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  1. I noticed this house for sale today and was wondering if it was one of the ones William Floyd built in Memorial Bend. There is no mention of it in the listing. http://search.har.com/engine/403-Isolde-Dr-Houston-77024-4700_HAR80157944.htm
  2. Been a while since I posted to this thread, but boy am I happy I was proven wrong and this is finally coming together.
  3. If there are it doesn't matter. From what I know about Clark Pines, it has an association and deed restrictions, but both are very weak and ineffectual.
  4. Speaking of the pretty people, the Buffalo Speedway Kroger is far and away the best grocery store for sightseeing. This Kroger, not so much. I've joined others by making a weekly trek to the Bunker Hill HEB. My main problems with the 11th street Kroger (besides the vomit-inducing smell near the pet food aisle which I've vowed to never go near again) are prices and produce. The produce section is too small and has crappy selection which will no doubt be fixed when the reno is complete, but that won't fix the problem that half the shoppers there (me included) treat the place like a convenience store buying 10 items at a time. The managers know this and have jacked up the prices accordingly on staple items. I was shocked the last time I went there on an emergency run for a half gallon of Horizon milk and a box of cheerios. Next time you're there when it's busy, notice the ratio of people with 3/4 empty shopping carts. That is always the surest sign that prices for most staples will be 30 cents higher than average.
  5. Uh, this coming from someone who spends half the year darting in and out of the rain in London.....?
  6. Yeah, I know. 21,000 x 2 = 42,000. Are you saying the other 203,000 drive 290 outside of rush hours? I showed you my link, wanna show me yours? Besides, whoever's numbers are correct, you can't deny that eastbound lanes of 290 are backed-up weekday mornings, and westbound lanes in the evening. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but that's a pretty good argument that more people are leaving Cypress for work than entering.
  7. Hmm, the Menil shows up on every list of the top Renzo creations worldwide. A lot of Houston architects (and the A in HAIF is a key here) and Houston art lovers are very proud that this building resides in Houston. There are about 50 other reasons it's landmark worthy, but I'm not sure you would appreciate them.
  8. I'm not sticking up for anyone here, but your figures are off a bit. As of 2001, an average of 245,000 vehicles traveled 290 at 610 per day. These figures came from here: http://www.houstonfreeways.com/ebook.aspx
  9. The first answer is still the right answer. Your house looks too expensive to throw some leveler down and call it a day. It's painful, but fix it the right way now and it will still be right 30 years from now. Don't cover it up, it will only be a problem next year, the year after, the year after...... Oh, and when you sell a house like that, the inspector will find it because of the rot (or the newness because you fixed the rot before listing it), and you'll have to fix it then anyway....
  10. Looks like this is getting closer according to the Chron today. I am firmly in the tree hugger camp on this one. I've driven that stretch of road countless times at the height of rush hour, and it never took me more than 10 minutes to get from Richmond to San Felipe. They aren't increasing the number of lanes, only making them wider, so this isn't even a "progress" thing which I wouldn't agree with but could at least understand being the Houstonian that I am. I personally think the real reason the trees are coming down is that construction will be quicker with the trees out of the way, and that to me is a flimsy excuse.
  11. What's exactly wrong with urban renewal and profit at the same time? Last I checked that's how things got done. I'm a bleeding heart liberal and I have no problem with people turning a buck in the name of good. The guy who won the peace prize last year- he owns a bank that profits from micro-loans to people in third-world countries. Greedy banker with a heart that found a niche and went with it. Now, where I live (Shady Acres) is the exact opposite of what you talk about. There is no government action here, just people snapping up land as it's sold and turning it around with freestanding faux Victorians. My next door neighbor has 4 chickens and 6 cars and my other next store neighbor is a $700k New Orleans style mansion. I get a couple of eggs every week and every few months we all get together from some BBQ which is the great equalizer. My 8yr old is a rocket scientist in the Vanguard program which I'll put up against any area school district's accelerated program.
  12. What a hot mess Midtown turned out to be. I think the same bozos that bought up all that property have now bought all the property in near-north downtown waiting for the mythical train station to arrive. Better get your hands on that 5th ward property before it's too late....
  13. I know where you're coming from, but Fall Creek isn't the best example here. I have family that live toward the back of Kingwood, and from where I live Fall Creek isn't even the halfway point time-wise when I go out there.
  14. Of course. Since I've been jawing as much as anyone on this thread, I live in Shady Acres and work Downtown. Oh, and I drive a hybrid;-) My route is Shepherd to Memorial most of the time but I mix it up a lot to keep the 15 minute drive interesting. If Houston ever got off it's tail and built the Nicholson Street Hike and Bike trail to Downtown I might even bike to work someday.
