Pedestrians are becoming more common along Studewood Street in the highly gentrified Houston Heights, especially around the intersection of 6th St. New bars, restaurants and a bike trail have upped the steet-level amenities in recent years.
But not for everyone. This morning, one walker, a middle-aged black man in a white T-Shirt and jeans, was wearing a sandwich sign: “BLACK MAN CAN’T WALK IN THE HEIGHTS – IT’S SOME LAW” The man, who identified himself as 27-year Heights resident K. Moss, said that his protest was in reaction to an incident last week in which he had been stopped and harassed by a District 1 constable while walking to work, a block from Studewood and 6th.
“It’s like we’re going back to the 60’s,” said Moss, who says he will walk the Heights every morning before work. He plans on improving his sign, too: he’s going to add a target.