The American Planning Association, an organization that no doubt takes planning very seriously, has named Montrose one of the ten "great neighborhoods" in America.
Says the APA:
One of Houston's original streetcar suburbs, Montrose has a sliver of everything. Eclectic and urbane, the neighborhood is a fusion of architectural styles, land uses, and people (former residents include President Lyndon Johnson and billionaire Howard Hughes). The neighborhood has a thriving art, museum, and cultural scene, and local businesses. It has been the center of Houston's gay and lesbian community since the 1970s. The neighborhood retains much of its early 20th century character: one-third of the city's historic districts are here.
The announcement will be celebrated tomorrow with speeches by politicians, which is always the best way to celebrate something.
Montrose is great, of course (If you want to be really hip, call it "The" Montrose, even though the APA doesn't). But after a nuclear boom of townhome construction and strip-mall building, it ain't what it used to be.
We wish the APA were around in Montrose's good old days.
Just off the top of our heads here at Hair Balls HQ, modern-day The Montrose just ain't the same without:
- The Proletariat
- The Oven ("This really kick ass punk rock pizza place that stood where Mango's is now. They put on shows pretty much every night and they allowed minors in. The front porch was pretty popular with all breeds of punk rockers.")
- Golden Buddha Restaurant
- Infinite Records
- Felix Mexican Restaurant
- Sound Exchange ("Old location; new location is only arguably Montrose")
- The Mausoleum
- Pik 'n' Pak
- The mural at Mary's
We could go on.
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