Fourth Ward is one of the six wards of Houston, and one of Houston’s oldest and most important African-American historic communities. Located inside the 610 Loop, just southeast of and adjacent to Downtown, the heart of this community is Freedman’s Town, a settlement of freed slaves on the western edge of the post-Civil War city. Fourth Ward was a major commercial and cultural center for Houston’s widely scattered African American community. The redeveloped eastern edge is known as the Allen Center office, hotel, and retail center. The Allen Parkway Village public housing project was built in the area during the 1940s, and its recent redevelopment has helped spur redevelopment of the remaining area. A major portion of the Fourth Ward has been included within a tax increment reinvestment zone. History meets contemporary in this neighborhood, which features Queen Anne cottages shotgun-style residences, Craftsman bungalows, and other historic homes, alongside new apartment buildings, condos and townhomes. The Fourth Ward is home to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Houston Branch, and residents enjoy easy access to Downtown, Midtown and the Heights through highways, METRO buses and bike lanes. A range of shopping and entertainment options are in close proximity, Bethel Park and Wylie Park are within the neighborhood, and residents have a variety of historical and cultural amenities available to them, including the African American Archive Library at the Gregory School, Historic Fourth Ward School Museum & Archives, and the Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum.

– Adapted from the City of Houston Superneighborhoods

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