- Houston Rents, Occupancy Unchanged from Earlier This Year, Finds RealPage [Houston Chronicle]
- 270-Acre Mesa Business Park Underway in Northeast Houston [Realty News Report]
- New Midtown Developments Will Bring More Than 1,200 Living Units to the Neighborhood [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot]
- Aldi To Open 33rd Houston-Area Store on July 6 in Fulshear [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot]
- Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the Galleria Area Closes for Remodeling [HBJ]
- Galveston’s Lost Bayou Neighborhood Added to Nation’s List of Historic Places [Galveston County Daily News ($)]
- Is a Walkable Houston Possible? [The Urban Edge]
Photo of Jerry’s Artarama: Ruben S. via Swamplot Flickr Pool
Re: Aldi Opening 33rd Area Store
I’m a loyal inner-loop Kroger shopper but I’ve wandered down to my local Aldi, which has been open for at least 6 months now. While sleek and having a smaller selection, I wasn’t wowed by the prices since most staple items are matched or beaten by Kroger.
So, if they are really going to make inroads, price is really the only factor for them – and they better start cutting prices. Otherwise, they may end up shuttered like the Apple Trees, Albertsons, Gerlands, and Auchan of past eras.
Having worked in Midtown for the past 20 years, the change is astounding and some for the better and some not so good. As a college student, I remember endless “for Sale” signs on old homes that sat idle for months! Now as an educator, new homes and apartments are replacing those older homes. The area has become more walk able as well as congested with cars searching for parking spaces on streets that were once free but no more. The really bad in all this is the growing number of homeless individuals setting up tents under the freeway overpasses or hanging out in the newly redeveloped parks. Thus, thankful I only work in the area and not living in such a hodge podge of overly expensive matchbox apartments while trying to find a parking space that is available and free!
Regarding Aldi and price, Aldi is making in-roads by moving into underserved neighborhoods. Whether low income or remote, they fill a niche similar to Dollar General.
Looking at the Fulshear store, the nearest grocery store to Fulshear was near the Grand Parkway or in Brookshire. Aldi will be convenient for those residents.
RE: “Is a Walkable Houston Possible?” The Urban Edge article answers its own question. The answer is yes. Lots and lots of people living in low-income neighborhoods already walk. It can be done and there’s little need for wider sidewalks, landscaping, traffic calming, on-street parking, benches, or any other bells or whistles as a way to induce more walking in those places. Commuters always find a way, and its usually that path of least resistance given their circumstances.
To further elucidate my pedantic brilliance with an undertaking of absurd obviousness: I have taken the verb “walk” and appended a suffix “-able”, each appropriate, to form an adjective, “walkable”, which accurately describes the circumstances in Houston. Houston *is* walkable. The Appalachian Trail is walkable. Railroad tracks are walkable on a conditional basis, that you get off to the side to let trains pass. The oceans and the sky are not walkable, biblical miracles notwithstanding.
People that use this buzzword “walkable” would be advised consider using the words “enjoyable”, “safe”, “comfortable”, or “nice-looking” to describe the infrastructure in question. To describe it inaccurately and imprecisely as a trait which is inherently binary is bad rhetoric, even if it is very well established in urban planning circles.
Re “walkable”: I like to walk late at night and gravitate to the middle of the street over the sidewalk … but, during the day, the binary in your scenario is that the street is intermittently walkable: walkable when deserted, not walkable when a car is coming at you. Or walkable along the curb, until a parked car obstructs.
@Niche – Please chop your words into thirds so we plebs can digest them better.
“To further elucidate my pedantic brilliance with an undertaking of absurd obviousness”