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Old 04-26-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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I lived in Alief in the late 1970's to early 90's, before my family moved out to sugar land. In the early days, it was a great place. It was close to everything, but far away enough. The schools were good. Places were nice, etc.

It gradually started getting worse post the oil bust of the early 80's. Then the massive buildup of cheap apartments all around it from the mid 80's to 90's pretty much killed it.

Is there any re gentrification possibilities there? or is it just turned into another Sharpstown/gulfton area that may never come back?
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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The parts in Chinatown might come back - It's hard to say. The AISD area isn't even completely built out yet.
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Hawaii(% years)
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Yeah, I lived off of Kirkwood years ago 83 - 1987, Had some great times ,and want to move back to Texas -but it wont be Alief.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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I dont think it will come back to whatever it was. The westchase business area is being built out more on the Alief side now. The chinese is building their own business park i believe. North of Alief (westside?) are upscale apartments. The best Alief would ever be is more like inner city living than suburbia, which may not be that bad.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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With the way the EC is booming and Westchase is building, I think there could be some flow over. It certainly has a better shot than Sharpstown, which is both unsafe and has horrible schools.

Royal Oaks being out that way doesn't hurt it's future either.
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Seems like Alief has changed quite a bit since I graduated from Hastings in 1983.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Houston
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As some said many years ago, the suburbs of today will become the slums of tomorrow. It's evitable. It takes a long time before it will ever possibly recover into it's days of glory.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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I don't see any catalyst for improving Alief's situation.

The area is not in an enviable geographic location. Other than the Westpark Toll road, it seems like an area you have to drive a ways just to reach a freeway to get anywhere. It isn't close in. I don't think Mother Nature blessed it with any special gifts like wooded terrain. The built environment doesn't offer much either. Ugly strip centers, 70's era apartment complexes and tract home subdivisions. Nothing of any architectural interest at all.

I am sure there are people who live there and enjoy it, but I am afraid its draw "back in the day" was good schools and new affordable housing stock. Now that the housing stock ain't so new, and the schools aren't as desirable, I don't know what the draw would be for people to go back in. Maybe there are qualities to the area that I am not familiar with, but I am not seeing it.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:09 AM
 
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Seems like Alief has changed quite a bit since I graduated from Hastings in 1983.
See the SchoolDigger chart: Hastings High School, Houston Texas / TX school information - see how the racial information goes from 1988 to 2006 - Also look at free lunch
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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Scary, I graduated from Hastings High School ...but it was considered an academically good school back then.
neat site.
now this is sad,
Schooldigger Texas State Ranking: 983rd (of 1281 public high schools)


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See the SchoolDigger chart: Hastings High School, Houston Texas / TX school information - see how the racial information goes from 1988 to 2006 - Also look at free lunch
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