Controversial brick removing in historic Houston district starts, then stops

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HOUSTON -- Construction workers started the day removing historic bricks in Freedman's Town outside of downtown Houston, until a judge issued a temporary restraining order.

The precious bricks were used by slaves to build the beginnings of the Fourth Ward and many do not want them to be disturbed. But, the infrastructure upgrades in the area are necessary. Old water and sewage pipes need to be replaced, and those are located underneath the beloved bricks.

Now, with a temporary restraining order in place, the City and the Freedmen's Town Preservation Coalition may have another opportunity to discuss alternative options.