Monthly Archives: August 2010

Houston is a Buddhist

I’ve got a project that gives me the opportunity, several times each week, to drive past the vacant lot where Astroworld once stood. I’m lucky I haven’t yet had a wreck on the feeder as I gape at the empty … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter Coming to Harris County?

I couldn’t have been the only one thinking it was highly coincidental that the Harris County voting machines were destroyed by fire just a couple of days after Leo Vasquez went after Houston Votes. And clearly, I wasn’t. The story … Continue reading

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Hypothetical Co-Tenants for the Heights Walmart

I don’t want to say it is a done deal, but frankly, after sitting through last week’s meeting, I think the it’s-not-the-Heights-but-we’re-calling-it-Washington-Heights Walmart is going to happen. So, what would mitigate the impact besides nice landscaping and infrastructure improvements to … Continue reading

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Walmart & The City, In Their Own Words

I’ve uploaded photos of the PowerPoint slides from the 8/25/2010 Stop the Heights Walmart community meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This set has the city’s slides, which contain information about the improvements the city can require and … Continue reading

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My Friend The Suffragette

In 1991, during college, I got involved with the Upper Valley League of Women Voters. On an absolutely gorgeous fall Saturday, we were gathering signatures on a petition that had something to do with abortion rights. I’m fairly certain it … Continue reading

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Annise Parker: Mayor, Referee

I’m the kind of person who can still feed badly for someone even if I find his professional practices abhorrent. And I felt badly for Michael Ainbinder last night at the community meeting. Nobody likes to step up in front … Continue reading

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Get My Tinfoil Hat!

Quick! I’m being bombarded with excessive doses of unintentional irony expressed by people who fundamentally do not understand the proper use of quotation marks. I suspect someone (you know who you are) is trying to distract me from the collapse … Continue reading

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