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  1. If you type in “Greater East End” in Google maps, you’re not too far off from how it is currently. I thought it ended at the Bayou, but the map shows it going all the way to Clinton. Agreed 100%, but if developers and real estate agents have their way, all of this will be called EaDo eventually. It’s the hip, trendy name after all. Exhibit A: this development, which has “EaDo” in its name but is definitely not in EaDo. I’m not against gentrification generally, but the loss or even dilution of existing area/neighborhood names into whatever invented name sounds cool to marketing focus groups is an unfortunate byproduct.
  2. Drove by this building today and they are making good progress. New windows have been installed throughout the exterior of the building, and it looks as though the interior has been fully built out and mostly furnished. I would be surprised if this wasn’t open by the end of this month.
  3. I’m assuming that all of the amenities put in near the Bayou greenbelt will be open to the public? As others mentioned, it would be great to have a pavilion and green space around the silos and have it usable as a community space. And, more importantly to me at least, it would be great to have another dog park in the area since the EaDog Park on Polk is rather lackluster.
  4. Exactly, all I see here is a glorified strip center fronting the freeway. It looks relatively nice, sure, but still has the access issues and sea of parking endemic to strip centers. Also, I wouldn’t consider this Idylwood. As far as I’m aware, that name only applies to the (no longer a secret enclave) residential neighborhood southeast of the intersection of Lawndale and Wayside.
  5. Good idea. It’s technically on my way to MMP by foot, I’ll try to check it out next time I go to a game.
  6. Maybe it’s time to revisit religious organizations being exempt from taxes? Between ambitious, overwrought construction projects and churches scooping up land everywhere (like what is happening currently in Third Ward), it seems they’re generally rolling in cash. And don’t even get me started on Osteen. Unfortunately, I’m guessing that would be a political non-starter in this state.
  7. Finally. This block has to be one of the strangest in all of Houston. There were maybe one or two portable storage sheds on site, with a playground (?) and a bunch of 18 wheeler cabs parked there all the time. I have no clue what the property was being used for. Meanwhile, the one holdout lot is fenced in with a metal gate up front, like somebody was thinking of putting up a single-family home and then just decided not to at the last minute. So weird. Whatever happens to this block will be a very welcome improvement.
  8. haha Nice shot, certainly can see more of downtown than I expected from that location/angle. I’ll have to check it out soon.
  9. The original proposal only included a few blocks of EaDo (up to Emancipation I believe), but now covers the entirety of EaDo. The rest of the East End (i.e., everything east of the BNSF tracks/outside of the EaDo “triangle”) is not included, unfortunately. It would have been nice to extend it throughout the East End/Second Ward to at least Sampson St.
  10. Thanks for the background info @CrockpotandGravel. I didn’t even notice that the new entity name on the construction permit was different than that mentioned in the Swamplot article (with “House” vs. “Bar” being the only difference). But it seems to be the same group as far as you can tell, correct?
  11. They started putting up the framework for the northern-most building (Corky’s BBQ).
  12. Coming soon signage for Roots Wine Bar is up in the windows at the small commercial building at 3107 Leeland St. This is a block or so southeast of East End Hardware. This is the former location of Metamorphose Studios, a business that (I believe) was engaged in restoration and sale of antique furniture. Swamplot article about the location from last year indicated that an alcohol permit had been applied for: http://swamplot.com/empty-leeland-furniture-workshop-now-has-a-wine-sign-on-it/2018-09-18/ Given the font on the signage, is it safe to assume that this venture is related to Roost on Fairview?
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