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Texas’s vibrant and diverse culture can perhaps best be experienced in the ethnic enclaves and fascinating neighborhoods of its big cities. Immigrants from around the world have all left their marks on the state’s cities while former commercial districts are finding a second life as warehouses are converted to galleries and restaurants. Today you can both travel the globe and also travel through the centuries without ever leaving the state in Texas’s eclectic neighborhoods.
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Houston’s Chinatown sits in the southwest of the city. A bit of a misnomer, this vibrant international district encompasses Middle Eastern as well as other Asian communities. Here, ethnic foods and traditions rub shoulders with big-spirited,...
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132 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA
North of downtown, the Stockyards, established in 1893, had become a principal livestock market and the home of two of the country’s largest abattoir and meatpacking enterprises by the early 20th century. Today, it forms part of the heart of the...
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1540 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA
The thoroughfare North Main connects downtown to North Side, one of the city’s predominant Hispanic neighborhoods, many of whose inhabitants came to Fort Worth to work for the meatpacking companies. Among its Mexican restaurants, Joe T. Garcia’s...
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The country’s fourth largest city, Houston, is a cosmopolitan melting pot with residents hailing from every corner of the globe. The diversity is also found in its many neighborhoods. You can step back in time to the turn-of-the-century bungalows...
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East Austin, Austin, TX, USA
Austin has a population that is ever more diverse and its neighborhoods, both old and new, are impressively varied. In East Austin, the East Cesar Chávez Neighborhood is a long-established Mexican-American and Hispanic area, named for its...
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1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
You can get a taste of the flavors being introduced by these new immigrants to Austin and the Elizabeth Street Café, south of Lady Bird Lake, where the menu reflects the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine. One of the main centers of Austin’s...
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901 S Park, El Paso, TX 79901, USA
El Paso’s rich historic heritage, which embraces Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and Anglo cultures, is evident throughout the city. It is most visible, however, in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, el Segundo Barrio or the Second Ward,...
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910 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
While downtown San Antonio is well known among travelers, with attractions like the Riverwalk and the Alamo, just south of it is Southtown which combines the city’s Hispanic culture with the energy of a new generation of artists and young...
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Lubbock’s Depot District was never a residential neighborhood, and is instead an example of an especially ingenious reuse of existing commercial buildings. The largest city on Texas’s South Plains, Lubbock has long been nicknamed the “Hub City,”...