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Alief Residents at Odds Over Proposed ‘Little Saigon’ Designation

The town of Alief reflects — perhaps as well as any community here — the much-celebrated diversity of Greater Houston. Alief is a part of District F, which according to 2013 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, is nearly 40 percent Hispanic, almost 25 percent African American and 20 percent Asian-American. Alief’s management district is […]

Houston Matters microphonesThe town of Alief reflects — perhaps as well as any community here — the much-celebrated diversity of Greater Houston.

Alief is a part of District F, which according to 2013 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, is nearly 40 percent Hispanic, almost 25 percent African American and 20 percent Asian-American. Alief's management district is characterized as the "international district."

So, highlighting an ethnic population would seem to be a natural move. But some Alief residents are pushing back on a plan to brand a portion of the town as "Little Saigon."

Houston City Councilman Steve Le of District F on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) announced his intentions to move forward with what he characterizes as an economic development project.

Maggie Martin talks with Council Member Le about the idea, and then we talk with Alief resident Doug Smith, who’s opposed to it.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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