Windshield Survey

Topics: Feeding America, Community, Poverty Pages: 6 (1286 words) Published: May 4, 2014
Physical Environment
Sunnyside is a community in the southern part of Houston, There are significant amount of hazardous waste   in Sunnyside  with   eight  Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting facilities,   three Large Quantity Generators (LQG) of hazardous waste, two  major dischargers, of air pollutants, and a  facility which treats, stores  or disposes of hazardous waste.

   ● Boundaries
Sunnyside  boundaries are on the North is 610 south loop, it is bounded on the west by State HWY 288   and is south of Downtown Houston.  According to M.E, the community is known with this slogan “Sunnyside Pride."  

   ● Housing and Zoning
 Most of the housing is old and it looks “rundown”. They are made of wood, which in most cases is very old and need reconstruction. There are few renovated homes that look good and beautiful.  There are apartment building which are recently build and luxury apartment, most of the homes are single family homes , although there are some multifamily homes. The zone is Harris county and is in central saving time zone.  

   ● Common Meeting Places
The residents especially youths hang out in the fast food restaurant, and bar round 4:30pm and also  Large number of people youth , young adult  and adult hang out in the community grocery store.    ● Indicators of Growth or Decline

Is this a “thriving” community or does it look “run down?”  Is there new or ongoing construction?  Are buildings, roadways, and public areas clean and well-kept. Do you see dirt, trash, or graffiti?  Sunnyside  is an old neighborhood  established in 1912 , although it has some “run down “ homes there are new construction and new building and development. There is an indicator of growth in this poor neighborhood. Roadways and public areas are clean and well kept.  

   ● Employment Opportunities
There are Health center like Sunnyside clinic build by city of Houston, Schools, both private, public and charter school. Parks and recreational center,  Americanred cross, Public Library, Police  and fire station ,  Fast food Restaurants strives in these area.  Auto zone store, pharmacy stores.Although you have these things there are a lot of people roaming around , so employment opportunity is below  American average.  

   ● Transportation
 There is a public bus route to these  community. According to personal communication given to me by M.E “Public transportation is available through Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in the form of buses, light rail, and lift vans.  METRO schedules change with the service provided and the location, but most are available from five am to midnight on weekdays and run a little bit later on the weekends”. In addition, Houston has the largest number of bike commuters in Texas with over 160 miles of dedicated bikeways. People

   ● Race and Ethnicity
What is the majority racial group represented? What is the majority ethnic group represented? Describe the distribution of gender, approximate ages, single families, multiple families, generational families? Sunnyside is predominately blacks, followed by Hispanic , then other races. African American 84% and some are 6th generation, Hispanic, 5.6%, White 6%, Asian or Pacific Islander 1%, Mixed Races 1%.  

   ● Cultural Characteristics
The language mostly spoken is English ,but “Ghetto language and  Spanish language. They eat soul food and Mexican food.  
   ● Lifestyle  HealthyBehaviors
There are trash can for garbage disposal, people drive there cars with seat belts. I did not observe a biker with helmet or anybody exercising in the street.  
●  Lifestyle Risk Behaviors
While driving around the community there children playing the street unattended and some women walking in the street is very obesed. According personal communication by J.J" We can't exercise in the mornings    or walk the streets and no more,” According to KHOU “ Sunnyside rated one of nations most dangerous...
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