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  1. Not sure what part of the Heights you live in, but my land value went up 19% as did all of the others on my block and blocks south, north, east and west of me. We are now at $50/sqft, up from $42 last year and $37 in 2013.
  2. KHOU now reporting that a smoke shop at 13th and Yale was robbed and the suspects fled in a vehicle. A citizen was chasing the suspects and the suspects fired out of the vehicle at the citizen and a woman pushing a baby in a stroller was struck by the stray bullet. She is expected to be OK and the baby was not injured.
  3. Chron is reporting a woman was shot in an apparent robbery at 13th and Harvard: http://www.chron.com/about/article/HPD-Woman-apparently-shot-in-Heights-robbery-5730881.php
  4. I pass by the corner of Heights/I-10 at approx. midnight five nights a week. There are usually a number of homeless people gathered at the seating area in the esplanade. They also walk about in the street with seemingly no regard for traffic. It will be interesting to learn more about this incident.
  5. I was searching for information regarding the variance sign posted in front of the new house next to 1236 Heights Blvd (something about the setback I think) and I happened to watch the video of one of the HAHC meetings. I didn't see anything about said variance, but did watch an interesting segment regarding a COA request for a new sign at the Infinity Title business across the street. Infinity Title is a business housed in bungalow and apparently they wanted to put a new sign on the building, which would go on the gable. "Staff" recommended approval of the new sign, but there was some groveling by one of the committee members about how he didn't like it. When the chair asked for motion to approve the sign, this guy made a motion to deny approval. What happened next was really telling: The chair said something to the effect of, "Well, if you are moving to deny the COA, could you tell us what grounds you are using for the denial, which sections of the ordinance the sign would violate? Because we will need to know that in case there is an appeal." The committee member making the motion for denial had to think about it for a bit and then spit out some of the "magic numbers" for denial, cause "I just don't like it" wasn't good enough. The COA for the new sign was denied, by the way. I hope they appeal and win. Every time I see that committee at work, it makes me want to puke! Edit: I found the information I was looking for about 1226 Heights Blvd and boy are they in a pickle. This was new construction and they received a COA. Halfway through construction, they discovered that due to a mistake by the contractor, they had built the house 2'4" closer to the street than it was supposed to be. They had apparently measured from the fence instead of the property line (fence was between the property line and the street). So this made the planned front porch of the house encroach 2'4" into the 25' minimum setback. "A neighbor" reported that the house appeared to be farther forward than the rest of the houses, so planning went out and found out it was. They then cancelled the permit and told them to stop work. I think work must have continued because that was sometime in early 2014 and I know they continued to work. They couldn't just make the porch 2'4" narrower because then it doesn't meet our communist-designated minumum width of 6' for porches on houses in the Heights. So they applied for the variance to encroach into the 25' setback. DENIED. So they are screwed. It looks like the COA has been cancelled, permits have been cancelled. Red-tagged. I guess they could move the whole house back.
  6. About 4 days ago, 1606 Harvard went on the market for $459,000. That's $386 per square foot. Today, it appears the listing has disappeared -- could it have sold that fast? Anyone have access to someone that is "in the know" about this house? If I could get $386 per square foot for my house, I'd sell today!
  7. And a few (well, one) hysterical people, too.
  8. Good riddance to that dump. At least the burial mound they put in the front yard doesn't appear damaged.
  9. I just saw two guys walking up and down Harvard Street taking notes and using some sort of electronic device on a tripod. I asked them what they were doing and they said, "We're from the City, and we're measuring all of the contributing structures in the Historic Districts." It kind of reminded me of, "We're from the government, and we're here to help you."
  10. Houston Population Estimate: 2,100,000 times 50 cents per person equals $1,050,000 that we could give to s3mh to move far, far, away so Houstonians would not have to suffer his ideas being forced upon us.
  11. This "Yarn Bomb" art showed up on the trail near 16th. It's really cool! (edited to add pics)
  12. For those that haven't been by 14th/Studewood recently, the lot has been cleared -- Fiesta building completely gone.
  13. I may be behind the curve but I peeked over the edge of the freeway as I was crossing Yale eastbound (I always go to Studemont and U-turn so I can avoid the poorly-timed feeder lights at Yale and Heights) and I saw that the parcel where San Jacinto Stone was is completely cleared. I guess we'll see walls going up soon.
  14. It looks like they've split the former large lot where the Dollhouse burned into two lots. Construction has started on the north lot. They poured the footers for the sill but there is an interesting monolithic concrete wall near the center of the foundation that looks to be about 8 feet long, 4 feet high and 1 foot thick. I'd be interested to know what that is for if anyone has any ideas.
