HOUSING AUTHORITY: OUR FLOODED CLAYTON HOMES DEVELOPMENT WAS GOING TO BE DEMOLISHED ANYWAY A new statement from the Houston Housing Authority provides a little more background on its decision to demolish 112 of the 296 units at the authority’s Clayton Homes low-income housing neighborhood just east of Hwy 59 at the northern tip of EaDo. The homes were deemed “uninhabitable” after flooding from Hurricane Harvey triggered mold and other health concerns: “HHA decided demolition was the best course of action for the damaged units since the entire property is located on land acquired by eminent domain and will face eventual demolition for TxDOT’s I-45 freeway extension. When the remainder of Clayton units are demolished in a few years, the remaining residents will either be relocated to another public housing unit or receive HCVs.” Housing Choice (formerly Section 8) Vouchers — along with moving assistance and payments — are also being provided to residents of 82 out of the 100 units at another Housing Authority development, Forest Green Townhomes at 8945 Forest Hollow St. in northeast Houston, which the authority today announced had also been rendered unlivable by the storm. [Houston Housing Authority; previously on Swamplot] Photo of pre-Harvey Forest Green Townhomes: Forest Green
Clayton Homes is NOT located at the northern tip of EaDo. It is the far western edge of the East End. Look at the maps of the management districts and Clayton Homes is definitely not in EaDo.
@ Newhomeguy: When the East Downtown Management District formally chose that asininely cliched name as an informal pseudonym for their own, they created something that belonged to the public. The public is confused; that is its inescapable nature. And what that means is that the management district no longer gets to own that moniker. EaDo is whatever and wherever people think it is.
Comments like “Even at peak granite, there were both objectively superior materials” or “The public is confused; that is its inescapable nature” or “EaDo is whatever and wherever people think it is” illustrate how nonsense is still just nonsense, even if ladled out with confidence and condescension.
Keep it coming, Niche.
Yeah, “confused” wasn’t my first choice for that word, but I do try to avoid obscenity except where it seems rhetorically necessary and appropriate to convey a depth of frustration on my part. This situation didn’t call for it.
I stand by my criticisms of human beings, a species of animal that I believe is vast and multifaceted, but willfully ignorant, especially when constructions of social identity and belonging are at issue, which is pretty much always where conspicuous consumption is concerned — and real estate is about as conspicuous as it gets. Having mostly ape DNA, I cannot deny that I myself also belong to that group, but belonging to a group should not exempt it from criticism. That I do so, I must acknowledge, is a key part of my own construct of social identity.
TheNiche is right. Humans are generally uninformed. They’re, for lack of a better word, stupid.
But at the same time, it’s good of NewHomeGuy to try and educate people, help them become informed and not be stupid.
Anyway, at the end of the day:
EaDo is part of the East End.
EaDo is a silly name.
Be safe, and not silly, call anything that’s in the East End the East End. It may be EaDo, or Eastwood, or Country Club Place, but it’s all the East End.