Interesting story about recycling glass bottles from restaurants.
[Mark] Austin, 54, is the founder of We CAN Recycle, a Houston nonprofit that picks up empty bottles from local businesses and drops them at a glass recycling plant on the South Loop, where they're sold to Longhorn Glass Corp. and melted to make bottles for Anheuser-Busch. A self-proclaimed old hippie, Austin loves the idea that pricey bottles of wine from Italy and France are transformed into frosty longnecks sweating on Houston bars.
"There's just a huge need for recycled glass in this town," he says.
t's a smelly, dirty job, but he knows there's a need for his service.
The city of Houston's curbside recycling program doesn't pick up glass, though residents can bring glass empties to neighborhood dropoff sites and depositories.
Waste Management will pick up glass from restaurants in roll-off containers, but customers typically have to pay a processing fee and a hauling charge.
Austin's rates are reasonable. The most he charges to cart away bottles is $150 a month, and clients get tax credits for donating the glass.
The massive fire last week that destroyed the warehouse at Gallery Furniture's main location on the North Freeway was intentionally set, an official said today.
Rob Elder, assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in Houston, said the agency determined the fire was arson because all possible accidental causes had been ruled out, including a faulty generator that was initially suspected.
"Someone out there knows what happened that night, and we're going to find them," Elder said in a news conference today. No one has been ruled out as a suspect, said Elder, who declined to reveal details as to how investigators think the blaze began.
I got a chance to get a sneak peek of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at HMNS last week, and it was awesome. I confess, I knew nothing about this beforehand; Tiffany, who has a vivid childhood memory of a National Geographic edition from around the time of their discovery, was much more familiar with them and was greatly excited about getting to see them. I came away very impressed, both with the exhibit itself, which was really well done, and with the idea of this imperial afterlife army, and the sheer amount of manpower it took to create. Amazing how much of what we can still experience from ancient history is a testament to ego and megalomania, isn't it - pyramids, coliseums, etc - isn't it? Anyway, if you're like me and are wondering what the fuss is about, go here and get an idea, then buy some tickets and see for yourself. If you already know about them, well, just go buy the tickets. It's totally worth it.
Like most people in Houston, I was shocked and saddened to hear about this.
As flames ripped through one of Houston's most notable retail icons Thursday night, Gallery Furniture founder Jim McIngvale vowed to rebuild.
But McIngvale, who earned fame with his colorful commercials and self-imposed moniker of Mattress Mack, acknowledged "millions and millions" in dollars of merchandise had been damaged in his flagship store's warehouse.
To his employees he promised, "We won't quit."
This morning he was at his other location at 2411 Post Oak Blvd., which opened earlier this year, preparing to start selling furniture again. True to form, shortly after dawn he was filming a commercial to remind customers of the new Galleria-area location.
McIngvale said it wasn't clear when he could get back into the original location, much less reopen it. In the meantime, he said the store is scouting locations for warehouse space to house several truckloads of furniture on its way.
Travis Elementary is our neighborhood school, where Olivia will be in the fall for kindergarten. They've had a lot of kids absent this week, enough to close the school through Memorial Day.
The number of Travis Elementary School students diagnosed with swine flu has jumped to 12, likely the largest cluster of the new influenza virus in Texas, health officials said today. The school will be closed until May 26, HISD officials said.
Nearly 400 of the Heights-area school's 712 students stayed home sick today, and a steady stream of parents were removing their children from school throughout the day.
It's not known how many children are sick and how many are being kept at home as a precaution. Some youngsters have had symptoms including fevers, headaches and stomachaches.
It's safe to say that UH-Downtown will remain UH-Downtown for at least two more years, since there's no time to get a name change bill through the Lege at this point. The Chron takes a look at how the attempt to change it this year went down the tubes.
One possibility, Houston Metropolitan University, was rejected by faculty as too cheesy. Another, University of South Texas, prompted a letter warning of possible trademark infringement from South Texas College of Law President James Alfini.
Now, it's back to the drawing board. The school is soliciting proposals from companies to suggest new names.
Tune in to KUHT (Houston PBS channel 8) tonight at 7 PM for another edition of Houston Have Your Say. Tonight's topic is the economy, about which I think we can all agree there is much to be said. Ree-C and I will be behind the scenes as usual, posting our observations about the proceedings as well as the occasional 80s TV reference to the Houston Have Your Say blog. Tune in, call in, leave comments - you know the drill. See you tonight!
