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Bellaire Boulevard is an arterial road in western Houston, Texas, United States. The street also goes through unincorporated areas in Harris County and the cities of Bellaire, Southside Place, and West University Place.

Bellaire Boulevard goes through or next to the Houston communities of Alief, Chinatown, Gulfton, and Sharpstown.[1] In addition the boulevard goes through the Greater Sharpstown management district.[2] John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press described Bellaire Boulevard as "a world market of a street, a bazaar where Mexicans, Anglos, Salvadorans, African Americans, Hondurans, stoners, Vietnamese, Chinese, Koreans and Thais go to shop and eat."[1] The street ends at Holcombe Boulevard, which extends to the Texas Medical Center.[3]

As of 2005 many Salvadoran immigrants live and work along the portion of Bellaire Boulevard in the Gulfton area.[4] Many Asian American businesses populate the sections of Bellaire Boulevard in Alief and Chinatown.[5]

History

William Wright Baldwin, who was the president of the South End Land Company in the 1900s and 1910s, constructed the portion of Bellaire Boulevard from the Bellaire town site to Main Street in Houston.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Lomax, John Nova. I am a Pedestrian Report: Bellaire. Houston Press. May 25, 2007. Retrieved on August 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Districts." Greater Sharpstown. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  3. ^ Kever, Jeannie."STREET HISTORY Who was Stella Link?." (Archive). Houston Chronicle. January 25, 2008. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Moreno, Jenalia. "Salvadoran émigrés build a new life and a commerce network in Houston by providing products and services familiar to their fellow countrymen / A foreign concept." Houston Chronicle. Sunday February 6, 2005. Business 1. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Super Neighborhood #25 - Alief." City of Houston. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  6. ^ Bellaire, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.

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