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Why is the area south of 610 undeveloped?


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Just curious why the area south of 610 and NRG is so undeveloped. Any rhyme or reason why areas northwest of Houston and north east of Houston would develop more while south of 610 seems so undeveloped and just raw land. 
 

 

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5 hours ago, hawee said:

Just curious why the area south of 610 and NRG is so undeveloped. Any rhyme or reason why areas northwest of Houston and north east of Houston would develop more while south of 610 seems so undeveloped and just raw land. 
 

 

The area just South of 610 was an oil field, and the owners of the rest of the land were running their cattle businesses and had no interest in selling for development.

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Part of the answer is that decades ago the city placed landfills in the Black suburban development of Sunnyside. This article highlights present day reclamation of some of that land for a solar farm and provides historical context, particularly in the 5th paragraph. 
In Houston's Sunnyside, overburdened from decades of discrimination, you learn to provide for yourself

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

The area just South of 610 was an oil field, and the owners of the rest of the land were running their cattle businesses and had no interest in selling for development.

That would have been my guess. Old oil fields are typically seen as oil fields waiting on technology to surpass what existed when they stopped producing the last time.  Mineral rights owners will go generations waiting for it to come around, and I'd imagine no developer would want to build on top of land with a permanent easement for future development of wells, if doing so is even legal.  Mineral rights changing hands is a completely different economic ballgame compared to the real estate it is attached to. 

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Long ago there were plans to build a huge retirement community on the land where Astroworld used to be.  That blew up for many of the same reasons a lot of pie in the sky development ideas went down in flames in the early 2000s.  Not sure why the land still hasn't been redeveloped other than it is a lousy location.  

Otherwise, there are a couple of superfund sites around Wildcat Golf Club.  I think a lot of the land around there has too many environmental issues to allow it to be redeveloped.  

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