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  1. Hotel RL & Residences @ 1005 St Emanuel Street

    Soon to be rebranded "The Habitrail at St. Emanuel"
  2. 807 Taft, where the Pass & Provisions is now. When I lived and worked in the area, I used to pick up a po-boy for lunch there fairly regularly, but my memories of doing so are colored by my car getting totalled right after leaving there one day by an uninsured driver who ran a red light at Taft and W. Gray. To add insult to injury, I'd just had the engine overhauled less than a week beforehand, and had expected to keep the car for at least several more years. Will have to see how much the location at Kirby and OST has changed with the rebranding - that one has occasionally been a favored stop after attending a daytime event at NRG Center.
  3. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    Cortes Deli is certainly sorely missed by everyone who ever ate there. But what really caught my attention was your mention of Jenny's Hideaway, a place that had somehow been almost completely erased from my memory despite having patronized it on occasion in the mid-80s while living just down the street in an old bungalow on Graustark.
  4. Midtown Sears to Become Houston's Innovation District

    No, we're not going to pioneer the Art Deco tech hub, as Twitter has already beaten a path in that direction via adaptive reuse of a 1937 Deco building that formerly housed wholesale furniture design showrooms. I daresay that if this approach passes muster for a leading tech company's headquarters in San Francisco, there's no reason it can't work in Houston.
  5. T-Mobile outage

    Fiber cuts happen all the time - fiber is buried all over the place, and despite construction crews knowing they have to be careful when digging, and that fiber and other buried utility lines are usually well-marked, everyone knows Murphy's Law never takes a holiday. It is pretty unusual for a mobile service provider's entire customer base in a city the size of Houston to be taken offline by a single fiber cut, even if it's a big pipe. Not sure where this one was, but someone on Twitter was claiming it was a Comcast line that got inadvertently cut by a Comcast crew. To prevent outages like this, network operators that require 24/7 uptime typically design redundancy into their networks, so that if a fiber cut happens, traffic fails over to the redundant network section/provider in a manner that is (hopefully) transparent to end-users. For example, BizCo, a company with financial systems that have to be available 24/7, might have its primary network connectivity through CenturyLink, with redundant connectivity through Sprint. If CenturyLink has a fiber cut and BizCo's connection to CenturyLink goes down, traffic is automatically rerouted through the Sprint connection and their systems are able to stay online with minimal impact. In the case of a major service provider like T-Mobile, it may not be financially feasible to have complete redundancy across their entire service area, but they almost certainly have something in place to mitigate outages like this.
  6. Chase Bank on W 19th for Sale

    That's the same thing I said to my wife when we walked the dog by there a couple of days ago to check things out. Its size and space utilization are clearly relics of the 1970s - the staff will no doubt have to get used to much smaller office spaces in the new building.
  7. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    That's the last time I was there as well. It's even more depressing to see some of the railroad history stuff they have on display inside the station - it just emphasizes how far passenger rail has fallen since its heyday. Passenger rail was already on life support in the late 1960s, and the railroads were no doubt glad to be relieved of the burden of having to continue to provide passenger service when the Nixon administration effectively nationalized passenger rail operations and consolidated all of the passenger rail lines under the newly-created entity of Amtrak in 1970. I can remember going to Union Station with my parents in the late 60s/early 70s. It was certainly a lot more impressive than the shabby, vestigial station that's left now, although I can't honestly say I'd rather have Amtrak operating out of there now instead of the ballpark.
  8. Cars Ruining Cities

    My wife works in the Galleria area, on Post Oak, and from time to time when her car is in the shop or temporarily unavailable (like when she got a nail in one of her tires last week), she will use both the rail and bus systems to get to the office - from our house, she can hop on the Red Line south to Wheeler, then transfer to a bus and head westbound down Richmond all the way to Post Oak. Traffic being typically godawful on the West Loop and anywhere in the vicinity of Post Oak during morning and evening rush hours, she can usually get to the office via rail/bus in about the same amount of time (or even less) than it takes to drive there at peak travel times.
  9. Help Identify this Drive-In

    Not exactly the North (the Paonia was in Colorado), but close enough climate-wise to justify the same signage:
  10. You mean we shouldn't judge the past by the standards of the present? That's crazy thinking. It could cause the entire Internet to shut down. Or at least put a serious damper on the recommended daily allowance of hot takes.
  11. So they removed the ATMs entirely? Can't imagine who thought that would be a good idea, as they are the only Chase ATMs within a reasonable distance of that area. Or, since you specified "drive-through", were they replaced with walk-up units?
  12. Cars Ruining Cities

    Last week at Memorial Park I saw a friggin' SUV driving down the path in front of the parking lot by the tennis courts. Not sure if the driver truly believed that was one of the generally-acceptable forms of recreation the paths were intended to accommodate, or if he was just suffering from a terminal case of craniorectal inversion, but suddenly finding myself staring into a pair of oncoming headlights sure got my attention right quick. He got back onto the paved roadway at the end of the parking lot and took off. I saw a cop cruising through the parking lot a few minutes later and was tempted to wave him down, but the offending SUV was long gone.
  13. Cars Ruining Cities

    Residents of the northeastern state that is the home of the Red Sox have got to be pleased that another group has finally become more closely identified with the term "Massholes" than themselves.
  14. 509 & 517 Louisiana to be Demolished

    "Riverfront property available, will build to suit. Contact Khufu at Nile Realty."