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  1. It is NOT 'bullying' to assert that someone did a poor job of conceptualizing and communicating a point of view in a public, highly criticized and open format such as video. No one has challenged or denied his right to have or express an opinion, much less threatened him. It really steams me to see people throw around the term-- as if every time you don't get a goldthousand dollarsingstar for coming to the party, you've been 'bullied.' He needs to learn to do it better if he wants his opinion to be heard and not discounted. I don't know about the 'old HAIF', but in life you don't get a pass for just showing up and saying something. His poor delivery sank whatever he intended to communicate. The topic of conversation was compromised when he made simple factual misstatements. He should educate himself more about the topic and the medium, then practice, and try agian. That's not bullying, that's advice on how to succeed.
    3 points
  2. Dallas' Victory teaches us that it is possible for a development to have retail, a stadium, high-end hotels, expensive architectural finishes, high operating costs, and still be bland.
    2 points
  3. For those of you who are on the hunt for old abandoned bridges, I located one earlier this year within the confines of the Addicks Reservoir, directly along the western shoulder of the elevated portion of SH-6 that runs through the reservoir. The bridge is in two sections, a north and a south section, crossing over South Mayde Creek. Before SH-6 was built at an elevated height through the reservoir (circa 1968), the road was a simple asphalt road which sat at ground level, and was known only as Addicks-Satsuma Rd. There was a slight bend in the road near South Mayde Creek which was eliminated in the new SH-6 elevated stretch, but today, the old bend can still be found, as it is home to these two sections of old bridge. Due to a lack of detailed information on the road, I can only assume these bridges, which were constructed in the late 1950's, were replacements for earlier wooden bridges. Addicks-Satsuma Rd. dates way back to the beginning of the 20th century, so there had to be something there to cross the creek. These two sections of abandoned bridge are somewhat modern in design, with concrete and steel on the deck surface, and a wooden substructure that has remained relatively intact to this day. Unfortunately, these new bridges only served for about ten years or so before SH-6 was elevated, and this bend in the road was bypassed altogether. Some forty years after being abandoned, these two bridge sections remain, nestled about 10 feet below the sidewall of SH-6 on the west side, just a few hundred paces from the dam itself. The south bridge is in much better shape, and you can still explore underneath it. There is a large amount of old discarded beer cans and tires from the 1970's scattered around. There are also ruins of what appeared to be some concrete culverts or possibly stability points for some type of superstructure. The north bridge, which is all the way on the other side of the creek, is much harder to spot, as it has been almost completely engulfed by topsoil, and the side rails are all gone. On either side of the bridge, you may also notice a metal gate. This pair of gates used to open and close as needed to prevent drivers from crossing the bridge during floods. Now, they are just ghostly reminders of what used to be. I have pictures but cannot figure out URL codes, nor do I care to. If you visit my webpage, you can view over a dozen photos of the bridges. www.westhoustonarchives.org , and go to the abandoned roads page. The bridges are listed alphabetically after Addicks Clodine Rd, and Addicks- Fairbanks Rd.
    1 point
  4. Just passed by, there are workers on site and appear to be taking out some of the trees on the lot. Concrete has been dug up in some portions and there are some big piles of sand. I'm not sure if it is related but in the parking lot across the street near the ATT building there is all sorts of metal part. Regardless the prep work on this building seems to have started.
    1 point
  5. I just flew back into Houston for a week-long visit with the 'rents and it is amazing how many cranes dot the skyline here in The Woodlands. Between Anadarko, Waterway 3 and Exxon, there are at least 20 cranes in the air. It's VERY impressive. I can only imagine what people driving in from out of town on I45 must think when they pass through.
    1 point
  6. Reading posts in this thread has started to become the online equivalent of sitting in a traffic jam. It's just as exciting. But eventually, traffic will start moving again and we will arrive at our destination.
    1 point
  7. I haven't experienced much of the complaints - I have a few friends that subscribe to things that churn out meaningless (usually daily) things like horoscopes or repost RSS stuff but that's the exception. I have found it more useful for events and places - in my experience a lot of bars/restaurants, groups, and organizations post updates, news, and happenings on FB faster (or exclusively).
    1 point
  8. Totally jealous of this one. Fairmont is an outstanding brand and I am loving the 60s throwback architecture and height of the actual building. Downtown Austin is on fire. Wish downtown Houston could catch some of the hotel love shown to Austin. As of now, their downtown has the following that Houston lacks; Hampton Inn and Suites (our downtown needs a midlevel national brand badly) Hilton Garden Inn (see above comment) Holiday Inn Town Lake (see above comments) La Quinta (again, see above comments) Intercontinental Hotel (the one we have by the Galleria is changing brands) Omni Hotel Radisson Hotel and Suites Sheraton Capitol W Hotel Fairmont (and 1,000 rooms too!)
    1 point
  9. Its a CONVENTION hotel? Too bad Houston builds short squatty ones.
    1 point
  10. New rendering posted on SW. http://swamplot.com/the-numbers-on-that-35-story-tower-planned-for-weslayan-and-west-alabama/2012-05-18/
    1 point
  11. Managed to take a photo of the lot with a bit of perspective of what the intersection is like (sorta) , along with a greenway skyline. Enjoy.
    1 point
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