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  1. This thread is not about construction or development. It is for whining and philosophical ramblings between groups of people who will never hear what the other says.
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  2. I was surfing the web when I ran a cross this post by J.R. Gonzales of the Houston Chronicle but could not find a place to post a reply so I decided to post here with my friends. See the Article below. You can follow the original post and other great stories of Houston's past here: http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2009/11/remember-the-red-white/#comment-3678 Please give thanks to Mr. J.R. Gonzales. Betty Marcontell Sarah Goolsby on Heights Boulevard, circa 1916. Bayou City History reader Betty Marcontell recently sent me this 1916 photo of her great-grandmother Sarah Goolsby on Heights Boulevard. What struck me — other than the cow — were the homes behind her. I haven’t had the chance to check it out, but I wonder if some of those homes are still standing. Marcontell also forwarded Goolsby’s 1957 obit. Goolsby was known in the community back then for opening one of the first Red & White stores in Houston. I couldn’t find anything about the local store in our archive, but does anyone here recall that chain? It Seems that I might have stumbled across something linking the Red and White Stores to the Heights area in of all places the local Fiesta store in between 14th St. and Studewood. They have quite a few awesome pictures of the old Heights hanging on the walls and this one (below) caught my eye. Sorry for the bad picture but it was taken with a camera phone; I will try to get a better picture of it but for now you can feel free to go down to the Studewood Fiesta super market and check out the all the wonderful pictures. No one knows for sure where the location/address of the store located in the Heights was or if there was one even located in the Heights. The picture below is what I beleive might have a possible location. Let me know if any of you guys know any more about this. Thanks and I will post any other updates that I might find.
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  3. New Parkland hospital construction is underway... $1.3 billion county hospital right on the light rail. Makes Ben Taub and LBJ look pretty shabby. http://www.buildingparkland.com/ The nearly 2 million-square-foot Parkland hospital will replace the existing 55-year-old facility, and, when complete, will be the largest public hospital building in the nation built in one phase. The $1.27 billion project will include a new, 862-bed hospital, as well as a separate clinic building, parking structures and other support facilities.
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  4. So I have not been paying attention to this thread at all and the last two pages are basically nothing....has this thing broken ground yet?
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  5. The commutes are getting worse, but it will take a lot to overcome the weak schools and expense of living inside the loop. And employers are also (unfortunately) starting to think about moving out to the suburbs to be closer to good schools and affordable new housing, like the new Exxon campus near the Woodlands. Houston's core is healthy, but I don't see it getting any more of the growth over the next decade than it did the last decade, especially with the Grand Parkway opening vast new areas to develop. If you look at the H-GAC jobs forecast, it shows little growth for downtown and uptown, and although TMC grows well (fed by employees from Pearland), the big majority of the job growth is outside the core, which means the residents filling those jobs are likely to be out there too. I've said this on my blog before, but if Houston's wants its core to capture more job and residential growth, it needs to revamp Metro to subsidize private commuter bus/shuttle services competing to connect every neighborhood to every job center with nonstop 65+ mph service on a robust, expanded HOV/HOT lane network (inc. the 610 loop). If it's easy for employees from all over to get to jobs in our central job centers, employers will expand more here instead of in the suburbs, which, in turn, will attract more residents to the core who *do* want to be close to their jobs.
    1 point
  6. can't come soon enough, decided to ride the scooter down bagby the other day. I probably looked like a crazy person weaving from one small pothole to the next, in an effort to avoid the really big potholes.
    1 point
  7. Calm down buddy... I've worked at LBJ, rotated at Ben Taub, and currently work at Parkland. This new hospital undoubtedly makes Ben Taub and LBJ look shabby, its just a simple fact. It makes the current Parkland look shabby. Both Ben Taub and Parkland are awesome training grounds.
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  8. This is what a tier 1 universtiy gets the funds to do, and wow this is gonna be sweet: I can't copy and paste any info from their website, so just watch this video to see what's up: http://urbanlivinglaboratory.com/flash/video.wmv website: http://www.urbanlivinglaboratory.com/ ...just found out sucky info, it's gonna be in DALLAS. Side topic...what does this say about Houston? It seems Dallas has a ton of urban projects compared to Houston. Do we not have enough yuppies or what?
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  9. Thanks for the slap in the face. Maybe next time I'll give you my address so you can do it in person. The reason why I'm so impressed is not because the development itself. The reason is because it's for research purposes. Too bad it sounds like they'll be sharing the data only with their clients.
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