Maybe I'll go into that more some other time, but the reason I bring it up now is this interesting story in today's Houston Chronicle. "Rising property values have begun to drive [artists] from close-in neighborhoods" like Montrose and the Heights, inside the 610 Loop, where they've always been. "Now, they're building brand-new metal houses and studios outside the Loop."
That movement is most visible north of Loop 610 and west of Interstate 45 in wooded, historically black neighborhoods such as Acres Homes and Independence Heights.
Some of Houston's best-known artists either already live and work there or have bought property with plans to build. The roster includes The Art Guys, Paul Kittelson, Carter Ernst, Virgil Grotfeldt, Terrell James, Lee Littlefield, Ed Wilson and Tim Glover.
The area is now being referred to as "Itchy Acres."