  15. You may be detained by police based on reasonable suspicion, which is a lesser burden of proof than probable cause. An officer acting on reasonable suspicion does not have to allege that you have have actually committed some crime. If you are simply being detained, you need not answer any questions or provide any information. If MarkSMU was driving around in the area at a very early hour and matched the description of the arson suspect, that would probably be sufficient reasonable suspicion to justify a detention (traffic stop). Probable cause is the burden of proof required for an arrest. If MarkMSU had no front license plate, failed to signal a turn, or committed some other traffic violation, then that is probable cause for the officer to make an arrest. Most traffic stops are based on probable cause, and they may result in a citation (arrest and release with promise to appear in court) or a trip to jail (custodial arrest). The Supreme Court has ruled that if an officer feels that a person's actions are suspicious, the officer may follow the person until the person commits some sort of traffic violation thereby giving probable cause for a traffic stop. This is called a "pretext" stop. Even though a traffic stop is really just a detention, which only requires that an officer have reasonable suspicion, most officers will wait until they observe some sort of violation so that they have met the probable cause burden. It's a little bit easier to explain probable cause than it is reasonable suspicion. Another reason they will usually wait to develop probable cause it that if you are stopped for some violation / probable cause, then you are technically "lawfully arrested" and you must provide your name, date of birth, and residence address. Red, does that sound about right?
  16. People who have been the victim of a violent crime are often unsure of the descriptions of suspects and/or vehicles. It is very understandable and I don't think they should be criticized. Fortunately they were not harmed. With the exception of the arsons and that string of robberies a few years back, we are lucky that crime in our area is primarly non-violent property crime. According to the HPD crime stats for March 2013, the beat that includes most of the Heights (2A30) had 3 robberies, 1 aggravated assault, and 116 non-violent property crimes. Compare this to crime-ridden Sunnyside (14D20's beat) which had 1 murder, 16 robberies, 32 aggravated assaults, and 113 property crimes. We should continue to look out for our neighbors and report all suspicious activity to the police.
  17. Am I doing something wrong? I downloaded both flyers related to Washington Heights and neither mentions the NW corner of I-10/Yale. Both seem to be for the developments south of I-10. I see letter "L" to be "Washington Heights Site D"
  18. Re: repeat I got an error from the server when I pushed post so I tried a couple more times and got the same error. I figured the board was down an gave up. I didn't realize that it even posted at all. But you're right, I was stressed about the renegade cart situation!!
  19. I actually saw a Target shopping cart abandoned near 16th and Heights today. With the Fiesta at 14th closed, who's going to go around and pick up shopping carts, RUDH? I actually saw a Target shopping cart abandoned near 16th and Heights today. With the Fiesta at 14th closed, who's going to go around and pick up shopping carts, RUDH? I actually saw a Target shopping cart abandoned near 16th and Heights today. With the Fiesta at 14th closed, who's going to go around and pick up shopping carts, RUDH?
  20. Did anyone else receive the "Save $25 on any $50 purchase" Fiesta coupon this week? I decided to check out the Fiesta on N. Shepherd as it has been at least 15 years since I've been in there. I was surprised to see that many items were more expensive than at Kroger. Furthermore, the selection was not as good as at Kroger (but this is understandable as it is a much smaller store). One item that I did find was angel hair pasta nests, which Kroger stopped carrying several years ago. Unless I get another $25/$50 coupon, that will probably be the only thing that takes me back to Fiesta.
  21. Kind of like how there must be truth to the posts about you or you would not have gone to the moderator complaining? And by the way, it's "case in point", not "case and point." Happy New Year!
  22. Wow, you have an answer for everything. It's amazing how much knowledge one person can have. I'm glad to know that not only have you lived in the Heights longer than anyone else on this board, but you were actually here when the Heights was founded.
  23. Well, I see RUDE has a friend in Councilmember Bradford. They provided him with video of school buses crossing the Yale Bridge of Death and he got an article in the Chron about it: http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2012/10/councilman-bradford-says-school-buses-using-yale-street-bridge/ It's clear that a number of the commenters on the article are RUDE/Anti-Walmart NIMBY's. Here's a sampling from the comments: "Why didn’t COH & TXDOT require Wal-mart to rebuild this bridge in exchange for all the taxes breaks? They are the ones that roll the most 18 wheelers over it each day." "It is going to be become more and more common that our infrastructure cannot support development as the inner-loop re-develops. The City and TxDOT have set a precedent that development comes before public safety. They failed at every turn to give us a bridge that could support development before letting the development happen."
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