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  1. I am very interested to hear the official what happened report as well....Hopefully someone on here knows someone who knows something!

    I am told by a friend of mine who is high up in HFD that they will likely not be able to determine the cause. There were no accelerants(sp?)found. I believe they were told that the lady liked to burn scented candles and that could be a potential cause. I wonder why the sprinklers didn't work?

  2. With progress someone will always be unhappy. Overall I am guessing a 6 story building will bring much good to the area....through restaurants, stores, and higher property values...The area is very commercial...only a few 2-4 homes will be affected, its difficult to build anything that effects fewer properties than that unless your on an island.

    Guys - this whole post started as an April Fool's joke, didn't it? Check the very first post....

  3. If the fire started in the attic, her alarms and sprinklers wouldn't have gone off until it was too late, right? By that time, the fire may have gone through the walls.

    Is there any smoke or heat detector that would work in an unfinished bungalow attic? If so, I want to get it ASAP.

  4. There were other hearings that day and one of those others involved an elderly man who was a property owner and currently lived in the offending home. The NP officer had many photos of the property and the charge was that the place was a threat to his, the owner/tenant's, safety. The old man himself was there and pleaded (or pled) his case repeatedly, that he was on a fixed income, alone, doing what he could and had no place to go if they made him vacate the premises. The Neighborhood Protection officer was relentless as was the judge who was presiding over the hearing.

    The ruling was that in the interest of the old man's safety, he had to vacate his home. The officer conceded that the man had done considerable improvements but there were some structural problems and the man had not gotten those issues corrected. Bottom line, the man was ordered to move. He could continue repairs but not live there while making them.

    This post bums me out. I'm all for improving the neighborhoods through historic restoration, but can't the historic nature of the neighborhoods also be maintained by assisting the elderly when it comes to their home improvements? Did anyone offer to help the old man, or was there too much excitement over new money through a new owner?

    If you take the time to talk to some of the older folks, they have excellent stories about the old times. My personal favorite is the one about when the railroad company used to run an engine up and down Nicholson Street once in a blue moon in order to maintain their rights to that land. This was a track that leads to no where but up and down Nicholson Street and old business sites that had long ago gone away. Of course the railroad didn't care about the land enough to maintain the property on either side of the tracks, so it ended up covered in litter and dead grass. The old locals got so fed up with it they very carefully unbolted a section of the track. When the engine would slowly roll up Nicholson, it would derail. The railroad company would have to send out one of those giant cranes to put the engine back on the track after the crew had repaired it. Then, the locals would very sneakily go to another section of Nicholson and unbolt the track there with the same results. After awhile, the railroad company got so fed up with the repeated derailings, they surrendered their rights back to the city. A little guerilla style gentrification, but we got a great hike and bike trail out of it! Those old locals were the first neighborhood preservationists!

    Now, if the old man who told me that story had been forced out of his slightly sketchy house, I never would have heard the story. Of course he wasn't selling crack or running prostitutes, although he did drink an occasional beer on the front porch on a hot day. Can't say I didn't supply and join him a time or two! Any way, crack houses and their occupants suck and should be driven out, but take it easy on the old dudes! Help a brother up!

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  5. A search of the Houston Police Department crime statistics website reveals 1 robbery at a grocery store in the 1000 block of Shepherd on October 25. Obviously, this location would be the Kroger. Further, it occurred at 12:20 pm, so it is very possible that the victim was a mother. Looking at all of 2010, there have been no other robberies in the 1000 block of Shepherd. There was a robbery in the southern portion of that shopping center (900 block) in June, August and November, but none at Kroger, other than the single robbery in October.

    Based on this information, I would flatly state that there is no evidence that moms with children are being targeted for robbery, as one incident does not a trend make. I have also heard nothing from the Heights grapevines. However, as the numerous robbery victims at Woodlands Mall can attest, no retail establishment is immune from robbery, and no person is immune, either. Pay attention to your surroundings. Tell your husband that you are hanging up the cell phone, as you are entering the parking lot and you must pay attention. If you see young men simply sitting in a vehicle, pay particular attention, as young men do not normally sit in shopping center parking lots and are also the most common robbers. If you feel you are being followed, do not leave the store, and alert management. I believe Kroger also employs a parking lot security guard. Have them escort you to the car.