We can argue and debate all we want about where development should occur, and what responsibilities developers and governments have to protect flood plains and abate flooding and whatnot, but at the end of the day there's a simple truth that needs to be reckoned with.
Flooding of streets and homes probably is unavoidable when rains are as intense as they were last week, said John Jacob, director of Texas A&M University's coastal watershed program.
On the other hand, Jacob said, "The more you pave over stuff, the more flooding we're going to get."
I drive down White Oak every day to take the girls to preschool, so I've been going past a bunch of houses that have signs with "save our bungalow" messages on them, but I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about. Now I know.
Jack Preston Wood isn't sure now if his dream home is compatible with the property he made an offer on last year near the Houston Heights.
What Wood didn't know when he entered a contract to buy the 1929 bungalow at 536 Granberry was that it is located in the recently designated Freeland Historic District.
The small neighborhood off White Oak Drive was platted by some of the developers of what is now the Heights Historic District. But what makes it unique in the city of Houston is that Freeland's original bungalow-style homes are virtually intact; only two of the original 37 have been lost.
Residents in the neighborhood are fighting to keep it that way. When word got out that Wood, a residential designer, wanted to tear down the bungalow, subdivide the lot and build two, four-story homes, neighbors organized a campaign to stop it.
The group spoke against the plans when they reached the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission in March, put out "save our district" signs and have since staged weekly protests at the corner of Granberry and White Oak Drive.
Even though city laws won't stop the redevelopment, Wood said there's no way he'll go through with those plans after speaking with some of the neighbors. But if they aren't amenable to something different, something he would consider compatible with the existing homes, then he may pull out of the deal altogether.
"If we can't find a way to get our dream to fit in there, then we won't close," Wood said.
One, in all of these homeowners-versus-developers stories, there are always a few people who advocate the position that folks like Jack Preston Wood should be free to do whatever they want with their property. The point I would make is that even in no-zoning Houston, we do have limits. It would be illegal for him to build, say, a strip club or a chemical plant there. Plenty of commercial projects get blocked or need to be drastically altered because of numerous regulations covering such mundane things as the number of available parking spaces. It's residential development that's far looser, and that's where these battles often erupt. I don't think it's unreasonable for people to believe there ought to be more restrictions on residential development, in a similar fashion to commercial development.
Second, the character of a neighborhood like the Freeland District has value to its residents. By tearing down a house that fits in with the neighborhood and replacing it with something completely different, some of that value is lost to the other residents. Again, those who would defend the developers in these scenarios often talk about their right to maximize the value of their properties. But how do you compensate those who believe their own values get diminished by that?
Finally, the Freeland Historic District (PDF) abuts the site of the long-controversial Viewpoint development - Granberry, and Frasier one block to its west, both terminate at the north end of the land where Viewpoint would be built, if it ever is. As such, I can't really blame the folks who live there if they feel like they're under siege.
Hermann Park Conservancy on Saturday will formally unveil $14 million in park improvements, including a new miniature train station, dramatically landscaped grounds and a lakeside plaza featuring a restaurant, gift shop and restrooms.
Among other project highlights for the 6-acre tract adjoining the northeastern edge of McGovern Lake, said conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller, were the planting of 300 trees and improvement of a waterway that will drain to Brays Bayou.
Stoller likened the transformation of the area, which abuts parking for the Houston Zoo, to that at downtown's Discovery Green.
"This is even prettier than I imagined," she said.
The station will serve as the focal point of the expanded miniature railroad, whose route was lengthened to nearly two miles and now includes stops at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Texas Medical Center and a transfer point to Metro's light rail system.
How about a little salvage?
White wins one from EPA
What next for Wilshire Village?
Council OKs TIRZ deal for Regent Square
America's Least Wasteful Cities
City scores another SOB victory
Descendants of Olivewood
Stimulus package, Council-style
Good times and bad for museums
We keep on growing
Union Bar reaches resolution with GLBT community
More on the Union Bar
No service for gays
Catastrophic, year 2
Form-based codes come to Dallas
Is there an Ashby highrise lawsuit coming?
