By Susie Tommaney, Houston Press

At the heart of the East Aldine district is Keith-Wiess Park, with almost 500 acres (499.46, to be exact) of pine forests along Aldine-Westfield Road. It’s operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and you can explore it virtually yourself through Street View in Google Maps, though nothing will replace the real life sights, sounds and smells of nature.

This large natural resource is just one of the reasons that this neighborhood — loosely bordered by Hardy, Beltway 8 to the north, Hirsch and Little York — deserves a closer look. The western edge of the district is predominantly commercial, while residential neighborhoods flank the park and Highway 59 to the east…

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