Houston Complete Communities

Near Northside

Planning Process

"A Complete Community is..."

We heard the voices of Near Northside, and this is what they said

Word Cloud Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience
Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience

Planning Process

Planning Process

Every neighborhood’s assets, challenges and vision are unique. However, the goal of Complete Communities is the same: to improve neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. The Complete Communities Planning Process is designed to create an Action Plan that will guide how communities and their partners will reach that goal. This collaborative community-driven method will achieve consensus on a vision and goals, identify projects and strategies, set priorities, engage partners, create benchmarks to measure success over time and adopt the Action Plan. The final step is to implement the goals that completes the community’s vision. Near Northside has existing community plans rich with neighborhood participation and support. Because of its extensive planning work, Near Northside will follow steps 3-5.

For more information on meeting specifics in Near Northside that are planned or have occurred, click:

Vision & Goals
Kick-Off Meeting
November 2, 2017

Action Plan Adoption
Open House
Feb. 20, 2018

Neighborhood Profile

Near Northside, located just north of Houston’s downtown, is one of the city’s historic neighborhoods. The super neighborhood is connected to Downtown Houston by Main Street. The neighborhood is generally bounded by I-10 to the south, I-45 to the west, and Hardy Street to the east, while extending a number of blocks north of I-610. The Complete Communities focus area for the Near Northside is the area between the north side of I-10 and the south side of the I-610 Loop, and generally between Robertson Street and Maury Street.

Near Northside saw its first development in the late 1800s with the growth of the city’s railroad industry and the influx of European immigrants. The Hardy Rail Yards, which lies on the southern edge, drew residential and commercial development to the area just north of White Oak Bayou and Downtown Houston. The Near Northside is still home to a variety of small, locally owned businesses, many Victorian style homes, and a variety of social service and healthcare agencies.

The Near Northside is serviced by METRORail’s Red Line, extending along its two major commercial arteries: North Main and Fulton streets. Home to a largely Hispanic population, the Near Northside features its culture through the neighborhood’s annual Sabor del Northside festival. Moody Park is an important gathering place in the community, along with Northside High School (formally Jefferson Davis High School). The southern part of the neighborhood includes Marshall Middle School and Carnegie Library.