Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets That Change Names
Montrose Boulevard/Studemont Street/Studewood Street
All right, get ready for this one. Montrose (the street, not the neighborhood), after crossing Allen Parkway, becomes Studemont, which is logical given the fact there is a bridge there over Buffalo Bayou. But north of I-10, Studemont turns into Studewood. Why? Who knows?
FM 1960/Highway 6/Addicks
FM stands, in this case, for "Farm to Market" road, which this was until it became a mess of strip malls and apartment complexes. FM 1960 has various names including Humble Westfield and Cypress Creek Parkway, but its primary name remains 1960...except, of course, until it turns into Highway 6, which is also referred to as Addicks-Howell Road. Remarkably, the entire stretch of road runs from Lake Houston, well north of Houston and ends near the causeway crossing Galveston Bay.
6th Street/White Oak Drive/Quitman Street/Liberty Road
Soon, 6th Street will finally connect Shepherd with Yale Street -- something folks in the Heights have wanted for years -- but once it passes Heights Boulevard, White Oak takes over, winding along White Oak Bayou before becoming Quitman and ultimately Liberty, which heads out north of the Ship Channel.
Fairbanks North Houston/Blalock Road/Echo Lane/Blalock Road
Yet another street affected by its intersection with Hempstead Highway, this oddball route has the unique characteristic of being named the same thing in two separate stretches of road. Once it becomes Blalock south of Hempstead, it crosses I-10, where it turns into Echo Lane for a brief stretch before returning to Blalock once more. You'll definitely need Google Maps for that one.
Bammel North Houston Road/North Houston Rossyln/Bingle Road/Voss Road/Hillcroft Avenue
And here we have it, the magical Houston street that has -- count 'em -- five different names. Beginning well north near FM 1960 as Bammel North Houston (which connects with T.C. Jester, but not the same road that is much farther south in Oak Forest...I know), changes to North Houston Rosslyn (no relation to the Rosslyn that is also T.C. Jester...God help us) after Tomball Parkway. At Little York, Bingle emerges and continues south through Spring Branch until I-10, when Voss appears. Stay with me. Finally, after passing through Memorial, Westheimer creates the final change to Hillcroft. If you are lost, you're not alone.