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  1. I think this is a very ignorant statement. Labor may be mobile, but uneducated or poorly educated people generally are not. They are not going anywhere. How healthy can a state be if it is saddled with undereducated, underemployed people, who as a result of those factors are also unhealthy and under- or uninsured. People can take the bootstraps position all they want, but if we're not providing children with a quality education, there's only so far they can pull themselves up.
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  3. OK, so it's NOT OK to call Rush Limbaugh a fat tub of goo, but it IS OK for you to call us all a bunch of jerks when you disagree with our opinions. Have I got that right? Just want to make sure I follow the 'Iron Tiger Inraweb Rules of Etiquette' correctly.
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  4. The majority of the folks on here are not jerks!
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  5. I think people need to relax. Some of you all take this forum way too seriously like its your life! People who have lives probably will find that there's no need to stress and turn gray over what a stranger says on the internet! Unless you guys are getting paid which i'm sure not even the mods are!!! Now back on topic. (I'm playin mod now! )
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  6. We only upgraded to the new forum software a few days ago, and I've already got -14 in my "reputation". Often times, this means nothing in some forums (as in this one) and the world to others, but I'm curious as to why I have -14.... ...can anyone clue me in?
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  7. This has got to be the best thread on HAIF, ever. I rock. So what's new folks?
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  8. 110-200MPH seems awful slow for an area with so few reasons to make the train turn and tilt. And I agree with pretty much everyone above -- Why does New Mexico need high speed passenger rail? What I think the nation needs is high speed FREIGHT rail. Put a massive truck, ship, and barge terminal in Louisiana. Put another one near San Diego. Build a high-speed rail line that's twice as wide as the current standard gauge and let's move some crap across country at a reasonable speed. Did you know that, depending on the route, it can take two weeks for freight to cross America? There's massive congestion on many of the nation's freight rail lines. It's so bad that Canadian National just spent two billion dollars on a loop to route containers around Chicago. It can take FOUR DAYS to a WEEK to move a container through Illinois. What a mess. New Mexico would be perfect for high-speed freight. Passenger rail? I'm not so sure. There used to be a joke about the fictional merger of the Norfolk and Southern railroad with the Waycross and Brunswick railroad. "How do you move an elephant across the country in 24 hours? NorfolkAndWay!"
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  9. Maybe you guys should set up your own little twitter accounts and read them from your phones, so you can do these in real time instead of tapping them out on a computer.
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  10. I guess I'll be the one who says what everyone is thinking. People are modding IronTiger down to vex him. IronTiger does things to encourage them because he enjoys the attention. Can we move on with our lives now?
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  11. No, but I had my rocks ready.
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  12. We only went to DEFCON 3 in Heights Annex.
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  13. Not according to the article, we are not. And not according to our own state government either. http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/ The facts are simple. A society that does not educate its youth will fail. It is not a secret what the educational level of our prison population is. And when corporations and research groups cannot find enough educated people in an area, they will move to where the educated people are. And, I am curious. All the NIMBY threads protesting the building of low income apartments, are they protesting because they fear an influx of doctors and engineers?
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  14. Don't forget about Schlitterbahn in Galveston too.
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  15. The specific location was inappropriate and even dangerous for future residents of this development. The situation is much more complex than most outsiders realize. And what this means is that other, more deserving applicants will receive the tax credits instead, based off TDHCA's points system.
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  16. Think before you type!
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  17. That's what a lot of people said about the Houston Pavilions, a light rail system, the Astrodome and a lot of other things in Houston.
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  18. And don't forget about the Kemah Boardwalk and the Downtown Aquarium. Not exactly 'theme parks' but there are rides and attractions. Something could be brewing at the Flagship Hotel Peer later this year too. We haven't heard anything about that weird Snow Mountain project in a long while, but you never know. Who knows, one day you might wake up to find that Houston has something for families to do on every side of the metro. But just to keep it in perspective, Houston doesn't have any real theme parks at the moment. However, I remain optimistic that all that will change in 2 or 3 years. Those Earth Quest renderings are amazing. This could be the quality theme park I've always dreamed Houston would have. Grand Texas looks interesting. It doesn't look like it will be a real theme park in the traditional sense when it opens, but it could still be a great place to spend a day. Also, at 100 acres it sounds like there is at least a possibility that it could turn into something big one day. A lot of big theme parks started off small, with no rides or roller coasters and grew into something major. At least Grand Texas has a website (cheezy as it may be). We've been waiting forever for an official Earth Quest website. But in this scary economy, I'm just happy that there are still signs that the project is moving forward.
