Face of the City: The Heights

There are lots of interesting things to look at in this quirky part of Houston.

This National Geographic article has a few tidbits:

…Houston Heights now flourishes as a destination for foodies, architecture buffs, and creative types (the neighborhood is said to be home to the highest concentration of professional artists in the state).

And also:

The Heights passed its own Prohibition in 1912, and a large section of it remains dry…

For this post I used the help of the Flickr community. Thank you Daniel Pagan, FriendofLight, The Loop Scoop, meltedplastic, mockbird and allison_b216 for letting me use your photos here! There are lots of great photos after the jump!

Photo by FriendofLight on Flickr


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Magical Chinese Buffet

On the way from Houston to Corpus Christi.


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Face of the City: A Plague of Grackles

The Common Grackle is a bird that I was not familiar with before I came to Houston. They are one of the things that make Houston visually memorable for me.

These beautiful and noisy birds really take over the city at a certain hour in the evening. They congregate together in groups known as “plagues”.

Some insight from Ogden Nash:

The grackles voice is less than mellow,
His heart is black, his eye is yellow,
He bullies more attractive birds
With hoodlum deeds and vulgar words,
And should a human interfere,
Attacks that human in the rear.
I cannot help but deem the grackle
An ornithological debacle.


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Everything about this animated series from the 1960′s-1970′s is so endearing and ingenious. I’m using it as inspiration for a personal project that I’m working on.

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Illustration Friday: Spent

For this week’s Illustration Friday I did something about the declining number of tigers in the wild. There are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild and the numbers are falling.

Illustration Friday: Spooky

Created for illustration class years ago when I went to Bezalel. I thought it fit the theme.

Illustration Friday: Spooky

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Face of the City: Local Elections

Its hard to escape the fact that the local elections are upon us. As someone who knows close to nothing about the local politics, it is interesting to see the differences between the ways that the candidates present themselves.

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Face of the City: Houston <3 Shoes

Houstonians have a special place in their hearts for what they put on their feet.

As a newcomer to Houston one of the most memorable local brands is the Houston Shoe Hospital. Huge and bold and pretty much everywhere, it is proof of the local dedication to footwear. Numerous other specialty shoe stores and repair shops show that shoes are a central part of Houstons culture.

For this post I used the help of the Flickr community. Thank you Pedro Vit, Photine and Amy Rosa for letting me feature your photos here!

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Face of a City #3: Is Edward Scissorhands in Houston?

Okay, it’s not really Edward Scissorhands. But these topiaries do look like they could have stepped out of a Tim Burton movie.

A little bit about the real Scissorhands: The River Oaks Plant House has been manufacturing topiaries in Houston for over thirty years. These sculptures are created locally inside the store. They have a huge selection of animals and other shapes that they produce and you can also ask for any custom shape you wish for.

From their catalog:

The experience showed that people are getting very attached to their topiaries. They end up being named and considered as a member of the family.

The River Oaks Plant House is located at 3401 Westheimer Road in Houston.

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Face of a City #2: LOUD Music in Houston

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