Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce in Houston works to keep the old and the new as development booms

Bridgette Dorian drove up Noble Street, past old family homes bookending a new townhouse. The townhouse’s design mimicked the surrounding properties down to the muted tan color scheme.

To Dorian and her passenger, Jayne McCullough, it’s starting to feel as though a new construction project pops up in Fifth Ward every day. And no matter how well the new buildings try to capture the small town vibe of the historic, predominately African-American Fifth Ward, transformation is underway.

Dorian, McCullough and five other small business owners, recognizing the opportunity, have formed what’s believed to be the first Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce. They hope to serve as a liaison for existing businesses and incoming enterprises.

Dorian, the chamber president, and McCullough, its secretary,…

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