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s3mh last won the day on January 10 2013

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  1. You do not appreciate historic architecture. If you did, you would want to preserve it. That is the BS conservative argument that you can appreciate something but let free markets ravage it at the same time. "I appreciate classical music, but we shouldn't have public radio to actually make it accessible to people" Same logic. I appreciate historic architecture, but so what if it all gets torn down. You aren't subsidizing anything. Your taxes are the same whether people in a historic district get a tax abatement or not. If you live outside a historic district, you do not have the burden of getting a COA. If you live in the district, you do and it only makes sense to give those people a very small tax benefit to offset the burdens of complying with the ordinance.
  2. The abatement for the historic districts were put in place to compensate people for the extra time, trouble and money it takes to restore a historic building versus tearing down and building new. It has a direct relationship to the burden imposed by the ordinance. I can see how council is raising their eyebrows because property values have shot through the roof since the ordinance passed and there is no longer an argument to be made that there needs to be an incentive to get people to restore old homes. But for those of use who bought in when prices started with a 2 and can barely budget a very modest addition/renovation, the tax abatement is still needed. It is only fair to keep it in place for the old timers (which in Houston time is people who moved in before 2010) The money for luxury condos and apartments is just a pure wealth transfer. The rest of the 380 program is even worse. As for your inability to appreciate historic architecture, you will just have to deal with that on your own.
  3. The city gave developers $15k per unit tax abatement to build luxury apartments and condos downtown and now they are all flustered about giving a few pennies back to people who do historic renovations.
  4. Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    Moku Bar (poke bowl place in Conservatory downtown) is opening somewhere on White Oak.
  5. Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    https://houston.eater.com/2018/1/23/16924532/ripe-cuisine-food-truck-permanent-location My vegetarian wife will go nuts for this. I guess this is needed to balance out the food karma of Hugs and Donuts, Pinkerton, Lee's Fried Chicken and other belly busting delights in the neighborhood.
  6. 628 E 11th St

    Go to 19th St. on a Saturday afternoon and count the number of people out walking between Bliss and Carter & Cooley and compare with the number of people walking along the strip malls that straddle Nicholson on the south side of 19th. There is no comparison.
  7. 628 E 11th St

    There is more to "walkability" than "is it close enough to my house". Walkability is also a question of whether a street lends itself to people parking in one spot and visiting multiple shops/restaurants. If I park at Torchy's to get lunch and also need to get a gift at Big Blue Whale, I would not think twice about walking down there along 19th street. It is fun to window shop and people watch to see who is out and about. But, if I needed to get something at Penzey's, I would probably just drive over a two blocks because there is nothing interesting about walking along the sidewalk in front of a strip mall. So, on a retail corridor like 11th or White Oak, the more you put retail fronting the street, the more likely you are going to have people want to walk up and down the street and visit multiple shops and restaurants. The more it is just parking lots in front of strip centers, the more likely it is that people will just park where they need to shop and move on.
  8. What is going on with this thing? There is a big pile of trash in front of the building next to a crane/lift with the front window punched out. It seemed like for weeks nothing was happening, but I have recently seen a handful of workers go up into the parking garage in the building.
  9. 1114 Yale: Southeast corner at 12th

    It will be parking. They tried to do something with the house, but gave up when they ran into too many structural issues. The biggest problem was getting to the side of the building that was just a few inches from the main building. They would have had to jack the house up, move it over a few feet and then move it back after it was done.
  10. 1203 W 34th Street

    http://theleadernews.com/slowpokes-dispute-heats-up/ Very sad. What would even be worse is if the landlord demos the porch and dog run, but never improves the rest of the center as required by the lease.
  11. Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    Maison Pucha is open for dinner. Menu is mostly French classics. We will see whether the jinx can be broken.
  12. 3701 North Main at Pecore Restaurant

    Might be related to Taqueria Barba food truck.
  13. 3715 Alba

    Petrol Station is in the middle of nowhere in GOOF and they have been packing them in for years. There were so few good dining options in the GOOF that people would jump all over anything that opened north of 610. Cottonwood, Crowbar, Petrol Station, Shep Park Draught House, slow Pokes and Plonk all have done very well in GOOF. But the Liberty Kitchen tried to be a bit too pricey to get families with a pile of kids to have dinner on a week night and too close to the Heights location to pull in anyone south of 610. I am not a big LK fan, but it was a really nice build out and could still work in the right hands.
  14. Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    Snooze and Golden Bagels and Coffee are pretty much built out and are staffing up.
  15. Oh, get off your little soap box already. There are two restaurants (Local Foods and a wine bar) that have not opened yet. And they are also doing a "phase II" across the street where the scooter store and Chic Warehouse used to be. So, it will probably just be a matter of time before the nextdoor threads start complaining about the piles of cars overflowing the lot once Local Foods and the wine bar are open.