Destiny’s Child among Houston artists on Pitchfork’s best albums of the 1990s list – Houston Chronicle

DJ Screw, Destiny’s Child: Houston and Texas artists appear on Pitchfork’s best albums of the 1990s list.
The music industry continues to change, but we will not soon be done with the 20th century practice of making lists of great albums. Which brings us to Pitchfork’s “150 Best Albums of the 1990s,” which posted today. As lists are wont to do, this one will nurture comfort, create debate and prompt shrugs. That’s what lists do, right?
The tagline that these 150 albums “these are the albums that changed music forever” feels like hyperbole, but, hey . . . if you’re going to go to the trouble of creating such a list, why not add synthesized trumpets to it? Did Whitney Houston’s soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” (No. 147) “change music forever?” Or did it just sell $#!+gobs of copies because of a well-timed, well-placed Dolly Parton cover? Anecdotal evidence from one particular thrift store hound suggests it changed Goodwill forever. 
Houston and Texas made a fairly strong showing, particularly considering Beyonce became the biggest artist in the world in the 21st century even though her career started in the 20th century. She went from pop star to ubiquitous cultural creator by modernizing musical mechanisms that didn’t exist when she was a teenage pop star in Texas. Regardless, Destiny’s Child’s “Writing’s on the Wall” — recorded in part at Houston’s Sugar Hill Recording Studio. That album turned up at No. 45. Which puts it right in the middle of a flurry of albums with Houston ties on Pitchfork’s list.
The highest ranking of them was Lucinda Williams’ “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” the oft-delayed but critically beloved recording Williams released in 1998. By the time it came out, Williams was no longer a Houston resident nor a fixture on the singer-songwriter scene here. But the city’s claim to Williams remains reasonable and vital.
One slot behind “Writing’s on the Wall” was UGK’s “Ridin’ Dirty,” which helped alert the world to the Port Arthur duo. I’d argue UGK’s “Underground Kingz” was a superior album, but it dropped in the next decade.
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Pitchfork appears to value Houston’s hip-hop legends, though. In addition to UGK, the list included Scarface and his ageless “The Diary,” which landed at No. 54. The absence of the Geto Boys — who went from regional favorites to national stars in the 1990s — was a little puzzling. But at least they recognized a major artist in Scarface.
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DJ Screw’s “3 ‘N tha Mornin’ (Part 2)” landed at No. 87. All good, though a strong case could’ve been made for a handful of other Screw releases: “It’s All Good,” “June 27” . . . The fact that a 21st century rock band like Vampire Weekend shows Screw influence suggests he could easily have had multiple entries on this list. But in covering a decade, Pitchfork’s real estate had to cover a lot of ground without much real estate on the actual list.
They also recognized Selena, whose “Amor Prohibido” landed at No. 112.
A handful of other acts with Texas ties found their way to the list, too. The Dixie Chicks’ “Fly” which took the band from country stars to crossover hitmakers found its way to No. 82. 
Anyway, the point of such lists isn’t agreement: Rather it’s discussion and disagreement. My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless” landed at No. 1, which makes plenty of sense for Pitchfork’s readership. For those who ask, “Who’s My Bloody Valentine?” maybe it’s not the list for you. Or maybe it’s an introduction to all manner of new music.
Andrew Dansby covers culture and entertainment, both local and national, for the Houston Chronicle. He came to the Chronicle in 2004 from Rolling Stone, where he spent five years writing about music. He’d previously spent five years in book publishing, working with George R.R. Martin’s editor on the first two books in the series that would become TV’s “Game of Thrones. He misspent a year in the film industry, involved in three “major” motion pictures you’ve never seen. He’s written for Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Playboy and other publications.
Andrew dislikes monkeys, dolphins and the outdoors.
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Whataburger eyes expansion into North Carolina – Houston Chronicle

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SAN ANTONIO — At the start of 2021, Whataburger had restaurants in 10 states. Today, it’s in 14. Soon, it could be 15.
The San Antonio-based burger chain has its eye on a vacant bank branch building in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to a construction permit filed with that city by the real estate firm Kimco Realty.
If it were to open, the location would be the first Whataburger both in the Charlotte metropolitan area — the 23nd largest in the U.S., with a population of 2.7 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — and in the Tar Heel State as a whole.
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“We are converting the former Suntrust Bank into a Whataburger,” the permit states.
The proposed site is at 5301 South Boulevard, next to a Ross Dress for Less clothing store in the Glenkirk neighborhood on Charlotte’s south side, according to the permit, which was first reported on by the Charlotte Observer and other news outlets in the Charlotte area.
A spokesperson for Whataburger didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The company has had restaurants outside Texas since the early 1960s, when it expanded into Arizona, Florida and Tennessee, according to its website.
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But the chain’s growth has accelerated since a majority stake was sold to Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners in 2019. Last year, it opened its first restaurant in Missouri; this year, it launched in Tennessee, Colorado and Kansas. This spring, it announced plans for its first restaurants in the Atlanta metro area. All told, it now has more than 900 restaurants.
There has been speculation about Whataburger planning to expand into South Carolina, too. In February, the real estate firm Collett Greenville said in an Instagram post that the chain wanted to open a restaurant in the Greenville, South Carolina area, but took down the post shortly thereafter, according to Greenville News .
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Inside the 'Friends' house with a Central Perk asking just $330K – New York Post



