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  1. Curious what the law says for pedestrian's not in a cross walk? The law as provided above simply says you can't run over pedestrians in a cross walk if they gave you reasonable amount to stop. I would have thought it would be been written that way about pedestrians anywhere. Is it legal for a pedestrian to ever be in a road? Is there another part of the law that says drivers shouldn't run over people in the street if they can avoid it, cross walk or not?
  2. That's interesting, didn't know that. So the meaning of the "Yield to Pedestrians" signs they put up at cross walks is meant only for pedestrians already in the street itself and not those standing at a cross walk? They seem to give a false impression, or maybe that is just me.
  3. What I don't get is how much a Houston centric idea it is that you don't stop at cross walks for people. Growing up in Houston you learn to just ignore cross walks. Now having lived and visited many other cities, Houston seems unique in their categorical disregard of cross walk rules. Even in College Station, 1 hour away, drivers would slam on their brakes if you walked a bit to close to one. There are already the "Yield to Pedestrians" signs on 11th at the bikepath and you can see every day crowds of people, some with strollers, waiting as a freeway of cars pretend like they don't see them. The amount of crazy that comes out of the wood work to see anyone try to alleviate any of this (studewood pedestrian islands) is depressing.
  4. What about the funds the Elan Heights apartments paid into the parks system when they were built? Never saw that get used for an improvement in the park like was supposed to happen. Also isn't there a TIRZ that could get involved?
  5. I don't know if it was mentioned above but there has been some coordination between "Houston Needs a Swimming Hole" people and BBP for east of downtown for potential sites. They have toured BBP owned or controlled sites and are currently doing a feasibility study. One of the sites along the bayou being considered is the former wastewater treatment plant on the north side of Buffalo Bayou and Lockwood Dr.
  6. The donuts are great but probably over complicated... They all have ingredients you have never heard of and a lot of them taste the same even though they supposedly have different stuff in them. Trying to hard to make the donuts "adult". The breakfast is the most unique in the neighborhood and what keeps bringing us back. And I have always had to wait in a line, they are doing well from what I can tell. I was kinda underwhelmed by the gelato shop. Probably because we just went to that one in River Oaks District which is on a whole other level. Its gonna be hard to not go to Hughies every week. It was our favorite restaurant even when it wasn't that close.
  7. Spoke to someone who works at Ritual and they said they plan on returning it to a live music venue. Will have live jazz and high end cocktails. Planning on being open in a couple months...
  8. Agree about listening to the guests. Each time we went in we were a little less impressed. Got rid of the happy hour instantly. Portions got smaller every time. We use to be able to order a couple dishes and be full but each time we went it seemed like another dish was needed. When you pay $36 for a half chicken that is the same size as a normal chicken breast it kinda makes you sad inside. Everything tasted great but when they opened I and others were hoping for a more casual place for frequent meals. It ended up being a more tapas style $100 date night place.
  9. http://www.chron.com/homes/article/What-does-it-take-to-protect-a-historic-Houston-6075235.php "The 'protected' designation means that the structure cannot be demolished or altered without the approval of the Commission," Hartgrove says. "The landmarks can proceed with an inappropriate alteration or demolition after the Commission denies their application for that activity once 90 days is up." Is this Houston Chronicle article incorrect on this?
  10. Well that wasn't my question and I think you know that. Its odd how every debate about this issue ends up with talks about liquor and bars. Not one of these places you listed is retail that would benefit from this current update and is instead a list of bars that are not effected. Remember you can list a bunch of new bars in the dry zone as well. The question I raised was set on the idea that if the dry law was updated as proposed it would open up development to new unwanted and low class retail establishments selling beer and wine. If this hypothesis is true you should have seen these places opening up around the dry zone boundaries this past decade but the only example I can come up with is Premium Draught. Now why would the update of the dry law suddenly encourage these places to open when none have opened just across the street? I am suggesting that fears of allowing the purchase of beer and wine for off site consumption will lead to the construction of more liquor stores, bars, and convenience stores in the Heights dry zone doesn't make sense. First the update doesn't effect liquor sales, second they are already building bars and again this update doesn't change those laws, and lastly no development on the fringes of the dry zone have demonstrated the retail fears I am hearing.
  11. So what examples of new "retail with easier alcohol restrictions" have we seen outside of the dry zone? The Heights has had the largest influx of development in its history these past 10 years so we should have seen examples of this in the vast area of the Heights that have no dry laws.
  12. Wow. For that price you can get a house with more square feet on a full size lot in the same neighborhood plus not pay the $836 maintenance fee. Good luck to them!
  13. I am interested in the connection of this trail to the one that goes past Stude Park (MKT?) It is a separate project that appears to be ready to go but the COH GIMS website which has estimated construction start dates for it keeps moving it back every 3 months for the past year.
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