Comment of the Day: What Happens When Houston Keeps Its Historical Relationships Strictly Professional

COMMENT OF THE DAY: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HOUSTON KEEPS ITS HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIPS STRICTLY PROFESSIONAL Witch Hat, circa December 2013“Houston is a city of practical and economical people. Emotion does not drive the focus of our communities like San Francisco or New Orleans. If it is economical to refurbish an old establishment for modern luxury, Houston will do it. If neighborhoods neglect their historic landmarks for 20 to 30 years and have the institutions fall into disrepair, they will cost the tax payers in a time where our budget is upside down.” [Mr.Clean19, commenting on Until We Forget the Alamo Wasn’t Always Just a Tex-Mex Chain] Photo of melted Witch’s Hat, since restored: Claude B. Anello

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  • It is amazing the mental gymnastics that are necessary to form arguments against preserving a few scraps of lovely historic buildings in a city that has piles of empty land ready for redevelopment. “Neighborhoods neglect their historic landmarks”? So, now it is my fault that a building down the street from me falls into disrepair? Last I checked, Houston has not succumbed to the communists. If I went down the street with a hammer and nails and a bucket of paint to try to do my civic duty, I could be arrested for trespassing.
    And the idea that Houstonians are “economical” in the redevelopment (i.e. demolition) of historic properties is also laughable. In just about every single instance, the cost to resort an existing historic property to have all the modern luxuries is about half the cost of knocking it down and filling the lot with gratuitous square footage. Houstonians are not flushing history down the drain because they are shrewd adherents to miserly Dave Ramsey-esque budgeting. Houstonians are knocking down historic buildings because they are addicted to excess and want to show off their money (or money they hope to have) with giant status symbol houses.

  • @ Old School : Touche !