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s3mh

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  1. While Houston has no zoning, the Chicken Districting is very specific. Shep/Durhan is a chicken sandwich district. Ella is a chicken finger district. This is why Layne's is going in across the street from Raising Cane's.
  2. This is the website: https://thehighlighthouston.com/ There was a guy in the tunnel putting up a sign for The Highlight today. Only the adult putt putt place and the gaming place have been announced as new tenants.
  3. Centerpoint now owns the land. I guess the Heights needs more power.
  4. I think people in Harris County aren't as partisan when it comes to County Judge. Hidalgo just snuck by Ed Emmett in 2018 (may have lost bust for a libertarian candidate siphoning votes from Emmett). Also, I noticed that the total votes for County Judge were about 20k fewer than for Governor. Another factor might be the removal of straight ticket voting and people who were lazy and did not vote the entire ballot. I am still surprised that Cagle lost. He won fairly handily in 2018. Lesley Briones threw darts at Cagle over abortion and birth control. But who pays attention to county commissioner attack ads. I remember Cagle when he was a county court at law judge. He was terrible. On his motions docket, he would tell stories and crack jokes the whole time. Any actual substantive legal discussions seemed like an afterthought. Or maybe the shift in precinct lines in 2021 made a difference.
  5. This was a lot closer than I though it would be. Not sure whether there is a shift back to the right in Harris County or turnout for Dems was lackluster because of little enthusiasm (or hope) for Beto. On the other hand, Briones over Cagle is a pretty big deal. That leaves only one Republican and no more quorum busting no show tactics.
  6. I miss Honker the Goose.
  7. N. Shep is becoming the next Champs Elysees. A major thoroughfare lined with shops and cafes. And an HEB. But in all seriousness, the Radoms and the Brauns set higher standards in the Heights and you can no longer Ainbinder up a strip mall and get the kind of tenants who are going to be able to pay Heights rents.
  8. This franchise comes from Minnesota. I would put the health habits of the residents of the Twin Cities on a different plane from Cleveland or Indianapolis. And holy rapid expansion Batman. On their website, they are showing a crap ton of new locations across the US. It is a franchise, so probably some big money backing the major expansion.
  9. I would not hold them to that date. Interior of the building has not had much buildout done and is mostly bare studs. Not impossible to knock out an interior build out in a month and be up and running. But I would be surprised to see the doors open on Dec. 1.
  10. Your interpretation of the law would basically mean that no one could ever cross a busy street in a pedestrian friendly shopping area like the two examples I gave. With a steady stream of vehicle, the pedestrian in your interpretation of the law cannot enter the crosswalk as long as another vehicle is approaching and the motorist doesn't have to yield until the pedestrian has taken a step in front of their vehicle. That kind of stupidity may rule in Texas where the motor vehicle is king but it is definitely not the rule in many other states where people actually value pedestrian access.
  11. What strange world do you live in where a sign posted in the street saying "stop" for "pedestrians" would be interpreted to allow a motorist to drive past the crosswalk when pedestrians are waiting to cross? Stop means stop. Pedestrians are people who are on foot not exclusively defined as people who are walking in a crosswalk, but not people waiting to use a crosswalk. I have been to both locations I posted and can verify that police will write you a ticket if you fail to stop when pedestrians are waiting to cross.
  12. How cute. You actually think that police in Houston issue citations for failing to yield to pedestrians and having more police would help pedestrian access. It has been documented that the police are not even enforcing the bike ordinance. And this is just a stupid line of argument when a protected crossing is clearly what we need but the idiots Austin and our city engineering department are stuck with the idea that a protected pedestrian crossing can't go in unless someone has been killed trying to cross the street. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/Houston-safe-passing-bicyclists-ordinance-law-17451596.php
  13. It is how the statutes are put into practice. I have seen signs in CO, VT, MA, WA at crosswalks stating that drivers must stop to allow waiting pedestrians to cross.
  14. Unfortunately, under Texas law, you do not have to stop at a crosswalk if there are people waiting to cross. A lot of other states have laws requiring motorists to stop at a crosswalk if someone is just waiting to cross. But in Texas, you only have to stop if someone has started to cross the street. For pedestrians, that means you either wait until the street is clear and you can make it all the way across before any vehicles approach or you have to play a game of chicken and hope that vehicles coming down the street will stop if you start crossing. The hate for pedestrians and cyclists is so bad in Texas that Alexandra Mealer is running attack ads against Lina Hidalgo complaining that she is funding hike and bike trails instead of police. So, it will take a lot of noise from the community to get a change to this.
  15. Weekend breakfast/brunch spots in the Heights have taken a beating. In addition to Downhouse: Soul Taco/Throughgood Coffee Revival Market Golden Bagels Morning Star Angela's Oven (down to just Saturday morning)
  16. Could be. With respect to the Nicholson crossing, the story from the city was that it would be too close to the Shep intersection for state road design standards. But if there was a fatality, that would allow the city to bypass those requirements. That is how we got the pedestrian crossing on Shep at 10th. A woman got hit and killed trying to help someone in a wheel chair cross Shep.
  17. This has been a longstanding issue that many in Woodland Heights, Norhill and Heights proper have been trying to get the City to help with. The best they were able to get were pedestrian islands at a few spots along Studewood. The City pretty much takes the position that they will not put in a protected pedestrian crossing like the one on Yale unless there is a pedestrian fatality.
  18. When it was downtown, you could feel the building shake when the cars went by. When I lived in Cleveland, OH in the 90s, they also had a grand prix that got all the top Indy drivers. Both races faded out around the same time in the mid 2000s. I think the shift in popularity from Indy/Formula 1 racing to NASCAR was a big factor.
  19. s3mh