Downtown post office for sale
Catch the WAve
Pity the poor Astrodome
Wilshire Village declared a fire hazard
A peek inside Astrodome Studios
Video report from UH-Downtown renaming meeting
Wilshire Village update
District H CIP meeting report
The ongoing UH-Downtown renaming saga
Wilshire Village Apartments
Memorial Park bridge
Time for a Saint Arnold update
How much would you pay for that post office?
Houston Have Your Say 2.0
So much for the wine bar
Who are you calling a knucklehead?
Not so Tolerance Bridge
HIWI presents "Ike: The Book"
UH-Downtown to move ahead with name change
Day Of Service - Call for Action
Non-profit social media
Weingarten, neighbors settle
The bad times are coming
Washington Quiet Zone
No Heights Village
Gray on the latest Weingarten kerfuffle
Saving the water wall
From the "What might have been" files
The University of Something Else
Weingarten's bait and switch
The financial crisis and the Astrodome Hotel
Another UH-Downtown renaming update
Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd
The Ten Ugliest Buildings in Downtown Houston
Putting Houston on the right track
A hippie bohemian setback
RIP, Mac the elephant
Houston versus the AGDs
The urban Costco
Curbside recycling to start again
Still no love for the Ashby highrise
Deadline looming for the hippie bohemian attorneys
Houston Pavilions update
Look out, Fulshear, here we come
Billboards today, AGDs tomorrow
Council still looking at convention center hotel options
The city's plan to cut greenhouse gases
Someday, I hope we have clean air
The Woodlands needs your help!
The Odd Fellow resurgence
UH Downtown renaming update
What about the hippie bohemian attorneys?
More recycling on the way
The greening of Houston
Tres Hombres talk up Houston
Regent Square, coming soon (maybe)
More on the Astrodome movie studio
A peek at neighborhoods of the future
Bringing entertainment to Sugar Land
The tunnels and the ADA
Discovery Green update
How much longer for the Alabama Bookstop?
Why I want more recycling in Houston
Who will buy the Heights Theater?
Harris County keeps on growing
From the "How to tell you spend too much time thinking about politics" files
The Main Street Sears
Texans, Rodeo back off Dome hotel opposition
Mayor White talks recycling
Use it or lose it time for curbside recycling
White Linen Night tonight
Houston gets dinged for non-recycling
No Ashby highrise ordinance coming
Nights in white linen
Homes for the homeless
Density and transit go hand in hand
Bloomberg on Houston
Still more recycling
From the "You're new around here, aren't you?" files
Houston: Hot or not for college grads?
Time to say good-bye to the Kirby trees
The 1960 blues
Mighty big cross you've got there
New Hot Bagel Shop coming
Vandalism at All Saints
A little less blight
One last step for Ashby Highrise
Sarnoff on the Heights Highrise
National Night Out, the local option
More on the Heights highrise
Good news comes in threes
Is there a Heights highrise in the works?
A tale of two headlines: Slow/No slow
Saint Arnold's location update
Building collapse at Rice
Washington Avenue in a nutshell
Regent Square update: Please leave Allen Parkway alone!
The fate of the Dome is in his hands
The Astrodome as movie studio?
Score one for preservation
Update on the new Whole Foods
Bringing the city to the suburbs
Astrodome lease in the works
New Whole Foods coming
Mount Rush Hour revisited
Art Car Museum curator killed in crash
Art Car Museum curator killed in crash
Form and zoning
Score one for the Visitors Bureau
We've got bad air, yes we do!
Attitudes on immigration worsen
Still looking for a few volunteers
Green Market: The first week!!!
Maybe the z-word isn't so dirty after all
Making Montrose walkable
Ashby highrise lawsuit coming?
How bad is Fort Bend's air?
Hilton Americas up for sale
Thumbs up on Day One for Discovery Green
Discovery Green Q&A
Mount Rush Hour
Countdown: Urban parks and organic produce
Discovery Green set to open
A Catastrophic beginning
Lastest Ashby plans nixed
Density and walkability on Montrose and Studemont
Adickes sells his studio
Archstone Memorial Heights gets ready for the wrecker
Minimum lot size ordinance upheld
Ashby developers to move forward as originally planned
Houston, the next great world city
Another look at the new Costco
Memorial Heights update
The Presidential heads in Pearland
More on Archstone Memorial Heights
Once more with the Ashby Highrise
The Beer Can Reopener
News coverage of the West 11th Street Park dedication
The West 11th Street Park grand re-opening ceremony
Fundraising for Memorial Park
Dome deal lives on
The West 11th Street Park grand re-opening
When planners and anti-planners collide
Upper Kirby update
The Beer Can House reopens
Consultant says Dome hotel ought to work
Can we all just get along?
