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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 the University 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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