The Greater Fifth Ward has its origins on the north bank of Buffalo Bayou across from the original town site for Houston. Originally a multi-racial community, Fifth Ward quickly became one of the centers of Houston’s African-American community. Its commercial streets, especially Lyons and Jensen, provided retail outlets and entertainment for the residents of the small wood frame homes that predominated in the area. Small clusters of brick homes identified a small middle-class population. Many original, sub-standard housing units have been demolished over the past two decades, but a recent revival of commercial activity and home construction is now filling these empty lots. Residents of the Greater Fifth Ward enjoy easy access to Downtown Houston via the I-10 and 59 and the Galleria area via 610. Kashmere Gardens to the north of the neighborhood, Finnigan park south of I-10, and Boyce-Dorian, north of the I-10 provide great recreation areas for families. For more information about this community, visit

-Adapted from City of Houston Super Neighborhoods

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