Ashby highrise ordinance delayed again
Citywide WiFi a no go for now
Our experts can beat up your experts
Giant Presidential heads head off to Pearland
Some news about Washington Avenue
The latest highrise rumors
Catastrophic Theater launch party
Nobody likes the Ashby Highrise ordinance
Commissioners criticize Emmett over Dome hotel plan
Construction begins - for real! - at the Ed Sacks site
Dome lease negotiated
Bob McNair talks about the Astrodome
Regulations and growth
And speaking of planning...
No extension for Astrodome Redevelopment
Ask about the Dome hotel, and ye shall receive an update
Is this town big enough for all those convention center hotels?
The planning and anti-planning debate continues
Pictures from a demolition
Who would build residences there?
More on planning and "anti-planning"
Are you ready for another implosion?
Kirby Drive high rise update
Pity the poor developers
Arabia Shrine Center sale finalized
Chron wants something done about billboards
"A truckload of flaming death"
RIP, Greenway Theatre
More billboard reductions coming?
Wanna buy a tower?
"Demolition by neglect"
20 years of Lights in the Heights
HPD says hotel was empty when it was imploded
Catastrophic, in a good way
What about that tower's traffic?
Chron advocates saving the Dome
The immigration "threat"
Was someone in the Crowne Plaza when it was imploded?
Watch it go boom
New development on Yale
The Dome conundrum
One hurdle cleared for Astrodome Redevelopment
McNair speaks on Dome redevelopment
Ashby ordinance delayed
New digs for Saint Arnold's located?
What next for the Dome?
Chron favors Bissonnet high rise ordinance
The Joe Moreno Community Center
Construction and deconstruction update
More on the Astrodome Redevelopment opposition
Reliant and Rodeo oppose Astrodome Redevelopment
Monster Mash and Fall Festival
Construction near where I work
Anti-Bissonnet high rise ordinance proposed
"Get Ashby High"
Historic? Check. Protected? Not so much
Old Sixth Ward home tour Sunday
Trees on Kirby update
Examiner claims about Bissonnet high rise disputed
Bissonnet tower first discussed in 2005
Upper Kirby compromise reached
The Chron on the Bissonnet high rise
Construction begins at the old Ed Sacks Waste Paper site
Good-bye, Allen House
Reward for KPFT shooting info
Bissonnet high rise protesters get some results
Hardin versus the high rise
The demolition begins for Allen House
High rises and the Z word
More on the Bissonnet high-rise battle
Kirby renovation by the numbers
Fifty years of vocational training
Another high-rise, another neighborhood uproar
Saint Arnold's location search update
Allen House: Getting ready to go away
I Love Lucy
The Chron on Weingarten and preservation
My visit to the Center
Behind the scenes with the River Oaks preservation efforts
Design change for the Astrodome hotel
Photos from the River Oaks Shopping Center demolition
The Center Opens Group Homes for Mentally Retarded Adults
Looscan Library ribbon-cutting (with photos)
And so the demolition begins
The Woodlands' destiny is in its hands
Let it be up to the neighborhood
Beautifying the bayou
Downtown towers sprouting up everywhere
Permit for demolition acquired
A conversation with David Baldwin
The shopping center still stands for now
Score one for the hippie bohemian attorneys
Questions for Frank Michel about the Center
More on the KPFT shooting
Council approves sale of land to Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation
It's Hippie Bohemian Attorney Day at City Council
Cut and plug
History everywhere you look
KPFT targeted for "alternative" programming?
A tour of Lower Westheimer
Weekend Facebook update
Behold the power of Facebook
I Will Not Shop At The West Gray Barnes & Noble
River Oaks Shopping Center: Going, going...
Last chance to speak out for the River Oaks Shopping Center
"For Fun, For Life, For You"
Old Sixth Ward protections pass City Council
Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation update
Homeless in suburbia
Houston: Greener than you think
Infernal Bridegroom shuts down
Preservation, then and now
The seven wonders of Houston
Bolsover bohemian battle details
What about that smoking ban?
