• Linbeck Group has signed on as official contractors for the controversial AshbyHigh Rise.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Leo Linbeck III, who chairs the building company, resides near the building siteand hopes to alleviate the logistical strain caused by the massive project.
    Leo Linbeck III/Twitter
  • Opposition groups say they will fight the 21-story residential project as itmoves forward.
    Rendering via Buckhead Investment Partners Inc.

  • The "park-in" took place along Bissonnet on Monday
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Around 70 cars parked on Bissonnet between Mandell and Hazard streets to showwhat traffic will look like during construction of the Ashby high rise andafterwards.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Cars were parked in front of the Maryland Manor, the site of the proposed Ashbyhigh rise.
    Photo by Karen Burd

  • The site of the Imperial Sugar Mill plant is at the center of the debate.
    Houston Association of Realtors
  • Diana Miller is the Sugar Land resident behind the protest.
  • The roadways in the area, Miller says, area already overcrowded, and the schoolclassrooms too full.

  • The angry tower has become the neighbor opposition logo
    Photo by Katie Oxford
  • The tower is planned for the corner of Ashby and Bissonnet near Rice University
  • A 2011 rendering of the controversial high rise tower
    Rendering via Buckhead Investment Partners Inc.

  • Local civic clubs denounced the building from the onsite, citing narrowtraffic-prone streets and a destruction of the neighborhoods visual character.
  • Replacing the Maryland Manor Apartments at 1717 Bissonnet, the new residentialbuilding now plans to offer luxury rental units.
    Rendering via Buckhead Investment Partners Inc.

  • Dillon House towers over Andy Weaver and Lucinda Cobley's Montrose bungalow."It's like having a cruise ship next door," he says.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The Post Oak School purchased and tore down an old home at the corner of Autreyand Montrose for a parking lot.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The Post Oak School renovated an industrial building, right, for a high schoolthat opens in August. Some residents are worried about increased traffic;officials insist they want to be good neighbors.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Plans for the Ashby high rise have focused attention on Houston's planning — orthe lack of it.
    Rendering via Buckhead Investment Partners Inc.

  • The final plan for the Imperial Sugar Land development was approved in April.
  • The city of Sugar Land was built up around the Imperial Sugar Company mill andrefinery.
    Photo via Facebook

  • The house sits on a large lot that backs up to a tributary of Sims Bayou andlooks across to Glenwood Golf Course.
  • The great room enjoys high ceilings, a working fireplace and palladian-stylecaps above French doors.
  • The view from the front yard of the house built in the 1990s.
  • The breakfast area off of the modern kitchen is a charming space.
  • The updated kitchen offers plenty of storage.
  • The sleeping porch with several ceiling fans is an unusual feature of the house.
  • The dining room overlooks the great room.
  • Baths have been updated.
  • The guest bedroom has a view to the golf course fairways.

  • Some builders have considered turning the Imperial Sugar silos — which areiconic, though not historic — into condos.
    Photo by Whitney Radley
  • The first floor of the historic char house would make a perfect lobby for aboutique hotel.
    Photo by Whitney Radley
  • The facade of the three-bay warehouse looks out onto a large plaza.
    Photo by Whitney Radley

  • An attendee wearing a protest sign
    Photo by Katie Oxford
  • Mayor Annise Parker told the crowd there was nothing the city can do to stop theproject.
    Photo by Katie Oxford
  • David Feldman at the podium, with Councilmember Ellen Cohen, left, and MayorAnnise Parker seated to the left of him
    Photo by Katie Oxford
  • Patricia Casey asks the panel about the “enforcement mechanism for traffic.”
    Photo by Katie Oxford
  • Concerned citizens filing in at the meeting
    Photo by Katie Oxford

  • Go for the company or go for the grits: Either way, you can't lose. Young TexansAgainst Cancer "Kiss My Grits Gulf Coast Throwdown" at The Capitol at St.Germain is set for Thursday, 7 p.m.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Dead Man's Cell Phone promises to be delightfully dark, what you would expectfrom Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's artistic director Jennifer Decker, whoplays Jean, Mark Roberts and director Rob Kimbro.
    Photo by Anthony Rathbun
  • HITS Theatre's Ragtime: The Musical, based on the E. L. Doctorow novel of thesame title, opens Thursday at Miller Outdoor Theatre. A "Tent Party Dinner inthe Park" set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, honors the accomplishments ofHITS alum and CultureMap's founder, Nic Phillips.
  • Billed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as a 'rural revenge drama,' Turkishdirector Yilmaz Güney's classic 1969 film, Bride of the Earth, explores life ina small community under the thumb of a wealthy landholder.
  • "Forget chocolate bunny ears, I have a dance festival to go to," says NancyWozny. Dance Salad cruises into the Wortham with a bounty of fabulousinternational dance Thrusday through Saturday.

  • Treebeards opened its Market Square location in 1980, serving up Southern-stylecuisine ever since.
    Photo via DowntownHouston.org
  • Arturo Boada
    Arturo Boada Cuisine/Facebook
  • Market Square Park
    Photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography

  • The large room at the George R. Brown was packed.
    Photo By Carolina Astrain
  • Javier Perez and Michelle Monrail of the National Hispanic ProfessionalOrganization were both there in blue supporting the Heights Walmart development
    Photo by Carolina Astrain
  • James Anderson, resident of the Heights wins the anti-Walmart red T-shirtcontest with his Dr. Pepper.
    Photo By Carolina Astrain

  • This is the deed-restricted lot that Annunciation Orthodox School plans to paveover...
    Photo by Clifford Pugh
  • ......It's across the street from this lot that the school owns......
    Photo by Clifford Pugh
  • .....And near this block, where homes were torn down for another large parkinglot.....
    Photo by Clifford Pugh
  • On the other end of the neighborhood, this day care center paved over its frontyard for parking....
    Photo by Clifford Pugh
  • .....And plans to do the same after demolishing this 1960s-era apartmentcomplex.
    Photo by Clifford Pugh

Curb appeal

The Ashby highrise saga goes on