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  1. Still a lot of activity/cranes in the area.
  2. When we start lamenting the fact that West U, Boulevard Oaks, the Heights and other historic Houston neighborhoods are not ethnically diverse enough, I will take your arguments about the "need" to diversify 3rd Ward as valid. Otherwise, welcome to this historic African American neighborhood. There is nothing wrong with you living in an area where you are the minority, and the community has affluent and politically connected African Americans who are looking out for their self-interests just as those in other neighborhoods do. I've known Garnett Coleman, et. al for years...they/we are not anti-development, but rather are not necessarily promoting the types of development you all might prefer.
  3. Not only are the new homes inappropriate to the existing stock of wonderful old homes, but they are shoddily built with cheap materials that will not pass the test of time. I agree with you, but that's Houston in a nutshell and is not specific to 3rd ward, but sadly every place where town home farms and McMansions are being built. Again, let's not act like 3rd Ward has unique problems that are not common in other areas. The elephant in the forum is that the area is historically and predominately black,has poverty, crime, etc., but also many African Americans of political and economic influence who are not about to passively allow the area to be gentrified.
  4. I'm at the Plan Downtown public workshop at the Rice. Are there any other HAIFers here? http://plandowntownhou.com/
  5. If 3rd Ward becomes reflective of the diverse UH campus, that would be great. As a long time resident of 3rd Ward, I've said before here that it has good and bad parts like any other place, but let's not make the mistake of thinking gentrification is the answer. Third Ward has too rich a tradition of past and current African American achievement and institutions to be supplanted by more that which is "vibrant and urban" (which is code for cookie cutter gentrification). For those who are new to the area, welcome! Learn about its history and add to it, but institutions like Wheeler Ave, Good Hope and St. Mary's churches, or TSU, Frenchy's, Shape Comminity Center, or Jack Yates are there. Learn about them, their history and current contributions and join us.
  6. I would like to see UH develop a near campus-student community that is unique to UH. UH has never been and will never be "like UT" (and I think that's a plus). With the new construction and focus on creating a full-time student community on and around the campus, UH has a great opportunity to create something one of a kind. I have degrees from both schools and think UH and UT are both equally but differently "fine".
  7. Great shot! Is that the Williams (Transco) shadow?
  8. Grass is back.
  9. I really like the building from its narrower side.
  10. This weekend.
  11. This weekend.
  12. Took the survey. It wasn't the most user-friendly, but I liked that the questions are being asked.