Make that 55 days that the prank poster installed by UH student Jevh Maravilla and a group of accomplices has been hanging in the Shadow Creek Ranch McDonald’s. And there’ll be plenty more time to see it: An unidentified McDonald’s representative tells Eater Houston that the store atÂ 2815 Business Center Dr. has no plans to take it down, noting however that renovations are planned in the future.
Maravilla (right) took the photo of him and his friend Christian Toledo (left) at the Westside Event Center — just a mile away on the opposite side of 288. He then added graphic elements to mimic the other wall art in the store and ordered a print through Office Depot’sÂ online service. Clad in a McDonald’s employee shirt he picked up for $7 at a nearby thrift store — along with a tie, clip-on walkie-talkie, and fake nametag dubbing him a “Regional Interior Coordinator” — Maravilla entered the store and hung the poster with the help of a few more friends.
He describes the undercover op beginning at the one-minute mark in this video:
The city of Pearland’s Odor Task Force is hosting a meeting on February 8th to give some updates onÂ the sagaÂ of the Shadow Creek Ranch stench, the Chronicle‘s Margaret Kadifa reports.Â The map above shows industrial sites noted byÂ the TCEQ in the vicinity of the master-planned community during the environmental agency’s long-running search for the source of the odor. Early last summer the come-and-go smell was finally officially linked to emissions from the slowly risingÂ Blue Ridge Landfill,Â which sits across FM 521 from the subdivision, just outside the Pearland border in Fresno, TX. The agency saysÂ that 81 investigations hadÂ been launched in response to more than 1,900 complaints from the neighborhood, as of January 1st; TCEQ started sending enforcement letters to the landfill in October, and a class action lawsuit on behalf of area residents was filed in November.
What could be causing the mysterious unpleasant odor Pearland residents have been reporting through TCEQ complaint channels since August of last yearÂ —Â primarily fromÂ the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision (shown above) between 288 and FM 521 south of Clear Creek?Â TCEQ’s Andrew Keese spoke with the Houston ChronicleÂ recently about theÂ 26Â previousÂ and ongoingÂ investigations, which are triggeredÂ wheneverÂ a finger is pointed at a new possibleÂ emitterÂ of the smell.Â So far, Keese says, no odors have been officially detected that qualify asÂ a ‘nuisance condition’, but heÂ encourages residents to use the TCEQ’s odor log form to help the search effort by describing “the precise character of the odor, [relevant]Â weather conditions, and times”Â when the smell is noted.
Before you ask, yes:Â TCEQ knows about theÂ 60-ft tall moundsÂ of garbageÂ right across FM 521Â from the subdivision, at Republic Waste Service’s Blue Ridge Landfill (visible in the bottom left corner of the above photo as a pinkish blob).Â Â Pearland residents previouslyÂ soughtÂ to keep the landfill from more than doubling in acreage andÂ nearly tripling in heightÂ (and blocking the operation of severalÂ Doppler Radar stationsÂ in the process). The landfill (which started accepting garbageÂ severalÂ years beforeÂ Shadow Creek Ranch’s developers broke ground nearby)Â will eventuallyÂ get toÂ pile as high as the 170 ft.Â allowed by its expanded TCEQ permit — butÂ per a 2009Â settlement agreement with the city of PearlandÂ it willÂ have to wait until 2021Â beforeÂ risingÂ to only 130 ft., and wait another 8 years after that to reach for its full vertical potential.
How’d all this open land find itself around this deep-on-the-lotÂ bungalow-like listing? This 2008 property isÂ far fromÂ the higher density cottage communities in Houston Heights and itsÂ hinterlands.Â Rather, it’s in Pearland’s Colonial Estates, aÂ neighborhood located west of Cabot Cove Lake and south of Magnolia St. TheÂ big-roofed home and just-plain-big garage (above) share an acre and a half fronting a straight-shot countryÂ road.Â Views from the front porch go deep, wide, and high (top). The recent listingÂ asks $348,000.
It “only” took 987 days to sell her Pearland home, Jenny Lawson announces. But did the Bloggess — and now bestselling author — shirk on that “No Zombies — sort of” guarantee she had offered on her single-story David Weekly model in Southern Trails back in 2010 when she first put it on the market? “In the middle of signing all of the paperwork,” she writes, “I mentioned to Victor that we should probably disclose that we buried that-guy-I-couldnâ€™t-remember-the-name-of in our yard years ago and Victor looked at me like Iâ€™d lost my mind. Probably because youâ€™re not supposed to say that in front of realtors. Then Victor told me to be quiet, but I mentioned that weâ€™d probably go to hell for not digging the guy back up. Then Victor explained that I was talking about a saint Iâ€™d buried upside down in our front lawn to help sell the house and the realtor looked at us like we were insane because apparently sheâ€™s not Catholic. And technically neither are we, but at the time we were pretty desperate to sell the house and I was willing to bury just about anyone in the yard to stop having to pay two mortgages.”
When Swamplot featured her Pearland home back in June, Bloggess Jenny Lawson was crafty enough to couch within her verbal guarantee that the place harbored NO ZOMBIES the hint that she just might be able to score some — if, y’know, you were into that sort of thing. And now, almost 2 months later? Score! Quietly last week, someone slashed the asking price on the sallow, undead 3-bedroom suburban special by another $10K. Lawson and family since escaped to friendlier digs, but the old and now empty home in Southern Trails limps on at $199,000, $20K down from its original price. Can’t someone stop the bleeding!!!?
Jenny Lawson, known to her thousands of devoted blog and Twitter followers as the Bloggess, tells Swamplot her home in Southern Trails is “pretty and airy and there are NO ZOMBIES around. Unless you’re into zombies.”
And if we are? “Then I can get you zombies. Probably.” This is in Pearland, right?
Oh, but the place looks so . . . normal? Maybe that’s because the Kitchen shamwow comforter insulation pictured above — installed late last month to absorb any suds that might emerge from a laundry-detergent-fortified dishwasher — is missing from the listing photos. The listing does include, however, this family Castle-Study Area:
You saw the video. Now comes the detail: OffCite has more on recent Rice University architecture grad Lysle Oliveros’s proposal for turning that putrid pile of garbage next door to Shadow Creek Ranch into an exciting outdoor playplace! The fun comes in 3 phases.
In phase 1, trash haulers would start a new pile with each year’s take, completing a mound every 12 months:
Each monument compared to the next would create an awareness of the massive amount of disposed consumer goods. For example, the 2008 â€œindexâ€ created by Hurricane Ike debris would have been 400 feet tall.
Too bad about the City of Pearland’s recent agreement with Republic Services limiting those piles to a mere 130 ft. Oh, well — just wait until 2029!