- Camden Property Trust’s Paused Downtown Houston Apartment Tower Receives Building Permits [HBJ]
- Amazon’s Warehouse Expansion Driving Up Industrial Land Prices [HBJ ($)]
- New York Investor Acquires Nearly 122,000 SF of Industrial Properties Near the Port of Houston [Houston Chronicle]
- FanReact Building New Esports Arena in Houston [HBJ ($)]
- Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille To Expand to Inside the Loop with River Oaks Shopping District Location [HBJ]
- New Orleans Hot Dog Chain Dat Dog Opening First Houston Location Near Rice University This Summer [Eater Houston]
- Harris County Commissioners Court Slated To Vote Today on Buyout of 39 Flood-Prone Homes [Houston Chronicle]
- How a Starbucks Near Brays Bayou Withstood Harvey Flooding [Texas Architect Magazine]
- Flooded Kingwood H-E-B Flooded To Reopen This Month [HBJ]
- Video: How Post-Harvey Pollution Hurt Houston’s Latino Communities [YouTube; more info on filmmaker]
- Independence Heights Included on Redfin List of Neighborhoods That ‘Have It All’ [Houston Chronicle]
- See How Houston ISD and Other Districts Segregate or Integrate Students Through School Zoning [Vox]
Photo of Mariott Marquis terrace and beyond: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool
Re Watertight Starbucks:
That’s cool, but if the water topped the 2′ 8″ barrier it would have sat there in its watertight tub until someone emptied it. Instead of being watertight, I think the better solution will be to tolerate water. Use materials that aren’t damaged when submerged. Let the water in, then let the water out.
A couple things the Vox piece doesn’t address.
First, people can and do select where they live based on schools. The difference between putting money toward private school and putting it toward a mortgage payment comes to about $150,000 worth of house per kid, so houses zoned to the best schools get bid up. To the extent there are racial disparities in income, those disparities will manifest themselves in school attendance maps as well. Adjusting the maps is a static solution to a dynamic problem (i.e. new families will buy based on the new districts, not the old ones).
Second, it seems that the racial makeup of the elementary schools is based on overall data of the zoned area, not of children who actually attend the school. Due to demographic differences between races (age, household size, etc.), and due to the fact that HISD has a pretty broad school choice program, there can be a big difference between the two numbers. The school my kid goes to is listed as 29% black/latino, whereas the actual attendance is 51%. River Oaks Elementary, one of the whitest districts on the map, is listed as 8% minority, but HISD gives the numbers as 32% minority (plus another 27% Asian, who apparently aren’t a minority).
Independence Heights does have it all. Including my lawn mower, bicycle, items from my glove compartment, and just about everything else that’s vanished from my driveway over the years.
Thanks Toby! First hard laugh since I got the flu.
I agree with Angostura – the comment about static solution vs dynamic problem captures it well. Particularly in suburban areas (but also in selected locations in the urban core), the single family housing market itself becomes inextricably tied to perceived and actual school demographics. Over time, people sort their own residential locations based on school zone boundaries – if you change the boundaries, you ultimately change the residential racial / class patterns as well. And for what it’s worth, in the Houston area at least, the perceived income levels of students are equally or more important than race / ethnicity in this decisionmaking – our region (including most of the suburbs) are just too ethnically diverse to assure white folks of an all-white classroom except for an increasingly limited number of locations, so seeking that becomes fairly quixotic.
That said, I’m glad that I’m starting to see the academicians and policy analysts finally start to understand this, even in a limited way – they really seemed blind to it for a long time.
I’m zoned to Poe, but if I had kids, they wouldn’t go there. I don’t think much of HISD. Lamar is a war zone (my best friend is a teacher there) and its one of the better schools in HISD. Pitiful. It’s infuriating to pay taxes for bad schools made up of people that don’t actually live in your neighborhood.