Local News... VERY local
This post has nothing to do with politics -- frankly, that subject is overwhelming right now. I am not at all a drama queen, nor am I wanting sympathy. But there's something really disturbing going on in my neighborhood and I thought you could help me play "sleuth."
My very own neighborhood is currently being threatened by a serial arsonist. My new alarm clock is sirens, followed by news helicopters.... EVERY morning. Between the story in the link and the following facts, what do you think is going on?
- The neighborhood is called The Houston Heights... it is 2 miles west of downtown Houston.
- The original structure of my house is 100 years old (I know that's not old by East Coast standards, but it's OLD by Houston standards!); very typical of this historic part of town.
- It is a beautiful melting pot of ethnicity, sexual orientation, professions... you name it (BTW: my district was heavily Obama in the G.E... just had to say that to prove not ALL of Texas is like Gov. Perry.)
- Lots of people are here because their families have owned the homes for generations; others (like us) were smart enough to buy when it seemed like it could be a great location; others have come recently because it's "the" place to be.
- Houston is undergoing a big geographic change -- in the '80's, everyone worked downtown/Galleria area and commuted to the suburbs; now, people are tired of spending $$$ for gas and 10+ hours a week in traffic, so they're moving in droves into town -- and The Heights is the recipient of much of that growth.
- Developers fall over each other to get pieces of land in this neighborhood -- they desperately want to build and sell here because of the high demand, and the high-income people its attracting. Some developers respect the Gingerbread/Victorian style homes; others just wanna build McMansions.
- We're walking distance away from great restaurants, cool, artsy shopping are. Downtown Houston is only second in the nation -- next to NYC -- in theater seats.... And Houston is a healthy economy in a rough economic national backdrop.
- The first was a house -- a duplex. One side was set ablaze; the other had a family living in it who fled (without harm, thank Goodness), but lost their home.
- No one else has been harmed to date.
- All other fires have been set in unoccupied homes or structures (i.e. garages).
- All of them happen around 5:15 A.M., and most of the now 11 fires have been on one block, though the culprit(s) has moved onto other blocks.
- The block with the majority of fires is an even mix of beautiful new homes, older homes, and vacant-need-to-be-demolished structures.
- The arsonist is getting more daring -- this morning, it was TWO fires.
What say ye?