Super Neighborhoods

Super Neighborhood 83 - MacGregor

Recognized 03.14.2005

Your super neighborhood at-a-glance:

Location

MacGregor is a collection of neighborhoods on both sides of Brays Bayou east of the Texas Medical Center. The super neighborhood is bounded by Blodgett/Wheeler on the north, Old Spanish Trail on the south, Almeda on the west and Spur 5 on the east.

Brief History

The area was once home to a large number of Jewish families such as the Fingers, the Sakowitz's, and the Battlesteins. The area started becoming predominantly African American in the middle 1950s, after the Jewish families began moving out to the suburbs. Some parts of the community include stately homes interspersed with small motels and apartments. Some subdivisions, notably Timbercrest, University Oaks and Riverside Terrace along South MacGregor, retain their gracious residential characteristics and contain numerous examples of outstanding architecture. Home construction and commercial development have recently revived, especially on the southern edge of the area.

  • 1930's - One neighborhood became well known for having the two firsts: Riverside Terrace had an all gas home and first air conditioned home.
  • 1944 - The Groovey Grill Restaurant came into being in 1944 and was originally at the corner of Tierwester St. and Wheeler Avenue. Many well known celebrities dined at the restaurant.
  • 1983 - Family Café restaurant opened
  • 1985 - Unity National Bank was chartered

Famous/Well Known Residents

  • Quentin Mease, who celebrated his 100th birthday in 2008, is a member of the Harris County Hospital Board and the Hospital on North MacGregor is named after him. He was also a founder of the South Central Branch of the YMCA.
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee
  • State Representative Al Edwards
  • Council Member Ronald Green
  • Carroll Robinson former City Council member and current TSU professor

Homeowner's Associations and Civic Clubs

  • Central City Civic Club
  • Hermann Lake Estates
  • Home Improvement & Protection Association
  • Honey Circle Family Civic League
  • MacGregor Estates
  • North MacGregor Oaks Civic Association, Inc
  • Oak Manor/University Woods Civic Club
  • Old Spanish Trail Community Partnership
  • Parkwood Drive Civic Club
  • Riverside Civic Association
  • Riverside Terrace Civic Club
  • South MacGregor Civic Club
  • Southwood Civic Club
  • Southwood Oaks Civic Association
  • The 3700 Charleston Civic Club
  • Tierwester Oaks Civic Club
  • University Oaks Civic Club
  • West MacGregor Home Owners Association
  • West MacGregor Estates Civic Club

Community Schools

  • Lockhart Elementary
  • Thompson Elementary
  • Turner Elementary
  • DeBakey High School for the Health Professionals
  • YMCA of Houston Charter School
  • WaLIPP (William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity)

Parks

  • MacGregor Park
  • Yvette Calloway Park
  • Bennett Mills Park

Contact Info

  • SN meetings are held the third Thursday of each month starting at 6:30pm at the Lonnie Smith Library located at 3624 Scott Street.
  • SN Chairman: Tomora Bell

Super Neighborhood Statistical Info