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$500 million in improvements and investments in North Houston District

Business improvement district boosts appeal of North Houston

By Kent Bernhard – Contributor

On May 21, area business leaders and community partners gathered at the new HPD North Belt Division to announce the various improvements coming to the North Houston District.

Excellent access to transportation, major development projects and less crime have all combined to make the North Houston District one of the hottest areas in the city.

“Over the last three years, there’s a really positive vibe in the area,” Greg Simpson, president of the North Houston Management District, says. “We’re very proud.”

The 12-square-mile area bordered by the Hardy Toll Road to the east, Airtex Boulevard/Drive to the north, Veterans Memorial to the west and West Road to the south is in the midst of a major real estate development boom. Its crime rate has fallen thanks to multi-pronged community efforts. And major recreation, beautification and rebranding efforts are under way.

One result of those efforts is the development major projects such as an Amazon distribution center and the $100 million redevelopment of ExxonMobil’s former offices in the area.

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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Houston

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and Congressman Al Green gives their farewell wave to the attendees at the Democratic Party fund raiser. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, Texas – Friday, May 24, 2019 at the George R. Brown Convention Center a sellout crowd of 2,400 Democratic Party members assembled for their annual Johnson-Rayburn-Richards (JRR) fund raiser to hear Hillary Clinton, their 2016 former presidential candidate.

The JRR is named for former President Lyndon Johnson, former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn, and Gov. Ann Richards.

Hillary remains very popular in the Houston area; in 2016 she won with 54 percent of the votes, she carried Harris County with 162,000 more votes than Donald Trump and got more votes than President Barack Obama had won four years earlier in 2012.

The former U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady and recent presidential candidate criticized President Donald Trump and called the upcoming 2020 presidential election one of the most critical in the nation’s history.

Clinton said, “We can’t just cross our fingers and pray and hope for a perfect candidate to come along. We have to organize and work hard getting out the voters. We must talk about the issues and remind Americans we are the party that can deliver for them. We support health care for all, women’s rights, an economy that provides fair wages for all, equal pay for women, decent immigration laws, protecting the children of immigrants and we also are the party that will stand up and protect the Constitution and address what is a very real constitutional crisis that this president has put us in.”

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Mayor, superintendent, state representative all attend MacArthur Senior Breakfast

State Representative Armando Walle talks with Superintendent LaTonya Goffney and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner about the education budget.

State Representative Armando Walle is visiting all the schools in Aldine ISD and his District 140, now that the legislative session is over.

He was present at the MacArthur Senior Breakfast, along with Superintendent Goffney and Mayor Turner. He said he was encouraging students to go after their dreams.

“Thanks to our Mayor Sylvester Turner for coming by MacArthur Senior High School’s Senior Breakfast. Appreciate him for being in Aldine and spending time with our kids,” Walle said.