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  1. CrockpotandGravel may have posted something about this but I couldn't find it. Came across this sign at 3229 Navigation for a Mixed Beverage Application.
  2. It looks like they're reintroducing retail at the corner of Rusk and Main: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/docs_pdfs/hahc/Application_Materials/April_MATERIALS/712_Main_Gulf_Building_App_Materials.pdf
  3. Anyone know what the addition to the top of the building is?
  4. Anyone seen what renovations are going on at St Thomas High School, Vaughn is the GC. Couldn't find topic, merge if necessary.
  5. Does anyone have any idea what is going on at 319 St. Emanuel? Looks like an industrial warehouse is being renovated. I have not been able to take any pictures, but this is a screenshot of the warehouse from google maps:
  6. http://www.avalondiner.com/riveroaks.html http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/where...valondiner.html://http://www.avalondiner.com/riveroak...ndiner.html ://http://www.avalondiner.com/riveroak...diner.html Announced on radio this morning. Real bummer for long time Houstonians and everyone really.
  7. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/LULAC-kicks-off-fundraising-to-restore-16056142.php#photo-20792148 While the Astrodome sits empty, help is coming to Houston's other 'National Treasure' Olivia P. Tallet, Staff writer March 26, 2021Updated: March 26, 2021 1:47 p.m. There are only two places in Houston declared “National Treasures” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. One is the Astrodome, regarded as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1965. The other is a small, unpretentious stucco house near downtown that passersby hardly notice. The curious, however, would spot a plaque in front of the white, two-story building where the Texas Historical Commission marked its prominence. It is the home of the historic League of United Latin American Citizens’ Council 60 Clubhouse, the epicenter of many significant achievements of the Latino civil rights movement of the last century. Some historians have noted the clubhouse was where the actual Latino political power began to show. Unlike any other Hispanic organizations in contemporary history, the LULAC clubhouse attracted national leaders, including President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Almost a decade since Council 60 stopped using the clubhouse due to unsafe conditions of the building structure, a renewed LULAC leadership is kicking off a $500,000 fundraising campaign to renovate the historic site and reactivate the clubhouse with a wider community and exhibition value. “We want people to know this LULAC Clubhouse that serves as an icon of the Mexican American civil rights movement,” said Ray Valdez, chair of C 60 Inc., a nonprofit established to restore the building. “We want to preserve it and renew its use so that people can come by and be proud of all that Latinos have accomplished.” The fundraising campaign includes the creation of a GoFundMe.com account called “LULAC Clubhouse.” But they plan to escalate it after finishing a significant phase of the construction project at the end of this month. Construction work — part of an emergency stabilization plan needed after the house was severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey — is being finished, Valdez said. This phase included structural, foundational and roof repairs, as well as the restoration of exterior walls. Some areas required special treatment to meet Department of the Interior guidelines for historic rehabilitation. One of them was the chimney, which was taken down brick by brick, cataloged and reassembled to the original specifications of the house as it was built in 1942. Now, the goal is to raise $500,000 for the next construction phase to finish the project. The campaign is a “tiered crowdfunding initiative to thoughtfully engage individuals across the city, state and country to contribute to the restoration of the historic” place, said Jesús Dávila, project director for the online capital campaign and member of the organization. The fundraising campaign will include online engagement initiatives and opportunities for people to donate by shopping through corporate charity programs such as Amazon Smile. Organizers said they hope to attract some large financial contributions. But the goal is to also gather thousands of smaller donations to reflect the spirit of community and advocacy that has marked the clubhouse since its inception, said Dávila, who is the founder of Landing Advisors, a management consulting firm. The building’s importance is associated with the relevance of Council 60 as one of the most consequential chapters of LULAC in Texas during the civil rights movement. But it also has its own merits from an historic point of view, said Gene Preuss, an associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown and member of the C 60 Inc Board. LULAC is the oldest and, for periods, the largest active national Hispanic organization. It was founded on Feb. 17, 1929, in Corpus Christi, largely by World War I veterans disenfranchised by segregation and racial discrimination against Mexican Americans, said Cynthia Orozco, a historian at Eastern New Mexico University and author of several books on Mexican American history. The organization solidified by creating councils in neighborhoods across Texas and other states. Council 60, active since the mid-1930s, initiated numerous court cases against discrimination, said Preuss. One of the most notorious was Delgado v. Bastrop in 1948, “the first Texas case since the 1930s to rule against public school segregation of Mexican American students,” Preuss said. Other landmark litigation was Hernandez v. the State of Texas in 1954, the first case won by a Mexican American legal team in the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling said people of Mexican descent couldn’t be discriminated against in jury selections and created a precedent in striking down overall discrimination based on ethnicity and class. A year later, Council 60 board members bought the stucco house on Bagby Street, becoming the first time a LULAC council in the United States was able to own a building for its operations, Preuss said. It continues to be the only clubhouse owned by a chapter of the organization in the country, said Valdez. Besides working on the LULAC national platform on voters’ participation, justice equality, education and healthcare access for veterans, the clubhouse was the hub for the creation of significant programs. It was there where members organized the Little Schools of the 400, the first bilingual education program adopted by the state of Texas to prepare Spanish-speaking kids with language abilities before entering the school, Preuss said. It later became the basis for a larger state-sponsored program in Texas and for President Johnson’s Head Start project for disadvantaged children, according to Oxford Academic’s Journal of American History. The council also created the SER Jobs program, still active with a large platform in the Gulf Coast that trains and places around 4,000 job seekers per year from low-income backgrounds, according to its website. LULAC members