Race, Class, Oil, and the Making of “America’s Most Diverse City”
This chapter assesses the intersections between patterns of urban development, the emergence of the energy sector, and racialized spatialities in relation to diasporic Pakistani and transnational Muslim place making in Houston. Although Pakistani communities are dispersed throughout the Greater Houston area, there is a predominance of Pakistani businesses, residential communities, and religious infrastructure in parts of southwest Houston. Pakistani settlements are concentrated outside the Loop in multiethnic neighborhoods in sections of southwest Houston such as Hillcroft Avenue and Bissonnet Street, and in the more upscale planned settlements such as Sugar Land. These localities exemplify geographical distance from the nineteenth and the early twentieth-century white, African American, and Latino urban settlements formed inside the Loop.
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