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Online readers comment on "The Restaurant Gentrification of Lower Westheimer: A Long Time Coming," Eating...Our Words blog, by Katharine Shilcutt, August 30:

The more things change: As a lifelong resident of Houston and a 30-year resident of the Montrose area, I do not think it has taken Da Marco, Hugo's, Indika and the current crop of high-end restaurants to be a determinative factor of whether or not Montrose has been gentrified. My goodness, Montrose has been in the gentrification mood since I was a wee lad in junior high school.

Montrose, in particular Westheimer from Shepherd to Brazos, has not been undergoing a new wave of gentrification. It has just been under a continuous period of repurposing of spaces as tastes change in food, clothing and architecture, for almost 45 years.

Perhaps what might be a more interesting story for an "alternative" newspaper would be an investigative article into why, for all of this gentrification, the Montrose area still looks as shabby as it did before? With all of the traffic and commerce that has long taken place on Westheimer, why can't the city keep it a safe and passable street?



"Desert Couscous" [by Katharine Shilcutt, September 8] incorrectly stated that Casablanca Couscous & Grill owner Outmane Yanouri is married to the Indonesian woman who cooks at his restaurant. In fact, his business partner Rasheed Hmoumou is married to her.

The Houston Press regrets the error.

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David Whitten
David Whitten

I was a charter member of the Houston Blues Society before I moved out of the area. When I was involved, I learned a lot about the Houston blues scene.

Let's not forget Evening Shadows on OST. Trudy Lynn used to play there. Furthermore, there are some notable names from Houston: T-99 Nelson; Pete Mayes; Katie Webster; and many more. Austin tends to support their local music while Houston exports it to other areas.

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