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Call it “The one where everyone moves to Texas.”
This home — which is currently asking $330,000 — may be in Houston, Texas, but it’s decorated in homage to a rather famous fictional New York apartment. 
“F·R·I·E·N·D·S – If you loved the TV show, then you’ll love this house!” begins the listing description for a two-bedroom house physically located at 1706 Bevis St., but mentally stuck in the ‘90s. “There are wall murals reminiscent of scenes from the show along with decor and furnishings to make you feel like you’re there.” 
Indeed, the 2,000-square-foot unit features plenty of Instagram-ready wallpaper of iconic sets from the TV show, from its opening sequence to the Central Perk coffee shop. There’s a big orange couch, a grass-like floor cover in front of the fountain mural, and the kitchen is modeled after Monica’s — down to the blue cabinets. 
“The current owners didn’t ‘monkey’ around when paying attention to details,” the listing explains of the house. 
“After a day of foosball or hanging out with friends at Central Perk, it might be time to check the local entertainment,” the listing continues, noting that there are in fact a number of commercial establishments within walking distance of the home, once the owner grows tired of their bountiful in-house opportunities for “Friends”-related self-entertainment and reenactment. 
In addition to the show-inspired elements, other amenities include a 220-volt Tesla charger, garage and a balcony.
Haters may be surprised to learn that there has been “a lot of interest” in the property since it hit the market on March 18, broker Diana Hu told a local Houston culture site.
“Someone please tell [Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer],” the account Zillow Gone Wild commented on a post about the home, tagging the actors’ Instagram handles. “If you like the show FRIENDS today is your lucky day because we’ve got the perfect Houston townhome for you.”
Not everyone, however, is a fan. 
“I had no idea I could loathe something this much,” commented one person.
“​​But…why?” questioned another.

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Houston, Texas crime: 2 dead, 1 hurt after homeless camp shooting | khou.com – KHOU.com

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HOUSTON — A  man was arrested after two people were killed and another person was injured when he opened fire on a possible homeless camp, according to the Houston Police Department.
The shooting happened around 8 a.m. Sunday near Neiman Lane, which is next to the intersection of West Tidwell Road and Wheatley Street.
Police said they received multiple calls about a man with a gun at the intersection. When they arrived, they spotted the gunman and took him into custody.
 Nathan Bryan Miller, 33, is charged with capital murder in connection with the shootings.
After being arrested, the gunman confessed to police that he shot and killed some people down the road. Investigators searched the area when they discovered a man, 39, and a woman who were shot to death. Their identities are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Police also found another man who was injured and taken to a hospital. He is expected to be OK, according to police.
HPD Assistant Chief Ernest Garcia said the area where the shooting happened is hard to get into due to the mud and ponding on the ground. As they walked through, they found furniture and multiple containers, leading them to believe it could be a homeless encampment.
“We haven’t had any calls of service here, so we haven’t really made it out here or patroled out here,” Garcia said. “So we’ll be looking at what exactly we have out here.”
No other victims were located.
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Real estate transactions: Law firm signs big lease in Galleria area – Houston Chronicle

