Residents near downtown Houston fighting to preserve neighborhood, keep developers away

HOUSTON

"We want them to restore their homes just like this one. People can do it," Anna Bermudez said.

Bermudez lives and loves the near north side. Keeping it as a quaint neighborhood is a daunting challenge.

"We don't want it to turn into Midtown out here. Plus, we don't want the congestion," resident Hugo Cantu said.

Just minutes from downtown, this working class neighborhood is prime for developers looking to tear down one old bungalow to build several town homes. Daniel Antoon gets interest from builders everyday.

"I just take them and do this, throw them away -- just like any other junk mail," Antoon said.

The neighborhood is fighting back by applying for a minimum lot size designation. The proposed area includes around 385 homes. If approved by more than 55 percent of homeowners, subdividing lots will no longer be allowed.

So far, the only visible opposition is a large sign in a lot owned by a developer. But in the actual neighborhoods, most signs are vastly supportive of efforts to deter townhomes.

"We don't want it, we don't want it, we're happy like we are," Cantu said.

And for Bermudez, it's all about preserving whatever history still remains in her neighborhood she loves.

"We want people to come and redo their houses, but we don't want them to come in and build these monster townhomes," she said.

Residents will be receiving a card in the mail to vote. From there, it will go to City Hall.

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