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Preservation Perverted - Series of Articles in The Leader


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Its broken....The Leader did its JOB, that is to report news in an unbiased way.  If their facts are wrong, people are going to have the chance to rebut.  That is what news is, that is what it is supposed to be.  Unfortunately, some people, usually those who are very left leaning and support government intrusion in their daily life, think so emotionally on every topic that they are unable to ascertain the difference between reporting, and disagreeing with their personal belief...thus anytime someone disagrees with them, its clearly biased, or political.  For once a news organization did its job!  I for one say good job leader!

 

 

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Its broken....The Leader did its JOB, that is to report news in an unbiased way.  If their facts are wrong, people are going to have the chance to rebut.  That is what news is, that is what it is supposed to be.  Unfortunately, some people, usually those who are very left leaning and support government intrusion in their daily life, think so emotionally on every topic that they are unable to ascertain the difference between reporting, and disagreeing with their personal belief...thus anytime someone disagrees with them, its clearly biased, or political.  For once a news organization did its job!  I for one say good job leader!

 

Yes, we should applaud them, though it's a little weird that they felt it necessary to write a whole article explainig why they were writing the article and how they expected to get a lot of backlash.

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Yes, we should applaud them, though it's a little weird that they felt it necessary to write a whole article explainig why they were writing the article and how they expected to get a lot of backlash.

 

Probably because the front page of the Leader had an advertisement from Boulevard Realty.  That would be like the New York Times doing a piece on how safe deep water drilling is with a front page advertisement from BP.

 

The reporting was actually not biased, even though the Leader gets tons of advertising dollars from builders and realtors.  It was just bad.  The Leader provided no context to the story.  The Leader did not discuss the rampant demolitions prior to the ordinance or note the hundreds of structures saved from the wrecking ball.  Nor did the Leader note that one of the reasons for accusations of double standards is that many in the community have complained to HAHC that additions were out of scale and needed to be reigned in.  The Leader relied 100% on interviews with the City of Houston for view points in support of the ordinance.  While the City certainly needs to go on the record to discuss what they have been doing, the failure to seek out any other voices that support the ordinance is bad journalism.  The Leader should have spoken to the people at Preservation Houston, Bart Truxillo and others who have frequently stood up in the community as supporters of preservation.  The "legal" reporting is so bad that I won't even bother to discuss it, except to note that the current lawsuit on file in Harris County does not seek to void the ordinance for vagueness.  It has been trimmed down to only challenging the moratorium on demolitions put in place before the amendments and asserts some election code violations, which are probably untimely.

 

 

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yes, just some tiny election code violations, lets just sweep that itsy bitsty insignificant elephant under the rug - translation - you mean the outright fraud that was committed to pass something that did not have the support that they purported to have...that counted votes of public and city land, that did not allow landowners with multiple properties, multiple votes, unless of course it was the city.....I wont comment on whether or not its timely b/c frankly I dont know and have not researched it - but the election code violations are, in my opinion, the most egregious and dishonest of all of the things that took place.

 

But, of course, it does not matter, what I think - it will all come to a trial that will determine the legality anyway.

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yes, just some tiny election code violations, lets just sweep that itsy bitsty insignificant elephant under the rug - translation - you mean the outright fraud that was committed to pass something that did not have the support that they purported to have...that counted votes of public and city land, that did not allow landowners with multiple properties, multiple votes, unless of course it was the city.....I wont comment on whether or not its timely b/c frankly I dont know and have not researched it - but the election code violations are, in my opinion, the most egregious and dishonest of all of the things that took place.

 

But, of course, it does not matter, what I think - it will all come to a trial that will determine the legality anyway.

 

Or the fact that despite stuffing mailboxes with flyers full of crazy talk about the ordinance and putting anti ordinance signs up on properties that were not occupied or on the market, the opponents could not get anywhere close to the 50% needed to de-certify the districts. 

 

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Bastian Builders is trying to re-develop a quarter of a city block containing a 17,000 sqft poultry packing plant at 12th and Rutland in the Heights West Historic District. We have been active renovating and building over 130 homes in the Heights area since 1993. We did the first remodel in Norhill after it became a designated historic district.  Kelly Thomas-Frater was the architect and former member of the HAHC.  We supported what we thought was a historic ordinance to “save the bungalows”. It was sold as such, however it was sold under false pretenses. This ordinance is not about history. It is being applied to preserve the existing stock as is with little consideration given to improvements. Our original concept was to use plans from George Barber (the original architect for the Heights development) and DECREASE the density of lots forming larger homesites. We had a picture of a house 5 blocks away on the same street that was an original Barber home. We thought how cool would it be to model a grand home after one that had been torn down to build.....several bungalows. When we were told by the staff on the planning commission that “you can't recreate history AND it is too big for that street”, I knew our concept was doomed.

 

In the ordinance the words “compatible” and “typical” are interpreted as“average” by the Planning commission staff that make recommendations to the HAHC to either grant approval or not. These weren’t defined in the ordinance and are therefore applied with a great deal of subjectivity. Additionally, the data they collected using unpaid interns to determine what “average” is, contains unacceptable errors and bad assumptions.

 

In order for this ordinance to survive, guidelines and definitions need to be developed by ALL stakeholders, not just city appointees.

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Or the fact that despite stuffing mailboxes with flyers full of crazy talk about the ordinance and putting anti ordinance signs up on properties that were not occupied or on the market, the opponents could not get anywhere close to the 50% needed to de-certify the districts. 

 

 

See, there you go again, making up things that cant be proven or dis-proven.  What we all know to be an absolute fact is that the ballot did not look like a ballot.  It came during Christmas, had to be returned within 15 days...it arrived unmarked, in an every day envelope in the mail, on the same day that an identical envelope came from the mayor's office telling people not to return the envelope...It was not called a ballot, it was called a survey, and only the informed took it seriously....By not returning the ballot you were voting in favor of keeping the ordinance...we have hashed this out...its not even remotely fair.  How not voting for something is supporting it is absurd on every level.

 

If its a fair process, lets take a vote again, I will even fund the printing and the mailing and hire a 3rd party to count the ballots.... - Ill even wager the entire greater heights area...  We will send a "survey" out December 19th requiring return by January 4th.  If you can get 50% of homeowners, excluding city owned property and parks, to opt into the historic districts, we will certify everything between Shephard and Studemont, I-10 and 610 as historic.   If they dont vote to keep the ordinance, then its ALL repealed and gone. 

 

I will sleep well knowing you can't get 50% of anyone to do anything, especially if its done by US mail....Its ridiculous that you think the process was fair, regardless of whether or not you support the ordinance, the process of instituting was wrought with fraud and BS....only a true idiot, I mean a complete and total $%^&*(^$ moron, would think that process is a fair one.

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