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Old 01-09-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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I remember when I left Houston the 1st time in 85, the SW side seemed so young and growing from the early 80's - a lot of young professionals in apts, mostly women. And then when I came back in 89 at the height of the crack epidemic and the real estate bust, it seemed like there was massive white flight that had taken place. All the apt. buildings, strip centers, storage lots seemed like they were stuck in time, like the area had undergone fast growth and just stopped all a sudden. The area around SW fwy, W Bellfort is what I'm thinking of. Just wondering what its like there since I've been away for almost 10 years. Any gentrification?
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Not at 59/Bellfort/Bissonnet, it's all junky apartments (well, not ALL but pretty much all). Farther up Bissonnet/Braeswood it gets nicer once you pass Fondren as the Meyerland-adjacent neighborhoods are very nice, but gentrification hasn't yet moved into that area, and the argument can be made that it never will.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Bellfort/59 does have the possibility to gentrify if Sugar Land and Fort Bend county continue to boom due to Bellfort/59's proximity to Sugar Land. Bissonnet and 59 will have a harder time. One issue plaguing both these areas is Alief I.S.D. Why live there when you could live a half mile down the road and be zoned to Dulles HS as opposed to Alief Taylor? Something that might help is the amount of charter schools being built in the area. Harmony now has a school at Bellfort and Synott. There are a lot of great houses in Park Glen and Park Glen West. Options other than Alief I.S.D. and Fort Bend's growth will dictate whether or not that area gentrifies.
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