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Encyclopedia > West University Place, Texas
A sculpture with the logo of the city of West University Place
A sculpture with the logo of the city of West University Place
An electronic sign in the center of West University Place
An electronic sign in the center of West University Place

West University Place, often called West University or West U for short, is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area and Harris County. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,211. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x573, 108 KB)A sculpture with West Us logo next to it. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x573, 108 KB)A sculpture with West Us logo next to it. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (839x449, 79 KB) Summary Electronic sign in the city of West University Place This image was taken by WhisperToMe and is in the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (839x449, 79 KB) Summary Electronic sign in the city of West University Place This image was taken by WhisperToMe and is in the public domain. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      A state of the United States is any one of the fifty subnational entities referred to... Texas is the gayest motherfucking state out there they can suck my big black balls. ... The Houston Metropolitan Area consists of eight counties in Texas. ... Harris County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The U.S. Census is mandated by the United States Constitution. ...


West University Place is completely surrounded by the cities of Houston, Bellaire, and Southside Place. The street boundaries of West University Place are Bissonnet, Kirby, Holcombe/Bellaire and Community. The city is nicknamed "The Neighborhood City" as the city is mainly a bedroom community for upper-middle class families. Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... One of Bellaires two water towers, commemorating the citys little league team Bellaire is a city located in Harris County, Texas within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. ... Southside Place is a city located in Harris County, Texas. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey A bedroom community, dormitory town, or commuter town is a community that is primarily residential in character, with most of its workers commuting to a nearby town or city to earn their livelihood. ...


As of 2000, West University Place is the 9th wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income. West University continues to develop as one of the most desireable and affluent parts of the Houston area. Texas is the thirty-second richest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $19,617 (2000). ...


The United States Postal Service uses "Houston" for all West University Place addresses. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States Government (see ) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. ...

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History

The city was developed in 1917 by Ben Hooper, a former Tennessee governor. The name "West University Place" originated from its proximity to Rice Institute (now Rice University). The city incorporated in 1924 because Houston was reluctant to extend power lines that far from the city center. West University Place, unlike Houston Heights, did not consolidate into the City of Houston. In 1939, the municipality refused to consolidate, later adopting a formal city charter the following year. 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Lovett Hall William Marsh Rice University, commonly called Rice University and opened in 1912 as The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art, is a private, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas near the Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. ... Power Line is a neoconservative blog run by three lawyers: John H. Hinderaker (Hindrocket), Scott W. Johnson (The Big Trunk) and Paul Mirengoff (Deacon). Power Line covers political and social issues from a conservative viewpoint. ... Houston Heights, often nicknamed The Heights, is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas. ...


On December 17, 1998, a child psychologist named Claudia Benton was murdered in her West University Place house by Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, a serial killer. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Dr. Claudia Gabriella Benton (1959 - December 17, 1998) born in Lima, Peru, was a Paediatric Neurologist researching Angelman Syndrome. ... Ángel Maturino Reséndiz Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railway Killer, (born 1960) is a serial killer awaiting execution on death row in Texas, United States. ...


Geography

Location of West University Place, Texas

West University Place is located at 29°42′57″N, 95°25′59″W (29.715929, -95.432992)GR1. Adapted from Wikipedias TX county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 km² (2.0 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city's boundaries are: Kirby Drive to the East, a Union Pacific railroad track to the West, Bellaire Boulevard to the South, and Bissonnet and Law Street to the North. The Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad in the United States. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 14,211 people, 5,286 households, and 4,059 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,729.8/km² (7,068.6/mi²). There were 5,543 housing units at an average density of 1,064.8/km² (2,757.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.37% White, 0.50% African American, 0.07% Native American, 4.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.72% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...

Houses in Southside Place (just across the street from West University Place) along with an intersection with the city of West University Place's logo
Houses in Southside Place (just across the street from West University Place) along with an intersection with the city of West University Place's logo

There were 5,286 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.11. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 448 KB) Summary Public domain Created by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 448 KB) Summary Public domain Created by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $130,721, and the median income for a family was $157,312. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $65,739 for females. The per capita income for the city was $69,674. About 0.9% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


West University Place is dominated by middle and upper-middle class families living in single-family housing. Originally West University Place had small cottages. Many of these cottages were torn down and replaced with large two story houses.


Government

Local government

The Municipal Building of the city of West University Place
The Municipal Building of the city of West University Place

The city council runs the city of West University Place. The council contains the mayor and four city council members. The city council, elected on a non-partisan basis, is elected during the first Saturday in the May of every odd-numbered year. Each member serves a term of two years. Members may serve for more than two successive terms in each office. The council enacts legislation, adopts budgets, establishes policies and appoints the city manager, city secretary, city municipal court judges, prosecutors, and clerks. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 461 KB) Summary West University Place Municipal Building Public domain Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 461 KB) Summary West University Place Municipal Building Public domain Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


The current mayor is Burt Ballanfant. The four council members are Phyllis Cohen, Steven Segal, Mike Woods, and Dick Yehle.


