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  1. BLVD HISTORY . . . MAY 2009 JUNE 2010 JANUARY 2011
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  2. Just found this PDF from the building company. Has a timeline of the building, which appears to already be behind, but it should be fine. Has the same view of the previous renderings but morre detailed of a picture. I think it looks pretty sweet. Manhattan Construction - PDF
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  3. He might get a better response on HAIF if he applied his CenterPoint practices to the internet.
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  4. Lots of the old neighborhoods that surround downtown are ghettos and few rarely travel through them so Id thought Id take some photos of a rarely viewed part of Houston. I also have some night photos of downtown that I took later that day. Enjoy. These first photos are from the fifth ward directly north of downtown. This is in downtown, an old factory building thats been there since 1905, its going to be a new parking lot yay! This is just east of downtown, basically right by Minute Maid Park. On the other side of 59 from downtown, a lot of the vacant old industrial lots and some blocks of old houses are being torn down and replaced with this utter crap. There is seriously blocks upon blocks of these terrible looking apartment buildings popping up on both the east and west side of downtown. I really hope that in the future our inner city doesnt become one monotonous tin neighborhood, but Im afraid its heading in that direction. This area is located just southeast of downtown. Rice University Catholic School downtown Humble, north Houston. Skyline of The Galleria Area Houston Museum of Natural History and Science Just west of downtown. Random other photos Ive taken over the years of Houston. A loft building downtown that was half destroyed in a flood during the 1930s. Folgers Coffee Factory and The Ship Channel in the back. One of my friends that used to go downtown with me to take photos back in highschool, I dont really remember where downtown this was but its probably been torn down since. Main Street This was from last year, I was just walking around downtown and turned around a corner and there must have been 5k people in this crowd, it was pretty amazing.
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  5. Work has begun on both sites -- Interior demo on the Boy Scout building was in full force yesterday..... The parking garage site is in the process of having the old chain link fence taken down and other debris removed.
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  6. Sounds like the new lines will be like roller-coasters, going up over an intersection and then down and then up again over the next intersection and so on. I would like to see what these elevated intersections are going to look? The picture I have in my head is a very tacky/cheap system. Invest in your future Houston! Imagine if the heavy rail system that was proposed in the 80s/90s? would have been built, Houston would be worrying about other things such as commuter rail, or a light right loop connecting suburbs.......Who knows.
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  7. Why? There are plenty of cities the size of Houston and even larger that have at-grade rail. Are pedestrians in Houston extra-stupid and try to lick the train as it passes? I thought only SUV drivers did that. And since the notion of "heavy rail" (commuter rail) keeps coming up here, I was recently surprised to learn that Minneapolis has commuter rail. This is a city with less than 1/10th of Houston's population. And even Seattle (1/7th Houston's population) has commuter rail. I wonder what other small cities have commuter rail that for some reason people think Houston isn't large enough to support.
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  8. Construction will begin this year (very soon). Contracts are being written to sub-contractors already.
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  9. Let me put it another way for the humorless among us. If a building has a working toilet, then it will already have moving parts. Those parts, which move in a clockwise direction, provide a good rhetorical analog to my opinion of the moving parts that are the subject of this thread.
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  10. Perhaps someone should start a thread to promote buildings with moving parts, much as someone has for promoting downtown lighting. Therein, we can all find the courage to flush toilets on an excessive and unnecessary basis and contribute to ecological degradation.
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  11. Well IF my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. The problem is money is rarely allocated for public services and when it is, it is not sufficient to keep up with the influx of residents (140,000 new people in 2009 alone). Rather, they want to build ANOTHER stadium for a soccer team that few in this city care about (relative to baseball or football--this is not a jab at soccer).
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  12. Nothing ground breaking here, but I got to talking to this guy on our bowling league the other night and found out that he just moved to The Woodlands from Michigan. Anyway, he works for Exxon and he said that the development at the Hardy and 45 is on the fast track and will break ground sooner than later. He said it is DEFINITELY happening and that all offices from Denver, Fairfax and some from Dallas and Houston are all moving to the Spring/Woodlands location. So there ya go. At least it's not 'dead' or on a 'hiatus.'
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  13. Well he said that SOME jobs from Dallas would move here. He said nothing about the headquarters. However he did say that from what he understands, ALL jobs from Denver and Fairfax are headed to Houston. Of course, we already knew this.
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  14. No, it's not paranoid. It is just nuts. The word "determines" obviously refers to the process of the director counting and verifying the returned ballots, not some super secret special way the director can say that an unreturned ballot means a ballot in support. I mean come on people. This provision is one the realtors and builders wanted. They made it very difficult for further expansion of the districts, if not impossible. But even in the pro-builder/realtor provisions, you all see some secret plot. This is about as bad as the paint/HVAC/political yard sign arguments. Just because you think that it is possible to read an ordinance a certain doesn't mean that it is read that way. Move on. Go get in on the hot property market surrounding the Historic districts. Property prices are going to shoot through the roof as every builder, resident and renovator flees the historic districs and rushes to west of Ashland to build monsterous McVics. But watch out! The decay in the historic districts will be so fast and devastating that the old bungalows will become crack houses and meth labs (granite countertops are a plus for cutting drugs). People moving into the non-historic areas will probably see their property values plummet as soon as they move in due to the crumbling historic districts. Eventually the entire Heights will become a post-apocalyptic war zone where gasoline is currency and gangs of out of work contractors fight for control of the Citgo on W 11th and the Valero on Shepherd. Or, actually, life will go on. Gas will eventually go to $4.00+ a gallon when the economy rebounds and people will pay piles for a bungalow in a Heights Historic District to avoid paying hundreds a month to drive in from The Woodlands.
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