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How Houston Has Changed Over The Years

Posted: Jul. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Diversity in PLay
Liz Halloran

The stereotype for Houston is a white-washed, racist backwater but that offensive sentiment couldn't be farther from the truth. Houston has come a long way since its days long past and the city has long since become a roiling melting pot of diversity, cultural exchange, and forward thinking. The only thing left is to dispel the lingering notions that mar the city's reputation.

Stephen Klineberg polishes off a spicy lamb mint burger, mops his brow and recalls the Houston he moved to as a young professor in the 1970s.

"It was a deeply racist, deeply segregated Southern city," he says; an oil boomtown of black and white Americans.

There were no restaurants like Pondicheri, where Houston chef Anita Jaisinghani's hip take on Indian street food and the air conditioning's battle with 100-degree heat conspire to make the Rice University professor sweat.

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