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thus dropped in order to save the master plan, but without zoning, the
provisions of that plan which pertained to private property could not
be enforced.17 Furthermore, as a report by a Houston Neighborhood
Improvement Council stated, "Economic conditions in the following
years caused zoning proposals and other aspects of [the master plan] to
be neglected."" So the master plan languished and the Planning Com-
mission was later disbanded.
The failure to secure zoning in 1930 was an important defeat. As
The Rice Hotel, on Texas Avenue and Main Street, c. early 193os.
noted previously, the 19205os were the high watermark of national zoning
adoption, and after the initial fervor was over it became more difficult
to automatically equate zoning with civic progress. The council also
established a precedent for future controversies when it allowed itself
to be pressured by a minority of property owners.
The second attempt to establish zoning closely paralleled the 1929
movement. In 1937, deed restrictions in the fashionable Montrose dis-
trict of Houston expired, and property owners complained to the city
council that there was a surge of "filling stations and small fruit stands
17"Summary of Planning and Zoning Efforts in Houston" (1964), Small Collections;
Houston Post-Dispatch, Jan. 8, 1930o (quotation).
lSNeighborhood Improvement Council, Zoning Fact Book, 1.


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