Houston’s Only Frank Lloyd Wright House for Less; Mapping the Region’s Toxic Hot Spots


Photo of demolition at 315 Goldenrod St.: Marc Longoria via Swamplot Flickr Pool


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  • So how does that EPA map work? I mean, I figured out how to overlay layers, but it doesn’t appear to be very accurate.
    If you overlay ‘traffic proximity’ for instance, the galleria area (up and down 610 corridor between 59 and i10) is completely devoid of any issues related to being around traffic proximity and volume.
    That’s pretty far from the mark.

  • The EPA map fuels misinformation about the real risks of regulated entities. Unless you have a lot of experience with federal environmental rules, you will not know how to correctly interpret the data. You could sure scare a lot of ignorant people with it, though.

    Most of the data sets do not at all correlate to actual risk to human health. Areas (like the Galleria) with lots of offices, pavement and traffic, appear pristine. Meanwhile, rather clean industrial or service company sites appear horrifyingly “toxic” because they have to have a storm water permit due to their SIC code, or have drums of paint waste that are not an imminent spill threat, but nonetheless trigger hazwaste rules, etc. Not all dots on the map are equally “toxic.”

  • That looks like Komatsu Heaven. Nice open green pastures and a delicious little Bungalow to snack on.

  • Sounds like a continuation of EPA’s transition from a regulator to an advocate against industry.