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Residents of Alief celebrate the removal of a dilapidated trailer at the center of a long-running turf war across the city

After a year-long real estate battle involving multiple city departments, citations and hundreds of emails, Tiffany Thomas felt a trailer-sized weight lift off her shoulders Monday morning.

The District F council member’s relief was in response to a photo sent to her by a constituent showing a truck carrying a trailer that she and other Alief super ward council leaders have spent the last 12 months working to get out of his wobbly perch at the corner of Alief Clodine Road and West Houston Center Boulevard.

“I feel like I’m at the end of ‘The Wiz’ when they kill the Evil Queen,” Thomas said. “It’s a new day.”

The trailer, owned by Houston resident Dr. Ramesh Kapur, had sat at the busy intersection since May 2021, drawing citations and anger from local residents for its state of disrepair in a prominent location. On Tuesday, Thomas shared the image with his Twitter followers showing the trailer being removed.

Thomas said Kapur reached out and offered to move the structure following an April report about the ongoing property battle. Kapur, however, denied this when contacted for comment on Tuesday, saying the trailer was “stolen” or deleted by locals working against him.

“They stole it. It’s most likely stolen,” Kapur said. “Someone played a game… Personally, I think someone in the neighborhood did something.”

The trailer drew numerous quotes and anger from local residents for its state of disrepair in a prominent location.

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Kapur said he was in the process of hiring help and gathering materials to renovate the trailer when it went missing on Monday. Local authorities disagree with his assessment.

“He’s crazy,” said Alief Super Neighborhood Council treasurer Doug Smith. “That’s all there is to it. No one would want to steal that piece of junk.”

The residents and rulers of Alief celebrate the caravan's withdrawal as a hard-won victory for the people.

The residents and rulers of Alief celebrate the caravan’s withdrawal as a hard-won victory for the people.

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As of this writing, it remains unclear who moved the trailer and a call to the City of Houston Neighborhoods Department, which has been in contact with Kapur regarding the property, was not returned Tuesday after -midday. In the meantime, the residents and rulers of Alief celebrate the caravan’s withdrawal as a hard-won victory for the people.

The trailer, owned by Houston resident Dr. Ramesh Kapur, had been sitting at the busy intersection since May 2021.

The trailer, owned by Houston resident Dr. Ramesh Kapur, had been sitting at the busy intersection since May 2021.

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“We escalated different government entities, but it really came down to public pressure,” Thomas said. “If it wasn’t for the people, he would have stayed there.”

Thomas said the shame and unified demands of the Alief community ultimately weighed more heavily on Kupar than the city’s fines.

“You can pull quotes out of a door, but when your name is in the paper, that’s a whole other thing. A little little neighborhood out west said ‘no’ to being ignored.”




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