of the city in about 20 minutes. The METRORail Red Line also serves the district and there are more than 10 Bcycle stations in the area. The precinct is covered in public murals, many designed by Houston artists including Gelson Lemus, better known as W3r3on3. Check out this post on Instagram A post shared by W3r3on3 insomniaks krew (@w3r3on3) The business community and projects on the horizon The GNMD is home to more than 10,000 companies, more than 5,000 commercial, retail and industrial properties and more than 150 restaurants. Conceptual depiction of Meow Wolf in former buildings of Moncrief Lenoir. (Courtesy The Deal Company/E-Studio Group) Conceptual rendering of the courtyard of the Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy The Deal Company/E-Studio Group) Conceptual rendering of the Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy The Deal Company/E-Studio Group) Conceptual rendering of the media location in the Moncrief Lenoir buildings. (Courtesy of 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 from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. According to developer DealCo, Meow Wolf will be the anchor tenant of the 120,000-square-foot mixed-use space, which will feature restaurants, event spaces, artist studios and galleries, creative workspaces, loft offices and more. Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience, is expected to open its “portal” in Houston in 2024. A 10-acre piece of land owned by the city in Hardy Yards will be converted into affordable single-family homes with commercial and family housing along North Main Street. Reyna is also excited about a $6 million project to rebuild Quitman Street from Houston Avenue to Elysian Street to add sidewalks, lighting, bike lanes and more. Some of the notable shops and restaurants throughout the district include: Saint Arnold Brewing Company Spanish Flower El Bolillo Bakery Pinkerton’s Barbecue Teotihuacan Mexican Café (original location) Houston Farmers Market White Oak Music Hall Houston Foam Plastics A few hidden gems: Granel Spice Market Houston Dairymaids Big Owl Craft Brew House Gerardo’s Butterfly Pocket Park Great views of downtown Houston from the White Oak Bayou Greenway Bike Trailhead near Henry Street and South Street Learn about living and working in Houston.