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  19. Michael Jackson, hmm. Oh, he passed away? Interesting talent was he. And by the way, I was born in the same city of Gary, Indiana, like he. St. Mary's Mercy Hospital for me. I don't know what establishment he was born in though. I think he was born in his home. For years, I've stared (and still do) at pictures of my once proud hometown on the east side of Chicago. The boarded up Dairy Queen near Aetna, Dunes Bowling Alley, Horace Mann High (my aunties went there) and some places off Broadway, where my grandpa once had his Aikido dojo circa 1965-1975. Seeing all that...kinda makes me feel goosebumps of yesteryear. When I was an 8 year old kid back in 1976 cycling around my hometown...would I have ever thought my special childhood places would be photographed and put into archival sights like "abandonedbutnotforgotten.com?" Indeed, Mercy Hospital has been boarded up as well. I was born there, my grandma worked in the pharmacy there... I wonder if the enchanting Chinese-American restaurant Ming-Ling's is still open in Gary. I always made the effort to go back to Gary, despite my limited time and resources. And no more relatives in its city limits, they being in Chicago or nearby Hammond now (but mostly in Houston and Florida). Been back three times in 1986, 1988 and 1996. Michael Jackson? I heard he left in 1970. Didn't go back until 2003? I understand he had words of love for our Steel Town. Yeah, I bet. 30 year absence despite his resources and presumable time. He still has relatives in the city limits too. There are those in Gary, Indiana who do express the disappointment over being deprived of the Pop King's presence all those decades. Still, when the Jackson Family used to walk around downtown Gary before they left, I wonder if they ever noticed my grandpa's Aikido dojo on Broadway...though I've never heard that they went in or anything. Probably not known as a martial family or anything anyway. Grandpa's school was endorsed by the great Sensei Koichi Tohei, kinda of an active place in those days. Speaking of those days in Gary...my Filipino-American family who had a campaign party for Mayor Richard Hatcher back in the mid 70s, first black city leader in the Steel Town, in fact Indiana. They were doing the balloons and food...I told my mom, "Mom, I wanna see the mayor!" I woke up the next day, with all the leftover food and balloons...turns out I fell asleep. The days of my grandfolks' house on that cute little hill in the lovely Miller neighborhood. Social nirvana of the 1970s, man. I remember. My brothers and buds don't seem to recall much except Banana Splits ("one banana, two banana, three banana four..."). Karl Malden (R.I.P. to you to too, Mr. Streets of San Francisco), Morgan Freeman...other guys from the Steel Town.
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  20. I'm guessing your first two posts in this thread got negative marks because you're whining. I haven't rated you in this thread or elsewhere... because i don't want you to whine more... but i certainly want to give you a -1 for your first post. It's all meaningless. Stop taking it so serious. And for future reference, know that if you say something that the majority isn't gonna like.. expect negative points. If you say something that the majority agrees with, expect positive points, maybe. Knowing this... if you get negative points for something, then complain about, expect even more people to give you negative points. IF you insist on taking it serious, then take it for what it is... a measurement of what other Haifers generally think of your posts. You can either accept this, continue on your way, and not give a damn as your rating goes lower.. or you can try to improve the quality of your posts and reputation to build up your score.
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  21. OK, how's this: as a whole, does anyone really, really, like the rating system now?
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  22. Why do you care who it is? I hate these reputation/rating systems....They sound good in principal, but all it ends up being is a popularity contest.