The city manager carries out the operation of city activities. The city secretary manages the city council and maintains ordinances, resolutions, meeting minutes, and legally required publications. The city attorney gives the city council general counsel, litigation, contract review, and ordinance review.

A sign at the entrance into West University Place.
A sign at the entrance into West University Place.

The current (as of 2005) city manager is Michael Ross. Chris Peifer is the public works director and the assistant city manager. Kaylynn Holloway is the city secretary. Wendy Standorff is the human resources and risk manager. Dave Beach is the assistant to the city manager. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (397x895, 88 KB)Entrance sign into West University Place, Texas Public domain Taken by WhisperToMe I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (397x895, 88 KB)Entrance sign into West University Place, Texas Public domain Taken by WhisperToMe I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


Federal, state and county representation

West University Place is in Texas's 7th congressional district [1]. The current boundaries of Texas District 7. ...


Areas within West University Place

The "West U Downtown" is a small strip of businesses in the heart of West University Place. The strip has a small town feel since the area is not flooded with cars.


There are about 26 subdivisions in West University Place.


One is called "Rice Court", which is located north of University and east of Buffalo Speedway. Rice Court once was distinguished by blue tile markers; the markers began to disappear around the 1990's. [2]


"Pemberton" is an area south of University and east of Wakeforest. People living in the area were fond of restoration of older houses, and is home to some of West U's most expensive homes. [3]


There is another section called "Colonial Terrace" that is west of Weslayan and is near the railroad tracks. Originally it was the least developed part of West University Place. By 2000 this area was as built up and popular as other areas within West University Place. [4]


Subdivisions inside West University Place include Rice Court, Pemberton, Colonial Terrace, Sunset Terrace, Cunningham Terrace, Evanston, Matthews Place, Kent Place, Monticello, Virgina Court, Belle Court, College Court Place, Collegeview, Preston Place, Pershing Place, Academy, Quenby Court, Bissonnet Place, Fairhaven, College Park, and Krenzler Courts. Some sections are simply known as West University Place.


Retail

The city of West University Place contains some businesses in the "West U Downtown", along the Bellaire Boulevard corridor, and along Kirby Drive.


Transportation

West University Place is a member city of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO). The city is served by bus lines 2 (Bellaire), 17, 18 (Kirby Limited), 65 (Bissonnet), 68 (Brays Bayou Crosstown), 70 (Memorial), and 73 (Bellfort Crosstown). A group of METRO buses parked at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) operates bus, lift bus, and light rail service in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. ...


West University Place residents commute to Downtown Houston via Highway 59 or via Main Street. Downtown Houston Downtown Houston is Houstons largest business district. ...


Parks

West University Place has the following parks [5]:

  • Colonial Park
  • Huffington Park
  • Whitt Johnson Park
  • Judson Park
  • Rice Pocket Park
  • Wier Park

Other community recreation facilities

[6]

  • Liberty Hall
  • Community Building
  • West University Place Recreation Center (owned by the city of West University Place - at one time it housed the Weekley Family YMCA)

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Education

The Harris County Public Library West University Branch and the West University Place Recreation Center
The Harris County Public Library West University Branch and the West University Place Recreation Center

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 506 KB) Summary Public domain Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 506 KB) Summary Public domain Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The Harris County Public Library West University Branch and the West University Place Recreation Center, both located in West University Place, Texas Harris County Public Library is a public library system operated in Harris County, Texas. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1580x829, 316 KB) Summary West University Elementary School This picture was taken by WhisperToMe and has been released into the public domain Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1580x829, 316 KB) Summary West University Elementary School This picture was taken by WhisperToMe and has been released into the public domain Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... West University Place, often called West University, or West U in short, is a city located in Harris County, Texas. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 436 KB) Summary Pershing Middle School in Houston WhisperToMe took this picture and has released it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1215, 436 KB) Summary Pershing Middle School in Houston WhisperToMe took this picture and has released it into the public domain. ... John J. Pershing Middle School is a secondary school located at 7000 Braes Boulevard in Houston, Texas with a zip code of 77025. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 834 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 834 KB) Summary Taken by WhisperToMe Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Lamar High School Mirabeau B. Lamar High School is a secondary school located at 3325 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77098. ...

Primary and secondary schools

The city's sole public school, West University Elementary School, is a part of Houston Independent School District. The school has a Houston address but is within the city limits of West University Place. West University Place is also served by Houston Community College System. West University Place, often called West University, or West U in short, is a city located in Harris County, Texas. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Houston Community College System (HCCS) is a community college system that operates community colleges in Houston, Missouri City, and Stafford in Texas, and also serves Bellaire, Southside Place, and West University Place. ...


