What to do when your plans for strawberry picking have been thwarted? Go on an impromptu Art Crawl- in your own hood.
I remember driving through the East Downtown neighborhood several years ago, when the gentrification hype had yet to catch on. It felt so familiar to me, comforting and beautiful, despite the old abandoned buildings and vacant lots.
Signs of a once vibrant Chinatown still remain on the shopping centers and building signs, Chinese characters and Vietnamese words were still stubbornly hanging on despite being peeled away by time and weather.
As I explored the area more, I delved further East and discovered the East End, it's history rich in diversity, and a community immersed in art, culture, and opportunity. "This." I thought, "This is where I want to live".
And so I did. And the neighborhood has evolved quite a bit in it's own unique way. There are delicious spots to eat, a local craft brewery, and murals everywhere you turn.
It's been wonderful having opportunities to explore this area of town- full of charming spots and street corners bursting with color. Despite it being a dreary and gray Saturday, that didn't stop us from exploring the Art and Culture of EaDo, East End, and the Houston Heights.
A pro htown tip- feel free to follow this "itinerary", and have yourself a fun adventure in one of Houston's lesser known areas. Full list of places visited after the pictures. Enjoy!
-St. Emmanuel & Pease St. Art Murals
-Harrisburg Art Museum
-Giant Leap Coffee
-El Gato Coffeehouse
-1st Saturday Heights Art Market (19th St)