Comedian Trent Gillaspie began his internet cartographic ventures by assembling an annotated map of his then-hometown of Denver, which he posted online hoping to highlight the humor in some of his gentrification-comedy routines with what he hoped would be considered outrageous labels for every neighborhood. “Some are judgmental, some are humorous, and all of them have a little bit of truth,” he explained to Business Insider earlier this year. “As long as you offend everyone you possibly can, it ends up making it OK.” Gillaspie then tried to open up his method to other cities — asking other comedians (and would-be comedians) to put together similar surveys of their own cities. A total of 47 labeled maps of various cities currently comprise the Judgmental Maps website, with varying levels of humor and “light racism,” as Business Insider’s Karyne Levy politely puts it.
The latest effort, submitted to Gillaspie’s website and tagged by its author, identified only as jr.ewing.78, targets Houston. We’ve sliced the map into thirds, for easier reading, below:
What’s your judgment?
- Judgmental Map of Houston, TX [Judgmental Maps]
- These ‘Judgmental Maps’ Will Show You Which Parts Of Town To Avoid [Business Insider]
Map: jr.ewing.78, via Judgmental Maps
I will slightly disagree with the characterization of my neighborhood as “Used to be Jewish suburb, now barrio.” It’s still mostly a Jewish suburb with the barrio and the ghetto on the fringes. Many of these are pretty accurate, though.
I loled at “pretentious white people who like trains.”
I mean, we got it up pretty quickly: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2014/07/houstonia_takes_down_judgmental_map_of_houston.php#Comments
This is offensive, but amusing.
SJL will be having a local news conference to refute this map. Stay tuned. It is pretty funny though.
This is actually quite good. I was all prepared to roll my eyes, instead I laughed my ass off. Seriously: Perfect. I loved the rich people and…more rich people –it plays on stereotypes, but still, they nailed us.
I’m a “Pretentious White Person” who used to be a “White Trash” who was also “close to good jobs but a shitty place to live”, yet I am either “married” or “like trains”, but I was where they label “cancer”. So I’ll think of myself not in the either/or, but in the and/both. So, I’m “Pretentious White Trash who likes Trains” (not married, nor have cancer…as far as I know).
This may be the most useful Houston map ever, can I get it as a book from Keymap (tongue only halfway in cheek)?
This is so wrong. Yet so hilarious.
This is pretty spot on. As a person that spends their days living near pretentious white people that like trains and driving to all ends of the city, I find this map extremely accurate. Sometimes the truth hurts. However, a person must gaze into the looking glass and realize that they have a gigantic, swollen, pre-eruptive zit upon one’s face. In this case, I would probably say it’s CANCER over the ship channel. We live in a very diverse city. That is our strength. It’s also healthy to recognize that there are a lot of blemishes. Yeah. I’m done.
Best is “SJL Voters with Mules” and “SJL Voters with Guns”.
Very funny and mostly accurate. I laughed audibly at “Cancer” but then felt bad about it. I shared with some coworkers who got a kick out of this, too.
I grew up in Meyerland which is labeled as “used to be Jewish suburbs, now yuppies.” I think by definition my husband and I are yuppies but we won’t be able to afford Meyerland for a long, long time! For now we’re relegated to Willowbend, which the map doesn’t label :(
I think the best part is “Matress (sic) Mac” on 45-N. Mattress has two Ts, though (or is it t’s? T’s? Too early for grammar).
Mattress Mack****. My b.
Next Google Maps overlay?
as a “pretentious white person” i find this to be a bit lazy as most things just play off too easy race/economic signifiers. i mean, writing off the whole of the central inner loop as just rich people is a bit mistaken as there’s very specific differences between the likes of river oaks and west u. with very different slurs to go around. same for a lot of it.
however, with that said, please oh please oh please make this the new image to go along with our “city without limits” campaign. the irony and contradictions would just be so much who wouldn’t want to move here.
Mattress Mack, SJL voters with guns, Not what it used to be, used to be suburbs now barrio, used to be Jewish suburbs now barrio, China men and their businesses, lived in all of these over the years. When Katrina Refugees moved in I moved out of Houston entirely. Not what it used to be applies to the entire map.
Interesting. Anyone here offended yet? That is what it is supposed to do.
I wish they would have put “Quakers” over Friendswood. Instead we just get the tag that is more about Alvin hovering below us.
Cougar High is on the wrong side of the Freeway. This thing is as useful as google maps.
A resident of More Rich People/Doctors
Class and race are hilarious.
Offended by what in most cases is truth? No not really, everyone is fair game for ridicule.
we are moving next week from wannabe pretentious white people to dead people and we are in our late 20s! ha! this was funny and offensive and loved all the SJL jokes.
I love it. It has truly rustled everyone jimmies.
Some of these listed are slightly raciest like Middle Class Black People
@debildeb – Dead People make great neighbors! Especially because they can’t be turned into 3 story townhomes or a stripmall.
This is much more accurate than a similar map that was posted earlier.
I can’t think of anyone who would consider Baytown “Rich”, even in a low-class sense.
Right, debildeb, only I thought the “dead people” was Forest Park Cemetery. But true enough, they will be good neighbors, nice and quiet for the most part. I have several friends resting there.
One of the best maps I’ve seen about the Houston area. :)
An equal opportunity offender! Loved it. Favorite tag: “Purple Drank” for Southpark!
If you’re offended, get a grip. If you’re amused…Also get a grip. This is hack.
Fricking hilarious! I grew up in Bellaire (More rich people ) then Meyerland(Richish people) -still mostly upscaleish residents ; then resided in the Montrose area ( Gays /Hipster Douche Bags),then way out to Tomball & Klein ,Tx(More old houses that all look the same ),then back into town in the Binz(Doctors),now back to the Montrose area ; ( not so gay anymore due to all of the wanna be Hipsters / Douche Bags who got sucked up into buying / leasing WAY over priced crappy new construction (the future slums of Montrose & other Inner Loop /Near the Loop hoods ). Me I’ll take a circa 20’s /30’s /40’s home which were built to LAST.
“Fake Amusement Park” and “Can’t Afford to live in(the nice part of) Galveston”,eh? The park one is a point of view thing. Heck, it’s no Six Flags! And the second one, it just depends on if the people living near water with an even HIGHER chance of house damage from hurricanes. Plus the smell too… SEAWEED BREEZE!
who the hell wants to live in galveston anyways?
This is funny…my old neighborhood is the “meth poor lower class suburbs, and it is!!! But, we loved one another and understood the meaning of community…we would always welcome one another in eachother’s meth labs! Hahahahaha!!! If the shoe fits, slap a label on it 😃
LOL U GUISE I WROTE MEXICANS ON A MAP WHERE MEXICANS LIVE CAN I HAVE A JOB WRITING FOR JAY LENO NOW
I’m thrilled about what part of town that I am in!!
They should label this zip code — just west of the galleria —to “businesses that can scam you and you’ll somehow feel okay about it.”
“more rich people –it plays on stereotypes, but still, they nailed us.”
I lollah’d at this.
It’s easy to laugh at stereotypes that aren’t unpleasant, isn’t it?
And we’re all glad to know you’re rich. You’ve not broken any stereotypes here.
Just found out I’m dead!
Pretty much accurate.
no one mentions LIttle Mumbai! HAHAH best part.
James, I only ever heard it called Brown Town (by browns, whites and yellows alike).
Pretty spot on I agree! I never knew about little Mumbai 😂 I thought all of Sugarland was mainly Arabs, Indians, etc
Trying to figure out how we’re rich and lower-class at the same time.