While a great deal of Houston's real estate growth is in the West, Houston's East End district carries special meaning in the Bayou City's history. It held the government seat for the Republic of Texas in 1836 and as such, the East End regards itself as the birthplace of Houston.
Nestled between downtown, the Port of Houston and Hobby Airport, the East End is home to the Second Ward and Magnolia Park, two of Houston's oldest Hispanic neighborhoods. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Houston Community College-Southeast Campus, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Mutalistan Hall on Canal Street and the Original Ninfa's on Navigation are among its other notable landmarks, some of which preserve the tenor of the area's Latino heritage.
In this Hidden Houston video vignette, take a leisurely stroll through the East End and meet some of the people whose quest is to keep the neighborhood rich in culture, commerce and community spirit.
Editor's note: Hidden Houston is interactive multimedia series that aims to reveal the many things that are unique about the Bayou City and its surrounding areas.