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  1. Red maybe you'll know this better than me... (i've only been around for 7 years), but wasn't white linen nights started because 19th street was on the verge of drying up and dying (despite the turnaround the neighborhood was making).  WLN is my favorite heights event... because everything on 19th (as well as other streets) stays open late.


    I don't think so, WLN is a good idea but I think it started because all the Katrina refugees brought the idea over from NO.  Seems like the Heights Street Festival was just as big, though my memory may be playing tricks.  Totally different crowd, of course.  The "old" part of 19th seems to have been relatively stable over the years with most of the growth coming from the "new" part west of Ashland.

  2. Sorry for the relatively fact-free content of this post, but I'm hoping someone with more knowledge on the topic will supply details. I've heard that the City is now denying almost all permits in the historic districts that alter the exterior and even just move interior walls. The company Nine Lights has done some very nice (IMHO) jobs nearby that have taken bungalows and removed almost all the interior walls (reinforcing the structure through the roof) and then adding large additions in the rear. From the street you almost can't tell they've been modified. I hear that the Board feels that these violate the spirit of the Preservation Ordinance and they're denying new permits.

  3. Switching carriers might help - I had the same situation with Sprint a few years ago and they let me have free roaming. I live a few blocks north of you. Later I think they upgraded the antennas on the building at 20th and the boulevard and my signal was rock-steady. Lately I switched over to T-Mobile (work phone) and it's a lot shakier.

  4. I don't really have a dog in this fight, but I do know from personal experience where I have seen Walmart pressure entice encourage its drivers to violate regulations or strongarm their suppliers into doing it for them. Just my opinion, but they wouldn't take action against a driver unless it could be traced back to them.

    I had assumed that their trucks would be taking the road further up the feeder on the West side and not crossing the bridge, but if they're coming from the ship channel area then I guess that doesn't make sense.

  5. The bungalow just up the street just got reduced about 7% and has been for sale for at least six months. The sweet, elderly owner supposedly had a buyer until the yellow signs and Mr. Truxillo's victory flag appeared and the buyer got scared off. The seller is the kind of person who is really getting hurt in this.

  6. There are plenty of builders who have learned how to work with the HAHC to build new and renovate old inside historic districts. They are making plenty of cash doing so and will just have more opportunities now that the historic ordinance has thinned out the heard.

    There are builders who have learned to work with the HAHC, but now that you have removed the 90-day wait period the HAHC no longer has any incentive to work with them. In the past the HAHC approved a percentage of projects because they knew the builder/homeowner could just wait them out. I expect it to become exponentially more difficult to get approval for anything.

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  7. I hadn't thought of this is in all the chatter but yeah, a house that size with a wheelchair bound occupant and multi-million dollar collectibles should have had an alarm system that would have notified the fire department. I mean, hell, my crappy 1980s alarm system in my 1930s bungalow is equipped to do that...

    It may have - there are reports that there was an explosion and fireball. If it was some kind of gas situation (and that house had gas lamps, fireplaces, and lots of gas appliances in the very large kitchen), the alarm wouldn't help until ignition.

  8. One issue that I have received conflicting answers on is regarding "remuddling", or remodels that put the wrong architectural elements on a house. A prime example (and a pet peeve of mine) is putting colonial columns on a craftsman house. Craftsman homes generally have tapered square columns. My understanding is that the ordinance will not allow you to replace those columns if they are already on the house. My neighbor said that they WANT you to go back to the original columns. However, it is still unclear whether the wording of the ordinance states that. It is also unclear how the HAHC will act.

    Bill Baldwin had an example of exactly that in his presentation a month or so ago. He got denied on the column switch.

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