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Parkway Property Investments announced more than 80,000 square feet in transactions at its Post Oak Central office campus in Uptown Houston.
Obagi Cosmeceuticals leased 16,470 square feet at 9950 Woodloch Forest Tower for its headquarters in The Woodlands.
Houston-based Kastle Assets has acquired the Bend at Oak Forest, a 392-unit apartment complex at 4000 Watonga Blvd. Berkadia Houston brokered the sale for the sellers, a partnership of Goldcor Capital Partners and Excelsa.
Houston-based Levey Group signed several tenants at the recently completed Business Center at Five Corners, a five-building, 550,000-square-foot project along Beltway 8, between Post Oak Road and Hiram Clarke, in southwest Houston.
USA-Vertical Rentals leased a property at 22535 N, Highway 288 Business in Angleton.The landlord is Lucas Properties & Investments.
Parkway Property Investments announced more than 80,000 square feet of new leases and renewals so far this year at its Post Oak Central office campus on Post Oak Boulevard, north of the Galleria:
Brown Sims, a national litigation firm founded in Houston in 1968, will occupy two full floors spanning 35,198 square feet at Three Post Oak Central, 1990 Post Oak Blvd. Griff Bandy at Partners represented the law firm. Amanda Nebel, leasing director at Parkway, represented the landlord.
Houston-based Icon Wealth Partners, represented by Lucian Bukowski and Wyatt McCullough of CBRE, leased 8,177 square feet at Two Post Oak Central, 1980 Post Oak Blvd. Patrinely Group, a national real estate investment, development and management firm based in Houston, signed a long-term lease renewal for 10,297 square feet at Two Post Oak Central. The Consulate of Qatar signed a long-term lease renewal of 10,090 square feet in Three Post Oak Central.
The 17-acre campus, consisting of three, 24-story towers with 1.2 million square feet of office, 90,000 square feet of retail and a large central green space, was honored as the “Building of the Year” award in the Over One Million Square Feet Category by Houston BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association).
Obagi Cosmeceuticals leased 16,470-square-feet at 9950 Woodloch Forest Tower in The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway for relocation of its headquarters from California to The Woodlands this fall. Parker Kink of Kink Commercial represented the tenant. The Howard Hughes Corp. was represented by Robert S. Parsley, Norman V. Munoz, and Jillian Fredericks with Colliers. With the deal, the 1.4 million-square-foot towers are 82 percent leased.
Kastle Assets, a Houston-based multifamily investment and management company, acquired the Bend at Oak Forest, a 392-unit apartment complex at 4000 Watonga Blvd. Jeffrey Skipworth, Chris Curry, Todd Marix, Chris Young, Joey Rippel and Kyle Whitney of Berkadia Houston represented the sellers, a partnership between Goldcor Capital Partners, a real estate investment corporation based in Houston and Excelsa, a real estate investment company based in Bethesda, Md.
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Houston-based Levey Group announced the first tenants at the Business Center at Five Corners, a newly completed, five-building, 550,000-square-foot project at 4610-4680 S. Sam Houston Parkway West, between Post Oak Road and Hiram Clarke, in southwest Houston. Sun Mark Stainless, a maker and distributor of stainless steel welded pipes and tubes, established its second Texas facility at the project, signing a full-building lease for 68,670 square feet. Texas Exposition Services, offering services for trade shows, conferences, corporate events and social gatherings across Texas, leased 52,000 square feet inside Building 5. LHR Services & Equipment, a distributor of personal protective equipment and monitoring systems for the energy, engineering, marine and petrochemical industries, leased 18,000 square feet, alongside Miami-based grocery wholesaler Universal-1 Imports, which leased 12,646 square feet inside Building 4. The leases, totaling 151,316 square feet, represent 28 percent of the project’s leasable space. Business Center at Five Corners is a joint-venture partnership of Levey Group and ANICO Eagle, a member of American National Group.
Lone Star Capital, a multifamily investment firm based in New York, acquired 5 Oaks, a 228-unit complex at 18203 Westfield Place. Jeffrey Skipworth, Chris Curry, Todd Marix, Chris Young, Joey Rippel and Kyle Whitney of Berkadia Houston represented the seller, Los Angeles-based Haven Realty Capital. Johnny King of Berkadia Houston arranged financing for the buyer.
USA-Vertical Rentals leased 2.5 acres of stabilized land at 22535 N, Highway 288 Business, Angleton for 5 years. The property, owned by  Lucas Properties & Investments, is a former Schlumberger facility with 11,780 square feet of warehouse space. Brandon Wuntch and Drew Altmann of  Fritsche Anderson Realty Partners brokered the transaction.
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Tanglewood HOA, developer say fight isn't over against 33-story 'tower of mansions' – Houston Chronicle

