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  1. I am trying, without success, to picture migrating ducks, geese, cranes, etc. happily perched in one of your mythic tropical forests.
  2. Further, these crappy million dollar beach houses don't seem to be holding their value. Seems that people who have that kind of money to invest don't want someone else's dated "dream home" McMansion. Although the original WSJ article is paywall protected, here's a video transcription of their recent article "A Growing Problem in Real Estate: Too Many Big Houses". I fail to see how this kind of development would benefit Galveston in the long run, especially since every hurricane season might spell disaster.
  3. Short answer? You tell them "tough luck". People need to be disabused of the idea that free parking is a God-given birthright, and that on-street parking exists solely for the benefit of those who live adjacent to it. This isn't news in other big cities. People select their housing with the expectation that accommodations need to be made if they choose to have a car (or two). It's time for Houston to grow up, and place the responsibility squarely where it belongs. If you can't afford to park your car, then you can't afford a car.
  4. I'm leery of the term "economically-disadvantaged areas", which seems to imply that these areas are slums, and a form of urban blight that must be eliminated. The areas where the "economically-disadvantaged" live include neighborhoods that were developed before WW II, a time when one (or no) car households were common. They were designed with the understanding that sidewalks and public transportation were necessities. Contrast this with the areas into which the poor are now being scattered, which were designed specifically for the automobile. Too often these neighborhoods and the people who occupy them are cut off from access to grocery stores, parks, clinics, libraries, etc. because car ownership is out of reach. Of course, it comes down to economics. Many people are wary about investing in poorer areas. Development can (and should) involve an element of risk. The movement of people into inner city neighborhoods is a well-established trend that needs no outside encouragement. The resulting uprooting and relocation of thousands of families is certain to create more problems than it solves.
  5. I agree. For some reason, people believe that "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence", and tend to dismiss native plants as ordinary and unattractive. Kate ("McMansion Hell") Wagner wrote a thought-provoking article for Curbed called "The Case Against Lawns" which also emphasizes the role that native species play in defining a sense of place. Trees are only part of the equation; we should also be questioning whether acres of St. Augustine grass is necessary, or even desirable. We should exercise caution when selecting exotics; the chinaberry tree is a non-native that was introduced because of its rapid growth and attractive appearance. It's now one of the most problematic weed trees in the Houston area.
  6. Most (if not all) local stations have some version of the Houston skyline in their promos and as a backdrop for local news. Has anyone else noticed that many appear to be several years old and don't include the newest additions to the skyline? I can understand that some license is taken in the interest of graphic design, but it might be nice to see a view other than the ubiquitous circa 2000 shot from the Sabine St. bridge.
  7. Many of the shots in the Sicko Mode video are identifiable as being in Houston. Some of the interiors are Che' on Main St.
  8. Thanks for the post, trymahjong. Good to see COH is listening to those who are invested in the neighborhood. Do you know if these amendments passed? How unfortunate that the strip center at 120 Westheimer (and the adjacent one where Jus' Mac is located) were built before these ordinances could go into effect. The 120 address has been completed for ~ a year now, and last time I looked was still completely vacant. Coupled with the vacated Mattress Store a block west, this stretch of Westheimer is not the pedestrian destination it could (and should) be. Vacant buildings and empty parking lots aren't helping the situation.
  9. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Deer-Park-plant-fire-spreads-to-five-more-tanks-13696392.php " A Deer Park monitor near the fire site has been malfunctioning since about 5 a.m. Monday, [Harris County Judge Lina] Hidalgo said, and has not been providing information." Just at the time when it's most needed, an air pollution monitor malfunctions. At this time (per KTRK 13 News) it still hasn't been repaired.
  10. Finally! It's been ~ 15 years since The River Cafe bit the dust. Sad, that this very desirable piece of property has lain fallow for so long.
  11. Appreciate the link; however, the info provided seems less comprehensive and timely than Swamplot's "Daily Demolition Report" (unless there's been a sudden inexplicable decline in demolitions) Are other sources for demolition permits issued available online? Also, through the years I've noticed buildings that have been demolished without ever appearing on Swamplot's list. Is demolition without a permit a 'thing' in Houston?
  12. In summary: on one side, we have Reefmonkey, an environmental engineer, who has provided both his expertise and facts and figures to support his observations. On the other, we have someone who seems to believe that mentioning the Hamptons and referring to people as "bud" (while providing absolutely nothing of substance) makes him One Cool Dude. Who should I believe? Tellin' you, I'm torn....torn.
  13. I'm having my doubts. Despite the fact that all the construction on that side of the building was completed months ago, the sidewalks on Main Street remain impassible. Coupled with the construction of 2850 Fannin, Main Street continues to be a no-man's-land for pedestrians. They've also taken their sweet time in restoring sidewalks and the bus stop at McGowen on the Travis Street side. And McGowen? They don't even pretend to care. Ideally, the COH should impose some sort of realistic timeline for construction to be completed, and start issuing hefty fines for projects that ignore the needs of the surrounding community.
  14. Stranger things have happened. Some of us remember when Jimmy Carter was attacked by a giant rabbit.
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