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  1. Trinity Episcopal Church Main @Holman Established in 1893, Trinity Episcopal Church acquired this site in 1910. Construction of the sanctuary, designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram, began in 1917 and was completed in 1919. Features of the Gothic revival structure include a basilica plan with an offset buttressed and pinnacled tower, and art glass windows. Five rectors of the parish became bishops in the Episcopal church. Trinity Church continues to serve a large active congregation. This building is in the National Register of Historic Places
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  2. I saw this on another site and I haven't seen it posted here at HAIF. Some of the highlights of the presentation: IAH Flat growth in domestic aviation in the next 5-10 years Turkish Airlines beginning service in April 2013 Expect new Asian carrier in the next year and in talks with new Latin American carriers as well. IAH in despearate need of infrastructure imporevements (electrical and sanitation) Lack of funds for new terminals and other improvements due to passenger facility charge of $3.00 per passenger which only began in 2008. All other major airports have been collecting this for years and are currently collecting $4.50 per passenger. Mentions Continental was dead set against it. United is showing more flexibilty towards the charges. Terminal B modernization underway and will resemble Terminal E Termianl D - alot of corners cut in construction back in 1990. $5 million worth of improvements to accomodate Airbus 380 (new jet bridge, preconditioned air improvements, power connections). Terminal D refresh in the next 6 months to modernize the waiting areas (currently green carperts on the wall!), add new restrooms (at 380 gate, only 4 stalls in each men and women restroom for plane that holds 520 people). Emirates Airlines has requested to build a 10,000 sq ft lounge and will pay for it but no room in Terminal D. HAS is working on the new Termianl D Modernization Plan Report and it should be complete in Q1 2013 with ground breaking in 2014. Plans will call for more widebody gates via a pier added onto Terminal D, more restrooms, more concessions and duty free shops, and more lounges. Add an additional Eco Park Lot on Will Clayton Major renovations to Airport Marriott Hotel Mentioned no plans to build any new terminals, only refresh and modernize existing terminals. Terminal A refresh will occur after Terminal D. New IAH Master Plan Report to be complete by December 2013. Old master plan from 2006 to mirror ATL terminal setup has been "Thrown in the trash". Not feasible, estimated at 20 billion. HOU In the process of designing International terminal of 5 gates expandable to 10-11 gates. New parking garage of 3,000 spaces Slight growth at HOU with new international service from Southwest. A lot of domestic flights will shift to DAL after the wright amendment expires in 2014 making room for the new international flights and associated connecting flights. New Hobby Master Plan Report to be completed by June 2013.
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  3. I don't really see it as a big deal, but whatever. I don't think it's wastful for the government to keep their buildings in good condition. But now we're getting into politics so I won't comment further.
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  4. In previous post you have made on this topic you said that this would be high density mixed use development because of the buyer. How do you know that this will be nothing other then high density mixed use development if the buyer doesn't have a track record of developing anything ?
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  5. At this price I assure you it is not a land hold.
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  6. This is an inappropriate comparison TMC is a major business center with only a few residents or neighborhood amenities. On the other hand, uptown Dallas is a mixed area adjacent to CBD - many residents, retail, and offices. The Dallas equivalent to TMC is the Medical/Market District NW of downtown. In this comparison, Houston is much more advanced with TMC's size & density. On the other hand, the Houston comparison to Uptown Dallas is really Midtown, which hasn't come as far yet. As far as what to learn from here, comparisons can be interesting and informative when truly objective - each city has lessons and examples to learn from the other
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  7. Harris County Criminal Justice Center Franklin @ San Jacinto
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  8. LOL thanx, I mean people have to see the good in things. Everything becomes about a dollar, but what many don't understand is that you can't make money if you don't spend it, wisely I mean. So I just see some of the projects that some people are so against or complain about, and it just amazes me how some fail to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This city is a baby compared to other cities, and we are right in the middle of its growing pains. It's an amazing time to be a Houstonian.
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  9. Do you remember when . . . ? “Air-conditioning” was open windows and an attic fan? “Permanent Press” lasted only until as your starched and ironed shirt was put on? Many diseases were an automatic death sentence? Dentists didn’t use Novocain before drilling? You could be chastised by your teacher for being non-religious? Girls were told they could be anything they wanted to be when they grew up – as long as it was a secretary, nurse or teacher? Girls who “got in trouble” were shipped off to Aunt Edna’s, and were considered social outcasts? Abortions were available only in back alleys? Kids sexually or physically abused by priests or by their parent had no outlet to protest? Rape victims were shunned if they spoke out? Your “group” had your own water fountains and bathrooms, and the “Coloreds” had theirs? Everything was in Black or White, and rarely the two did mix? You could refer to an area as “______town” and no one would bat an eye? Not only did you not come out of the closet, you triple-locked it to make sure no one found out? You could go to prison for standing by your Constitutional Rights? (Right, Red Scare?) I’m just as nostalgic as anyone, and many of the above suggestions brought a smile to my face. But it’s all too easy to forget that not all things were as simple, or as pleasurable as they first seem to be. Party lines may seem quaint, but I couldn’t get by without my cell phone. I devoured my set of World Book Encyclopedias, but gimme a computer and the Internet any day. Bad things do happen today, but bad things happened to people when I was a kid as well. They may be different things, but they were still bad. All in all, I have fewer fears and worries today than I did as a kid, or even as a young adult. Maybe that has to do with the acceptance that what’s gonna happen will happen, so why worry about it?
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