    I know this sounds cynical, but most crime victims could have prevented the crime by paying attention, locking their doors, etc. Criminals are opportunistic. Take away their opportunity, and they move on.

    Many thanks, Red. I knew you would have the info and the good advice to boot. I really do appreciate it!

  6. This can't be possible, as crime only occurs at Walmarts, and there isn't one in the Heights, yet.

    You know when I asked that question, I was thinking, "Who is going to be the first to throw Wal-Mart in the mix?"

    I am actually quite serious as I do my grocery shopping at that Kroger, and I frequently have my kids with me. While you can be a bit of a thorn in the side, Red, I also think you have definitely got your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the Heights. That being said, and knowing that I do respect you, have you heard anything about moms getting mugged at that Kroger?

  7. If someone does not live in the Heights, they can't have an opinion about this? If you didn't want 'outsiders' to chime in, perhaps you should have stuck to posting on your neighborhood group.

    Soul-less? Character-less? Now who's being self-righteous?

    Jaded ninny?, that's being judgemental. Unless of course you personally know Ms. Crunch which I doubt.

    She was gracious whereas you were not. Easy to see who has class and who doesn't.

    No, I don't know her.

    Listen, Little Frau, I never said that people couldn't have an opinion, and I certainly never said "outsiders" (your word, not mine.) What I hoped to express, be it not up to your standards, was that I don't appreciate anyone, Heights resident or not, passing judgement on my lifestyle nor assuming that I am a complete, self-serving idiot simply because I oppose a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood and may enjoy the occasional lunch with friends while, gasp, still managing to be my kids' main caretaker. But thanks for pointing out how gracious he/she (you assume this person is a she, you seem to be good at assuming) was to insult an entire population of the Heights. I thought "jaded ninny" (that one you can quote) was an appropriate turn of phrase. Feel free to disagree, but don't imply that you know any betterm because as you say, you don't know her.

    But, getting back to topic of the resistance to WalMart, I will continue to stir the pot and fight the fights I choose based on my own accounting of what the situation is. You, and anyone else who so chooses, are welcome to disagree and even offer contradictory points of view. But don't come in here insulting me and mine and not expect a swipe back at you and yours. I would say that same philosophy is used by many o'HAIFer. Don't mess with our chickens.

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  8. I'd love nothing more than to see the concerned heights neighbors do a real protest of the proposed Yale Wal Mart.

    Think of it as a meaningful vacation from strenuous days of blogging, girls lunches at Stella Sola, play dates, bikini boot camp,and taking your overly-accesorized children to Berryhill while the moms relax with some 'ritas. Raise awareness for the cause by mobilizing for hours a day in the 100 degree heat, marching in the dirt with signs and bullhorns. Or how about going door- to- door with clipboards? Forming a human chain in front of the bulldozers? If you did, you might get a tiny bit of insight into the tiring, hot and less-than-comfortable lives of the people for whom WalMart is a good thing.

    Yea, I know I'm being hyperbolic and rude. I originally expressed these sentiments in a PM, but I feel compelled to go public with them. I've had dear friends in the Heights on and off for more than 20 years, and there's a lot about it I love. But I am really, really glad that I did not buy a house there. Because lately I find the misdirected, contradictory righteousness just downright suffocating. We're talking about empty dirt by the railroad tracks, on the other side of the freeway, generating no jobs and nothing to the tax base. I understand taking a philosophical stance, but not at the expense of our community during a recession.

    I will say this to the Stop Wal-Mart crowd: whatever big box retailer builds on that site, watch the news when they start

    hiring. When 5,000 people show up to apply for 250 jobs, ask yourself: are my priorities perhaps misplaced?

    I, too, feel compelled to go public with this message. Since you don't live in the Heights, why don't you take your crunchy-tastic, holier-than-thou, self-righteous and judgemental attitude, drag Niche along with you, and worry about something in your own soul-less and character-less neighborhoods. I, too, am really, really glad you didn't buy a house here. I worked my butt off to pay my way through college, worked in an incredibly male-dominated, chauvinistic industry, kicking a** I might add, and postponed having kids until I was in my early thirties so that I could provide for my kids in a way that would make their lives easier for them, as well as take these years a bit easier for myself. And, oh by the way, this also includes working at and volunteering for many not-for-profits (that I am betting with a name like "Crunchtastic" you support) in an effort to give others better breaks than life has already brought them. My husband works his butt off to provide for his family and maintian the ability to give to the causes of his choice. Why should we feel guilty about lunch with our friends, play dates, going to the gym, or whatever the hell we want to do or attitude we want to have if it is not hurting anyone else. My priorities are not misplaced. My kids wear what they want to wear, and if that includes multiple tutus with a frigging fireman hat, I am glad they are not worried about what some jaded ninny's opinions are.

