Home Price Records for Houston; UB Preserv Debuts in Montrose; Fiesta Loma Linda Shutters

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  • I had the depressing realization yesterday when I walked past UB Preserv that the reason Shepherd chose that location instead of one of the vastly-more-attractive vacant spots farther down Westheimer (such as American Apparel’s now-empty former location, or that empty Sojourn storefront) is likely due to off-street parking requirements.
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    The depressing reality is that those vacant storefronts may never find a lasting tenant in today’s difficult retail shopping market. Their best use is restaurants, cafes, or bars, but the totally-insane parking requirements prevent that from happening. The eventual fate of some of these buildings, which are historic and well-designed, may be demolition in favor of surface parking.