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  1. Nude Beach?

    Ha! To each his own, but naked people are not going to stop being funny. On a related note (and a slightly less random bump), scanning through Google Maps, I happened upon what was labeled as a "resort" in Porter. You know that there must be something a bit out of the ordinary to something surrounded by trailer parks and the prototypically "low income" Walmart that would attempt to invoke images of luxurious leisure. Emerald Lake Resort. Look it up, if you're in to that sort of thing...
  2. Frank's Backyard @ 413 Travis Street

    When scarcity becomes a positive attribute, that's when the big dollars start rolling in!
  3. Discovery Green

    The MM's pool is a more local, small-scale substitute for places like Hyatt Lost-Pines and Hill country resorts, which obnoxious children from the Houston area (and elsewhere) have been assaulting for quite some time. The price of popularity is having to deal with all of the people.
  4. 1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    They put a tree up on the garage, so I guess it's finally done growing. The renderings suggest that there will be some cladding and paint added to obscure the metal framework of the garage, and I think something retail/restaurant was planned for the ground floor, but I might have that wrong. In any case, they have the amenity deck up there that would look horrible perched on top of something that would not look out of place in an olefins unit in Deer Park.
  5. LGBT family - Pittsburgh PA to Woodlands/Spring TX

    Speaking from experience, people in the suburbs can find a way to be snotty neighbors for any or no reason at all, while others will be very welcoming and friendly. I found the same to be true when I lived in town. Any insularity that I have experienced was not mitigated by my own personal matching demographics or (presumed) political preferences. Here's hoping that your family and everyone else here is lucky enough to live close to a few non-jerks wherever you land.
  6. Sounds like Fitness Connection is liking the leverage of 12 years left on a lease.
  7. I have a feeling that with high quality representation, one could find some legal standing to hold nearly any project up.
  8. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    The Michigan Central Station?
  9. Also - looks like they are closing off the adjacent lot (and a lane on Fannin) for the garage build...
  10. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    Can't tell if the recent news is positive to the situation, but the earlier quotes from the ownership group did sound like they were in way over their heads and close to begging for money.
  11. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    Four "shifts" to cover 24/7/365 with 20% for overhead still gets you $110k per guard. There seems to be some heavy inefficiency working in that calculation.
  12. 1114 Texas Street to Become Hyatt Place Hotel

    Still nothing. EDIT: 3 hour later update - some dudes with clipboards and a measuring wheel were walking around from the alley and in to the front door when I just walked by. I know, riveting stuff, but it's more than the nothing I reported earlier...
  13. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    Right, I was essentially wondering why the article didn't refer to IHG instead of "Holiday Inn". Plenty of brands to choose from, but probably no Holiday Inn varieties.