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  1. i have always wanted to know the story on Happy All! Horrible food, no customers and a prime piece of property. Any one know the back story?
  2. Does anyone know the story on this lot/structure? I drive past it all the time using 16th street. There are cars pulled into the lot and feral cats everywhere but the building looks like it is going to fall over. Doesn't look too much like a building . . . .
  3. Apologies! That was a mis-statement on my part. I should have been clearer as I know it is limited to beer and wine. That being said, it is not what exactly is being sold that us the issue for me. It is the prospect of stores that may negatively disrupt the neighborhood as I enjoy it. Furthermore I can easily hit the 11th street Kroger or Kim's Liqours if I need something - less than a five minute drive or a stop on my way home. Major grocery chains have shown little love to the Heights so I plan my grocery shopping around that as well. Glad the issue is getting notice in any case.
  4. I had seen the yard signs but could not find out much more until this morning's article on Swamplot. I think they present a good clear case for voting against liquor sales in the Heights and you can easily find out if you are eligible to vote on the proposition. And they will give you a yard sign if you want one! http://swamplot.com/swamplot-sponsor-keep-the-heights-dry/2016-10-20/
  5. It seems like there was news of an Indian restaurant on Heights Blvd in the former Mozelle's sometime ago but I have not heard anything more. Does anyone know more? Or other Indian in the area?
  6. I got my notice today and got hit for the third straight year with a 10% increase. I did not argue the last two years because I really had no argument. I am looking for my position now! Any thoughts? Oil and gas, property tax cap, looming pension fund obligations . . .
  7. Oh, and we learned to never park on the street though this is much less problemmatic than it once used to be. We also were willing to work for a playdate as there weren't many in our neighborhood when the kids were younger. Planning was the key!
  8. There is a lot of finger wagging going on, but I think sometimes choices are just driven by a family's personal preferences. We were fortunate to move into the area in the eighties so did not spend near as much as we would have on houses. Private school came down to a personal choice as #1 got into the Vanguard at Travis and we choose to go private. We were quite happy overall (no school is perfect) with where are kids went and how it turned out for them. One thing I learned in the private school arena is that one HS may be a good fit for one child but not the other. For us, our two ended up at two different private schools as suited each. Having that choice was great. Along with no teaching to the test which was one of my biggest gripes against public schools. I will probably get flack for this, but I firmly believe that the private schools generally function academically a year ahead of public schools. That is a broad statement across all schools, not an indictment of all public schools. We felt that this led to a smoother transition to college for our kids.
  9. jmontrose you are getting just about everything but an answer to your question! You talk about kids in the Heights and this inevitably turns into a discussion on schools in the Heights. Heights people tend to be a passionate lot. I don't necessarily think schools bring kids to an inner loop neighborhood school (there are a few exceptions in Houston). So how do you find out about that elusive age group like your 11 year old son? What is he interested in? There is a very active scout troop in the Heights. I don't know if there are too many really active youth groups in Heights churches. We go to church downtown so it is always a bit of a struggle with the youth as there is not that "parish" community though currently there seems to be growth in this group. There are two little leagues active in the area. You mentioned your son is in private school. Ask the school to give you the list of students in the Heights zip codes - that could be telling. I will say that my first started private school in 1997 when we lived in Timbergrove and there was absolutely no hope of a carpool. We were the only ones in 77008. By the time my second graduated from HS in 2014 there were lots of contemporaries in this zip code. My son used to complain in elementary school that we did not live in West U where much of his classmates lived. He saw that they had lots of informal play opportunities. Trying to explain why we chose the Heights over West U was challenging, but he (college sophomore now) has commented recently how much he appreciates growing up in our neighborhood and sees some of the limitations of a neighborhood like West U. Good luck!
