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See also South Park (disambiguation)

The South Park community of Houston, Texas is a broad post-World War II development in the south-central area of the city, just south of MacGregor Park (from which it gets its name) and the 610 Loop. According to the 2000 Census, the community has a population of 22,282. 81% of the South Park population is African American, compared to 25% for the city as a whole. Houston's Martin Luther King Boulevard (formerly called South Park Boulevard) runs through the area. Reflecting its postwar origins, many streets in South Park are named after World War II battle sites.

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History

Between 1990 and 2000 the Hispanic population of South Park increased by between 5 and 10 percent. In 2005 Lori Rodriguez of the Houston Chronicle said that South Park had several abandoned businesses and an obvious drug dealer presence.[1]

In 2007 South Park was one of several Houston neighborhoods with a high concentration of ex-felons.[2]

Boundaries

The South Park subdivision has four sections. Section 1 is bounded by Calhoun Road, a line south of Pershing Boulevard, a line east of St. Lo Road, and a line north of Doolittle Road.[3][4] One part of Sections 2-4 is bounded by the 610 Loop, a line south and west of Burma Road, a line south of St. Lo Road, and a line east of Kassarine Pass.[5][6][7][8] Another portion of Sections 2-4 is bound by Calhoun, 18th, Jutland, and a line north of Southwind Avenue.[9] Another portion is wedged between St. Lo and Martin Luther King Boulevard (formerly South Park Boulevard).[10]

Education

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Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Kandy Stripe Academy

South Park children are zoned to schools in the Houston Independent School District. The community is within Trustee District IV, represented by Paula M. Harris as of 2008.[11]

Elementary schools serving sections of South Park include Alcott,MADING,FROST, AND CLADWELL[12] Bastian,[13] and Kelso.[14] All residents are zoned to Attucks Middle School, HARTMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND THOMAS MIDDLE SCHOOL and Jones High , STERLING HIGH SCHOOL , AND WORTHING HIGH SCHOOL School.[15][16]

Kandy Stripe Academy, an early education to 8th grade HISD-affiliated charter school, is in the subdivision.[17] Jesse Jackson Academy, a state charter school, is located north of South Park, inside the 610 Loop.[18]

Private schools

A Kindergarten through 5 Roman Catholic school called St. Philip Neri School, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is in the area. It is closing in Spring 2009.[19] The school will be consolidated with St. Peter the Apostle Middle School.[20]

Public libraries

The area is served by the Young Branch, located just north of 610 in the Palm Center, of the Houston Public Library.

Government and infrastructure

The neighborhood is within the Houston Police Department's Southeast Patrol Division[21], headquartered at 8300 Mykawa.[22]

Parks

St. Lo Park

St. Lo Park is located at 7335 St. Lo Road. Pershing Park is located at 5500 Pershing/St Lo Road.[23]

Notable residents

See also


References

  1. ^ a b Rodriguez, Lori. "SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHICS / Latinos bringing change to black neighborhoods / Newcomers are finding acceptance comes gradually." Houston Chronicle. Monday May 2, 2005. A1. Retrieved on February 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Fehling, Dave. "The ex-cons next door." KHOU-TV. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  3. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0034.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0035.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0036.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0037.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  7. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0038.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0039.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0040.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  10. ^ "AE1997_75-2_0041.jpg." Harris County. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  11. ^ "Trustee Districts Map." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "Alcott Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  13. ^ "Bastian Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  14. ^ "Kelso Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  15. ^ "Attucks Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  16. ^ "Jones High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  17. ^ "Contact Us." Kandy Stripe Academy. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  18. ^ "Contact Us." Jesse Jackson Academy. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  19. ^ "Archdiocesan Announcement Catholic Schools Plan." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. February 5, 2009. Retrieved on February 6, 2009.
  20. ^ Murphy, Bill. "Four Catholic schools to be closed in Houston." Houston Chronicle. February 6, 2009. Retrieved on February 7, 2009.
  21. ^ "Crime Statistics for Southeast Patrol Division." City of Houston.
  22. ^ "VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support." City of Houston.
  23. ^ "Our Parks O-Z." City of Houston. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  24. ^ Lomax, John Nova. "South Park Monster." Houston Press. June 6, 2002. 2. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.

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