Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made a tour of our area last Sunday, visiting a shuttered hospital in Shady Acres and then making stops at the H-E-B grocery store in the Heights as well as the Kroger on West 43rd Street. At the latter two stops, Turner walked the stores with executives for each company, surveyed their stock and took stock of their social distancing practices. We know this because Turner posted photos of himself on Twitter as well as a short video with Joe Kelley, the president of Kroger’s Houston division, in which they thanked the store’s employees for being on the front line of the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some who responded to the Twitter posts thanked Turner for visiting the neighborhood and showing his support for the grocery stores, which are … [Read more...] about Are supermarkets safe places to shop?
It’s all about local at The Leader, which strives to provide community news that no one else can. National media outlets don’t bother to report on issues involving area homeowners associations, happenings at schools in Northwest Houston or the latest shopping center to take shape. In turn, we generally don’t concern ourselves with things that happen outside of the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest or other nearby neighborhoods. Last week, though, we took a step out of our wheelhouse and delved into national politics – specifically the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But we still kept it local, going to a polling place in the area to seek out perspectives of voters from the community. Our community has proven to lean decidedly to the left, with Democrats holding … [Read more...] about Give journalists vote of confidence during elections
As Rodney Ellis said during a November meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, elections have consequences. So do the decisions made by Ellis, the commissioner for Precinct 1, and his four colleagues on the court. And a course of action they’re considering would have unwanted consequences for a large group of homeowners near the site of the former Pinemont Park & Ride location just east of U.S. 290. When METRO was in the process of selling the spacious property to the Houston Housing Authority in 2015, those homeowners spoke up and successfully lobbied Harris County to buy it instead. Residents in nearby neighborhoods such as Pinemont Park, Forest West and Forest Pines did not want to live next to another apartment complex – there already are three in the vicinity – … [Read more...] about Fate of Pinemont Park & Ride property up in air
It hit me as soon as I stepped outside, like a big plume of smoke, except I couldn’t see it. The Houston sky looked about like it always had when I returned from a two-week trip to France, but the feel and smell of it felt foreign. The air was heavy and sticky and reeked of oil and gas, which made me want to get right back on the plane and go far away again. I was home, though, and the air was no different than it had been before I left. It just took an extended stay on another part of the planet – a far less polluted part – to make me realize how bad it was. And that was in 1992. Nearly 30 years later, the Space City has made some improvements in terms of its air quality. According to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, Houston had far more … [Read more...] about Air quality should be growing concern for city
Ten days into fatherhood, I considered myself an expert. I had properly installed a car seat multiple times by then and learned how to change a diaper, prepare a bottle and coax my kid to stop crying. My parental knowledge had become quite nuanced, too, because I knew that switching diaper brands would likely result in a rash. So when a nurse offered me a Pampers diaper after weighing buck-naked Pablo Zuvanich in the hallway of a doctor’s office last Friday, I was ready to skirt disaster. I told her my son was a Huggies man, and we had brought some of those in our backpack, so I would carry him back to the examination room and change him there. As it turned out, though, I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did. Because next thing I knew, there was a brownish, liquid-like … [Read more...] about Minding my pees and poos has never been so cool