One of the most characteristic features of Historic Old Northeast is our beautiful oak tree canopy. These mature trees not only add to the ambiance of our neighborhood but provide much needed shade in the heat of the summer. Unfortunately, we have lost many of our trees due to age and sometimes illegal removal. Poor pruning practices, often by utility companies, have damaged the canopies of a number of our trees.
HONNA’s Neighborhood Plan celebrates our tree canopy by recommending and supporting the planting of canopy trees in our parkways. In 2016, the Planning and Preservation Committee completed a tree survey that identified areas where trees are needed, and created a program that offers trees to residents at no cost. The only obligation on the part of the homeowner is to water the trees regularly for approximately 2 months until they have established a good root system.
Live oaks, Drake elms, and Yaupon hollies are available; planting occurs in the spring.
The Historic Old Northeast neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The concentration and diversity of early 20th century homes built on a grid of narrow brick streets with granite curbing and hexblock sidewalks, all shaded by a mature tree canopy, are hallmarks of the neighborhood. Maintaining these characteristics is a key objective of the neighborhood association, as the economic benefits of preservation are well known. The Granada Terrace neighborhood, a Local Historic District designated in 1988, is located within the boundaries of Historic Old Northeast, in addition to eleven local Landmarks.
HONNA’s Planning and Preservation Committee works with City staff, City Boards, and City Council members to advance the goals and objectives identified in the Neighborhood Plan. Members review variance applications, often attending Community Planning and Preservation Commission(CPPC) meetings, City Council meetings, and Development Review Commission (DRC)meetings to advocate for or against proposals that affect the neighborhood.
The Committee also developed and oversees the Tree Canopy program.
- Repairable – Historic wood windows are designed to be easy to repair. Unlike replacement windows where the whole window unit must often be replaced or factory repaired if an issue arises, historic windows can be repaired piecemeal. Each individual piece can be repaired, restored or replaced quite simply by the homeowner or local tradesman.
- Upgradable – Your old windows may or may not have weather stripping, but if they don’t you can easily add it and dramatically increase their efficiency.
- Simple to Maintain – Keep your old windows painted. That’s it! With some paint every decade or so you can keep them protected and safe for a long, long time.
- Resilient – Being made from old-growth lumber these windows (when properly maintained) can be made to last for several centuries unlike replacement windows today which are obsolete within just a few years.