AN ESSENTIAL NOTE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The number
in having more
meaning than a
mere calendar year.
It implies perfect
vision, and it’s used
with “hindsight” to
In this case we’re using our perfect 2020 foresight to
George Boehme, publisher of Essentials, has called West University home for more
than 25 years. Editor Charlotte Aguilar has been a Bellaire resident for 32 years.
take a look at stories we’ll be tracking closely in West University
and Bellaire this year.
And we start exploring some of those stories. In Bellaire, the three
new City Council members and the re-elected mayor will have taken
office by now. The council candidates were elected with a promise
of change, and we’re anxious to see how that plays out in coming
In West U, the brouhaha over City Council reducing the city’s tax
subsidy to the Tri-Sports Association for youth athletics rages on.
But our magazine is a soapbox for differing opinions. So we invited
Tri-Sports to have its say about George’s story and Mayor Bob
Higley’s column last month on the topic. Both those pieces were civil
in tone. As we point out in our editor’s note, we do not like the tone
taken in the Tri-Sports rebuttal, and we are unable to independently
verify the statistics or the conclusions they put forth. Two long-time
West University Place leaders, Gregg Thompson and Greg Waller,
authored the rebuttal. Please read it. But because of its tone and
content, it’s likely not the Last Word on the topic.
Bellaire Watchdog Jane McNeel describes the redevelopment activity
popping in Bellaire, often ahead of zoning changes, and we see
another example in this month’s Real Estate column. Commercial
redevelopment is suddenly huge throughout both areas, with the old
Palace Lanes’ reimagining as Southside Commons finally coming
along, and the fate of the 15-acre Coca-Cola plant on West U’s
northern edge still to be determined.
And let us not forget 2020 is an election year. We’ll leave the
presidential analysis to national pundits, but we start to familiarize
you in this issue with some of the local races. Bellaire and West U
are springboards for candidates in other areas in this primary, you’ll
The holidays are over, the kids have gone back to college or returned
to their neighborhood schools, and the serious business of the New
Year has begun. We’re happy to be part of your 2020 and look
forward to keeping you informed about your communities and
neighbors every month.
See you again in February!