What is the Heights known for? Exceptionally high quality of life. A prized, unique dining scene. A safe environment. There’s simply no way that this is all a happy accident. I firmly believe that The Heights would not be what it is today without the dry area.

The fortunate by-product of the dry area has been that major operators that largely make their money on alcohol sales have historically not been able to apply their “one size fits all” model (and the accompanying expansive parking lots) here. In that way, having the dry area has kept the local character intact. Simply put, you can't have it both ways: a neighborhood with a unique quality of life valued for its distinctive culture yet outfitted commercially just like every other neighborhood.

Removing the ban even for off-premises consumption would have a long-term effect on the area that reaches far beyond one more conveniently located grocery store. It opens the door for waves of other commercial development that would undermine the character of this historic neighborhood. Gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops, even big box retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club—just to name a few—won’t be far away.

That’s even if there were no further action to overturn the ban entirely. What gives us reason to think that the large commercial interests would stop there?

You live here. Many proponents of Prop 1 do not. You will have to live with the consequences of an outside group’s influence. My beef is not with HEB. HEB is a proven community leader. This vote is about so much more.

Vote NO on Proposition 1—AGAINST the Houston Heights Beer-Wine Proposition.

Bill Baldwin