Are you in the dry area and Prop 1 is not on your ballot?
Unfortunately, we've heard reports of this occurring at virtually all precincts (from both "for" and "against" voters).
If so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address, and thanks to all of those who have voted AGAINST Prop 1 today so far!
As we head toward election day...
The facts are all out there.
We urge you to vote AGAINST Prop 1 to change the dry area. In many non-obvious ways, the dry area has shaped The Heights as we know it today. Not morally or culturally, but in the stark reality of land use and restrictions.
The positive by-product of the dry area has been:
- A prevalence of small, locally owned businesses.
- A residential, small-town feel despite the lack of blanket deed restrictions.
- A predominantly historic look that is not overshadowed by "cookie-cutter" retail development.
- A distinct character that can't quite be described easily, but that is the reason so many are invested in this issue.
It's been doing this for 104 years already.
“Keep The Heights Dry” is truly a small, grassroots group of Heights residents, property owners, and workers who are campaigning with a small budget to inform residents about the implications of changing the dry area, regardless of how it affects an HEB at 23rd & N. Shepherd.
Our campaign is not anti-drinking or anti-progress. We fundamentally feel that it is short-sighted to modify the dry area as a condition of having an HEB, since the dry area has served a land use and restriction function that has directly impacted the neighborhood character of the Heights, making it such a desirable area. Residents in and around the Heights, and businesses looking to enter the Heights, would not be so passionate about this election if the Heights wasn’t so uniquely great. That unique appeal has steadily grown all with the dry ordinance in place: residential, restaurant, and retail development is booming in the Heights.
Regardless of the fact that many Heights residents support and volunteer for the “Houston Heights Beverage Coalition,” it is a campaign that is funded 100% by HEB since, as they have stated, they would need to sell beer and wine at this store in order to make a fair return. It is conducted by a group that specializes in these sorts of campaigns to change dry areas all around the country. In our view, there is nothing inherently wrong with this. However, because of the impact this will have on the neighborhood for generations to come, it is worth emphasizing that Heights residents are being asked to trade in a law that has in many non-obvious ways made the Heights what it is today in order to ensure that HEB easily make a profit. Rather than adapt a model to the Heights or seek an alternative that does not fundamentally change the story of development in the Heights, HEB has chosen to spend over $100,000 to convince Heights residents this is all no big deal and will simply lead to more options.
We're not saying that changing the dry area would change the Heights on November 9th or even next year. But it would fundamentally alter the direction of the Heights well into the 21st century. Keep the Heights dry not just for the sake of keeping it dry. Keep it dry as a mechanism to keeping it local, residential, and historic.