Houston

What a wonderful surprise it was this morning to see that the Houston Chronicle endorsed Barack Obama for President. The Chron hasn’t endorsed a Democrat for Pres since LBJ in the 60s. I don’t know if that is a reflection of the changing demographic in Houston, a testament to the power of the Obama/Biden ticket or a big fuck you to McCain for picking such an asswad VP candidate. Whatever the reason, I dig it.

Here’s an interesting article in Smithsonian Magazine. The writer’s statement that Houston’s motto should be “no nostalgia” gets to the heart of the city and is one of my main issues with it. I appreciate his romantic view of Houston’s constant changing, but unlike the writer of the article I can remember what is gone. And I often miss it. Perhaps I am too curmudgeonly.

I noticed that Pig Stand is being gutted. I had a dream shortly after they shut down that an Asian fusion yuppie restaurant went into the space. I’ll be curious to see what ends up there. I’m probably not that far off. On the other end of the spectrum, the old Eckerd’s at Yale and 11th has been brought back to its wonderful art deco spledor. I want to see more of that. Repurposing old buildings for new uses. Otherwise, where are the ghosts supposed to live?