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  1. I know it happens less than my mind tells me it does, but it seems the odds of a thread on the HAIF - Heights page evolving into a discussion about defining what is and is not in the Heights are pretty high. Which reminds me, we STILL do not have our nice new streets signs confirming that the Heights South Historic District, which has clearly defined boundaries, is indeed an historic district.
  2. Duh! And I just looked at their site, and they focus on commercial customers, not residential customers.
  3. HCAD shows the house (438 Heights - not the one on the corner, but the house 2 lots south) being owned by Gabriel Arango, a chiropractor. A search on the address on Google turns up the website (resyes.com) for a company called Real Energy Solutions that is involved in the retail electric business. That could explain the license plates above with references to "Res" (Residential). The house on the corner has changed hands (or at least occupants) several times over the past few years - realty, environmental firm, now lawyers. The "fancy" cars at 438 have been around the whole time, and I ha
  4. Glad to see I am not the only one who gets the "kinda stupid" effect after margaritas from El Tiempo.
  5. Joke of the day. Thanks for the laugh.
  6. That's because all you can see is his ass. Notwithstanding all of the very credible reasons why he is front of you, are you really in such a big hurry that it matters? If it's that big of a deal, you have the ability to limit your time on Nicholson to one block at the most.
  7. I wonder how good of a deal Becks got on that property. HCAD records show the appraisal peaking at 702K in 2009, and dropping to 471K in 2011. My bet is JPMorgan was very anxious to get that parcel out of their hands.
  8. This is an interesting point. I have seen studies that support both sides of this argument. Your position assumes that Sunday liquor sales would increase overall purchases, as opposed to just shifting existing purchases. Also, smaller mom and pop liquor stores tend to like no sales on Sunday - they perceive it as forcing them to incur additional expenses, and if all that happens is the shifting of existing purchases, then they lose. Or worse yet, they argue, some or all of their customers cease to be their customers. My issue with blue laws is more about my fond distaste for the history of
  9. "Love prohibition"? That's a stretch. I enjoy the indirect results of the Heights being dry. Move closer to White Oak. I said it before - Becks knew what they were getting into. I do not see the hypocrisy. I am not supporting a dry area because I do not want people to drink. Now that would be hypocritical. I am not sure where you are going that has the BYOB problem. I have not experienced the same problems you have. I guess we frequent different establishments.
  10. Glad you are amused. I call myself an "atheist that does not want his street to turn into a parking lot." Is that the word(s) you were looking for?
  11. Wow, lot's of good stuff in this thread. First, I love the prohibition. I live close enough to walk to White Oak, but far enough away that my street is way down the list of places to park for those visiting the new bars and restaurants. Second, the thought that the prohibition is putting Kroger on 20th out of business and will do the same to Becks is laughable. Kroger has many more problems with that store than just the inability to sell booze, and Becks is a big boy - they knew what they were getting into. Third, I love BYOB - even with a corkage fee, it is still the cheapest drink in
  12. Not sure what you mean by "cyclists," but I do not see the bike path as a credible option for anything more than a leisurely bike ride. And besides, those cyclists that you are stuck behind have as much of a right as you do to be on the street.
  13. If they come to my house, I sure hope they stick around long enough to meet my two dogs. That's one security system I am pretty certain they will not try to steal!
  14. At White Linen Night, they said end of August
  15. I disagree with the first part of your comment, and agree with the second part. Regarding the first part, this is where I would say the Heights has historical value, but relatively little historic value. (So maybe the realtor's description was correct after all....) Whatever historic value the Heights ever had was a direct result of, and reflected in, the development of the community. Regarding the second part, the reality is that much of that historic value is gone. Granted, there are a few exceptions, but they are not the norm. The City has redefined historic so that a pile of sticks a
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