Category Archives: sprawl

Fear and Loathing and Buses in the Suburbs

Spring Happenings is an online journal for folks living in that little slice of heaven north of the beltway between Hwy 249 and I-45. And to keep it heavenly, Spring Happening’s president, Zach Karrenbrock is urging readers to attend a community … Continue reading

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The Transitive Property of Politics

You may recall from elementary school the transitive property of equality: If a = b, and b = c, then a = c. This works in math. This almost never works in life. As in: If Amy likes Bill, and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Ainbinder, WalMart, Houston, and the 380

One controversial part of the proposed Ainbinder-WalMart development is the 380. The 380 calls for the developer to pay for infrastructure improvements, but then provides a reimbursement from the city to the developer based on sales tax revenue. As Mayor … Continue reading

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Bottom Line – Zoning

Just got back from the WalMart/Ainbinder/City of Houston meeting at the George R. Brown. A few quick observations: First, hearty congratulations to Mayor Parker for managing the meeting as well as she did. Second, and I hate to say it, … Continue reading

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