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  1. NOISE NOISE NOISE - That's all I hear from Kroger's attempt at reconstructing their store in order to compete with the HEB. I have had several conversations with Gary Huddleston(Director of Consumer Affairs who was quoted in the article) about the noise. Profuse apologies aside, welding, drilling, banging and building outside in the back alley from midnight through 5am each morning has not halted. They are doing more than just remodeling their food court (to compete with Cafe on the Run), bakery and adding a chocolate dipping station. It's a compete overhaul of a store that went through a complete remodeling four years ago. If that's not "shaking in your boots", I don't know what is. I am not at liberty to discuss the settlement I reached with Kroger, but that settlement did not give them license to continue the noise at everyone's expense. The very community they are trying to impress and convince with their "remodel" is the very community they have alientated. Welcome to HEB. I won't be Krogering any longer.
  2. Where do I go to file a formal complaint regarding the middle of the night construction noise going on at Kroger, as the fastidiously try to rebuild that store in order to compete with the new HEB across the street? I am being forced to move because of the welding, power saws and hammering at all hours of the night, right outside my window. 10pm-4am almost every single night. Speaking with management at the store, and at the Cincinnati corporate offices has not yet been of any help. "We will try to keep the noise down." "There's nothing we can do - we have a permit." Sure, they have a permit to work, but do they have a permit to disturb the peace? I can promise that I as I incur moving expenses, I will be going after their butts in the process. This has been going on for over 12-weeks - sleep deprivation prevails; and their promises of "another 3 weeks" has now turned into July 17. That's 6 more weeks using my remedial mathematics skills.
  3. Drew Alexander is actaully a member of the Weingarten family, as his father, Stanford Alexander, is the grandson of Harris Weingarten and the nephew of Joe Weingarten. Stanford Alexander is the Chairman of Weingarten Realty Advisors. Drew Alexander is more than just an "employee".
  4. Rice Epicurean - opened in 1937 as Rice Boulevard Food Market, and then became Rice Food Market in 1957, followed by Rice Epicurean in 1988, and is run by third generation of the founding Levy family. Anyone remember the 1960's advertising campaign "Smile, you're near a Rice Food Market"?
  5. I lived in Westbury from 1960 (year I was born) until 1971 when we moved to Meyerland. Went to Anderson through part of 3rd grade, and then to Kolter...Anyhow, in the center where Weingarten's was, there was a barber shop where i got my haircut by Gene. Frankie was my Mom's favorite checker at Weingarten's. There was also a Madding's drugstore, which became an Eckerd's. A women's clothing store - Tyser's, and a shoe repair place. But the best was Britian's Broiler Burger, with the horse carousel that you could eat at. I went to the Little Red School House, and my favorite teacher was Mrs. Martin - we would take field trips to Rumpleheimer's and Britian's Broiler Burger....Great memories.
  6. I have the same photo as the one mentioned above, along with about 10 others I purchased from their studio in the Heights in the late 1990's. I do know that when I wanted to use the photo I purchased for a marketing piece I was working on, I got in touch with the Trust who held the photos prior to the UT acquiring, and not only did I have to pay a small fee ($250 I think), I had to also give a credit on the piece. And his was on the photo i owned. I doubt that they are available for usage now, but it's certainly worth a try.
  7. I agree..it was more than just the lack of A/C. But that was one contributing factor according the person interviewed in the film....i actually brought the DVD with me to work today and am watching again intervals.
  8. Well, I am not sure that many people's statements in the film would be considered rational by today's standards. But, if you were paying attention during the film, you would not that what I said was a direct statement by one of the residents who was being interviewed in the film. IMO - I actually think their concern was a valid one. Think about it; what if the same scenario happened in your neighborhood?
  9. You know, I don't post here too often, but this film is one that I had wanted to see for some time. I had hoped that with my comments, we could engage in some rational and intelligent dialog regarding a subject that has been around for generations, and one that is a part of Houston's rich history. Instead, you remark cynically about one aspect of why the residents of the neighborhood made the decision to leave, and another poster simply wants to point out a mistake I made in the name of the Bayou. Not very engaging.
  10. Um, yes, I stand corrected. I apologize for the error. I meant Braes Bayou...
  11. I don't believe so. In my opinion, the climate during this time period was a very segregated one all over the area - not just in Riverside Terrace, and not just the Jewish residents of that area. If you look at what was happeing, this upper middle class area was changing - the bigger changes of course when developers came in and subdivided large mansions into apartments, leading to property value decreases, along with the tearing down of these grand homes, and building lower end apartment complexes without A/C, which drove the families outside at night, to keep cooler during the summer months, and then scurrying around the neighborhood causing unrest, vandalism, etc. Most people would be angry at this situation, and would want to leave the area, as it was certainly deteriorating. I don't think this had anything to do with Jewish people "wanting to be white". I am Jewish - this is my faith. My race is white. One has nothing to do with the other. If you want to see a true example of the change that occurred in Riverside, head back down N. MacGregor Way toward 288. On your left (west), there will be a street called Bayou Bend -a cul-de-sac. This was a circle of grand homes (possibly including the Sakowitz home, which burned and was subsequently torn down), and look what was built in this place. The mansions had a prime view of Buffalo Bayou. Now there is a low income apartment complex, next to an abandoned and boarded up mansion.
  12. I was at the film, and I, too, had been trying to find a way to see this for years. My Mother grew up in and was friends with many of the wealthy families of Riverside. I am Jewish, and the film had an important message for me and those who are not of my faith. I observed several things - as Jews, we had always been snubbed and pushed aside - cast offs. Yet, and this is not the first time I have noticed this with those of my faith, the Jews of Riverside were guilty of the very same thing. How ironic - and I noticed that this then occurred with the residents of Riverside Terrace after the tide began to turn and other minorities were moving in. I think all of us want to create a place and a living enviornment where we can feel safe and live with those similar to us, but the best part is that this neighborhood now welcomes many diverse groups. I find the history of this area to be fascinating and rich - I find the homes to be magnificant - and I find the fact that many of these "palaces", that remain standing yet abandoned, to be truly tragic. I purchased the film, and I would welcome the opportunity to screen it for anyone who was not able to come see the film on Sunday. The good thing is that the film is on two DVD's, so the viewing can be broken up. Although the movie was very long, it held my interest almost the entire length of the film.
  13. In an email that I received from Nancy Sarnoff today: Ed Wulfe says they have not pulled out. But I haven
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