TEXAS – Mission Bend faces city problems without city powers

HoustonChronicle.com:  Mission Bend faces city problems without city powers
Houston could find itself ringed by blighted communities if counties, utility districts and homeowners associations cannot find a way to manage them long term.
By Jayme Fraser
October 5, 2014

When Mike Martin bought his first home nearly four decades ago in Mission Bend, the manhole covers and storm sewer grates were stamped, “City of Houston,” reflecting expectations that the fledgling suburb west of Alief would be annexed by the city within a few years. That never materialized, and he has watched as curbs have crumbled into the street and local leaders have been unable to manage new development.

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