With grand-scale economic expansion came massive immigration to east Houston. By 1910, Houston saw a wave of Asian immigrants arriving from the port. These early immigrants settled in parts of East Downtown and the East End. The 1920s made Houston a veritable melting pot of new residents. Caused by a mix of social turmoil in Mexico, coupled with the labor-hungry economy, Houston accepted thousands of Hispanic immigrants. This influx of immigration began to shape much of east Houston with the construction of many new neighborhoods. Magnolia Park, Idylwood, and Eastwood all owed their existence to the settling of these new residents, and would eventually become what is now known as the East End.
The East End provided a wide array of industrialized work. Ship channel maintenance and expansion, cement manufacturing, cotton compresses and textile plants flourished. The rise in industrial work promoted the growth of a bustling business district, with drugstores, bakeries, restaurants and various shopping centers. People would continue to immigrate to the East End until the Great Depression of the 1930s, when the surge in foreign immigration experienced during the last 30 years would stagnate.
Clinton Drive winds its way through the northernmost part of the East End, and is adjacent to some of the area’s most eccentric and interesting landmarks. While a drive down Clinton will take you past many a truck lot, scrap yard, and various kinds of industry, it’s what lies just off this road that makes it a gem. Japhet Creek, a community and conservancy built around the creek of the same name, works to restore and preserve this tucked away bit of nature. Enjoy hiking around the creek, or stop in to the small community to see the gardens and chickens. Further down Clinton are the locally famous silos, where recent Houston Arts Alliance celebrations were held as part of Transported + Renewed.
This residential community was once a destination for farmers moving into the city. Denver Harbor is bisected by the bustling Lyons Ave to the north, and Market and Clinton Streets to the south. Generations of Latino families utilize its multi-service center, library, transit center and various schools.
EaDo is a growing entertainment and technology district situated between Hwy 59 and I-45 on its western and southern boundaries, and extending out to the Congress Yard train tracks on its eastern border. You’ll find everything you need here, from coffee and music to MLS Soccer and a burgeoning tech and co-working scene, and a couple of Houston’s up and coming craft breweries, 8th Wonder and EaDo Beerworks. You’ll also be able to access all of this by light rail when METRO opens their Southeast and East End lines.
This residential neighborhood is home to a diverse range of residents. Bordered by I-45 to the southwest, and the train tracks to the northeast, this area is home to historic homes and some of Houston’s best-kept local business secrets. From neighborhood beer garden Bohemeo’s to mom and pop BBQ Oakleaf Smokehouse or the family-run Mandola’s deli, Greater Eastwood has something for everyone. Eastwood will also have expanded transit options in 2015 when METRO’s Southeast Rail Line opens.
Home to the first regional mall in Houston (currently being redeveloped), Gulfgate/Pine Valley is a bustling hodge podge of commerce and sleepy neighborhood streets. It is home to some of Houston’s earliest highways, like Telephone Road and the Old Spanish Trail byway, and will be on the cusp of METRO’s Southeast Rail Line in 2015. Look for unique Houston landmarks like The Orange Show and Harmony Wedding Chapel, and enjoy the bayou views in this vast, Latino neighborhood.