Greater Third Ward is one of Houston’s six historic wards, located inside the 610 Loop, just southeast of Downtown. The neighborhood is the home of some of the most important institutions in Houston’s African-American community, including Texas Southern University, Riverside Hospital, and dozens of prominent churches. Originally a small community of shotgun style houses and modest frame homes, over time Third Ward expanded to the south into neighborhoods such as Washington Terrace, and with the growing African-American middle class, now features more substantial brick homes and duplexes. Recently there has been some revival along Scott street. Major thoroughfares and freeways in addition to METRO buses and the METRORail Purple Line provide convenient access to other parts of the city. The neighborhood is home to the University of Houston central campus, TDECU Stadium, Emancipation Park, nearby McGregor Park, The Gite gallery – a contemporary and traditional African art gallery, and Alabama Garden – the largest and oldest community garden in Houston, which hosts holiday events and food drives for Third Ward residents.  

-Adapted from City of Houston Super Neighborhoods

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