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An artist rendering shows the swimming pool on the top floor of the proposed 1661 Tanglewood residential high rise. The Tanglewood Homes Association is fighting developers’ right to build the structure on the edge of their neighborhood.
Kendall Miller, the grandson of Tanglewood founder William Farrington, stands next to a model of the proposed high rise from its sales center in Uptown Park.
An artist rendering shows the front entrance of the proposed 1661 Tanglewood high rise.
Kendall Miller and his family businesses, Tanglewood Corp. and WMJK Ltd., have opened a swanky sales center in Uptown Park and listed condos for their 1661 Tanglewood project for sale, but lawyers for the Tanglewood Homes Association say their fight against the 33-story tower is far from over.
Defense attorney Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin and Associates, now representing Miller and his family, said that earlier this year, a District Court judge ruled that Miller and his family can use their property for the residential high-rise tower. Next, Hardin said, he’ll pursue reimbursement of legal fees of more than $2 million.
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While no written judgment has been signed, Hardin feels confident the matter will soon be ruled in Miller’s favor. 
“The judge ruled that Kendall and his family could use that property for commercial purposes and build their building. The only thing remaining to be resolved is our motion for attorney’s fees. … That is scheduled to be heard in November,” Hardin said. “They (the neighborhood association) don’t like the result. Like any losing side in a legal dispute, they are going to fight it as long as they can. Until a written judgment is signed, they feel like a written ruling hasn’t been made.”
But Fred Hagans of Hagans Montgomery Hagans — the attorney for the Tanglewood Homes Association — describes a different result from that hearing, and says he and his clients are prepared to appeal any adverse ruling all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.
“In June, we had a hearing on an (issue) filed by Rusty’s firm asking court to enter an order. We filed a response to that with a different order. We had a hearing on that, and the judge said she would take it under advisement. To date, no order has been entered by her, and clearly the two sides don’t agree on the effect of her comments in the January meeting,” Hagans said. “It does not seem likely that this is going to be resolved soon.”
His clients want to preserve Tanglewood as it is today, without a high-rise casting a shadow directly onto their homes.
Tanglewood Corp. offices have been located at 1661 Tanglewood for nearly 70 years, and have been the site where Miller, his parents and his grandfather have worked on real estate development and property management projects. His grandfather, William Farrington, founded Tanglewood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when the area was a decidedly suburban location.
Hagans acknowledged that the 1661 Tanglewood site was originally zoned for commercial use, but said that the neighborhood association has passed amendments at least a few times, dating back to 1997. They now believe the lot to be zoned for residential use, but only for a single residence on the site.
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The condo tower — whether it’s considered a commercial or residential project — has more than one residence on the lot, Hagans said.
The neighborhood association sued to stop the Miller family from its original plan in 2019, when Houston-based Hines and Tucson-based Watermark Retirement Communities were planning a 20-story tower with 230 apartments for people 62 and older.
Eventually, both Hines and Watermark backed out of that deal, but Miller and his siblings decided to move forward with a completely different plan: a luxury tower that would be considerably taller but would have only 59 residences. They hoped that the promise of underground parking, less staff and fewer resident cars would make the plan more attractive to their critics.
The 1661 Tanglewood condo listings are currently on the Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty website, though prices are listed as “upon request.”
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Diane Cowen has worked at the Houston Chronicle since 2000 and currently its architecture and home design writer. Prior to working for the Chronicle, she worked at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and at the Shelbyville (Ind.) News. She is a graduate of Purdue University and is the author of a cookbook, “Sunday Dinners: Food, Family and Faith from our Favorite Pastors.”
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PHOTOS: Go inside this surprising waterfront home on the market in Kingwood for $770K – KPRC Click2Houston

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HOUSTON – Some listings jump out at us — this one in Kingwood is one of those.
The home at 2106 Lost Maples Trail is on the market for $770,000. The house has up to five bedrooms and three full and one half bathrooms. The 3,941 square-foot home sits on a 27,325 square-foot lot.
You can look at the facts of the home and then look through the photos of what it has to offer. What a brilliant move on the part of the realtor to make that sunroom-looking space into a bedroom. It looks almost like you could sleep in a garden — without Texas’ mosquito population eating you alive.
Beyond the home’s interiors, its location at the waterfront is a decided attraction for those who like life along a waterway.
“You can be on vacation every day with this waterfront home!” the official listing reads. “Beautifully renovated home with expansive lake waterfront, multiple docks with electric boat lifts and unlimited water entertainment! Two boat slips and jet ski lift, and paddle boats included. Elevated entertaining deck with amazing views and access to Lake Houston.”
The primary suite — the one we were talking about earlier — is downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs with media-game room that could be a fifth bedroom.
In addition to its fresh interiors, the home includes an kitchen remodeled with quartz counters and six-burner gas range with griddle and double ovens. Complete with high-end stainless steel refrigerator and washer and dryer. The home offers a butler’s pantry, a laundry room with custom mudroom built-ins, and two climate-controlled storage rooms. The primary suite offers a wall of windows with view of the lake and a freestanding soaking tub in the luxurious en-suite bathroom with separate vanities and frameless glass shower.
But don’t let us do all the describing — take a look inside for yourself:
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