There's any number of titles I had for this thread:
Pamela Heights: a little bit of Houston in Austin
Pamela Heights: libertarian paradise
Pamela Heights: worst neighborhood ever
Anyhow, were is this place? It's an isolated grid of streets, with the prerequisite developer's daughters names, located in unincorporated Travis County, Texas.
The area is surrounded by leafy planned communities and industrial parks. Pamela Heights itself, though, is the least planned area one can ever imagine: a checkerboard of cheap houses and mobile homes, most of which have Appalachian-style collections of various implements, vehicles and other assorted items most of us would call "junk" scattered about; auto mechanics and body shops; storage yards; construction firms and contractors, used car lots, equipment and parts storage yards, vehicle impound lots, welders; and, oddly enough, beauty salons. Really, on roads that might see a couple hundred vehicle trips a day, I wonder how used car lots and beauty salons ever attract any customers, or even make their presence known to the world beyond this enclave.
This area has no zoning whatsoever. None. The porta-potty business you'll see? It's next to a site-built house. All of these non-residential uses have residential neighbors; not just across the street or the lot to the back, but next door.
Want to convince your libertarian friends of the need for zoning or some form of land use control? Show them this thread, and ask if they'd want to move there.
This business is tucked in at the far corner of the subdivision, where there's almost no traffic. How do they get customers?
Nice front yard fence
This auto impound yard is across the street from the house in the next image.
And this trailer is next door to that house.
Next door to the trailer
Next door to that ...
Next door to that ...
Home occupation, Pamela Heights style.
The ultimate snout house. It's ALL garage up front, baby!
Just what are they trying to protect with that concertina wire? There's a lot of houses in the area with razor and concertina wire surrounding them.
See the comments for the last photo.
And again with the barbed wire.
There is a lit neon "OPEN" sign in one of the windows of this house.
Another beauty salon on a street with almost no traffic. Go figure.
Home sweet home, and of course a barbed wire fence.
Across from the welder.
When you see it ...