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Ross last won the day on February 19 2012

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  1. Amazon HQ2

    But the winter temps near absolute zero make it unlivable for normal humans. I know a few folks who came from there or lived there, and they were all glad to leave.
  2. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    Residential permits should be banned by the Legislature. All taxpayers pay for public streets, why should only nearby residents get to use them?
  3. I didn't read the invite as limited to RE business folks only, just to provide your employer if you are.
  4. Amazon HQ2

    The move to Dallas was in 1989 or 1990, and was a deliberate choice to locate away from operational sites. I've seen articles somewhere that Atlanta was considered. I suspect one reason for Texas was the lack of a state income tax. That's the explanation given by then CEO Rex Tillerson here There will be other opportunities to attract new companies. Hopefully without giving up any great amounts of subsidies.
  5. Amazon HQ2

    ExxonMobil is a bad choice for this argument. The headquarters has something like a few hundred employees, while the campus here was built for over 10,000, and they moved all of the Fairfax people here. A slap to Houston would have been the Fairfax jobs going to Dallas.
  6. The Cannon, Mixed-Use @ Beltway 8 & I-10

    No. Their job us to ensure the developers follow rules on site prrp, life safety, etc. The Houston Planning Department doesn't get to choose siting for projects, which is as it should be.
  7. 628 E 11th St

    That's probably related more to the types of stores than walkability. I know a number of people who think the old part of 19th is a pain in the ass to visit, because there's not enough parking, so they just don't go. True walkability is an old fashioned mall, where you park in one spot and can visit 150 of your favorite stores.
  8. 628 E 11th St

    You wouldn't walk to Penzey's because it's set back from the street? That's honestly pretty bizarre. If you cut over to the sidewalk in front of the stores, it's just like walking on the sidewalk in front of the older places on 19th,and you get an extra 10 steps of exercise. It's not like it's a 3 mile hike from the street to the stores. When we go to Penzey's, we usually wander down to see what's up at the other places. And, there's the added advantage that others can just park there, right in front of the store, where the door is. Rather than having to walk around from the back to the front, or the proprietor having to hire an extra person to watch the other door.
  9. Houston 1967 street view question

    Has to be from the East side to get the angles on the buildings. From Pierce and Brazos, the Humble Building would be visible Not that far South, as other buildings would be visible.
  10. Houston 1967 street view question

    I tend to agree with Utterly Urban. Since the Humble Building isn't visible, the location can't be farther South than Bell or Pease. It might be further East than 59, given the rundown shack to the right of the Gulf station. This is where we start to miss the detailed city directories of the earlier decades, where you could pick a street, and see all of the residents/businesses block by block.
  11. 628 E 11th St

    Not at all. This location is too far for me to walk to for a meal, and I don't like establishments where the parking is in the back. That's my opinion, which is, of course, far superior to anyone elses opinion. I think walkability is overrated, especially in Houston.
  12. The folks who bought in Canyon Gate should have noticed they were inside a dam. They are less than half a mile from where Mason Road goes over the dam. Here's a view on Mason Road looking East at the dam:,-95.7433507,3a,75y,110.1h,63.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIvUtnXtPuaBOcXiiL6w7JQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  13. Home on 1766 Pasadena st

    Built in 1911, designed by the same firm that designed the 1910 Harris County Court House. It appears to have been owned by a fraternity or sorority from 1992 to 2003. The owner was Texas Delta Alumni Corp. Amother mention in this article
  14. North Shepherd Golf Course

    You may be thinking of Pine Crest Golf Course at Gessner and Clay, which was sold a while back to MetroNational who then sold to Meritage. There's nothing about Pine Forest being sold. The Pie Crest property may also be turned into detention for flood prevention, since it has flood plain issues that would require lots of fill dirt to raise homes high enough to be above the 100 year flood elevation