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Original Timmy Chan's

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  1. Not trying to start an internet fight (but don't test me 😀), but...I always knew these "Museum District" and "Museum Park" areas as Third Ward when I was at UH back in the 90s. You're right that "technically" the HEB site was never Third Ward because it wasn't in the city back when the ward system ended. But whether it was technically in the boundaries or not, it's always been considered Third Ward. Here's a blunt way of putting it. The Third Ward was where Black people lived. Once White people moved in, it became Museum Park or whatever. Just like 2nd Ward became... Well, I don't even like to type the words but it's short for East Downtown. And like how Freedmen's Town no longer exists, as an actual community or even a name anymore.
  2. Relatively easy to prevent water from getting in, by raising the driveways/penetrations into the garage. Imagine an elevated levee around the perimeter of the garage, and a driveway going over the levee. As long as the top of the "levee"/driveway is high enough, no concern for surface water pouring into the garage. Of course, like any levee, it can be overtopped at a certain point.
  3. OK, saw some info through Harris County Housing Authority that indicates that this complex would be built partially on undeveloped portions of the Southeast Transit Center. My best guess is that they're using the undeveloped east half of Southeast Transit Center, plus the commercial strips & movie theater fronting OST. All of that adds up to 6 acres. Of course I've been wrong before....
  4. Yes, but as a frequent customer of the Walgreens pharmacy, sounds like my wait time will increase. Just kidding of course...as I get older these jokes about old folks just aren't as funny as they used to be. Hits too close to home. Looks like a nice development. I also don't see an available 6-acre parcel for this development, but whichever corner it goes on, it will be an improvement. Wouldn't mind it replacing the run down strip center south of OST next to the transit center. Wouldn't mind it replacing the warehouses and apartments north of OST.
  5. If you're in City of Houston you can check their GIMS map to see if it's water, sanitary or storm. http://www.gims.houstontx.gov/ If you're in a Municipal Utility District, ask the Operator (usually the same person you pay your water bill to). They would know. Either way, if it's a sanitary sewer in an easement, that's an indication it's a public line, not just the service line to your house. You don't need an easement on your own property for your own sewer service, which is why I suspect it's serving someone (or many someones) outside of your lot. Getting a public line relocated could be a big problem... I'd start with the COH GIMS site, or contact the MUD Operator ASAP.
  6. You forgot the air-quotes for "MVP" David Robinson.
  7. Interesting...for at least the fifth year in a row, no increases on our block (land or improvements). Our land price is holding steady at $3/sf. Earlier in the 2000's we were capped at the 10% increase for several years in a row (3 or 4?) Strange that development keeps moving closer and closer, but appraisals not reflecting it. I'm not complaining, mind you. But it does seem curious. I think right around the time our land gets to $50/sf from its current $3/sf will be time for me to cash out and retire.
  8. My roots in the area don't go nearly as deep as many long term residents in the area, but I have frequented the area for 25 years (since my days as a student at UH), and I've been a resident of the area for 12 years. This intersection is I'm the Almeda OST TIRZ, and there have been definite improvements with landscaping and aesthetics over the last few years. The stretch of OST is seeing development now. It may be fast food and nail salons (as is most strip center development in Houston) but it's an improvement over used tire shops and abandoned buildings. Your comments about the nail salons and beauty shops are just ignorant. There are also nail salons and beauty shops in River Oaks, Galleria, and Memorial. It doesn't degrade those neighborhoods any more than it does my neighborhood. Only difference is the demographics. Your comment about safety is just wrong. What evidence do you have to say HEB, CVS and Walgreens aren't safe? I've not heard of any problems there.
  9. The underlying criteria for anything built in the floodplain would be that it cause no adverse impacts to existing flood conditions. The City is not exempted from these requirements. A no adverse impact certification is typically accomplished by ensuring that the project doesn't reduce floodplain storage, doesn't reduce the ability of the waterway to convey flows, and doesn't increase water surface elevations upstream. There are also requirements to mitigate the impact of increased runoff due to increased impervious cover. Depending on the location in the floodplain the requirements vary. Developments on the floodplain fringe, where depth and conveyance are minimal, generally only require an analysis of floodplain storage (no net fill in floodplain). Areas closer to the center of the channel that have greater inundation depth and conveyance require more detailed modeling and analysis. The area designated as a floodway is typically a "no-go" zone. No fill our development allowed there, at least not without a great deal of analysis, channel improvements, and floodplain map revisions. Also vastly different requirements for an insurable structure (house or office) than a road our trail.
  10. KG Food Center on Tierwester at Mount Pleasant, owned by the same Korean family since the 1960's. The mother has been up front at the cash register for the last 50+ years, with one son alongside her, and another son who runs the meat counter. Unfortunately I think it'll likely be killed off by the new Pyburns coming on Scott Street.
  11. Funny, I saw the same train the same afternoon. Were you also bypassing whatever it was that had the South Loop shut down? Anyhow, it's the first train I've seen them testing on the SE line, and I drive along the line somewhat regularly (at least once a week). I don't know if they've been testing the line before that day, but I certainly haven't seen it. Interesting coincidence that we both saw it. I didn't have my son with me but I know he'll flip his lid when he finally sees a train on those tracks. He's been watching them build the lines for the last few years. I was hoping we'd be able to take the train to a UH game this season, but that's not to be.
  12. To reduce number of cars crossing the UPRR lines at grade. It reduces the risk of accidents between cars and trains at that crossing. I thought at one time they were going to completely eliminate the at-grade crossing there by forcing all cars to go on the bridge, with u-turn lanes on both sides of the UPRR tracks allowing access to properties on both sides of the bridge embankment. Doesn't look that way from the images...looks like the at-grade crossing remains.
