- Houston Building Permits Increased 19% to $6.2B over 12-Month Period Ending in February [Prime Property]
- Houston Home Prices Overvalued by 2%, Finds Trulia Report [Prime Property]
- Kroger Marketplace Planned for Fairfield Master-Planned Community in Cypress [Community Impact Newspaper]
- H-E-B Rumored To Have Plans To Build a Store in Texas City That’s ‘Bigger, Better’ Than the H-E-B Already in Texas City [Galveston County Daily News ($)]
- Midtown Mobile Cuisine Food Truck Park Opens Today on Almeda [Culturemap]
- Spike TV’s ‘Bar Rescue’ Turns Katy Biker Bar Bryant’s Ice House into The Wildcatter Saloon [Houston Chronicle]
- Jose Camarena, Who Built the Taqueria Arandas Chain from Scratch, Is Dead [Houston Chronicle]
- Car-Sharing Network Zipcar Expands in Houston, Will Have 25 Cars at 10 Locations [Houston Business Journal]
- Mayor, Council Member, and Residents at Odds Over Construction of Affordable Apartment Complex in Spring Branch [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Billions of Crazy Ants About To Descend on the Houston Area [Fox News; previously on Swamplot]
- City Can Now Categorize Animals as Nuisance, Aggressive, or Dangerous [Houston Public Media]
- Collecting Drawings of Scuttled Houston Developments [Houston Chronicle]
- The Houston Ship Channel’s Evolution from Bayou to Busy Port [AP]
- Rice Design Alliance’s Spring Home Tour This Weekend Will Feature 8 Residences with Substantial Additions [Culturemap]
Photo of Main St. Square: Jackson Myers via Swamplot Flickr Pool
Regarding the low income housing project in Spring Branch: I respect greatly what the Woman’s Home is trying to do. But why not skip all the drama and just build your project w/o the tax credits. If your project REQUIRES tax credits to make it happen, you have an uphill battle. However, if this is being built by a non profit that has all sorts of donation money, then just build whatever you want wherever you want. This councilwoman nor anyone else could stop someone from doing their own project. It’s when you try to dip into public funds that you open yourself up.
So skip that and just build it yourself the way anyone else would. If you can’t get it done without tax funds, then maybe you should rethink the project.
See also, this story out of Portland about how the bureaucracy involved in govt. supported affordable housing actually leads to higher costs of affordable housing.
Hopefully the new Texas City HEB actually has a public restroom. :-/
About time Zip-car; I’ve been driving those crappy Ford Focus’ and Nissan Sentra’s for too long now.