    I'm not going to apologize for wanting an H-E-B over a Wal-Mart. The H-E-B will hire the same, or more, people than the Wal-Mart, take better care of them and the neighborhood, and provide a better product that is still within the budget of people who shop at Wal-Mart. Accept that lower-income families deserve access to good quality at good prices, and, just like high-income families, they know the difference.

    For all you know, I may be one of the ones physically campaigning against Wal-Mart. You bet I started this thread to create public awareness and hopefully protests. I feel like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, rubbing my hands together while saying, "Exxxxcellent."

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  9. Just drove by there this weekend. Did the builder paint the underpass between I-10 and Washington? My husband said, "Those are WalMart colors." They are of course Texas state and US flag colors, but why beautify this particular underpass?

  10. If it isn't a race thing (which is suggested by statements like "I just get a bad vibe off of them"), then it's a class thing.

    Nope, it's just that I don't think they (Walmart, as is the "them" above) give a good crap about anything other than their bottom line, which means they compromise on security, product quality, employee quality of life, and lots of other things that give the stores a bad vibe.

    Put it like this, McDonalds's and other fast food is quick and easy and gives immediate gratification. Is it healthy for you? In most cases no. WalMart is quick and easy and gives immediate gratification. Is it healthy for the surrounding community? In most cases ...

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  11. I used to work nights and did most of my shopping after I got off work. A lot of that shopping was done at 24 hour Walmarts. Not once did I ever go to a Walmart that did not have security patrolling the parking lot. And, that's even without the bad press that caused HEB to put security in their lot.

    I don't know, Red. I'm a tough little broad, but I still feel on edge when I have gone to some of the local WalMarts. I just get a bad vibe off of them.

  12. There are lots of black people around (maybe that's what you're referring to) but I've never felt threatened.

    You have GOT to be kidding me. Of course you are the same guy who in another post on this same topic mentioned something along the lines of what a blessing it would be to the low-income Mexican families who load generations of their family in to a car for a Wal-Mart day trip. It's not a race issue. Leave it at that.

  13. No, because you don't do that.

    Actually I do, so let's not argue facts.

    As for the little guys...what little guys in the Heights are going to compete with Wal-Mart? Are you that concerned that revenues at your local CVS might drop 20%? Please note that the Heights cannot be monopolized by Wal-Mart; as much as the "new Heights" wishes it were it's own distinct city separated from Houston and connected only by a streetcar line...it isn't. Get with the times.

    Get with the times? Really? My times are very reality based, juggling work and a family with young kids, trying to keep the neighborhood safe from the undue influence and influx of snarky pastafarians. :D

  14. Don't you think the Wal-Mart high parking lot crime rate is more due to where they stick most Wal-Marts rather than the store itself?

    Not necessarily. It's probably because of the size of the parking lots and WalMart's apparent lack of interest in protecting their clientele. They seem to have an attitude of doing whatever it takes to keep their profits high, which means cookie cutter buildings on cookie cutter parking lots with no security measures fine-tuned to the local community. I will say this. When H-E-B built their location out on Bunker Hill, which has a gi-normous lot, they had problems early on with car break ins. I remember seeing it on the news. As soon as it started happening, they hired local law enforcement to patrol on their off-time, as well as bringing in their own security teams to patrol on golf carts and seg-ways (I have no idea how that brand name is spelled, my apologies.) All those security measures are still in place a year later, which is why I have no problem going there at all hours. WalMart? Oh-hell-to-the-no!

  15. You say that...but I gather that you've been indoctrinated to a subculture propagated by over-educated white people that features class-based shame and douchey shame-avoidance behavior as a central tenet.

