Houston Texas, Neighborhood, Buffalo Bayou
Memorial neighborhood is located in Houston, Texas, the United States of America (Memorial City District, 2008). The neighborhood took shape in the 1960's following development in the nearby neighborhoods of Buffalo Bayou. It was an area previously characterized by empty land and farms with few market-to-market roads and thoroughfares. Development in the vicinity began in the belatedly 1960's as upper-middle-class subdivisions were built in the surrounding areas. It was supported by social amenities from the neighboring Buffalo Bayou that had received construction of government facilities including schools, police and fire services (Memorial City District, 2008).
Along with development of houses in Memorial area, there were also major roads like Memorial Drive that were developed in the area. Commercial growth along these roads soon followed allowing for suburban growth as the city expanded. The Interstate 10 was constructed through the city in 1968 making the area even more favorable for developers. Over the last four decades, construction in the area has increased to consist of high class development of Memorial Villages between Beltway and Interstate 610 making it a popular settlement destination for prominent public figures (Memorial City District, 2008).
[...] This gives it stability when compared to other neighborhoods that change to accommodate noise and industrial pollution following industrialization. The composition of the resulting population has also been tackled by some of these articles bring out information on the family structure characterized in these areas (Memorial City District, 2008). There are few families with children less than 18 years. Most of the families in the area have got children more than 18 years of age. Out of the populations in the area, there are married couples living in the area have a female householder with no husband present while of those living in the area were non families. [...]
[...] Most of Memorial is largely Republican and is considered one of Houston's richest neighborhoods. Many of the city's employees work within a 10-mile radius with the three largest employers being Memorial City Mall, Chase Bank Service Center and CEMEX United States operations (Memorial City District, 2008). Key institutions Memorial has got retail and office buildings mostly within the city with very few retail zones being located in residential areas. Memorial shopping Mall is regarded as one of the city's prime and most high-status shopping malls. [...]
[...] Overall summary of the image the articles/news stories (as a collective) provided of the neighborhood. What are the issues/topics discussed in the articles? Who, if anyone, was interviewed for the articles? Do the articles discuss the neighborhood in negative, positive or neutral terms? Do they present the residents in negative, positive or neutral terms? Provide examples to support your analysis. Memorial is considered a “sweet sleepy suburb” by most people (Shilcutt, 2012). This is despite the several commercial developments that have characterized the area. This depicts the general environment and climate of the neighborhood. [...]
[...] It often hinges more towards the aspects of ideology but some of the aspects stipulated in their design have been often implemented. They aim to develop close knit communities as is realized in Memorial where the housing has been organized into neighborhoods. This urban theory also calls for the development of housing for different income groups with the basic unit of planning being the neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are often limited in size, have a well- defined edge and a focused center. [...]
[...] The exorbitant prices that are charged for houses in this neighborhood has attracted the attention of the media allowing it to cover the features and sale of such houses. Race and ethnicity have indeed played a role in media coverage as realized in the case of Hispanics and Cubans (Gardener, 2010). Because of their increasing numbers and their significant influence on the activities of this neighborhood, the media has focused on them to understand the significance of their numbers in this largely conservative community. [...]
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