Thanks for your suggestions to TV stations! Just wanted say that we have reporters who cover Harris County Commissioners Court and Houston city council every week. If we cover crime, we try to give our viewers something that they might find useful, like how common the crime is, and what you can do to prevent it. Keep passing on those suggestions to us! AND if you have any story ideas, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Davis, KHOU TV,
10+ years GO Resident
There’s some bad with the area’s delectable good
You nailed the essence (in my view) of the foodie phenomenon in the Heights and environs.
A small mitigating factor that I’ve observed is that some eateries that close do so because the owners satisfied an itch. The establishment, said another way, was the product of a fantasy. Similar fantasies are relocating to live in Europe (Garrison Keilor did it) or operating a B&B. You can pull it off, but reality is cranky.
This column is clipped and in a file beside me. A relative is hyperventilating about opening a restaurant in Galveston. I’ll let your column help him reflect.
Heights homeowners in for a shock
I am a Heights Realtor who has followed this topic for a long time. Working with builders and remodelers in the Heights has given me access to a lot of horror stories about getting plans approved. The vagueness and arbitrariness of the approval process has been the main complaint.
So now, for better or worse, we are about to get written guidelines
I love The Leader, especially its views on local real estate. However, I saw all the accusations about the proposed Historic Guidelines, but no supporting facts. That surprised me since the draft hasn’t been made public.
I am anxious to see these guidelines when they are published on the 12th. I am sure the meeting at the Heights Fire Station on the 20th will be SRO. We should withhold judgement though until the draft is issued.
I have emailed Steph McDougal (project manager for the guidelines) twice in the past. Both times she has responded quickly to my questions. She seems very sharp and dedicated to making workable guidelines.
So, instead of accusations, let’s see what is proposed. This seems like a Herculean task to me and undoubtedly will not be supported by all. But, we have asked for guidelines and we are about to get them.
Much as I was glad to see a spirited defense of the Houston historic preservation ordinance in letters to the editor in the June 9th Leader, I was surprised that no one mentioned the goal of protecting property owners from the consequences of lost permeable land. Building to lot ratios protect the neighborhood’s ability to absorb the frequent deluges that Houston is prone to. New construction which occupies a much greater portion of permeable land than original structures has already contributed to increased flooding in the Heights. The historic ordinance protects property owners from costly damage due to run-off that would no longer have anywhere to go.