National Geographic, the travel magazine that has been published continually since January 1, 1888, recently named the Houston Heights as one of the 28 friendliest neighborhoods in U.S. Cities. Joining the list were areas in Austin and El Paso along with Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York, and others.
An independent research company conducted the study. Using information joining analytics with statistics, the selection criteria included: walkability, home affordability, public spaces and the prevalence of places such as breweries, cafes, restaurants, etc. In addition, social media and perception data from Trip Advisor and Yelp were involved.
Beginning the article with a photo of 19th street, National Geographic made these positive comments regarding the Heights: “Mid-Century bungalows and turreted Victorian houses draw young couples and singles to walkable The Heights, an older neighborhood a short bike-trail north of downtown Houston. Restaurants, many in buildings, specialize in tacos, Vietnamese sandwiches, or Texas brisket.” In addition, “Nineteenth Street is filled with quirky coffee shops and local retailers, including AG Antiques, a décor emporium in an old dry goods store. The Art Car Museum exhibits lavishly tricked-out wheels, as well as local and international contemporary artwork.”
High praise no doubt, however, most of the inhabitants, businesses and visitors would heartily agree with the designation and honor. As a networking point for businesses and a contributor to our community, the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a valued member of the Heights for over 31 years.