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First a Walmart, and now a parking lot? Some Idylwood residents are organizing opposition to a 20- or 30-space parking lot proposed for this site by the Houston Parks Board for the Bayou Greenways Project. The parking lot, presumably meant for users of the hike and bike trail to be built at some point along this stretch of Brays Bayou — which slithers beneath I-45 on its way toward U of H and the Med Center — would replace this sylvan knoll in the bayou-hugging ’hood where N. Macgregor Way curves into Sylvan Rd. But residents have some concerns . . .
You can see, in the photos immediately above, some of the trees already ribboned for destruction. And that’s just one of the concerns expressed to Houston Parks Board member Jen Powis:
A lot will mean the flattening and deforestation of one of the few lush and naturally hilly inner loop residential areas of Houston.
The apartment complex that is at the rear of this area already uses this as an unofficial shortcut for autos and pedestrian traffic. This will be used as an annex parking lot for them, their guests, and their nightly outdoor parties.
Gang activities, fighting, truancy, drug use, dumping of mattresses/tires/cats/dogs are all occurring in this space presently. Paving this areas thus enhancing access will just make all of these illegal activities easier to conduct. Our HPD liaison has cited this area as difficult to police. Cars parked here will have no measure of security.
Here’s that “unofficial shortcut” . . .
. . . which leads up that li’l hill and opens up here:
And, with the bayou and Forest Park Cemetery in the background, evidence of “dumping”:
Brays Bayou looking toward I-45:
- Idylwood Walmart coverage [Swamplot]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Next Stretch of Brays Bayou Hike and Bike, Parks By You’s Feel-Good Campaign To Build More Bayou Parks by You, Enormous Plan To Build Bayou-Side Parks: The Movie
Photos: Allyn West