Gentrification A Big Concern For Some, As Houston Builds Its Innovation District

Some of the people who live near the future Ion are worried about what could be lost, as this segment of the historically African American Third Ward is gentrified.

By Florian MartinDecember 17, 2019 7:05 am, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

About three years ago, city leaders began a push to make Houston more competitive in the world of high-tech innovation.

One thing they did was start what they call an “innovation district” in Midtown in what had been an old Sears store.

Called the “Ion”, it will be the center of Houston’s future innovation district and it’s meant to help connect startups and entrepreneurs with resources, investors and large corporations.

It’ll be part of a four-mile “innovation corridor” that runs roughly along Main Street from downtown to the Medical Center.

But not everyone is excited about the project.

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