Plans to create a public golf course in the upcoming massive East River development along Buffalo Bayou continue. East River 9 will drill nine bayou holes in the mixed-use development in east Houston.
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Consequently, when it opens in spring 2022, it will be the fifth golf course within Loop 610. You read that right: he will join the roster of four existing seats that already occupy space in downtown Houston.
There are already courses in Memorial Park, Hermann Park, River Oaks, and the East End. Is there really a demand for another huge golf retreat while so many other projects in the city center are not being funded and unrealized?
If there was one almighty being who could snap a finger and replace this new course with something else, here are my five suggestions:
We PLEASE do the time loop again.
The nearest River Oaks Theater
In a city full of young and sophisticated wannabe Daniel Plainview, the rest of us who love dual features deserve a refuge.
The venue was lost when the River Oaks Theater closed in March, not to mention the dwindling number of theaters in the Loop (per Cary Darling of the Houston Chronicle). We want our midnight shows back.
Imagine taking the train from Rice Military to NRG Stadium.
Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer
A new light rail line along Washington Avenue
This one is a breeze.
There’s no need for a new golf course east of downtown Houston when East River residents can take the train west to Memorial Park’s world-class golf course. Fortunately for us, the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering building the line, according to Dug Begley of the Houston Chronicle.
Build more bike lanes while you’re at it.
Must have washer and dryer in unit.
Two bedroom apartments under $ 1,400
I’m not looking for the 20th floor of a skyscraper with an unadulterated view of the city center. I just want it to be pet friendly.
While we’re building luxury homes for those privileged enough, Houston also needs much more affordable housing. According to Sarah Smith of the Chronicle, the city is one of the worst in the country for low-income residents.
Think how many people could live in the course it takes to make nine holes.
Houston needs more out-of-the-box sports.
Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle
Houston saber cats
Let me finish
All of Houston’s professional sports teams are housed in the loop – except for one. The little-known Houston Sabercats are a major league rugby team playing at AVEVA Stadium near Texas Highway 288 and Airport Boulevard in south Houston.
The location of the stadium is a nod to the new developments in this area. But if the stadium wasn’t built inside the loop just for lack of space, we’d like to give up a single golf course every day for a different sport.
The Viper was a must-have on every trip to AstroWorld.
Paul S. Howell, HC staff member / Houston Chronicle
A revived AstroWorld complete with the Texas Cyclone
We promise to go this time.
The original Six Flags AstroWorld closed in the mid-2000s after declining visitor numbers and some delicate financial moves. But a new generation of thrill seekers is flooding the streets of Houston and needs an amusement park near their home. A new AstroWorld is the perfect mix of trendy and nostalgic core.
Just think: White Claw at Water World. It’s the perfect combination.
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