Trees cut down at River Oaks shopping center
Better times at BARC
Increased safety at railroad crossings is a good thing
The trash man cometh - just maybe not today
Philosophical Questions Department
West 11th Street Park wrapup
Historic Status on tap?
Move that brewery
A few questions for the Cockroach Lady
More discussion of Kotkin and "Opportunity Urbanism"
The long march for Dome redevelopment financing continues onward
First Houston, now Conroe
Keeping an eye on the River Oaks Shopping Center
Kotkin v. Falkenberg
The Hermann Park Train
West 11th park officially out of the woods
The Beatles are coming!
Temporary arthouse construction pictures
Ellen Cohen retires from HAWC
Tax breaks for historic buildings passed by Council
Temporary art in the Heights
Temporary art in the Heights
When lawns get out of hand
When lawns get out of hand
"Just be yourself"
The Menil turns 20
Where can you get a drink in this town?
Dome financing comes through
Still not out of the woods for the West 11th Street Park?!?
600 Sq Mi deadline tomorrow
Not so fast on that Astrodome reprieve
West 11th Street Park saved!
Another reprieve for the Astrodome
Get ready to say Good-bye to the River Oaks Shopping Center
One more step towards independence for the Woodlands
More money for parks
Meet the BARC boss tomorrow
It takes a village of bohemian hippie attorneys
Weingarten begins process for River Oaks demolition
More public funding for the Astrodome Hotel?
The commercial side of the Art Car Parade
Bye-bye, Three Brothers
Buddy, can you spare a cockroach?
Money talks, but only if you can hear it
The clock is ticking for the West 11th Street Park
Saints preserve us!
The Center's letter of intent with the city
Another bohemian hippie attorney update
What about the other nonprofit leases?
More details on the Center's deal with the city
The Sixth Ward and the Planning Commission
The Center's deal with the city
Announcement of agreement with the Center
600 Sq Mi
The Center for Hearing and Speech
Clarification of the Center's lease with the city
Ban on demolition in Old Sixth Ward could be permanent
Former City Attorney explains the deal with the Center
Houston WiFi - Not just for Houston
Council approves WiFi plan
Stars Over Kirby update
The Center at City Council
"Zoning" in the Heights update
Splashtown: Not going anywhere
Friends of the Center at City Council
Zoning in the Heights?
The Mayor talks about the Center
More on the Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation
The giant Presidential heads get set to move to Pearland
Council members back Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation
City WiFi details emerge
The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation
One last hope for the Astrodome Hotel
River Oaks redevelopment made official
Is this the end for the Astrodome Hotel?
Another downtown tower
Old Sixth Ward wins preservation award
This ain't your daddy's Pasadena
Downtown construction photos
Woodland Heights home tour this weekend
An update on a longstanding Heights development story
Preservation isn't just about buildings
Robinson Warehouse - The grassy knolls
Arabia Shrine Center to be sold
Time for a task force
Bohemian hippie attorney development update
Mayor's air cleanup plan scaled back and under attack
Demolition moratorium in Old Sixth Ward
Area mayors complain about White's environment plan
And now the bad preservation news
A few thoughts about density
So long for now to Autry Court
Tax breaks for historic buildings moves forward
Meet Houston Pavilions
Hold that demolition, for now
Houston Pavilions groundbreaking today
WiFi for all
Help for the bungalows?
City WiFi on the agenda
Onion Creek goes smokefree
Some details about the city Wi-Fi rollout
Earthlink wins city WiFi contract
The most endangered historic places of 2007
West 11th Street Park still not out of the woods
Gentrification watch: Houston Avenue
Robinson Warehouse - The hole is bigger than I thought
The Allen House effect
Help the Beer Can House
Mayor proposes preservation ordinance for Old Sixth Ward
"Bohemians, attorneys, and hippies"
Get ready to say goodbye to Allen House
Preservation in River Oaks
Astroworld site update
Next on the endangered buildings list: The Arabia Shrine Center
Slippery when icy
Six Flags to sell Splashtown
Bob Perry donates to the West 11th Street Park effort
Robinson Warehouse - Clearing debris
City buys West 11th Street Park
YouTubing the Old Sixth Ward
The Kirby construction mural
Robinson Warehouse - ...Gone