Near North Side Neighborhood
Houston, Harris County
The Near North Side neighborhood, located just north of downtown Houston, is a significant residential development begun in the 1880s-1890s with the expansion of the adjacent Hardy Rail Yards. With the decrease of rail traffic and increase in suburban development, the neighborhood began to decline after World War II.
Today only a handful of residents still live in the neighborhood that was altered drastically in 1954 by the construction of the Elysian Viaduct. The viaduct was built over the Elysian Street right of way and residents live virtually underneath the overpass. The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting surveys to widen the North Freeway, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority is planning an extension of light rail through the neighborhood. The proposed expansion would displace residents, hamper local revitalization efforts, compromise the tax base and result in the demolition of blocks of historic houses, including properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.