Swamplot readers Michael F. Forlenza and Karen Kane wade into the long-simmering confusion over the best way to refer to the distinctive and still-transforming Montrose-area neighborhood of townhomes, bungalows, and “an increasing number of high-end, 4,000-square foot plus, newly-constructed residences” wedged between Shepherd and Dunlavy, south of the River Oaks Shopping Center and north of Westheimer. As indicated by this Montrose neighborhood map, the area is supposed to be called Vermont Commons (Driscoll and westward) and “Park” (the eastern half).
But who uses those names? Forlenza, who tells Swamplot he’s a longtime resident of the neighborhood, announces it’s time for a new one: Abromo. Or ABROMO. For (of course) the Area Between River Oaks and Montrose. Kane prefers ReBeRoMo (pronounced “Ree-Bee-Row-Moe,” we’re told), for Rectangle Between River Oaks and Montrose — because it has a “better rhythm.” Are the River Oaks references fair, or just a nod to ongoing efforts within Montrose to invoke its more expensive western neighbor?
- Previously on Swamplot: Comment of the Day: Bordertown, Comment of the Day: Report From That Neighborhood South of the River Oaks Shopping Center That Nobody Knows What To Call, Montrose: All the Little Neighborhoods
Map: Michael Forlenza