The historic Heights neighborhood in Houston has long been known for its decades-old homes, welcoming boutiques and unique architecture. These and other attributes helped the district make a new list of the Friendliest Neighborhoods in cities across the country.
The ranking was developed by National Geographic in partnership with Resonance Consultancy and resulted in a list of 28 friendliest neighborhoods in communities from San Francisco to Miami.
With help from Best Cities analytics, statistics and other user-generated data, the Resonance team compiled the list that celebrates the most welcoming enclaves in the U.S. Neighborhoods were rated based on the qualities of walkability, public spaces, home affordability, and prevalence of third spaces (restaurants, breweries, cafés, and more).
The publication says that part of the Heights’ charm was “mid-century bungalows and turreted Victorian houses draw young couples and singles to walkable The Heights, an older neighborhood a short bike-trail ride north of downtown Houston.”
The authors said of the neighborhood’s third-party spaces: “Restaurants, many in vintage buildings, specialize in tacos, Vietnamese sandwiches, or Texas brisket (try the new Truth BBQ). Nineteenth Street is lined with quirky coffee shops and local retailers, including AG Antiques, a decor emporium in an old dry goods store. The Art Car Museum exhibits lavishly tricked-out wheels, as well as local and international contemporary artwork.”
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