    1223 W. 11th St.

    Is it me or does the chicken look like one of the Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot?
  20. Today it seems absurd to even put a finger in the bayou, but in Houston's early days the bayous were the centers of recreation in the Heights. Highland Park (now Woodland Park) dammed Little White Oak Bayou to make a lake for boating and had an artesian well that pumped out 75,000 gallons of water a day. The lake was stocked with bass and trout from fisheries in San Marcos. Combs Park had a natatorium just off of White Oak Bayou (about where the Heights Mediation Center and the storage facility is east of Heights Blvd on the feeder). One of the theories on the naming of Buffalo Bayou is that it was named after the abundant Buffalo Fish that could be seen in the water. Buffalo Bayou used to be spring fed before Houstonians drained out the aquifers for drinking water and poured tons of fertilizer and dog poo onto their yards to drain into the bayous. So, the water was actually clear. (the other theory is that buffalo were seen roaming along the bayou on their way down to the coastal prairies). And when James Audubon came through Houston, he saw dozens of ivory billed woodpeckers along the bayous.
  21. I wonder how they are going to manage capacity. This place is going to be packed on weekends. Houston is actually a pretty lousy city for little kids. There are a few museums and a few trampoline parks and that is about it for indoor activities. So, I would imagine that once word gets out on all the mommy facebook groups about this place, it will be wall to wall kids.
  22. New grab and go concept from the chef who used to run Azzarelli's (more accurately the reincarnation of his grandfather's restaurant by the same name). It is what is going in the new building at 4606 N. Main St., one door north of Tampico. Sign went up recently and looks like they will be opening soon. Not sure whether there will be dine in there will be. Website only talks about grab and go. Nice looking building, though. https://www.triolaskitchen.com/
  23. This implies that there was something wrong with the original look of the craftsman architecture and design of the original housing stock in the Heights. That is what is so aggravating about the Modern Victorian Farmhouse fad. It is that it is a fad and in 5-10 years, everyone will be painting their houses and changing trim and interior design to meet the next fad fed to you via HGTV.
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