The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981 Page: 143
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Houston Anti-Zoning Movements
in [our] midst." Fearing the encroachment of incompatible land use
and the resulting depreciation of property, Montrose became the
"cradle of zoning." In response, the city council reconstituted the City
Planning Commission, which also acted as a zoning commission. Head-
ed by Hugh Potter, a locally prominent attorney and a colleague of
Hogg in the River Oaks development, the commission was composed
of thirty-eight citizens, of which four, including Potter, had served
on the 1929 commission.
The National State Life Insurance Building, 1931.
As in 1929, the commission retained Hare and Hare of Kansas City
as planning consultants, and by April 5, 1938, the maps and ordinance
for zoning were completed and city-wide hearings scheduled. At the
first public hearing, it was obvious that the ordinance again faced stiff
opposition. Charles R. Hurlock, vice-president of the Houston Real
Estate Board and a member of the 1929 anti-zoning group, strongly
attacked the proposal.20
Realtors indeed formed the nucleus of the opposition in 1938, and
19Houston Post, Jan. 6, 1962 (first quotation); Houston Press, May 6, 1938 (second
20Houston Press, Apr. 5, 6, May 4, 1938; Houston Chronicle, Apr. 6, 17, 1938; Houston
Post, Apr. 17, May 4, 1938.
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