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Everything posted by trymahjong

  1. I might tip-toe In here and gently remind everyone of the dozens of community input meeting ( where IMO) all voices seemed to shout “ park should reflect the neighborhood” . Hence the “Gazebo like structure” in the smack-dab middle. 😄 A reverie of nostalgia among the shiny new structures along Westheimer, of course when anticipating the “ porch swings” Which will be the last things to be installed lol😇
  2. Oh my when did “mansion” become a negative noun. Perhaps those families as my family saw that those larger homes were priced at the same level as NEW Suburban homes of same size Twenty years ago.......my goodness..... buying urban ( here in Montrose) would allow my family a great school system, huge tree canopies, fenced yard, walkability— walkability you know that thing where you purposely use your car less......knowing that less car use is better for the environment. There was a lot of national conversation about that in the early 2000’s. Who knew that making that choice to
  3. Hmmmmmmmm i guess that’s a comfort, but if I want to practice walkability in a realistic fashion and advocate a small “ footprint” For my grocery, dry cleaner, restaurant, as a compliment to my walkability................I want a 1/2 Price Books with in Montrose or at least the Westside of Midtown. Hence the prime reason for starting this topic...........I’m afraid I am losing my 1/2 Price Books.......sigh. I was looking for discussion on how that might happen.
  4. Any chance the GOV would grant money? Would COH? COH and DMD (downtown management district) are Always looking for ways to bring people back downtown at night.......maybe thatMall might offer books a million space. Midtown Management seems to have a lot of open office space.......I’m thinking the abandoned antique store across from Natachee.....? I really hope 1/2 books can stay .........
  5. Is there a developer out there who could be intelligent enough to see that would be a smart move?
  6. I am worried. Where can 1/2 Price books relocate with in Montrose......all the rent is so expensive. I don’t want to lose that business...I still go in weekly.
  7. Okay, I will follow CK lead— I have previously explained that I believe what I hear from her.
  8. If the PWE guys told you all plans are still a “go” I can only tell you I have a bit of Civic skepticism I have observed Councilwoman Kamin giving information to her constituents many many times IMO she is extremely diligent in fact checking, even rechecking the fact checking and will refuse to pass on any information she deems “ dicey-my word). She doesn’t hesitate to label some information as “rumor “ or “unconfirmed”. soooooooo hmmmmmm yup I’m a little skeptical. Plus, I think back on what PWE explained about the lower Westheimer improvements. So yes I’m skeptical.
  9. I have known about the Bridge fiasco for quite a while. Montrose Commons has an informative PowerPoint presentation concerning the Bridge being built in the late 50’s and the disastrous result on on neighborhood cohesion as well as walkability. I bring this up as many of the Civic associations along Brazos bring up the negative stuff to the Mayors Office and City Council officials many many times after that bridge was built.........many many times.....so I’m sure every Mayors office and Council were aware of the resentment of that bridge. How could anything that is brought up year after year
  10. Councilwomen Kamin Did a zoom with some constituent leaders of District C. sadly most of the safety measures and proposals to protect pedestrians and bicyclists aren’t likely to be incorporated as the Renovations ofBrazos bridge goes forward.
  11. Trying to explain elections in general and presidential elections specifically to my 10 year old grandkid is confounding. Last nights TV debate sort of put me on hot seat to cautiously explain the reality of what we watched with the build up I had done on what we’d probably be seeing from the 2 candidates. I had lowered the bar on what to expect, but watching that debate ( term loosely used in this context) gobsmacked me. I can’t imagine the Civic class discussion ( naw, it’s not called Civic class anymore lol)
  12. Hard to believe but entire crew came down with COVID. BTW Did you notice the electronic board at the back by dog park part? That wasn’t in the original plans.......now my fear is that some city muckity-muck has a notion that installing that thing in Montrose will not lead to some sort of Computer mischief......really that’s not limited to suburbanite bored computer pranksters.......there’s plenty gifted mischief devilry in Montrose. Who knows what the daily “motto of the day” will end up being on that sign🤪.
