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Memorial City is a district located in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas, United States. The Texas Legislature created the Memorial Management District in 1999. The district is along Interstate 10 between Beltway 8 and Bunker Hill Road. The Memorial City Mall and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center are in Memorial City.

History

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A five story obelisk installed along Interstate 10 in 2009

The Texas Legislature created the Memorial Management District in 1999.

By July 2009 the district planned to create identifying markers to mark the area as Memorial City. In late 2009, the district installed four five-story obelisks with lighted tops along Interstate 10. The $548,000 ($548000.00 when adjusted for inflation) used to fund the improvements originated from commercial businesses within the district boundaries subjected to assessments for improvement.

Cityscape

The district is along Interstate 10 between Beltway 8 and Bunker Hill Road. While consisting mainly of retail, medical and office complexes, the district includes four apartment complexes with a combined total of 988 units. One, the Terrace at Memorial City, is only for senior citizens. The Villas at Bunker Hill is located north of the Memorial City district boundary at the southwest corner of Bunker Hill and Pine Lake Drive.

As is the case in several of the special management districts of Houston, Memorial City uses street name signage of a different graphic design style and color scheme than the standard white-on-green signs used in many neighborhoods throughout the city.

Demographics

A 2006 demographic projection stated that 4,324 people lived within the district. The population lived in 1,756 households. Of the population, 2,371 (54.8%) were Hispanic, 1,529 (35.4%) were non-Hispanic White, 283 (6.5%) were Asian, 72 (1.7%) were African-American, and 11 (0.3%) were Native American. There were no Pacific Islanders living in Memorial City. 2,878 residents were over 24 years of age.

The same demographic projection stated that 1,388,425 people lived within the 10 miles (16 km) "commute zone." The population lived in 535,249 households. Of the commute zone population, 513,362 (37%) were non-Hispanic White, 493,336 (35.5%) were Hispanic, 231,020 (16.6%) were African-American, 121,876 (8.8%) were Asian, 25,189 (1.8%) were Other, 2767 (0.2%) were Native American, and 874 (0.1%) were Pacific Islander. 894,500 were over 24 years of age.

Transportation

Interstate 10 (Katy Freeway) bisects the Memorial City district and provides east-west access. Beltway 8 provides major regional north-south access. Gessner Road provides additional north-south access.

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas provides public transportation. The 72 Westview Circulator connects Memorial City with Spring Branch. The 70 Memorial route connects Memorial City to Downtown Houston via Memorial Drive; this allows people living in other parts of Houston to transfer in Downtown to the 72 route servicing Memorial City. The 131 Memorial Express connects Memorial City to Downtown and the western Memorial Drive area. The 46 Gessner route connects Memorial City to Spring Branch, Westchase, and Sharpstown via Gessner Road.

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