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Best Place to People-Watch Houston 2009 - Hermann Park

Hermann Park

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St.

Houston, TX 77030


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Though thankfully Jim Crow ended generations ago, Houston is still often a segregated city, by social class if not by race. One of the few places you can see the 21st-century international mega-city in all its cosmopolitan glory is Hermann Park. There a typical day will find black families grilling out, Persian-American women riding pedal-boats, classrooms-full of field-tripping Hispanic kids aboard the somewhat new and improved choo-choo, and Rice students of every hue making eyes at one another over picnic baskets. The park sits at the crossroads of extreme wealth (the exclusive old-school gated enclave Shadyside and Broadacres) and more down-to-earth areas l ike close-by Third Ward. Arts in the form of the Museum District line the northern end of Hermann's sylvan setting; science in the form of the Texas Medical Center lines the south; and general knowledge in the form of Rice borders on the west. Everyone from all these walks of life meets in the middle, which is why Hermann is such a nonstop parade of varied humanity.

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Ted Bard
Ted Bard

Great choice!

An amazing place to be on a nice weekend.


Well said. Once I was there on MLK Day, enjoying the festivities but also painting a landscape of the reflecting pond, and all day, little kids came by, all curious and most wanted to pick up a brush and add to the painting. I happily complied, and now, it's a nice (and not too bad-looking) reminder of that day.

melissa noble
melissa noble

all people grill, ride the boats and look into each others eyes too...I think this could have been worded a bit better..WHere is your editor


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