  13. You have a point. However, the fully funded CIP (redo Westheimer from Main to Montrose) to partially funded (Montrose to Shepherd) all happened before Kamin was elected. The fully funded part was in place just before Hurricane Harvey..... that those funds were Probably redirected towards Harvey rebuild, is my personal speculation.
  14. Not to promote estate sale but rather the chance ( other chances like this are unlikely) to see inside construction of this old house. Another sale will open house in November
  15. Well that Blighted old house is located at 323 Westheimer didn’t get demolished after all. Some fancy footwork ( legal wise) prolonged its existence till owner passed. The daughter is having estate sale inside today and tomorrow (9/13/2020) Amazing how much original construction cane be viewed— no plaster on walls- all stain glass as boarded up- perfect wooden floor with inlay-very interesting to see inside.......
  16. I was wondering if Kirk Baxter ever convinced the Developers+of 1212 Westheimer to preserve a small space for a memorial......
  17. There was plenty of talk about this notion when I First moved to Houston in 1977. Mostly I remember the plan to connect both airports with $$$ set aside. By the time I moved back to Houston in 1979; guess the plans had changed because those earmarked funds were used for something else.
  18. Perhaps a more accurate appraisal of the situation: Prior to Hurricane Harvey the renovations to lower Westheimer were completely funded. After Harvey lower Westheimer was attached to proposed renovations of Upper Westheimer, which had no funding. The “ready to go money” was most probably used in connection with Harvey repairs leaving the lower and Upper Westheimer renovations as “ partially” funded on paper but “ actually” no money to proceed.
  19. Even with all the hubbub of Hurricane Laura.... there is quite a bit of back and forth conversation about the resurrection of the MMD. Not surprisingly NONE of it is positive. Lots of questions on why the appointments to the board seemingly were done in secret. [ wasn’t non transparency what got them in trouble before?]. Speaking of trouble.......the same team that “administered” MMD into trouble will be the administrators again. Also as an aside.......just how many of the MMD board members actually live within Montrose.....business ownership aside...I mean how many deal with day
  20. Did I include the correct email Houstonadoptadrain.org 🎼The Last drain to Clarksville 🎸🎶🎵🎵🎵 Seems to make me smile.
  21. I was one of 40 or so at the zoom meeting of Neartown/Montrose. Last night. Abbie Kamin and Sallie Alcorn spoke. Sallie Alcorn ( atlarge5@houstontx.gov) developed a intriguing idea of citizens adopting and naming storm drains - the anticipated result of keeping debris from clogging storm drains is less street flooding. I like the idea and hope it is well received!
  22. I am no means an expert.....just one of the residents that contributed to getting the East Montrose management district established. But I did show up at every meeting for a year or two. Montrose Management District doesn’t have as much over sight as Montrose TIRZ. The State enacted laws to set up TiRZs and COH has oversight. MMD gets an “Assessment” of $100 per appraisal value of $100,000.00of businesses within the management district. TIRZ receives the portion of tax “over” the cap. At the beginning, Montrose TIRHz and MMD worked together on projects,, That walka
  23. This group made a presentation at Montrose TIRZ Zoom last night. The Vice chair is Steve Madden but I didn’t catch the Chairman's name. I’ve posted plenty on MMD in the past and considered my self a non business owner supporter. As an aside.....I never thought the MMD should be completely made up of business owners- there is a lot to be said for opinions and prospective of non business owners- not the least of which is helping prevent tunnel vision. Now I’m more than a little skeptical at the new lineup ( all appointed without any public input as far as I know) with t
  24. This was the concept for Westheimer and Mont4ose in 2009.......it 2ill be interesting to see what the developers actually come up with.
  25. I visited this place oftenin my 15 years here.I admit I liked it a bit better pre renovation. I always wondered if that renovation somehow was connected to the stickers that were placed over the women’s face In all those large PR framed pictures that hung on the wall. what ever was up with that, it reminded me of going through family photo albums and seeing that the offensive husband of my great aunt was torn out or cigarette burned out of any photo he was in after he had divorced that Aunt. Wondering if maybe that’s just a southern reaction to a former loved ones betrayal.
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