Midtown, Texas Apartments

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Midtown Houston, Texas is a district area which can be found just south of Downtown Houston Texas, bordering the Montrose Area as well as the United States Highway 59. Midtown was the second residential neighborhood that was created in Houston, after settling Allen's Landing. This area experienced a great amount of growth throughout the 1940s, but this explosive growth eventually declined in the 1980s. Midtown is the only district within Texas to ever experience a negative growth between the years of 1980 to 1990. Despite Midtown's steep decline in growth, this was an area in Houston that was a strong magnet for French Indochinese refugees and Vietnamese American residents. Businesses have been established by French Indochinese refugees, who have created Little Saigon in the area. During this era, Little Saigon truly was a mirror image of the true Saigon. Unfortunately, many Vietnamese-American businesses have begun to decline since the later 1990s, because of higher cost of rent and increasing street construction brought on by redevelopment. The root cause of these issues had a lot to do with the designation of Midtown as a zone for Tax Increment Reinvestment during the mid to late 1990s.

When a redevelopment movement works to drive up the values on land, oftentimes existing residents are forced out of the community all together, or they are forced to assimilate with new community members. This scenario occurred in the neighboring Montrose, as well as in Midtown. Many of the Vietnamese-American owned businesses had to be relocated in the wake of this redevelopment, finding their businesses located on the Bellaire Boulevard corridor found to the west of Sharpstown.

Midtown experienced another significant growth as new zones were developed for retail, commercial and residential. Along the Main Street of Midtown, you will find Houston's METRO Rail Red Line. There are three different stops located within Midtown; Wheeler, Ensemble/HCC and McGowen.

There is a single school which is located within Midtown, J. Will Jones Elementary school. There are other schools in the nearby vicinity including MacGregor Elementary School, Gregory Lincoln Education Center, and Lamar High School.


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