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  1. There was two red brick townhomes that fell to the wrecking ball, on Hazard close to Westheimer, when that old gray building was leveled on the corner of Westheimer & hazard.
  2. From NYT, article on zero waste At Yellowstone National Park, the clear soda cups and white utensils are not your typical cafe-counter garbage. Made of plant-based plastics, they dissolve magically when heated for more than a few minutes. And at eight of its North American plants, Honda is recycling so diligently that the factories have gotten rid of their trash Dumpsters altogether. Across the nation, an antigarbage strategy known as “zero waste” is moving from the fringes to the mainstream, taking hold in school cafeterias, national parks, restaurants, stadiums and corporations. The movement is simple in concept if not always in execution: Produce less waste. Shun polystyrene foam containers or any other packaging that is not biodegradable. Recycle or compost whatever you can.
  3. City leaders announced Tuesday a partnership with RecycleBank, a New York-based company that rewards residents with points for the amount of recycling they put out for the city to collect. The points, akin to frequent flier miles, can be used at local and national restaurants and retailers. The trial program's goal is to increase recycling in a city that a 2008 trade magazine pegged with a recycling rate of only 2.6 percent. “Success depends on two things: incentives and convenience,” said Scott Lamb, RecycleBank's chief operating officer. “We're providing the citizens of Houston with the best combination of both.” Beginning Nov. 9, the program will be offered to the 22,000 households that use wheeled 96-gallon recycling bins provided by the city. Residents get credit for the weight of materials they recycle, which is recorded through a computer chip imbedded in the bins when they are emptied by the sanitation crew. No more sorting In March, Houston switched some residents to “single-stream automated collection,” which allows residents to put all their recyclables into one city-provided bin without sorting it. Since then, participation has grown from 24 percent to 55 percent in those neighborhoods, said Harry Hayes, the city's solid waste director. Hayes said the rewards program should encourage greater participation because of the potential to earn up to $450 a year in credits to redeem at participating businesses. “That's real savings for your family,” he said. Carolyn Jackson, who lives in the Shepherd Terrace neighborhood in northwest Houston, said she likes the idea of rewards and will be part of the program, even though she already recycles. “It's money,” Jackson said. “I don't know if I'll get to $450 a year, but it's good for the community.” Officials will evaluate the rewards program, which is funded through grants and corporate sponsorships, after the six-month rollout period. If the incentives help to boost recycling, then the program will be expanded to other parts of the city. Already, Houston is poised to expand the single-stream system to an additional 50,000 households with roughly $3 million in federal stimulus money, Hayes said. matthew.tresaugue@chron.com
  4. I was working on a rental that I own on 1700 blk of W Main, when they were delivering the large green cans. I myself have never recycled, the idea of lifting one of those now old green plastic containers, was too much, plus they didn't take glass. But now they take glass, and the containers have wheels, it's so much easier. Since I have four units they were going to leave four green cans, then I would have eight garbage cans. I took two, but down the street 1800 blk, I saw where they left four cans in front of a fourplex.
  5. Agree, however, couldn't any person, neighbor enforce that law. I was walking down westheimer, removing a sign posted by a business on a every telephone pole, a Police car stopped in the middle of the street, he rolled down his window and said, " you know your doing a good thing".
  6. I saw on the news, it started out "is it for sell", the city of Houston is removing signs between the sidewalk and the street, real estate signs, any sign.
  7. Now there are several large signs "For Sale" 7.68 acres, largest urban lot available in the city. One of the checkers at Fiesta, said the sale price was Twenty Million.
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    1850 Norfolk

    The land value, there are several lots for sale in Montrose, one at I think at 1504 Kipling something like 54wide by 125deep, price $400,000. One at 1732 Harold, that sold and is under construction size 50' by 106', sold around $325. Plus a house was torned down on the 1600blk of Kipling purchased from owner, never had a for sale sign, sold for low $300, lot 50 by 125, I believe. The land is getting expensive.
  9. The banks play some part, as far as what properties they will loan on. I understand condo's, they check out the whole building, if there are several forclosures, forget it. Plus builders now have to presale, something like 70% of the Units. As far as homes, older ones good condition, sell for 1/3 to 1/2 of the new ones, 450-550, new 900+. I know back in the 80's(recession) the banks, had a ratio, of something like 60/40, building/land. If the land was worth more, then, most banks would not refinance, or issue a loan. But my point is, some are harder to sell because of the difficulty in arranging financing,during these times.
  10. The truth as stated the "the value is in the Land". There was a bunalow, that sold in the 1600 block of Kipling, last month for $450,000. There was four offers on the first day of the listing, and it sold. I don't think people buy townhomes, because they can not afford a house., it's other reason's,maybe they don't want a yard, or something, beats me. Plus as I look at the HCAD, it's the land value, that increases, the lots on the 1400 block of Bonnie Brae, close to Richmond & Montrose, are around 275,000. I would never buy a townhome, or condo, if I could buy a lot with a house on it.
  11. I was on the same side of the street, but on the other corner, I totally agree with the above account. The side walks were open for people to walk, there were no ropes or bariers, this lady was standing next to the curb, people would use the curb to set on, and went the floats came by they stood up, etc., pretty usual. These police men appeared on Horses, when Bill White was walking by, but they circled back around, and became alittle more agressive, by walking with the horses as close at they could to the curb, using the horses head to push people back. I had my bike laying beside me, on sanford, the horses turned to go up Sanford and this one horse went sideways over the curb onto the grass, I grab by bike, the horse kick its back legs and landing right where my bike was just seconds before. One by stander called 911, and reported that the Police on horse back needed to leave, because of their behavior. He yelled at the Police they told him to be quiet, he didn't, but he was moving away from them as he yelled, he told the Police he called 911 on them. The first ambulance that appeared to help this woman, was part of the parade, they soomed off to get another ambulance with a crew. After the lady was taken away, these Police on Horses, started to go back out onto the street, from Sanford to Westheimer, same deal, no one could hear them, this time the Police are pushing from behind, saying move., This one man had a young child on his shoulders, he was a little out on the street, he was lucky someone grab him as the horse, was breathing down his neck from behind, but he never saw or heard the Police, because they used no whiltles, only there voices, they blended into the noise.
  12. Seeker

    Trash Woes

    Another thing I do, with large unmanagable cardboard boxes, is to leave when out side to get rained on, once they are wet, they are like paper, they can be crushed, easily.
  13. The examiner had a article, on midrises, they are average 5 1/2 stories, 1 1/2 floors of parking. News Developments changing Upper Kirby
  14. The examiner had a article, on midrises, they are average 5 1/2 stories, 1 1/2 floors of parking. News Developments changing Upper Kirby
  15. The other side of this story is that John Hanson, the seller, will move across the street to the new building he is having constructed, and probably many of the tenants from the two office building sold to the University will follow him. Plus he is the owner of the Black Lab, it's his restaurant. The building across the street, will have that beautiful house as the front. I understand he wanted to put a restaurant in that house. I wonder if he will paid rent to the University, assuming he keeps the Black Lab, or maybe he would move it across the street. I understand he is looking to build something else as well on the east side of Montrose Bvld. Now since the Library is staying as long as it wants to, it will keep that complex, always open to the public. Mr. Hanson I understand gave the sanutary to the city of Houston to use, deeded it over to them. My hat goes off to him! Thanks John.
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