    If you were a low-earning Mexican that had called the Heights home all your life, you'd have likely lamented in 2005 that the Target on Sawyer Street was not a Wal-Mart Supercenter and would be thrilled at these rumors because you were tired of packing several generations of family into a car for a day trip to a distant suburban Wal-Mart.

    Hey Niche, back up a bit. Perhaps you ought to take a look in to the indoctrination mirror, especially from the "douchey" angle. Not everyone who lives in the Heights is a low-earning Mexican. There are quite a few high-earning Mexicans, as well as low-earning families from all the other categories you seem to be preinclined to reference, living in the Heights. Citing a stereotypical image of several generations of a Mexican family being packed in to a car is, dare I say it, douchey? Can I be just as tired of packing several generations of my anglo family in to a car to drive basically the same distance as the closest Wal-Mart to hit an H-E-B?

    IMHO H-E-B has better quality products, wider selection, better customer service, and much better employee morale (due to Charles Butt actually caring about his employees)than Wal-Mart. H-E-B is a better neighbor than Wal-Mart. They care much more about the local community. Check out what they invest annually back in to the communities, not to mention their support of public schools. Don't believe me? Then you try to help out your local public school's annual Fall Festival, Spring Picnic or whatever. Ask your local H-E-B for a donation of food, water, gift cards, whatever, and you will be pleasantly surprised. Ask WalMart and you're lucky if you get a small, and I do mean small as in buy a couple of candy bars, gift card.

    All I am saying is that I would much rather have someone who is vested in the prosperity of the local community, as H-E-B is, than a company like WalMart who is constantly in the press for all the new ways they have come up with to screw the little guys.

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  16. Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

  17. Hope they use the land off Yale & Koehler wisely (it is in a unique loaction, especially with it now getting access to I-10). Would be great if a City Center development was completed (including a LifeTime Fitness, parking garage, restuarants, etc. )

    Am hoping they do not build 2-3 bedroom townhouses in that location as then there would be too many of them in the area. That being said if a Caceras type of development (http://www.caceresliving.com/index.php) came up there it will be neat. The Spanish architecture really stands out. A lot happening in the area, especially with the Whole Foods construction of Waugh and Dallas having started. Hope the area develops as a whole; only time will tell!!!

    Not only are the NOT putting in an HEB (and I heard from an EXTREMELY reliable source it was a done deal) Wal-Mart has pulled another fast one and is invading the Heights! That's right, you heard it here first, Wal-Mart, who I have heard has THE HIGHEST PARKING LOT CRIME RATE will be building on that property. Seems that HEB made an offer to the land owner, who then went to Wal-Mart asking them to beat the price. The land-owner sold us out folks! Anyone interested in launching a full-blown boycott/property owner protest?

    And you guys were worried about the Nicholson Street Hike and Bike trail bringing crime to the area....

  18. It's so cold that my heater cannot keep up. It has run continuously all afternoon, but the inside temperature has remained at 64. Not to mention that drafty windows feel much draftier in this weather. I just attacked several of them with duct tape. Must have worked. The thermostat now reads 65.

    You gonna be ok Red? Got enough blankets and all?

  19. There have been reports of a lot of Christmas packages being stolen

    off of peoples front porches.

    Copied from a Woodland Heights e-mail:

    "I talked with the sender of the empty package found in my yard. Every

    gift card and gift in this box was stolen but all wrappings were left

    behind. Within 24 hours, the itunes cards had been used but not the

    Macy's (they left the receipt behind so she had the card number and

    was able to cancel it. If you keep receipts and know the card's info,

    you can cancel it if it has not been used.

    UPS told her that it is rampant this year that thieves are following

    trucks and grabbing packages as soon as the driver leaves basically.

    Can't I-tunes track the account that bought the songs?

    If you are expecting a package, leave a note for UPS/Fedex to leave it

    at a neighbor's who's home or throw it over your fence into the


    If someone sees this clown in his dark SUV, please call HPD and then

    let us know the type of SUV, etc. Would be great to nab this one

    Keep your valuables, gates, garages, cars locked, and valuables out of

    sight. However, in any way you can let people know you are watching:

    open your blinds a bit, walk your pets and kids, walk around your

    street a bit etc. If we all do a little bit.....it will help. Keep you

    cell phone handy, too! I've had to use it before while meandering

    through the 'hood."

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