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  23. I've noticed that on this topic, on the Harvey Mitchell/Wellborn overpass, someone has taken time to give a minus one on every single post since May 2nd. I'm sure it's the same person. Is there a way to find out who these people are?
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  24. I'm guessing that the "bad" scores were from before the forum switchover. OK, so two non-posting HAIFers or two trolls did it.
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  25. I think that some person thought it WOULD be amusing to mark me down to -2. Out of curiousity, is this only for HAIF members or is it anyone? I feel this is more the actions of "no-post HAIFers" or anonymous trolls than "real" HAIFers.
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  26. here ya go... http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/index.php?showtopic=18067&view=findpost&p=325354
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  27. Well, there was another site with a "thumbs up/thumbs down" system: DO downvote someone: If the post breaks rules If the post is generally not well thought-out If the post is overly mean or inconsiderate DON’T downvote someone: If you have a personal grudge against the person who made the post If you think it would be amusing to do so In controversial topics (politics and religion, etc): if a person makes a post that is a reasonable post with nothing wrong with it, but it expresses views that you don’t like, don’t downvote it. That’s just petty. Sounds fair.
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  28. Wacker Drive's name will never be the same.
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  29. *sigh* .. another FAIL. It only takes a slight rise in the paving to take away a few inches view of a tire. Hill not required. FAIL Nice rant... go see post #28. It has already been emphatically proven to have not been photoshopped.
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  30. Perhaps you need to adjust the color on your TV set. Almost none of the Houston teams are currently, or ever been red white and blue. Astros Originally the rainbow colors of red, yellow, orange and blue. Later, that failed experiment of navy blue and gold, now brickyard red, black and sand. Rockets Originally red and yellow and basketball orange, they went to the pinstripes and cartoon rocket in the 90s, with red, metallic blue and bright blue. Currently, red, white and silver. Dynamo Orange Texans Only the Texans have the US and Texas colors of red, white and blue. And, I very much agree that the colors, along with the name, are as unoriginal and boring as one could get. The uniforms look like a business suit. All they need is a tie to complete the ensemble. But, no one ever accused Bob McNair of being Mr. Excitement.
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  31. I only see one hostile poster and that is Houston19514 don't know why he seems to be attacking CityKid.
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  33. Geesh, why is everyone so hostile in this thread?
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  34. Oddly, they're still Twittering: http://twitter.com/sirenuse It's been an interesting view into the world of a business owner who's recently closed their restaurant and what they're going through.
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  35. Houston city council once again rejected the proposal of the Ashby Highrise, for the 9th time...
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  36. From http://swamplot.com/ashby-highrise-shiftin...2-27/#more-6888
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  37. geesh, red. thanks for the false alarm. i started to pack my things and get ready for a move to the northwest side... but then i saw on the news that Copperfield has had a 106% increase in crime in the last couple of months. thank god for the inner city.
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  38. As long as you only aspire to retail sales or waiting tables, or maybe an office job looking at Excel spreadsheets and creating badass Powerpoint presentations, I think our mediocre schools and colleges are just fine. If we had any hope of actually leading the world in innovation and technology again, designing the phones and computers instead of merely buying and selling them, no, we are doomed. Unfortunately, I don't think your opinion is outrageous. I think a majority of Americans, and especially Texans, think mediocrity is just fine as long as it pays well. What a depressing topic this has turned out to be, being in the minority for striving for excellence in education.
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  39. I'm curious as to how low the system goes. I'll likely get bad posts wherever I go. As long as I'm not too obnoxious, I can watch my reputation plummet. I can then take pride that I am the HAIFer with the LOWEST score!
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  40. To clarify and correct cityKid (who, to nobody's surprise, misread the linked article), only one street has been closed and turned into a pedestrian mall: Broadway, from 42 to 47th streets.
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  41. and somehow that caused you to tell us that "the Times Square area now has a few of the main streets in the area permanently closed of and turned into pedestrian malls"??? Too funny.
