Friday, June 13, 2008

The Heights: Culture of Relax

Heights Boulevard is lined with Victorian homes dating back to the founding of the neighborhood as a city in 1891. The Heights is slightly higher in elevation than the rest of the city. Most of the residents are families in small bungalows or new townhomes, although the neighborhood deed restrictions have kept new buildings to a strict emulation of existing architecture.

North of Montrose between Buffalo Bayou and 610 Loop North, the Heights is another bohemian area of the city. Rock and roll stalwart Fitzgerald’s sits at the corner of Studemont and White Oak, and is surrounded by a growing scene of ice houses and restaurants. Both Onion Creek and Dry Creek restaurants come highly recommended for delicious casual fare. Further north in the neighborhood is a strip of boutiques and galleries on 19th Street where they also hold the Yale Street Art Market every month.

Doug and Don's Barber Shop; featured in Rushmore

The Art Car Museum is located on the south side of I-10 on Heights Boulevard. A free museum, art cars can be seen outside the museum and an exhibit of local artists indoors. RIP Tom Jones.