said restoring the clubhouse is part of a wider effort to promote the barely known history of the Latino civil rights movement arising from Texas. Most of what is known or taught in schools nationwide is related to farm workers’ struggles in California. During the last decade, people like David Contreras, the LULAC Texas State Historian, have researched and found numerous valuable documents about the organization scattered in several archives. He put together a website with many previously unpublished documents and videos related to the JFK visit to the annual LULAC gala hosted by Council 60 at the Rice Hotel in Houston the night before he was assassinated in Dallas. He visited with his wife, Jackie Kennedy, who spoke to the party in fluent Spanish, as well as then Vice President Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The first floor of the clubhouse will have the renovated bar where LULAC members used to strategize political moves and meet with influential visitors over a drink. “We will not sell alcohol these days, of course,” said Valdez. But they plan to offer beverages and sandwiches to keep the community spirit flowing. Rooms on the second floor will be open for use by other organizations that share similar community interests in the city. Dávila thinks that now with the COVID pandemic beginning to recede, it’s a good time to launch an effort to collect small donations with a common purpose. “It’s been a full year where we have been separated and broken apart,” said Dávila. “In contrast and maybe in defiance of this reality, it’s a powerful metaphor to rebuild a historic place of community through collective generosity.” olivia.tallet@chron.com
  8. 723 Main Street to become an AC Hotel by Marriott. The building is catty corner to the JW Marriott. http://www.downtowntirz.com/downtownhouston/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06142016-JOINT-BOD-MEETING-AGENDA.pdf
  9. Finally, someone is reusing this building. This entire corner of Westheimer and Mulberry has been dead for some time. This is that building with the famous multi-colored art wall with the dripping paint that every girl has to take an instagram photo in front of haha. The main tenant looks to be a niche thrift store called "Out of the Closet". Apparently there will also be offices for a Pharmacy and some kind of Healthcare foundation. Biscuit is on the wall, so are they involved? Is this there project? @CrockpotandGravel Anyway you would be able to fix this mess of uses? haha A lot seems to be going on here. Here are some images:
  10. Blue Triangle Multicultural Association and Community Center What we know about the Blue Triangle renovations ahead On Tuesday, the state of Qatar announced it was providing the Blue Triangle Multicultural Association and Community Center with a grant for $4,988,123. The money is part of Qatar's $30 million Harvey Fund that has provided monies for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the aftermath of the 2017 storm. This video walk through looks similar to the pictures shared.
  11. What can we do to improve our parks system? What parks would you say could use renovations, and how would you like for them to be renovated? Where do you see the potential or need for new parks? i think improving our parks system, paired with a green roof initiative could really change a lot of peoples perceptions about Houston from being a dirty polluted oil dominated city, to an environmentally friendly, beautiful green city. Here are a few stats for why I think we could stand to work on our parks system. "In seven of the nation's largest cities, nine out of 10 residents live within a one-half mile walk to a park, according to the report. The seven are New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C." only 45% of Houstons residents (or half the percentage of the 7 cities listed above) live within walking distance of a park.. thats over 1.2 million people who cannot walk to a park in this city. (the average of the 40 largest cities in the US was 68%.. the highest was San Francisco at a whopping 98% of its population) Houston spends $40 per resident on its parks system a year. less than half of the national average ($82). compared to the highest spender (Washington D.C.), who spends $397 a year per resident on its parks, we spend almost 10 times less on our parks. We didnt even make the top 10 in any of these "snapshots", covering baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, swimming pools, skate parks, rec centers/senior centers, and dog parks. http://www.tpl.org/sites/default/files/cloud.tpl.org/pubs/ccpe-cityparkfacts-2012.pdf
  12. Noticed banners up for "The CO-OP HTX" near The Studio HTX / Tout Suite on the corner of Chartres and Commerce. The banner had some form of rendering. Couldn't tell if it is a renovation of an existing warehouse around there or a completely new project. Here is the website: http://www.thecoophtx.co No website says nothing but "coming soon" as of now. Anyone have any additional info? I'll try to post pictures soon.
  13. Noticed the sidewalk was closed with a green construction fence the other day for a renovation of the ground floor space. The upstairs is an Avis at 812 St. Joseph Pkwy. Sorry for the blurry pic. Is this going to be an office or retail?
  14. I live in a house in Eastwood where there are no buried storm drains and sidewalks are intermittent at best. Are there any restrictions against removing the remnants of what was once sidewalk and paving (with brick) the area between my house and the street, which is shallow? I plan to extend the drainage pipe that is currently under my driveway along the length of my property.
  15. The Heights Arts Studios and Gallery has taken over what was previously a grocery store at 129 Aurora St, at the corner of Aurora and Harvard. Just two blocks from their first building, a 9 studio gallery on 27th St., the new building on Aurora houses 20 artist studios. Their first public event is this Saturday, December 8th from 12pm to 6pm, right before Lights in the Heights! Enjoy refreshments and art for days while you take a tour of the facilities...some of the studios include
  16. I know this topic was talked about in another thread (Pavilions, I think), but I don't believe it has it's own thread. Anyways I was in Houston for a wedding last weekend and I was staying at the Four Seasons, so I wandered across the bridge to the shops to check them out. Very pathetic, horrible tenant mix, nobody was there (granted it was a Sat.) but there was definitely A LOT of potential. It was very similar to the Galleria..design wise and obviously on a much smaller scale. I was thinking if they opened it up to the street more and/or the outside in general it would be a very enjoyable experience, as I wandered around I found a newspaper like receptacle that had the Houston Center's "Magazine", anyways it was basically all about the planned renovation. They plan to make it an "Urban Park" inside, in fact they used that term A LOT. They have some of the info. on their website if you want to check it out, but it's much more in-depth in the mag, I'd scan it if I had the technology and the knowledge, unfortunately I have neither. Construction Update
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