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  1. Anybody have any opinions on Memorial Elementary? Seems like a nice facility with the advantage of being in walking distance to Memorial Park and nestled in between two very nice neighborhoods. I guess Texans can take what they have for granted sometimes, in regards to public schools. I have a colleague from Louisiana and when we were conversing about school options in our area his exact quote was: "...even the worse public schools in Texas are probably better than the schools where I'm from" I can totally understand your viewpoint growing up in Cleveland than SM3H
  2. Wow, it sounds like a lot of Heights residents are echoing my concerns I have about the quality of public middle and high schools. Elementary doesn't seem to be as much of a problem, but I guess we are just being risk averse about what to do when our children get to that age. I am starting to feel like living in the city and having my children go to good public schools is like having my cake and eating it too. I do agree the grassroots movement to improve Elementary schools will prevail eventually at middle and high schools in the area though. We will probably be in the same boat as a lot of you people because as a former suburb kid, losing two hours each day that I could be spending with my children is unacceptable.
  3. I have heard the same thing about applyign to inner city private schools. Friends of ours was looking at a reputable private school for their 6 month old, but they recently found out that school requires day care and pre-school done at their facilities in order to qualify for Elementary school applications. It's a very well-off church associated school, so it doesn't have as much to do with making money as it does with a reaction to the demand they have for Elementary school applications vs. space available.
  4. Wow, thanks for the detailed response! We are currently zoned to Memorial Elementary and I do not hear good things about that school. However, I haven't spoken with anybody that with children that go there to get a better opinion. We are seriously considering a move to Garden Oaks to start our family, especially with the Montessori program. I guess it is a little early to be worried about middle and high school, but I know it can be traumatic for children to change school zones and familiar classmates. It will be interesting to see how parents can influence the quality of middle and high schools for the Inner Loop. Excellent point on the commute issue. It seems like the main driver for the suburban move has been the perception that schools are better out there. As a child growing up in the Clear Creek School District, I can tell you that drugs, gangs and general "inner-city" problems were just as prevalent in the 'burbs. We are dreading a suburban move and any support we find here to stay is appreciated!
  5. I see a lot of young couples and families in the Heights. Some with toddlers and some with kindergarten aged children, probably frequenting this message board as well. What do you all plan for elementary, middle and high schools for your children in the Heights? I understand that Travis, Harvard and Garden Oaks Elementary are excellent schools for young ones, but doesn't seem like there are any middle or high schools worth a flip around the Heights/Oak Forest/Garden Oaks/Timbergrove Manor areas. My wife and I are desperately trying to stay in the city to plan our family, but it really seems like the forcing factor for a move to suburbia are the middle and high school (lack of ) quality. Perhaps everyone in the Heights is able to afford private schooling for their children? Or roll the dice on them getting into, and staying in, the magnet/vanguard programs? Just looking for some opinions from seasoned veterans of the inner loop! :-)
  6. Brickfence, you must be one of those well-off Gringos! Don't forget about Los Dos Amigos, El Rey, Los Charros & Laredo Taquerias and Terlingua Border Cafe which brings the grand total of Mexican restaurants within a 5 mile radius to 15!!! What the heck guys!!!
  7. Anybody else having trouble downloading the pdf of Peter Brown's plan?
  8. If this is true, I would have to guess that it won't be a regular "blue-label" Wal-Mart store. WM has been testing neighborhood grocery stores in Arizona named "Marketside". It's a little swankier than WM Neighborhood Market (like the one off of Hillcroft in Westbury). This Marketside concept actually sounds exactly like what Heights residents have been wanting. I would agree that lot is not nearly large enough for a typical WM big box store. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marketside Supposedly they put their Marketside concepts on hold during the recession in 2009, but who knows, things may have changed since then.
  9. My fear is that if HEB doesn't build on this site, Home Depot will. Imagine how the migrant worker population will multiply if that's the case. I don't know how those guys can just hang out at Ace hardware in the middle of summer like that. With the I-10 feeder road already beginning and the prevalence of remodels in the Heights/Washington area, this would probably fit HD's profile to a T.
  10. Also, some more developments in Upper West End per the Civic club meeting: 1. West End Park is scheduled to be leveled and re-graded to help with the drainage issue on the back side of the park. The pavillion will be leveled and no plans to replace it. FWIW, I think this is a good thing, as it was a haven for the homeless people and drug dealers. The playground structures will stay and be a part of the plans for the park updates. The schedule on this project will probably be drawn out to a couple years, as the total amount for the park improvements is something in the neighborhood of $200k. 2. Patterson St. has been selected by the COH to have their sidewalks re-done as part of a city-wide pedestrian initiative. There are several other streets across the city that will have their sidewalks re-done and widened as well. As for Patterson, the sidewalks will be re-done and apparently about 6 ft. wide, from Washington all the way to I-10 feeder. Not sure about the schedule for this, but 2010 seems to be a big year for UWE construction projects...if it all pans out.
  11. I think you are referring to 'Rare Bar and Restaurant' across the way from Kicks. I never went there, but I don't think they were serving sushi, more like up-scale hamburgers. Such a shame for someone to dump all that cash and only be open for six months.
  12. Here's the scoop on a few new bars opening around Washington, some I never even knew were on the map: http://fredeatshouston.typepad.com/wwwfredeatshoustoncom/ Roosevelts - Across from Taps (Old Purple Building) Brixx - Changed name from Busty Larue's Shotzky - Country Shot Bar Concept Phil's Texas BBQ - Corner of Washington and Heights (7,000 Sq FT!!!!)
