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  1. I loved the sopapillas. I had a friend in high school back in the sixties and wed go over to the Panchos on Long Point and Wirt and wipe them out of food.
  2. Hopefully Houston First will have as much success with the theater district revamp as they have had with the G.R.Brown Disco Green project. This will be a great addition to the neighborhood while adding parking and dining options for the theater district if their plans are to keep it open during the evening. Has anyone heard any more about progress on the redesign of this area?
  3. I thought part of the problem was getting the people out of the tunnels and up on the streets where commerce usually occurs. The tunnels close after 5:00 and are not an option for people that live downtown. Adding more retail underground does not help this at all. The people who work in these buildings will come out from underground if there are viable alternatives. They do it everywhere else. I think like anything it just takes a little time for people to change their habits. I cant speak to Chicago's situation but here in Houston, we are trying to establish a foothold in downtown for the people who are actually moving and living in downtown. I don't think the corporations would want to keep the tunnels open to the public after dark and have to hire extra security. It would open a whole can of worms and they don't want the public in their buildings anyway.
  4. It sounds like Macy's is having trouble no matter where they're located. How many more stores did they close down KInkaidAlum?
  5. Maybe you should suggest it. Im a member and will make a call myself. Thanks for all of the information. I should read those things when they get home.
  6. I agree 100% only in my mind this is even bigger because this is a public building that is going to be full of great art and wonderful spaces. Its going to allow the Museum so much flexibility with the collection and how they exhibit work. It will give the Museum the room to do things like show so much of the modern and contemporary work that has been collected over the last 20 years and store away for this building. Its going to be incredible. Now lets get on with it.
  7. The last building Hines and Pickard Chilton worked on together downtown was BG Group Place, which opened in 2011, just two blocks away. Hines bought the two properties in the same transaction, largely because they were both on the Main Street light rail line. This was in the Chronicle after the grand opening of the new 609 Main by Hines
  8. How about at every overpass intersection of the freeway, street intersections, or parking lots. I get asked for money, water, food, or if I want my windows washed more often when I'm in my car. More often in the suburbs so don't say that its a major factor only downtown along the rail.
  9. Artist, musician, art gallerist.
  10. I believe that the new garage is built under the new Glassel. Thats what was going in underground. The church parking is north of the church on a lot that the museum owned and traded to the church for the southern lot between the church and museum.
  11. These kinds of venues create a sense of community, a place for interaction, and a place where all kinds of demographics and ages feel comfortable in. Plus they take advantage of a poorly underutilized space. The outdoors. No it doesn't work so well in the rain or 110 temps with no clouds but thats what indoors is for. I'm sure it will be popular and I'm happy to see this type of development.
  12. I cant believe it's finally going to break ground. I've been waiting for this ever since it was announced. This is going to be huuuuge!
  13. I don't know when you left Houston, but Metro has stepped up their enforcement of non ticketed riders and are manning the stations looking for riders without passes. Also as more people are coming to the surface and spending more time on the sidewalks its pushing the street crowd a little farther to the edges. Most of them don't like to be in big crowds and it doesn't hurt that street patrols are keeping them from getting too comfortable. I worked for three years for Cabos which backed up to 420 Main. We had our share of street people and most of them that I would see on a regular basis had mental problems. For the most part they would move on just by being approached. I'm sure Local will be able to deter them from harassing their customers. Time will tell.
  14. No, weak businesses that were failing or losing business due to either poor management or maybe a business that was out of sync with the 21st century business models were hurt. Bars that weren't on stable footing to begin with, little mom and pop stores who had already lost much of their business due to the ghost town that midtown had become in the late 20th century, and large businesses whose trade had moved out to the suburbs. I feel sorry for those that were forced to close or move, but I think sometimes those kinds of things are going to happen when you go about creating from scratch, a totally new means of getting around the city. How can anyone argue who defends the expansion of freeways. Its the same situation. How many businesses have been displaced or closed due to the expansion of I-10 and now 290. My point being that I feel their pain, but I think that sometimes we do things for the common good for the overall community that might affect a small minority who do lose. Thats unfortunately the result of progress. At least Metro made the effort to alleviate some of the pain in these last two lines by better construction planning, more community communications, and payments to small businesses for compensation. Most of the arguments about Houston rail are based on the construction of the Red Line. That was Metro's first experience with this scale of project. I think they were a little too optimistic in their time line. They tried to build it all at once, which kept the entire line under construction for the length of the project, and they were forced into a deadline for the super bowl. I'm sorry that anyone had to suffer but sometimes for the greater good these things happen.
  15. A lot of this is the same argument that wAs used all by the time by the Afton Oaks NIMBYS. It did hurt businesses, and any time you create a new system you will displace or disrupt businesses. In a case like this where a new mass transit system is being installed the long term benefits will far outweigh the small number of businesses that are affected. Unfortunately sometimes people get hurt for change, and this would be a good change. Many of the businesses that were there during the construction are still there now. It's usually businesses that are weak to begin with or just barely hanging on. Its mom and pops that have not kept up and weren't doing much the last ten years. The neighborhood had changed over the years. It became a ghost town along main way before the rail came along. Perfect example all the squabbling about the University line by the businesses who said they would lose their business. Well half of those businesses are now gone because they weren't successful anymore or they sold their property to apartment or storage building developers, and new strip centers.