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How and Why Houston Neighborhoods Have Morphed Over the Years

Some of Houston’s neighborhoods have, for lack of a better phrase, “morphed” over the decades. Montrose once had a much larger African-American community, then it became known as Houston’s gay neighborhood, then a more gentrified area. Sharpstown, Meyerland, The Heights — they’ve all undergone transformative change from one generation to the next. We explore what’s […]

Some of Houston’s neighborhoods have, for lack of a better phrase, “morphed” over the decades.

Montrose once had a much larger African-American community, then it became known as Houston’s gay neighborhood, then a more gentrified area. Sharpstown, Meyerland, The Heights — they’ve all undergone transformative change from one generation to the next.

We explore what’s brought about some of these changes and what can lead to demographic and class shifts in a Houston neighborhood over time with Jerry Wood, former deputy assistant director of the City of Houston's Planning and Development Department, and Susan Rogers, director of theUniversity of Houston's Community Design Resource Center.

MORE:A Chinatown Migration Story: Why Houston's Asian Population Center Has Moved Over the Years (Houston Matters, Aug. 20, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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