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- Houston Developments Going As Fast As They’re Built [GlobeSt.com]
- Washington Ave.’s New Parking District Takes Effect May 1 [The Highwayman]
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- Texting While Driving Ban Advances in Texas House [Houston Chronicle]
- Citing Boston Bombing, Houston Officials Want To Expand City’s Surveillance Camera System [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Drought Update Shows Slight Improvement for Houston [Click2Houston]
- City Sells Off Center St. Recycling Facility for Revenue, Seeking Alternative Site [The Leader]
- City Council Decriminalizes Trash Diving in Public Garbage Cans [abc13; previously on Swamplot]
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Photo of Capital One Plaza: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool
So the city is selling the recycling center on Center St. to raise revenue, and may do the same to the one off Westpark, yet we have money to give the developer of the new Marriott convention center hotel.
Re: Washington Avenue Permit Parking
So, let me get this straight. I am eligible to purchase an annual permit for $27/year which would allow me to park in a permit parking zone, the closest of which is more than 5 blocks away from my home, or I can pay by the hour to park in front of my own house? This reeks of a money-making scheme, not of a way to improve the parking conditions for the surrounding businesses and neighbors. Why am I not surprised?
Let me get this straight… They’re closing the Center St recycling center because it’s too close to a residential area… WHICH CAME INTO EXISTENCE AFTER THE RECYCLING CENTER? That makes no sense.
Secondly, this seems to be in direct conflict with the city’s mission to expand recycling efforts. All this will do will tempt more people into simply trashing their recyclables in the absense of full-service curbside recycling (glass, etc)
They say they sold it for revenue, not because it was too close to residential.
They tried to move it to a residential street but were blocked by citizens. This was several years ago.
I want to know the price per square foot they sold it for.
So, let me get this straight. I am eligible to purchase an annual permit for $27/year which would allow me to park in a permit parking zone, the closest of which is more than 5 blocks away from my home, or I can pay by the hour to park in front of my own house?
I think the permits are for parking in front or near your house (if you happen to live on one of the side streets in the parking district). I’m not sure why you think you would have to park 5 blocks away.
j, you have it right. When the Center St. recycling shuts down I guess I’ll be trashing my recyclables – my neighborhood does not have the bins and I’m not committed enough to across town to drop off recycling. Too bad.
Great, I guess I will just throw my glass in the f***ing trash then. Great job, COH.
Warning related to parking –
I woke up to a $40 ticket this morning for parking 10′ from a “crosswalk” in front of my Montrose condo. I am complaining that my vehicle was ticketed out of the dozens of others I see parked like this daily (see every intersection around the Westheimer/Dunlavy area), but also acknowledging and warning that 20′ from a “crosswalk” is, as I am now aware, the law.
COH must be hurting for cash with the new Washington parking permits and parking enforcement cars I see driving around Montrose/Shephard/Washington area all the time now.
“Permits will be required to park in the designated PBD permit areas beginning May 1, 2013. The times for permit parking are Thursday – Sunday, 6pm – 2am. A list of the permit parking areas is included at the link below (.pdf).”
This map (http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/washingtonavenue/boundary.pdf) shows the permit parking (“PBD permit areas”) as yellow lines. The closest one to my house is 5 blocks away.
Are they going to try to fund the One Bin for All thing with the money from the sale of these facilities?
Um…I have to ask, Lurker…you live in a home with no designated parking? Street parking is all you’ve got? That’s a real bummer. I don’t know if I’d blame the city for this problem, but I will submit that residents ought to catch a break on permits and parking regulations.
I live in Montrose and it’s not like the center st. recycling center was super close, but I’d still go there all the time to try to save all our cardboard and other items from the dumpster.
Guess where they’re going now.