Get It Straight, New York Times: Is Washington Avenue "Seedy" Or "Stylish"?

The arts folks at The New York Times, a paper published north of here, have jumped on the story of the alleged Salvador Dali paintings being sold at a Salvation Army store here.

They write:

HOUSTON -- In a scene that would most likely appeal to the Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí, several works attributed to him are currently on display next to a disheveled tie rack at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in a seedy industrial neighborhood here.

Fair enough

Until you look at what the Times had to say about the neighborhood three months ago.

Back then Washington Avenue was home to "a growing collection of stylish restaurants and bars." The paper went on at length about the hip, edgy, whatever type of yuppie magnets that have sprouted up in the area.

Of course, even in that article the paper noted that the neighborhood "reveals mere remnants of the decay that pervaded this three-mile strip just a few years ago -- a bail bondsman sign, a lone pawn shop and a handful of vacant lots hint at what used to be."

But still, it talks of restaurants "where jeans-and-boot-clad professionals enjoy contemporary American food like white pizza with crab meat" and "gastropubs," which sounds like something you discover through a colonoscopy. (And did we really have to hear about cowboy boots again?)

Anyway, take your pick -- Washington Avenue is either seedy or hip. Or maybe both, because it's just so damn trendy.

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