Houston Maison

Roger Martin | Holiday 2019

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L ocated west of Rice University, West University has the cities of Bellaire to the west, Southside Place to the south, and Houston to the north and east. The Museum District and the Texas Medical Center lie further west of the city. In 1917, Ben Hooper, a former governor of Tennessee, started the development of what is now known as West University Place. Some of the young community's first lots were sold in the same year. But this scholastic community owes its name to Rice University, then known as Rice Institute. Most of the city's streets Spotlight on West University Place were named after authors, colleges, and universities. In 1924, residents pushed for incorporation, due in part to Houston's reluctance to build infrastructure far from the city's center. By 1939, the city of Houston continued to grow, but the then municipality refused to consolidate. In 1940, West U had adopted a formal city charter. Today, its central location is appealing to commuters noting the close proximity to Houston's major job hubs including: Downtown Houston, The Medical Center, The Galleria, Greenway Plaza, and all major highways. Several main roads go through the city, including the Buffalo Speedway, Bellaire Boulevard, Bissonnet Street, and Educated Elegance

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