Pupils who live in West University Place are zoned to West University Elementary, Pershing Middle School in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston, and Lamar High School, in the Upper Kirby district of Houston. All pupils zoned to Pershing may attend Pin Oak Middle School (in the city of Bellaire) instead. John J. Pershing Middle School is a secondary school located at 7000 Braes Boulevard in Houston, Texas with a zip code of 77025. ... A sign marking Braeswood Place Braeswood Place is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... Lamar High School Mirabeau B. Lamar High School is a secondary school located at 3325 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77098. ... Upper Kirby is a commercial district in Houston, Texas. ... Pin Oak Middle School Pin Oak Middle School is a secondary school that is located in Bellaire, Texas. ... One of Bellaires two water towers, commemorating the citys little league team Bellaire is a city located in Harris County, Texas within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. ...


West University Place is in close proximity to The Rice School, a kindergarten through 8th grade magnet school in Houston. The Rice School (La Escuela Rice in Spanish) is a combined elementary and secondary school in Houston, Texas. ... A kindergarten classroom in Afghanistan. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Two public early childhood centers, Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center, and Las Americas Early Childhood Development (both of which are in Houston's Gulfton neighborhood), are closest to the city of West University Place. Since only poor students, homeless students, or students who are not proficient in English may be enrolled in HISD preschools, most West University Place residents rely on private preschools. Beehive [7], a preschool located on the grounds of West University Elementary, serves many pupils from West University Place, Southside Place, and other communities. Students who are eligible for HISD's preschools may attend any Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD. A nursery school is a school for the education of very young children (generally five years of age and younger). ... Gulfton is a section of western Houston, Texas, United States. ...


St. Mark's Episcopal School (K-8) is the sole private school located within West University Place. Other nearby parochial schools include the School of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Braeswood Place in Houston, St. John's School in Houston, Episcopal High School in Bellaire, and Post Oak Montessori School in Bellaire. St. ... A parochial school (or faith school) is a type of private school which engages in religious education in addition to conventional education. ... St. ... Episcopal High School Episcopal High School is a co-educational private school in Bellaire, Texas, United States. ...


Public libraries

The Harris County Public Library system operates a branch in West University Place, and the Houston Public Library system operates the McGovern-Stella Link branch south of West University Place in a nearby area in Houston. The Harris County Public Library West University Branch and the West University Place Recreation Center, both located in West University Place, Texas Harris County Public Library is a public library system operated in Harris County, Texas. ... The John P. McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library, located in the Braeswood Place neighborhood The Houston Public Library Heights Branch Meyer Branch Eleanor K. Freed Montrose Branch Houston Public Library is the public library system serving Houston, Texas. ...


Gallery

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Sister cities

West University Place is twinned with Saintes, France. Saintes is a town and commune in France, in the Charente-Maritime département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ...


Community information

The closest mainstream movie theater to West University Place is the Edwards Theatres Grand Palace 24 in Upper Kirby. Regal Entertainment Group is North Americas largest movie theater chain, operating 6,119 screens in 562 locations in 39 states. ... Upper Kirby is a commercial district in Houston, Texas. ...


The closest YMCA is the Weekley Family YMCA in Houston's Braeswood Place neighborhood. The Weekley Family YMCA used to be in a complex owned by West University Place. The complex is now the West University Place Recreation Center. YMCAs in the United States and Canada use this logo. ...


West University Place has a little league team called the "West University Little League". Little League is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ...


Trivia

One of West University Place's two water towers
One of West University Place's two water towers

West University Place's sewage treatment plant and animal pound are located on a lot in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston across from The Rice School. West University Place has two water towers. One is located north of West University Place in Houston, and one is located south of West University Place in Southside Place. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (619x627, 38 KB)Taken by WhisperToMe I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (619x627, 38 KB)Taken by WhisperToMe I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The mushroom-shaped concrete water tower of Roihuvuori in Helsinki, Finland was built in the 1970s. ... A sign marking Braeswood Place Braeswood Place is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas. ... The Rice School (La Escuela Rice in Spanish) is a combined elementary and secondary school in Houston, Texas. ... The mushroom-shaped concrete water tower of Roihuvuori in Helsinki, Finland was built in the 1970s. ...


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West University Place's sewage treatment plant and animal pound are located on a lot in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston near the Rice School.
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The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System.
Founded in 1883, the University is sometimes referred to as a "Public Ivy," and it is currently (as of Fall 2005) the fifth largest single-campus in the nation by enrollment (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997–2003), with upwards of 50,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff.
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