Houston Rent and Healthcare Construction by the Numbers; Heights Alcohol Sales Ban Headed for the Ballot


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  • “I like a store that doesn’t sell liquor,” she said. “Because you know there’s always people out here, like homeless people, waiting to get money just to go back in there to buy beer and go stand in front of the stores.”
    HAHAHAHA. Yes, this is the problem with all the other nice grocery stores in Houston – too many homeless standing outside. All I can do is laugh. I have never seen such a level of self-importance and elitism from such a mediocre neighborhood as the Heights. If I didn’t have a rental property just outside the dry zone limits, I would really root for this proposition to fail.

  • Re: Nan & Co. Founder Says “As Much As Half” of Its Listings “Are Sold Before They Hit HAR.com”

    Can anyone explain why people would be willing to accept an offer before their property hits HAR? Even if they get their asking price without taking the listing public, they could probably have gotten even more if it was seen by a larger pool of buyers.

  • Liberals in the Galleria 3 years ago “We need to help low income families get a leg up in this environment with better schools and better opportunities”
    Liberals in the galleria today “Not in my backyard”

  • Not to get political on here, but I still think it’s funny that the The Heights which is probably made up of 90% forward thinking, open minded, progressives, is opposed to alcohol sales. Seems backwards to me.

  • Great pic up top!

  • @Tacotruck, it’s simple, and quite corrupt, those sales generally happen within the same realty, which means the firm gets to keep both sides of the 6% commission. Realtors always try to hawk their listing to in house co-conspirators.

  • @MC, prolly cuz the heights residents have enough money/insurance to support the previously alluded to 4th ward dealers and quasi-legal pill mills and don’t need liquor stores nearby. Both liberals/conservatives hold lower income residents in equal contempt.

  • @MrClean. Liberals?? Are you delusional? Tanglewood and the immediate neighborhoods around it are mainly conservative and have been for a very long time.

  • Isn’t the area in question already hit and miss for Wet vs dry area. Has there been a rash of homeless drunks getting a $12 glass of wine , $6 pint of beer and $15 burger, $5 scoop of ice cream and $ 5 coffee at the Heights new restaurants and bars ? Most people we’ve met drive to HEB on Katy because they complain about Kroger.

  • @joel, afer reading your insightful comment I had to reply to clarify. As a Heights resident I support the alcohol ban reversal cuz the 4th ward dealers and quasi-legal pill mills I frequent (while holding my lower income neighbors in contempt) do not have the wines and ales I prefer.

  • The Heights gets more than its share of homeless and petty thieves moving through the neighborhood. Allowing beer and wine sales would let a few convenience stores be able to sell beer and wine. Given the choice between living near a convenience store that sells beer and wine and one that does not, most reasonable people would prefer one that does not especially considering that Texas allows the sale of single servings of beer and wine. In no zoning Houston, every little thing that can help with the quality of life in your neighborhood is worth holding on to. And it is not being elitist or snobby to want your neighborhood to be as nice as it can be in a city where developers routinely take a big hot steaming dump on people just to make a quick buck.

  • Pick up your Thunderbird and Mad Dog 20-20 at Sunny’s, 15th & Heights, and any other commercial retailer that is located on one of major arteries.

  • Exactly, because old folks and families should be able to tell everyone living in their growing diverse neighborhood what is and isn’t reasonable / acceptable.
    District 134. Look it up on a map, the only thing people in this district will ever be concerned about is lowering property taxes and it will always be a R stronghold.

  • Old School:
    There are no homeless or transients regularly hanging around convenience stores outside of the dry zone within the Heights. Take the store at Beauchamp and Bayland for example. I can’t say never BUT I’ve never seen it. The biggest quality of life issue impacted is your proximity to a good grocery store and that is actually a big one.

  • If half of all home sales do not appear on HAR’s radar, then there should no more posts or comments on Houston home sales. To paraphrase the immortal words of Efraim Racker: ‘do not waste clean thoughts on dirty data’. And what about all this office lease data people are obsessing about? Is that all garbage too?

  • @Protagoras: The Heights is getting a Whole Foods 365, has the largest Kroger ever, is less than 2 miles from Sprouts, Whole Foods, and another Kroger. HEB had plenty of chances to get into the neighborhood outside the dry zone, but has stood fast to arbitrary square footage and lot size standards that it does not even follow in San Antonio. I see no reason to do them a favor that will result in better access to booze for the homeless and transients who frequent Yale St. and Heights Blvd. Repealing the ban would mean that Death Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and the convenience store on W 14th would all sell beer and wine. There are regularly homeless people camping out in the alley behind the thrift shops on 19th. I see no need to give them easy access to booze just so HEB can move into the neighborhood. They had their chance.

  • I hope you enjoy flooding in the heights. HEB will flood you with a smile on their face.

  • @Protagoras: Help me out here. First you mock a person’s reason for not wanting to have beer and wine sales in all parts of The Heights. Then you go on to write that if your rental property was not outside the dry zone, you would root for the proposition to fail. You appear to support the very position of the person you are mocking. Is that truly what you meant?
    Also, thanks for describing the part of town I call home mediocre. Obviously, it’s not too mediocre for you to have a rental home here. Are you related to the Fisher Home builder by any chance?

  • Interesting article about the Heights Dry area election. I thought the City Secretary has to verify the signatures? It is very unlikely. A lot of people who signed do not live in the neighborhood and certainly are not registered to vote there.

  • Homeless folks camping out behind the thrift stores on 19th?

    1.) I imagine those thrift stores are on borrowed time.

    2.) That was probably just me. I’ll tuck my shirt in.