Mar 28, 2008, 11:35 AM
Post #437 of 793
Well, I lived in Houston for 18 years. Just north in the Woodlands suburb.
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As for montrose and the heights...
They're both really "cool" parts of town. Montrose has a lot of apartments and older houses. If you're left wing, in college, younger than 35, gay or lesbian, a hippie or hipster, you probably live in Montrose. It's a very distinctive part of downtown. It's also pretty easy to walk around to all the shops and restaurants. The heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods of downtown. Lots of old, pretty, one and two-story houses. One of them has even been converted into "Fitzgeralds"; mostly local bands play there, but occasionaly more well-known ones. For other music there's always Fat Cats, The Proletariat, Helios, The Engine Room, and The Woodlands Pavillion (that's near me). The Woodlands is probably where you'll see REALLY big stuff. Radiohead has played there twice, and one of those times is this May. And if you really want some laughs, or maybe a genuine spiritual good time, you can always head to the Compaq center. It was formerly the Rockets basket ball stadium, but is currently the gigantic church of Joel Osteen.
Anyway, back to the heights. All my friends who live there usually team up with 2 or more friends to rent a house. Sure, there are apartments too, but having a house has its advantages. It's just a really pretty old neighboorhood within biking (or probably car would be safer) distance of some really nice eateries and other awesome parts of Houston. Houston is a HUGE city with a LOT of people who drive REALLY fast, hence why Montrose is nice for its more pedestrian-friendly streets.
One thing you HAVE to do when you go to Houston is eat at Empire Café and get one of their espresso granitas. When they ask you if you want chocolate syrup swirled in it, say yes. You can thank me profusely later. I could go on about all the museums, the medical district, and the absolutely fucking gorgeous Rice University campus where many people go running. Oak trees and palm trees shade pretty much every sidewalk in the areas of downtown and ivy covers a lot of the brick walls/buildings. I don't think anyone outside of Texas realizes how beautiful the city really is. All they know is its celebrity for fat people and pollution, neither of which are any worse than most major cities. Hope that helps...