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Ross last won the day on February 19 2012

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  1. Amazon HQ2

    TI had a major presence in the Houston area at the time, with big plants in Stafford and out 290, so it's entirely possible the Compaq founders were here already.
  2. Amazon HQ2

    Even though I have friends there, I've described Dallas a a plastic city full of plastic people for decades. I deliberately chose not to pursue jobs in Dallas over the years, becuase I didn't want to live there. the KBR site didn't fit KBR's future business plans, especially after the fabrication yard on Greens Bayou was shut down and construction activities were moved mostly overseas to contract yards. Why have a large facility hanging around, sometimes way underused, when you can make as much money managing the overall project and use fab yards owned by someone else?
  3. They ARE public roads. None of the Houston area toll roads are owned by private entities. They are all owned and operated by government agencies. What's your evidence that the Hardy is subsidized by the other segments? Claiming that "it's well known" is not evidence. On the 2016 financials, it shows that HCTRA transferred $124 million to the County for non-toll thoroughfare construction.
  4. KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    It would be public record if they did. A trailer has nothing to do with a Board of Directors. You might be thinking of the process for a new MUD, which needs residents to vote on the initial bonds. The Management District already has residents, etc.
  5. KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Here's the website, which implies there's no bonds.
  6. I haven't seen a viable alternative for aircraft yet, or for ocean going ships (nuclear is an option, but only in theory). I also think the proposed deadlines are optimistic. Are they going to make all of us switch, and get rid of perfectly usable conventional vehicles?
  7. Help on dating this photo

    No earlier than 1974, since that's when Bob Allen joined KTRK.
  8. Amazon HQ2

    Not really suitable for offices, and it's too valuable as a convention space, especially with taxpayer subsidized hotels that were built to support the GRB.
  9. NIssan Patrol USMC amphibious vehicle
  10. Yucat√°n Taco Stand

    I think they are narrow. There have been times when I passed on going to Einsteins because of the parking.
  11. Amazon HQ2

    Would 800 Bell be big enough? It's ready for gutting, and is one of the 5 largest buildings Downtown. Although, I suspect Amazon is looking for a non-highrise solution where they can build open space with high ceilings and lots of flexibility.
  12. Flooding in Downtown from Hurricane Harvey

    My rough estimate is the depressed portion of the freeway would cover about 27 acres of horizontal space, so 20 feet of depth would provide 540 acre feet of detention, 23.5 million cubic feet. That's 28 minutes of the 14,000 cfs flow from Addicks and Barker. That's just to give an image of the water volumes, not to say there's anything wrong with the concept. To put it another way, that's less than the runoff from 12 inches of rain on Midtown. The reality is that an event like Harvey can only be partially mitigated, as we probably cannot afford to design for 36+ inches of rain in two days. at least not without Houston as we know it disappearing.
  13. Alley Theater Renovation

    The LA Aqueduct carries less than 1,000 cubic feet per second. You would need something far larger. The Barker and Addicks dams are releasing 14,000 cfs, Lake Conroe at the peak was releasing 80,000 cfs. Lake Houston at the peak had an estimated 400,000 cfs inflow. That's 9+ acre feet of water per second.
  14. Flooding in Downtown from Hurricane Harvey

    Canyon Gate was built in the Barker Dam, not Addicks. That's the result of a developer being willing to pay too much for land, more than the CoE could pay to expand the area of the reservoir.
  15. So, where would you put all the people who live out West, if those developments hadn't been allowed? What do you say to the property owner who saw nearby property sell for huge amounts, but he has to take a minimal amount? Where does the money come from to buy out thousands of properties and raze them? Hard questions with no simple answers. I don't think the original prairie would absorb the amount of water Harvey dropped. The 1929 and 1935 floods are good indications of that. The flooding to the West might have been reduced, but that's it.