  10. And to the original question - sorry for the segue - I think there are tons more kids in the Heights than there used to be. The challenge is how to bring them together in a neighborhood kind of way. That wasn't much of an option for my kids since we moved to the Heights at a different time. I don't know the answer. We always signed up for all the kid oriented things: MFAH classes, HMNS classes, zoo classes, etc. Naomi Smulian was a great exception with the art classes, but most of the things we had available where elsewhere. I did put an old-fashioned bell hose along our driveway recently to warn walkers as there are so many more and we have a bit of a blind driveway situation. There are lots of folks walking dogs and babies that I never had seen before. The Heights is at heart a choice, but for the right folks a very good one. You just have to want it and make it work. just my humble opinion!
  11. jmontrose, I will try to give you a balanced answer as there is already a lot of finger-waging going on . We lived in Timbergrove up until Allison/flood. We ended up in the Heights (west - between Shepherd/Yale and 16th/11th) as a result. This was in 2002 when no one was really moving to the Heights. We had already decided to stay in "the loop" and not commute, a radical decision at that time. So we are biased. In Timbergrove we were originally zoned to Sinclair but were suddenly sectioned off to Love El . No matter, as we were already pretty dedicated to private schools at that point. Our first child tested into Travis back when you could only test at one Vanguard school and she got in, but we decided to take another path. Our reasoning was based on the testing that was starting to go crazy (ha, ha, compared to now!) and the specter of middle school. We felt like we could carve out a pretty good (or better) elementary experience but would be really scrambling for MS. Middle School is a crap-shoot where ever you are thanks to the age range, but HISD middle schools are really a low point. We followed our heart and instinct into private schools and never looked back. We are pasty white but not willing to sacrifice our kids to the whole studying to the test among other things. My opinions are pretty fixed but here they are: The test that sucks up so much time in public school is really a joke. In private schools, the annual test (ERB) is one that is much broader in application and thus is a better marker of "achievement". What they serve up in public schools is such a lower benchmark compared to this so kids who are "passing" would not make the mark in the private school arena. I probably just brought a lot of hate on me with that statement, but it is true. Private schools do not have to spend all that time on the "test". Diversity: Private schools don't have the same diversity as public schools in Houston, but they definitely have diversity - it is just different. Bottom line - one of my kids would have been lost to MS and HS would have been a sad addendum. The other would have been lost to different forces but with not much outcome. They are both thriving - one in a post-grad situation and the other in a terrific though unknown in NE school. Would they have done OK in HISD and TX colleges? Who knows but I don't think they would have done as well. Let the hate begin . . . .
  12. I disagree. I see a huge problem in the evening rush - turning left off of Yale into the complex is the only entrance to the parking area. It will be painfully slow with no protected left turn light, not to mention a dedicated lane. Two maybe three cars will be able to turn on each cycle. This will have cars backed up all the way to the lights at I-10 and probably further. I already stay on Heights after Washington and then cut back to Yale on 4th or 5th to avoid the traffic around I-10. Guess I will have to cut back over after the light in the future . . .
  13. But do remember that there was an opportunity to widen Yale Street and the group that planted those trees fought it mightily. Now we have no trees and 10' lanes on Yale with two mega-apartment complexes coming on line. Yale is going to get really ugly sitting at that light through multiple cycles and no trees to cool us off or take our minds off the traffic.
  14. If I read the map correctly, it seems that block is getting overflow from commercial activity on White Oak. I think this is just what the ordinance is intended for. Near my house it was really a spat about whether the area in front of the houses was for the exclusive use of the owners. They were unhappy that guests of the apt complex across the street parked there. Unfortunately, both sides of the street have parking that is all in the COH right of way so theoretically is open to both parties.
  15. Honestly, I have found that if you speak directly to the parties involved with an open mind you usually can find satisfactory conclusions. That is not how this was handled and everyone got their dander up. I think it has all settled down but the process just pointed out the changes as we gentrify. Some of my newer neighbors don't have the history in the area to appreciate the positive changes and simply view it as a problem that might have occurred in West U or somewhere else. I hope the newer folks will take the time to get the feel of things first in the future! And as it turns out, we really don't have a parking problem just lots of assumptions .
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