  13. On a different topic, I was at Kobain on Saturday night and they had both PPV events (Mayweather and UFC) going on, along with the UT Tech game, for no cover. Well worth it, especially since Social was charging 10 bucks for Mayweather. Good to take note of for next time if anybody on here is interested in those types of events.
  14. On a different topic, I was at Kobain on Saturday night and they had both PPV events (Mayweather and UFC) going on, along with the UT Tech game, for no cover. Well worth it, especially since Social was charging 10 bucks for Mayweather. Good to
  15. On a different topic, I was at Kobain on Saturday night and they had both PPV events (Mayweather and UFC) going on, along with the UT Tech game, for no cover. Well worth it, especially since Social was charging 10 bucks for Mayweather. Good
  16. Does anybody remember what types of houses these arsonists are targeting? I haven't heard of anybody losing all their possessions or people actually getting hurt, so it leads me to believe these were empty townhome/patio homes that developors couldn't sell in the down market. Driving around the 11th st Kroger at night, I strangely see very few signs of occupation in the newer homes of the area. Does anybody remember what types of houses these arsonists are targeting? I haven't heard of anybody losing all their possessions or people actually getting hurt, so it leads me to believe these were empty townhome/patio homes that developors couldn't sell in the down market. Driving around the 11th st Kroger at night, I strangely see very few signs of occupation in the newer homes of the area.
  17. Well, I live right on one of the proposed street closures and I think JDorf has a point. People shouldn't be using neighborhood side streets to gain access to I-10, attempt to bypass stopped trains, etc. I have noticed that Bellaire has neighborhoods off of 610 that haveactually closed freeway access to their sidestreets to curb driverscutting through their neighborhoods as a shortcut. I would imaginehaving their children playing in their front yards or riding theirbikes on sidewalks/streets is a big driver. It seems to me that closing the side streets would force everyone to use the main thoroughfares for North/South access through the neighborhood, which is what is supposed to happen. Patterson and Shepherd should be the streets used as main thoroughfares. I am extremely surprised that nobody has mentioned the amount of children that play on the streets/yards of the houses facing Thompson. There is actually quite a few families that have great kids that ride their bikes up and down that street. I am always afraid of some jerk speeding over the railroad crossing grade and not seeing the children on the other side. Now, these children are from Hispanic families that may or may not speak English very well, so that would explain their absence from the Town Hall meetings. I think the residents of West End are missing a very big chance to improve the neighborhood and fostor further growth. However, this does sound like some stubborness due to gentrification issues. There is a definite divide of social class groups who have lived with this train for decades, but are definitely not particularly fond of the traffic and growth of younger affluence in the area.
  18. Sounds like there is hopes that this will become a big retail destination from the neighborhoods in the area. Supposedly TXDOT has confirmed that oconstruction will start on the extension of the Feeder Road (I-10) from Patterson to Yale, also a Yale exit off I-10 will be constructed as well. This should solve the problem of ingress/egress to this neat property.
  19. A bunch of idiot residents are now objecting the Quiet Zone from Patterson to Oliver street because they think the money can be spent elsewhere (i.e. on Parking/Police, etc). While I agree the other issues are problems, the city doesn't re-allocate funds that way. Get the attention on your neighborhood and other problems will be solved in the future. What they don't realize is that city budgets do not work like your checking account. If the money doesn't get spent on your own neighborhood, it gets spent in another location for the same purpose. This issue frustrates me like no other, looking a gift horse in the mouth is what it is. Property values should increase after this and even if the train doesn't bother you, the city WANTS to spend money on your neighborhood and you're going to refuse it?!???
  20. FYI - Texadelphia off of Memorial (near Los Cucos, Tri on the Run, etc) is closing their doors. They cite parking as their reason for closing, really sucks for such a great place to watch football be closing for a petty reason.
  21. Skate park should be free, pay-to-play park was really just a whimsical comment. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Home Depot/Lowe's showed up there. Fits the freeway location perfectly, as well as knowing the surplus of migrant workers in the area to hang out in their parking lot. Heck, there's even a railroad nearby to drop off their lumber! I believe in the olden days private parks were actually pretty common, Gramercy Park in Manhattan comes to mind... Joe Jamail Skate Park is free, try the new public shower there...
  22. Sorry, didn't mean it to come out that way...I don't even check Heights Blog everyday, just happened to remember seeing the Laurenzo's post on Heights blog and wrote that posting to HAIF in a rush. Mainly to reference that a restaurant will hopefully be installed next to Pearl.
  23. Weird, I see where the location for this will be, but I still don't understand where they're going to get all the room for a rooftop pool, a couple dozen rooms, etc etc? The space next door to Soma Sushi is only about 15,000 sq ft I think, how are they going to split that up into hotel rooms? Unless it's one of those hotel rooms that charge by the hour!
  24. That's the location for Laurenzo's Sports Grill (same owners of El Tiempo). This was reported on Heights Blog last week: http://heightsblog.wordpress.com/ http://www.laurenzosgrille.com/ Also, the space directly next to Pearl Bar is being fixed up into a restaurant: George's
  25. Speaking of Rooftop terraces, anybody notice the build-out of a rooftop terrace on one of the white townhomes by West End Park? I think I remember seeing the listing on HAR and the description mentioning extensive repairs needed to the roof. Looks like the purchasers decided to completely re-do the roof and add a rooftop deck while they were at it. It should give pretty darn good views of downtown though...
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