A growing response

untitled.bmp I just heard a report by KUHF‘s Jim Bell on the growing response to Weingarten Realty’s plans to tear down River Oaks Shopping Center landmarks, including the Landmark River Oaks Theater. The online petition (managed by Jim Parsons at Houstonist) has collected more than 12,000 signatures, and another petition by Historic Houston has collected several thousand signatures as well.

The radio story included a “response” by Weingarten Realty Investors Marketing Director Amy Jones:

“As a responsible public company with roots in, and a commitment to, Houston, we will continue to manage this asset with great care, taking into account its history and its future. We do not have a comment on market rumors, and we have no additional information or comments to provide at this time.”

Though, my trusty babelfish interprets this statement as:

“Yeah, we need some time to spin this. In the meantime, how about ‘since we’re based in Houston, we could only have the best of intentions for our fellow residents?’ Oh, and by the way, piss off.”

Yeah, my babelfish is pretty cynical isn’t she? Though, if there’s anything good coming out of this so far, it’s the immediate response by so many Houstonians.

This morning’s KUHF story (including an audio link)
From this morning’s Chronicle.com
Petition managed by Houstonist.com
Another petition managed by Historic Houston

[photo courtesy of kuhf.org]

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