Glenbrook Valley, Our Recent Cover-Story Subject, Becomes a Historic District

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Just before 10 a.m. today, Houston City Council approved the historic district applications for Glenbrook Valley, Woodland Heights and Heights South. The mid-century modern neighborhood Glenbrook Valley, at the center of a contentious debate and the subject of the Press' June 23 cover story, is now Texas' first post-World War II historic district.

For the past year, Glenbrook Valley, according to several of its residents, had become a "war zone" over its up-in-the-air historic designation, due to allegations of voter fraud, racism and dead-cat dumping. As a result, many neighbors continue to ignore each other while others live in fear for their safety.

Before this morning's roll call vote, councilmembers voiced their differing opinions on a matter that's been hotly contested on council floor since late last year.

James Rodriguez, who represents the District I area that includes Glenbrook Valley, urged his fellow councilmembers to support the applications. Dissenters, meanwhile, included Oliver Pennington, who cited our feature article as one reason that the resolution should be struck down.

Jolanda Jones mused that the delayed governmental process -- Glenbrook Valley handed in its historic district application more than a year ago -- has made "neighbors hate one another...this whole process just reeks. I will proudly vote 'no.'" C.O. Bradford echoed Jones' sentiments, saying that the "lack of fundamental fairness and due process caused irreparable harm to the community."

Glenbrook Valley's application was approved by a 10-4 vote while the Heights South and Woodland Heights resolutions were carried by a 9-5 count. Jones, Bradford, Pennington and Anne Clutterbuck were those who voted "no" on Glenbrook Valley's application.

With the addition of the three neighborhoods, Houston now boasts 18 historic districts.

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Big Brother Houston
Big Brother Houston

Yeah, well.  They're going to find out.  

And, I get the feeling the rest of the city will too.  Apparently, people don't understand that, by designating Glenbrook Valley, the City of Houston now has precedent for designating almost any neighborhood in Houston...Braeswood, Sharpstown?  Yup, not that different from GBV...mostly ranch, a few midcentury houses, and most built in the 1950s or later.  And they've set a precedent for doing so against the wishes of the majority of home owners.  So, not only is this a back door to zoning (which has historically been voted down in Houston), it's also a demonstration that democracy is dead in the City of Houston.  If they come after your neighborhood, don't hold your breath while waiting for your Council representative to speak up for the majority, cuz it ain't gonna happen!  In fact, the majority of the current City Council refuses to represent the majority...the final vote was 10 to 4.  That's Houston government in action.

Leonardo
Leonardo

these poor poor people, don't have a clue what they are in for.

Jackiep
Jackiep

This is a happy day for those who love the Houston Heights--and want to insure that this community maintains the historic hometown feel that makes it special. 

--A proud fourth-generation resident and homeowner  

Sweet cynic
Sweet cynic

Jolanda Jones lecturing on making people hate each other and on the ethics of government....now that's just rich. 

 

KB
KB

Glenbrook Valley is in District I, CM Rodriguez's district.

Tom
Tom

Good.  I think the fact that most, if not all of City Council eventually realized that the Ablazas were lying really hurt the opposition.  Leticia Ablaza was by far the worst offender, and had she not made a habit of routinely lying to Council members at public session and harassing City employees, the issue would have been less contentious.  She was just a total irate bitch to anyone at the City she ever spoke to, and there really is no excuse for such behavior, and no place for it in public discourse.  The constant stream of lies destroyed the credibility of the opposition, and Council's vote reinforces that sentiment.

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