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    Simbha, Nick and all other well-meaning types and future leaders: ref post # 38 or so... You've got to nail it in an elevator speech. People mock the idea, but if you can't do it in 3 bullets points and 30 seconds, no one will care. It doesn't matter how passionate you are or how complicated the subject matter is. Your screed that required three taps, --UGH!! You have a captive audience on HAIF. No one outside of us gives a ratfook, and is never going to read your 1,000 words on urban planning. Show it, do it! That was ur marketing tip o the day.
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    How come Atlanta gets all the spectacular foreclosures? Why can't Houston do a spectacular foreclosure? Houston doesn't do anything right.
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    If spires and antennas count towards height, then its worth pointing out that Houston has at least a half dozen structures that are twice the height of this one (most or all of which are at the Blue Ridge Antenna Farm), and then there are probably about another half dozen that have occupiable space at or near the height of this one...and our space actually is occupied. Take that, Atlanta!
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    A good day trip would be to take the ferry over to Bolivar, view the Ike devastation and eat at Stingaree
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    The one Navigation is still family owned, just like Carraba's on Kirby and Woodway. Two other oldies are Monument Inn and Brady's Landing. The new Pleasure Pier will be a great attraction, when it opens.
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    Jokingly, three things to do when you come to Houston are New Orleans, San Antonio and Austin. How about the beer can house, the art car parade and drive through River Oaks and Memorial. Michaelangelo's is a restaurant that comes to mind that's been around forever and Ninfa's on Navigation.
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    I was at the dedication ceremony and I remember the trees being holly. Oh well, that's beside the point (doesn't really matter). Nick - Hermann Park and the Museum District would be a good choice. Also, a visit to the Galleria & Water Wall is a good one. However, I'd get a Houston Press or other publication to find out what was going on during the timeframe that I had guests visiting.
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    Yes, that's why I referred to Tranquility Park in the paragraph above it. And, I believe that the trees in the Astronaut Memorial Grove are actually live oaks, not holly. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've visited, however. My point is to suggest that Houston build a notable and visible monument - not only to those lost but - to the entirety of human spaceflight. Tranquility Park is a nice monument, but it's not even known to most Houstonians. And, the Astronaut Memorial Grove is not known to most people - period - and is a memorial to those lost, not to the endeavor itself; there's a difference in my mind.
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    My post above is incomplete and in small type. Since I can't edit it now, I'll restate it here and add in the stuff that got deleted (by me, I'm sure - accidentally)... 4. Affiliation with manned spaceflight I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Space Center Houston is a poor monument to a proud heritage of space exploration. It doesn't even come close to dignifying the efforts made by thousands of Houston residents who affected millions - if not, billions - of people worldwide. It's a Class C exhibition when it should be a Class A facility. It's no wonder we didn't get a space shuttle. However, it's not too late; it can still be improved upon. I'd really like to see a world-class facility that focuses on the human side of human spaceflight. This is Mission Control and where the astronauts trained. Simulations, hands-on displays, a wax museum... I think there's huge potential here that isn't being used. There's nothing else like that in the US! While Space Center Houston is a poor monument to our home-based space program, Tranquility Park in Downtown is a nice space and could become a more appealing tourist destination. Currently, it's occupied by... well... the Occupy Houston crowd, but the space itself is a nice monument to the program, at least when the fountain is turned on. One change I'd suggest for the space is to improve the lighting - both for the park as a whole and for the fountain itself. I've also suggested this elsewhere on HAIF, but I'll reiterate it here: I think Houston could stand to use a purpose-built monument in or near the city core to human spaceflight. This is where it all happened, and it's more appropriate to do it here than anywhere else. I wouldn't want such a thing to be in Clear Lake, despite the geographic proximity to JSC/Space Center Houston. No, a monument such as this needs to be in the center of the city where all the action (read: viewers of TV/film) would see it as part of the city core.
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    Here are some photos of various Chicago skyscrapers I took one sunny Autumn day.
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    A significant component of Houston's culture is genuinely ingenuine, authentically inauthentic. Houston is like Baskin Robbins' 31 Flavors of redneck; I want to showcase them all, let it all hang out. Of course, if you aren't allowing it on our site, then it isn't our site; it is your site. And we will not start here; you will start here. I believe in the big budget model of PR and advertising. That is what it will take. No one guy with a blog can change that; not you, not Rick Steves or Anthony Bourdain; nobody.
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    We went there twice -- the food was terrible the first time (cold and tasted strange) -- we actually weren't charged as the waiter agreed with us....second time was better but not memorable. Been to Cyclone's many times and have never had a bad meal.....their seafood enchiladas rock
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