  15. Bingo! I'll even go so far as to say White Oak (at least that part) is more business than residential, and if your going to put this somewhere better here than most other places in the area. Exhibit A should be Heights House. Yes, ugly as sin if you're not into that sort of thing, but a 10 story apartment complex that has been a part of the neighborhood for decades with standard housing next to and behind it. Also, think of this. Maybe, just maybe going higher density here saves a house or two deeper in the neighborhood.
  16. That depends on the area and its business base. Clear Lake is a good example- there are a lot of jobs in that area, same with The Woodlands which was built from the ground up to be a self sustaining entity. Both areas are still heavily skewed toward housing but there is still a strong business base in both. However, to me, it's seems like the trend over the past decade for master planned communities is to build nothing but housing, which turns everyone in them into commuters. I'm not discounting the fact that there is work all over this area, but the traffic into Houston on every major freeway says that there is a whole lot of commuting into the CBD going on out there. What's the traffic like going into Cinco Ranch weekday mornings?
  17. That is a great point and a key piece missing in Houston's experience in regards to the topic in the article. As long as Houston stays above the national average in all the economic indicators we'll be fine. People will continue to live where they live and will deal with high gas prices. However, I personally feel more comfortable from a purely economic standpoint that I live inside the loop. New housing continues seemingly unabated in Shady Acres and the people keep pouring in. If gas prices remain and/or if we see a slowdown I think it will continue as more people with the means will want to move closer. The Chron with HAR's help published a visual a few weeks ago that showed the percentage drop in home sales in the area. I'd be interested to see if they could also overlay that with the percentage drop in values. Again, from a purely investment standpoint and my opinion, I think if gas prices remain high we'll start to see a shift in average prices where the closer-in communities will remain neutral to ahead and the farther out you go from the city core will be neutral to lower. I'd like to hear the other side of this. If the other shoe fell off and Houston catches up (down?) with the rest of the Nation, do you feel comfortable that your home and more importantly the suburb you live in could make it through unscathed?
  18. I didn't say they worked downtown, I said they were putting 70 miles a day each on their cars. Also, 300,000 vehicles a day pass 610 on the North Freeway. Where are they coming from if only 5.8% of The Woodlands goes through there?
  19. I've got a neighbor like that too- a little unkempt, tin foil hat......
  20. Let me break it down a bit more. Very rough numbers, but $200,000 is about $1200 per month on a 30yr mortgage. A couple living in The Woodlands putting 70 miles a day on their vehicles, his truck and her Tahoe, probably run through $1000 a month in gas. Go ahead and pan my choice as it's a little exaggerated, but I know families out there shelling out $700+ a month now for gas. And sure, chalk it up to the cost of living along with the skinny latte, but at some point it's no longer how can you afford to live inside the city, but how can you not. Again, for the record, I am not denigrating the suburbs or people who live and work in Clear Lake.
  21. I don't get it. Your "gas" money has no return on investment, why would you pull that out as a benefit to living in the burbs....?
  22. My original opinion on this thread sidestepped the idea of supply and demand to say that I believe that the government through billions of dollars of free roads, and cheap oil have "subsidized" Houston's march to the farthest reaches of the area, and that our current high gas prices could bring that crashing down. I apologize for getting into the inny vs outie argument cause I don't mean to denigrate where people choose to live.
  23. 7am traffic on the Gulf Freeway does support the argument that a lot of people from Clear Lake are coming to Houston daily too....
  24. My question was really rhetorical, but, if you want to get really esoteric about it though, if Houston didn't have the cheap land, would it have built up like NY or would it have remained the small city it was in the early 20th century. So, of course if you erase Sugarland as it is now there would be a problem, but if Sugarland was never there would Houston have just built up instead of out?
  25. From Wiki, exurb and bedroom community are interchangeable: As a general rule, suburbs are developed in areas adjacent to main employment centres, such as a town or a city, but may or may not have many jobs locally, whereas bedroom communities have few local businesses and most residents who have jobs commute to employment centers some distance away. Commuter towns may be in rural or semi-rural areas, with a ring of green space separating them from the larger city or town. Where urban sprawl and conurbation have erased clear lines among towns and cities in large metropolitan areas, this is not the case. I would consider exurbs as directions including "take a left on 99 and go 15 miles", or anything ending with "Magnolia" which to me is the very definition of an "exurb".
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