Super Neighborhoods

Super Neighborhood 63 - Second Ward


NAME: Second Ward

DATE RECOGNIZED:

STATUS: Active

COUNCIL DISTRICT: H

MAYOR’S ASSISTANCE OFFICE: Southeast

CONTACT AND MEETING INFORMATION:
Roy Lira
1st Monday, 6:30 pm, Even Months
NCI Ripley House, Middle School Bldg.
4414 Navigation Blvd, 77011
Meeting Virtually at this time
superneighborhood63@gmail.com
facebook.com/pages/Second Ward

LOCATION:

The Second Ward is located in the shadows of downtown Houston just east of US Highway 59.

As early as the 1840’s, the Second Ward extended from the center of downtown Houston, at the northeast corner of Main Street and Congress Avenue and extended eastward to the city limits. During the 20th Century, the cultural and geographic heart of the neighborhood became more closely identified with the area bounded by the Houston Belt and Terminal Railway, Harrisburg Boulevard, Lockwood Street and Buffalo Bayou.

COMMMUNITY DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:

Second Ward is one of Houston’s four original neighborhoods. Frost Town, which is arguably the earliest part of Houston (pre-dates 1836) is located within Second Ward. The area is one of the city’s most historic and culturally significant neighborhoods and has a proud heritage of being a focal point in the city’s twenty-first century industrial expansion. The area has maintained a strong Hispanic identity for much of the 20th Century, but the neighborhood is so deep-rooted that it has played host to several different periods of settlement by different ethnic groups. During the mid to late 19th century, the area was largely settled by Germans, followed by Italians and Anglos, and then by Hispanics beginning in the 1920’s and gaining in numbers by the 1940’s. The area remains primarily Hispanic but is now home to a diverse population of many cultures, multi-generational families, an influx of new residents, and socio-economic backgrounds. The location and neighborhood culture are primary attractions to entrepreneurs investing in the re-emergence of the neighborhood as a business hub to professional services, manufacturing, food service industry, and technology.

Aside from the parts of the neighborhood located within the downtown district, much of Second ward was very rural until the turn of the 20th century. There were few named roads to take residents to and from Second Ward into downtown, located only 1-2 miles, away except for Commerce Street, Engelke, and Harrisburg. Today, the area plays host to organizations which focus their attention on the East End, such as the Greater East End Management District, Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, BakerRipley Ripley House, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Rebuilding Together Houston, and Talento Bilingue De Houston. The area is home to one City of Houston Landmark, two State of Texas Historic Landmarks, and numerous potential historic landmark sites and districts that date from the 1870’s, the 1930’s, and 1940’s..

CIVIC CLUBS: (Updated 6/29/2022)

•   Navigation Village Homeowners Association email
•   Rusk Civic Club email

PARKS:


•   Eastwood Park 5020 Harrisburg 77011
•   Fox Park 500 York 77003
•   Guadalupe Plaza 2311 Runnels 77003
•   Marron (Tony) Park 808 N. York 77003
•   Settegast Park 3000 Garrow 77003

BYLAWS:

Bylaws

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