Oaks Civic Association
Boulevard Oaks is one of Houston's premier inner city neighborhoods, noted for its beauty and grace. Located near Rice University, approximately four miles southwest of Downtown, its boundaries are the Southwest Freeway to the north, Morningside to the west, Bissonnet to the south, and Graustark/Parkway to the east (plus the 5300 blocks of Cherokee and Mandell, the 1700 blocks of Albans, Wroxton, Bolsover and Rice Blvd., and properties facing Ashby). There are more than 1,200 residences, together with some 30 small businesses along Bissonnet and Sunset. See Map. A wide variety of housing is found in the neighborhood ranging from old mansions to bungalows, and a small section of ranch-style homes built after World War II, though many have been recently replaced by larger two-story homes. The advantages of Boulevard Oaks can be summed up under three headings: location, beauty, and neighborhood culture.
Thank you to all of the alert and heroic community members who contacted us to provide sightings, assistance and resources to rescue the black-bellied whistling ducklings traversing the neighborhood. More Photos of the ducklings and duck family by Elaine Mut are available here.
Photo: Elaine Mut
After consultation with the Wildlife Center of Texas, the ducklings were rounded up early Friday (Aug 12) morning. Under the guidance of local flora and fauna expert Doris Heard, neighbors, Susan Tanner, Elaine, Michelle and Nicole Mut captured the 14 ducklings and took them to the Wildlife Center of Texas (without the parents who would be nearly impossible to capture) along with a check to help cover care for the ducklings until they are independent.
BOCA's 35th annual 4th of July Extravaganza
was held Saturday, July 4. All had a great time.
BOCA's Most EGGcellent Adventure!
Special thanks to Elaine Mut and daughter Michelle for taking photos at the BOCA Easter Egg Hunt last weekend. Click here for links and instructions to view & download their wonderful photos.
City of Houston Sidewalk Variance Form
The city recently changed its standards for sidewalk replacement form 4 ft. wide to 5 ft wide regardless of location and type of street. This new requirement is detrimental to our street trees and alters the character of our neighborhood by creating more paved surfaces. BOCA encourages all neighbors who are contemplating a sidewalk replacement and builders building new homes to replace sidewalks with 4 ft wide sidewalks to match the rest of the neighborhood. The city has a variance procedure that is easy to follow. The application can be found here. Select “HOA Letter” as your reason for requesting the variance. Please attach our letter to your request. The BOCA letter can be found here.
TREES FOR HOUSTON/BOULEVARD OAKS