As a parent, I understand the value of a preemptive strategy. When it came time to sign up my son for the etiquette class I wanted him to take, I just signed him up months ahead of time and then told him about it 12 hours before the first class to keep complaining to a minimum. Was he happy about it? Quite the opposite. Did he have enough time to really dig his heels in and refuse to put on a coat and tie? Negative. But that’s parenting. The variance notification process with Houston's Planning and Development department is something else entirely, but I feel like the process follows some of my same tactics – although as I found out, it’s all perfectly legal. Take the story we published last week about the proposed apartment development that Hines is seeking to build on 34th … [Read more...] about Denson: When following the rules isn’t enough
By Robb Reeves For The Leader My wife didn’t like my shoes and we had to be at an Oak Forest social gathering in 40 minutes. “If you would have told me you didn’t have any shoes, I could have gotten you some today when I was out.” “I have a closet full of shoes,” I said. “You’re not wearing any of those.” So where could we get shoes on the way to this event in 40 minutes? Sears, I thought. I verbalized this where my wife could hear it. “OK,” she said. “I guess they will have some.” Sears was on the way and we were at the door of the 4000 N. Shepherd Sears in five minutes. I hadn’t been in this store in decades. Many years ago my parents took me to the Sears on Shepherd to get school clothes. We lived in the Aldine area then. In the early 1970s, before Greenspoint … [Read more...] about From school clothes to men’s shoes, Sears store has provided
In 2016, Richard Carranza’s comically short tenure as Houston ISD’s superintendent began with a great deal of so-called “listening.” Just prior to Carranza’s selection, trustees held “listening sessions” to hear from constituents about the qualities desired in the district’s next leader. The search consultants ultimately used words like “community-focused,” “financially and politically savvy” and “transparent communicator” to describe the type of person people desired to lead HISD. During the search process, I had asked several trustees when they planned to write a new vision for the district. After all, the current vision document was authored decades ago and prior to the hiring of the last several superintendents. Furthermore, the then-new board, ushered in with the election … [Read more...] about Will HISD finally find a new vision?
By Chris Daigle November 1, 2017: In one night, Houston’s motto throughout this city went from “Go Astros” to “Wow! Just Wow! I grew up here. I watched the Colt 45’s from hard chairs with Pappy and Grandmother as they hoped for what just happened tonight. I watched in the Astrodome as Phil Niekro and Nolan Ryan and Cesar Cedeno took us on a journey that almost got us to what just happened tonight. Back then, we just had to wonder, “What would it be like if the Astros made it all the way to World Champions?” For decades the thought process was, well, that’s a nice dream, but let’s not get our hopes up. So it went, get close, but better luck next year. We always watched another team spray the champagne and have a parade. We finally got our hopes up, and it … [Read more...] about We made it to History
This town needed something to believe in. Something to rally around. And what the Houston Astros have done the last couple of months has done so much for this city beyond what any on-field bragging rights could. As I laid there in the bed of my hotel, temporarily flooded out of my house in Katy (where I’ve lived 30 minutes from downtown my whole life), watching every pitch in this knock-down, drag-out slugfest with two 100-win teams trading blows, I was in shock. I didn’t have words which give justice to it. At 25 years old, I was not around to experience the agony of ’86, and unable to truly grasp how talented the late ‘90s teams that fell short were until recently. The last time this city had a team even reach the precipice, I was in middle school, unable to fully appreciate this … [Read more...] about No matter the World Series result, Astros ‘Earned It’