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  1. My children and I live in Walden on Lake Houston, agree with the article. Very affordable, beautiful are with much greenery and the lake. Culturally and ethnically varied. Very few areas flooded during Harvey. We live along the lake and did not flood. Most folks are polite and friendly. The only setback is one common to many suburbs, lack of cultural amenities.
  2. Amazon HQ2

    How much of a chance do you all Generation Park has? Area did not flood, it is near the airport, along the beltway, and near some fine housing. Cultural amenities are a bit thin. For whatever it's worth, which isn't much, I prefer gmac's suggestion or building it in the south east corner of the downtown
  3. Flooding in Downtown from Hurricane Harvey

    That may or may not be true. I haven't seen data regarding this so I hold off judgement. I do know that the high density you speak of jumps housing and rental costs way up ( See San Francisco and Boston). These cities are very difficult for middle class families with children. That is why the suburbs in DFW, KC, Minn-St.Paul etc are so popular for those folks. Regardless you are going to flood when you get 40 to 50 inches of rain. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 dumped up to 6 feet of rain in central America and floods occurred. Hurricane Juan, in 1985, dumped 15 to 20 inches in S.Louisiana with of course floods. Development may or may not contribute but with these rains it will flood, and flood badly. Lake Houston is 64 years old and needs dredging. I am not an engineer but my guess is a gigantic drainage basin needs to be constructed in the area to catch excess water and quickly drain it to the Bay.
  4. Melrose Building to be Redeveloped into a Le Meridien

    Good to see something dry and beautiful. Thanks
  5. Flooding in Downtown from Hurricane Harvey

    Lake Houston is 64 years old. How much sediment has accumulated in those 64 years? It about time dredging be seriously considered.
  6. 1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    Glad to hear that.
  7. 1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    That poor tree died for that.
  8. 6-story school downtown

    The above quotes do seem very thin on architectural critique and heavily invested in what passes as modern, adolescent sounding, trendy bigotry. To this add never actually communicate with the target of the bigotry but make self-created assumptions on what they think. Let's stick to architecture and quit ridiculing people we do not know.
  9. 6-story school downtown

    I never said or implied the Diocese is insolvent. I am not privy to their finacial health. Nevertheless seeing what Texas A&M did to the Shamrock and MD Anderson did to the Prudential building ( both of which were marvelous building in my opinion) one can assume insolvency is a non-issue in these situations.. I my not like it but I suspect it has to do with straight forward non-sentimental financial decisions. I would not be surprised if the Diocese used the same reasoning. Just glad a few buildings such as the old Texaco and Texas State hotel building survived. Hoping the Great Southwestern building makes a comeback.
  10. 6-story school downtown

    No offense meant, but why rage? Where was the money for the preservation? I did not like it when the Shamrock and the old Prudential buildings were torn down, but in truth what can be done? Is there a mechanism to make preservation of these buildings economically feasible? Why would MD Anderson spend money to prop up a building their analysts found unfeasible? How could this school with an even smaller budget accomplish this? You are correct. It is a beautiful and irreplacable building sandwiched between two architecturally unimpressive buildings. I think the folks at IWA mourned the loss of this building, but life is full of unpleasant but necessary decisions. And yes, give the people at IWA credit. They did not cut and run like many Houston businesses when the area went derelict ( not that I blame them I would have done the same thing)
  11. Greenspoint Mall Under Contract to be Redeveloped to Mixed-Use

    Back in the early 1980's Greenspoint Mall and environs was an affluent up and coming area. It was pleasant shopping there. A French hotel with a good restaurant was nearby. Then the oil crash and within a few years it was a crime ridden mess. Hopefully this will help in turning the place around.
  12. Reminds somewhat of the Hanover Post Oak in Uptown
  13. Our family went to Biggios while we stayed at the Marriott. Enjoyed it greatly, but I am not a gourmet and as long as the service is functional, I'm happy. CrockpotandGravel has an extensive awareness of the Houston dining scene. His opinion perhaps?
  14. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    Elegant old building