Are these pie in the sky? Everything East of 59, North of 45, and south of I-10 has exploded (and continues to explode) with homes and apartments. There's very little retail or small offices to keep up with the demand.
The below is anecdotal obviously.
I drive 15 minutes to the HEB on W Alabama.
Drive +15 minutes to the Total Wine on Holcombe or the newer one in the "Lower Heights District" 🤢.
Do all of my shopping on the west side or Rice Village.
Most of my Uber Eats are from there or the Heights.
There's not a decent nail place nearby. Although it is mostly dependent on who you get, even at good places that are clean, and the towels don't smell like mildew.
East End Barber is really the only good men's haircut nearby but you need to book well in advance.
Hell all of the greasy fast food options are past UH, down by Gulfgate, or at the last light rail stop on Harrisburg.
Same with car mechanics (Tire Store Service Center on Milby is actually the only good one).
We have like 2 or 3 hand carwash places, but after going a few times they really suck compared to Aqua on Montrose, $oap Hand car wash on Richmond, or the city's best and least expensive; Best Hand Carwash #2 on Voss.
There's no in network dentists nearby.
No in network Doctors nearby.
No in network anything really. Midtown has the closest options but the reviews aren't as good as going further west to Greenway Plaza area or south to the TMC.
Same with Yoga & Pilates, all in Midtown. Granted this was google searching and most places are closed during the Pandemic.
However, throw a dart on the map and you'll probably land on a gym/CrossFit place.
I know where I moved to and what was around prior. Would just be nice to have a few things closer.