Under the Houston St Viaduct. Taken by Amanda Popken

Kayaking Under the Houston St Viaduct, 2013. (Photo: Amanda Popken)

This Wednesday you’re invited to join a discussion about the Trinity.
A river that has defined our city for over a century.
Yet its place in our lives still remains little more than afterthought.

Millions of taxpayer dollars funded a very extensive plan:
To build, beautify, and manage this park — has anyone actually read it?
Years have passed applying for approvals, securing bonds, political wars, a design contest, expert opinions and decades later we have:
A few more trails, fewer trees, stunning bridges, and a death-defying rapid.


1512 Elmwood a

Deep in the heart of Oak Cliff is a swath of land that was once the Tennessee Farm Dairy. These gently rolling, tree-shaded hills sit above the banks of Cedar Creek and are now home to the Elmwood neighborhood.

On the Elmwood Branch greenbelt, our Tuesday Two Hundred is located near Wright Street and North Edgefield Avenue at 1512 Elmwood Blvd. This 1939 cottage sits among other 1930’s and 40’s homes, Tudors, and Craftsman bungalows.

This house is nicely updated in the kitchen and bathrooms, but maintains the charms of its era, like arched doorways and original hardwood floors. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,178 square feet, it’s a modest footprint. But it packs a lot of punch into its petite size, making the most of the space and exuding a cozy, cottage chic that is, frankly, adorable.


Update: He’s Derek Holland, but he’s NOT the Rangers player Derek Holland. This Derek is in medical sales, and his agent is Clay Stapp. Yes, they have the exact same name. Darn it, I thought we had a Ranger in the ‘hood!

I remember when he bought this house, last March 2010. In fact, I remember when the 5696 square foot home was built in 2009. We used to drive right by all the time. The home started as a lot attached to the home next door, who then sold and parceled off the .70 acres. I must say, I did not realize the lot was that big. The home backs to a greenbelt with power lines. It has five bedrooms, five and a half baths, four living areas, a beautiful outdoor living area with waterfall and pool, gosh we cannot see that from the street!  Also 21 foot ceilings, handscraped wood flooring, travertine tile, granite counters, chef’s kitchen with abundance of storage, as we can see ceiling to floor cabinets. The master has sitting area with walk in closet that wraps around to a study with shelves, rare these days. Looks like they picked up this number for $935,000 — now that’s a home run!