Plans to replace the Fourth Ward with condominiums and a park date to that decade.
John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press said that the Fourth Ward, had been "embattled" due to its proximity to Downtown Houston and that "Developers have long seen the area's brick streets and ramshackle, century-old shotgun shacks as an inexcusable, poverty-stricken, drug- and crime-infested blot on the landscape of otherwise prosperous Westside, Inner Loop Houston." The Handbook of Texas said "In the 1980s and 1990s the continued future of the Fourth Ward as a black community came under serious attack" due to plans to demolish Allen Parkway Village and replace the complex with housing for high income people and office buildings.
A narrative that accompanied the 1984 application of the Fourth Ward to become listed in the National Register of Historic Places, based on various historical documents and deed records, said that the crowded conditions and high rent prices may have led to a riot in 1917 when African-American soldiers stationed in the area attacked White people.
By the 1920s and 1930s the population density of Freedmen's Town was almost six times that of the average of the entire City of Houston.
Several more ex-slaves leaving plantations arrived in Freedmen's Town.
One brush arbor ultimately became the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, the church where Jack Yates served as pastor.
Instead the charity defaulted and the Houston Housing Finance Corp. The city divided the parcels to the east and the west.
The city sold the parcels closest to Downtown Houston to private developers. Department of Housing and Urban Development, signed an agreement to allow the City of Houston to demolish 677 of the community's 963 units as long as the site was still used for low income housing.
The Italian Americans opened small businesses and, over a period of time, acquired more and more Fourth Ward property.In 1909, African Americans organized library at Booker T. They were prohibitted from accessing Houston's Lyceum and public library.In 1912 the Carnegie Colored Library of Houston was dedicated.In the northern hemisphere summer of 1991, beginning in May several fires occurred in the Fourth Ward, with three buildings effected in each 30-day interval.By August 1991 nine houses, all previously run-down, had been effected by the fires.Fourth Ward is one of the historic six wards of Houston, Texas, United States.The Fourth Ward is located inside the 610 Loop directly west of and adjacent to Downtown Houston. The first freed slaves departed the Brazos River cotton plantations in 1866 and entered Houston via San Felipe Road (now named West Dallas in the portion from Downtown Houston to Shepherd Drive).On Tuesday May 21, 1991 several residents attending a community meeting told Dennis Storemski, the chief of the Houston Police Department that police officers routinely harassed community residents.The people attending the meeting accused police of extorting drug dealers, harassing and stealing from young people, and treating Fourth Ward residents with disrespect.It was demolished in 1962 when Interstate 45 was constructed through the Fourth Ward.As more and more families moved in, the neighborhood increasingly became crowded.