  13. I was also going to say that there's no use in trying to come up with fantastic plans for rail down the 288 median...that space is already spoken for with toll lanes. I know that the construction plans are nearing completion for the Brazoria County portion of the toll lanes. Construction could begin next year, I believe? I do love the landscaping in the median of 288 north of Binz, but know that's it's days are numbered. I only hope that TxDOT will use that area as a "nursery" and transplant some of those trees rather than simply clear cutting them. There are great number of mature trees in that median now. Those trees are nearly 10 years old. I don't know for a fact, but I assume it's not cheap to buy 10-year old trees.
  14. Go back and read the rant that I wrote this morning about people walking in the street (often with kids) when there's a sidewalk 10' away. I can't say whether they're risking the lives of themselves and their kids knowingly or out of sheer ignorance, but I see it every day. Yes, it is the driver's responsibility to avoid a collision with a pedestrian, but how much of the responsibility also lies with the pedestrian?
  15. I'll admit I did not read the report. Did it discuss the predilection for certain demographics to walk in the street, regardless of the existence of sidewalks? I see it every day and it never ceases to confound and amaze me. While I agree that car drivers are often at fault, you can't ignore the fact that sometimes pedestrians are just idiots. For instance, I have no sympathy for those that try and cross a freeway. They're idiots, no two ways about it. I feel the same about the parents of a family walking three wide in a narrow street that's barely wide enough for a truck and a bus to pass, when there's a perfectly good sidewalk parallel to the road. Especially considering the history in our neighborhood...the neighborhood demanded sidewalks about 20-30 years ago after a child was killed in the street. Now they're ignored by these idiots. The parents are idiots. I do try to educate the kids when I see them out by themselves, they might listen. A 40 year old should know better. You can't justify it.
  16. I didn't see it listed, but there was an old school Taco Bell at the SE corner of Fuqua and Sabo when I was a kid. Based on Google Earth it looks like the building was demolished in 2006. Katty-corner from it was an old KFC, at the NW corner of Fuqua and Sabo. Looks like that corner has been replaced by a Walgreens. Of course there's the C&D Burger Shoppe at 10606 Fuqua. I still remember getting push-up pops from the freezer at the front door when it was a Dairy Queen. It's been C&D Burger Shoppe since 1981. Continuing down Fuqua, at 10598 Fuqua is a Dominos that used to be a Jack-in-the-Box. Right across the street from what used to be Beverly Hills Intermediate. When I was at Beverly Hills, we always looked forward to hearing the words "three o' clock, Jack-in-the-Box", which meant that whatever heated discussion was going on at the time would be settled in the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. Saw many a fight there at 3 o'clock. Only thing I see that's still standing along that stretch from when I was young is the Shipley's Donuts.
  17. Yes, different projects, and yes, confusing...or at least, lack of creativity in naming these projects. The Vue is on S. MacGregor at Calhoun...and Campus Vue is directly across Brays Bayou on N. MacGregor at Calhoun. Campus Vue is the one that involved demolition of one of two existing apartment buildings on site. They kept one and demolished one.
  18. Well, this truly will be the Death to the Superette a few blocks away. Don't know much about Pyburns...I've seen their other two stores but have never been in. From my two seconds of internet research, I think it will be a very welcome addition to our neighborhood. Apparently this will be built on the lot that surrounds the Popeyes, across the street from the fire station. It's nice to see some investment and development in the hood...but one wonders if this isn't the first trickle of a imminent flood of development. Change is inevitable, with our location inside the Loop, and cheap real estate. I'm happy to see improvements to our retail choices, but I'd hate to see wholesale change to the residential portion of South Union.
  19. Beyonce and Journey. I don't even feel guilty about the Hall and Oates, though. That's just good music.
  20. Any major thoroughfare in unincorporated Harris County. The County doesn't believe in pedestrians. Ever try to walk down Grant Road from say, Spring-Cypress to Louetta? It's not a very safe or welcoming area for pedestrians. You've got to have your head on a swivel on those major thoroughfares out in the County.
  21. We've still got a "superette" in our neighborhood...KG Food Center at the corner of Tierwester and Mount Pleasant. Owned by the same Korean family since it opened in the early 1960s. Mama (in her 80s or 90s) still works the cash register, one son works with her up front, and another son works in the butcher shop. The boys grew up in the neighborhood (South Union) but the family no longer lives in the neighborhood as they did for decades. The place is about the size of a convenience store, but has meat counter, produce, everything you need. It's a neighborhood institution, a necessity for many around here who don't have transportation, but I wonder how long it will stick around. I'm part of the problem, as I rarely shop there. I only go in for the essentials when I'm in a pinch. It really hit me the other day when I took my four year old son in...it was his first trip there since shortly after he started walking. He loved the place, so I'll make a better effort to support them. This is the store my wife used to walk to as a kid to buy beer and cigarettes when the grown ups needed them. It's nice to know that my son has a place to go when I'm too incapacitated to buy my own beer and cigarettes. :-)
  22. I've been carrying a car load of recycling to the Westpark Recycling Center every couple weeks for years. Well this morning I heard a big rumbling outside...i go out to check and, lo and behold, it's a big green recycling bin on wheels! I actually had my truck loaded up with recycling already, so I immediately filled the green bin (to the top) with my recycling. Only afterwards did I open up the letter attached to the bin, telling me that recycling begins on June 23. Oops! I've got a full bin for the next month...looks like I'll be continuing my trips to Westpark for a while. :-)
  23. I believe I can see the Superior Waterbed, Miller's Outpost, and Sears Surplus.
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