I MAY JUST PULL OUT OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON!

IS HE BEING FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS?


A Houston businessman and newspaper publisher says he may pull out of downtown Houston. This comes as the owner African American News and Issues (the largest black owned newspaper in Texas) says he could be forced out by the high price of doing business. Malonson says Houston council member Toni Lawrence is pushing a new ordinance that would increase his cost at his fifty newspaper bins located in the downtown area. Malonson says publishers will now have to unify their newspaper bins by painting them all green and they would have to sit on concrete blocks. The African American newspaper publisher says that would increase his costs downtown by $350 X 50 if the ordinance passes. Malonson says the changes come at the request of the downtown development district. He says if the association wants the aesthetic changes to take place they should carry the financial burden. Malonson says the increased costs will hurt his independent business!