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  42. Actually, I saw more tax totals after I posted that link. Of the 10 transit districts, only 2 had increases. Those were METRO, at about 3.5%, and Corpus Christi, slightly lower. Every other entity was negative. I also found data that suggested that the Houston area tax receipts were still increasing through March. April's preliminary receipts are the first month to go negative. Though the number will increase as late filers are counted, it probably will not go positive. This is actually very much in line with the jobs numbers, which showed Houston adding jobs through February. The negative yearly number is completely the result of the last 3 months. In comparison, METRO and Houston have fared far better than DART and Dallas, where sales tax revenue has been negative since the 3rd quarter of 2008. I read somewhere that DART is trying to close a $46 million funding gap due to lost revenue. In light of all of these numbers, METRO's 4% figure doesn't seem out of line at all.
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  43. Most consumers evaluating whether to live in Midtown don't have a very good conception of the boundaries and would count City Vista and AMLI Town Square among the Midtown apartments. They certainly affect and are affected by the Midtown market, and that's good enough. Memorial Heights is at risk too, but such a large portion of it is anomalously recyclable that I suspect that it'll have a few years on Midtown. Otherwise, as I've already pointed out, Washington Avenue lacks any clusters of apartments such as could trigger a demographic meltdown. It's also about three times as large. One end of it could get built up heavily and then go bust and not affect the other section. EaDo only has one apartment complex (and another couple just to the north that are kinda-sorta associated with it) and otherwise is comprised of innocuous condos and townhomes. There's also a lot more room to fill in before it becomes primed for a bust. As for the many clusters of townhomes, most neighborhoods have individual houses that aren't well cared for, and they're nuisances but individual homes aren't capable of turning a neighborhood. Predominantly single-family neighborhoods seem to require generational turnover or some factor that prompts a mass exodus. One toxic apartment complex with 300+ units, can create a tenant base that adversely affects perceptions of the neighborhood, its own competitive environment, and neighborhood businesses--especially bars or clubs. That all feeds back on more stable properties and can induce a flight situation over time. By the time that someone has lived in a neighborhood for that long, they're probably over 30...which is to say, they've lost their sex appeal. They're no longer a cool kid, and they won't matter to those who develop dense urbane breeding grounds anymore until some point in their mid-to-late thirties after they've either gotten a divorce. By that time in their career, they're making much more money and are a candidate for more expensive housing than a midrise apartment complex in Midtown such as was built to attract a more youthful version of themselves. I say this all sort of tongue in cheek, but it's not at all without merit. I myself have put together presentations to put in front of the big money trying to sell them on these kinds of projects, and they consistently respond well to a demographic profile of targeted demographics followed up by overlapping photos of slutty-looking twenty-something females at nearby bars and clubs with their flaming gay friends...not to married 32-year-old home owners (even though the reality is that there are a lot of 30-something tenants). This is why I keep on referring to the importance of the "scene", and it's probably why you keep missing my point. No offense.
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  44. That's interesting. My wife and I are 25/26 and own. Another couple just moved in near us that is in their 20's and they own. I've heard this complaint on HAIF before, but have yet to encounter the "unstable" renters... maybe my section is different? If there are a lot of renters vs. owners, then my guess is it's due to the original property owners holding on to their house as an investment as opposed to renting it out of necessity. Every house I've seen go on the market near me has been sold in a couple of weeks.
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  45. Now that you mention it, maybe I'll walk up there and see if any cars are in the driveway.
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  46. I think it was a false alarm. There were a couple of vehicles at the gunsmith and the door was open. Talked to a couple of cops at Valero and they didn't have anything either. If it had been the real deal, someone would have called in the body in the street by now. I hear the gunsmith all the time, so hearing gunfire doesn't usually concern me, but these shots were not as muffled as I normally hear (the gunsmith fires into a barrel, muffling the sound). Oh well, hope I didn't frighten any of the more skittish Heights posters.
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  47. Maybe someone stepped into someone else's lawn.
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  48. Anyone hear the volleys of semi-automatic gunfire in the Heights somewhere around 11th Street around 10:45? Several volleys. First was around 6 to 8 shots, followed by 3 or 4 more, followed by 2 or 3. I called it in, but was wondering if anyone else heard it.
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