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    I would love to see it before it becomes super commercialized. You know, before Tillman Fertitta builds a boardwalk and a casino there.
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    Well, you did it again. You scooped the Chronicle.
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    From today by me: 2929 Weslayan by brijonmang, on Flickr 2929 Weslayan by brijonmang, on Flickr This is the garage. They did a pretty good job of concealing it. I think it is pretty nice as far as garage podiums go from street level. 2929 Weslayan by brijonmang, on Flickr
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    I received a letter from the chief operating officer of the Menil last nit and it said: We want you to know that on December 18, we will begin demolition of the closed back section of Richmont Square To create space for the Menil Drawing Institute!!! I went in the back yard and took pics of the weapon of mass destruction preparing to be unloaded. Bryan as usual will Download them for me.
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    Flash back photo. http://imgur.com/vIfy2q.
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    Im starting to change my opinions of this building http://imgur.com/IuAKbZc
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    Yes, it's pretty fun! Actually if you look closely, you can already see the following in the webcam: HSPVA diggingHampton Inn/Homewood SuitesGeorge R Brown parking garage prep work and eventually renovationMarriott MarquisTexaco renovation500 Crawford apartmentsEaDo Station apartments (or at least the crane for it)And once construction becomes more visible, you should see: Nau Center (all you can see so far is the cover over the locomotive)Incarnate Word parking garageAnd if they ever build them, you should see: Block 98 residential high-rise6 Houston CenterAlexan Downtown (if it is tall enough)And if I turn the webcam slightly to the left, once it gets tall enough, you should see: Catalyst apartments
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    Digging has begun. There are a bunch of trucks on site and pavement is now torn up on the north corner of the block (click for bigger view): And my webcam should now be more reliable: http://webcam.rechlin.net/811main/
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    The Main St side appears to be 1 continuous space (left side in pic) stretching from Lamar to Dallas. This pic is from Lamar. Parking lot ramp is to the right, separated by a wall.
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    Downtown post office to close after the first of the year, per the USPS. No buyer for the site yet, but it will be put back on the market next year: http://abc13.com/news/what-will-closure-of-downtown-post-office-mean/441038/ If I'm reading the USPS data on consolidations correctly, all services will end at the current site on 5/31/2015. There's a detailed spreadsheet covering all planned USPS consolidations at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/our-future-network/welcome.htm (click on "Planned 2015 consolidations" to download the spreadsheet). Also of note: the USPS is revising service standards in the new year to tack on another day to the average time for First Class Mail delivery. I expect that I'm possibly the only person here who will miss having a retail post office and distribution center at the current site. So it goes.
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    http://www.bszmodels.com/portfolio/hudson-houston-houston-tx/#
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    Twin Peaks is another great spot for views, and is generally not crowded.
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    I would love to see their architecture and vintage automobiles.
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    For the last couple of decades, my pal in Berkeley reliably warns me immediately upon arrival that the street people are aggressive. I then remind him that I've worked in the less new areas of downtown Houston for all that time and longer, and that our street people really aren't any different. I think there's some local pride there that the the term "panhandler" originated with the annoying folk in the skinny section of Golden Gate Park that extends east between Oak and Fell - the "Panhandle." Then again, we have this posted in the lobby of BG Place for the tender flowers that work there:
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    Courtesy of Bobruss: Richmond Square Demo by brijonmang, on Flickr Richmond Square Demo by brijonmang, on Flickr Richmond Square Demo by brijonmang, on Flickr
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    Looks like GFR might be going into the bottom of a parking garage at Gray and Louisiana: Sorry, I had to make the picture small for it to upload.
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    outstanding illustrations! edifice is becoming a showplace indeed...
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    The Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill is also fun to do. Great view of the city and the bay from the top of the tower. Cool neighborhood also.
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    Sadly, if the proposed Galleria condo tower is built, many of the units will have views of The Mercer. I know this is a bit off-topic, but it strikes me that an advantage of living at The Mercer is that one can have views of the Galleria/Uptown area w/o having to look at The Mercer! Especially now, as the reptile slowly sluffs off its old skin.
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    Good god. It's f-ing awful. Lopez's takes are almost always half-baked and are typically quickly and easily rebutted by Nick Wright. On the other hand, Nick "coming up after the break" Wright is an intelligent guy but tries to comes off as some hyper-intellectual and is nothing but a hack activist for civil rights and social justice with a super annoying voice to boot. I mean really, I can't take more than a few minutes of that guy's voice. For those of you who think he's headed for national radio pastures..... please..... he can't even manage beating his competing time-slot rival which also has a major handicap in Adam Clanton. It's bascially Lance vs. Nick and Lance is beating him consistently.
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    It's been quite a while since I was last in SF, but a few things haven't been mentioned yet which may or may not be of interest to you. If you're a fan of Hitchcock, there's always the "Vertigo Tour" of locations for that particular film (Muir Woods, the Palace of Fine Arts, Mission Dolores, the Presidio, etc.). Plenty of info out there via Google - a recent one that I just ran across is at http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/07/a_carefully_plotted_totally_stalky_map_of_hitchcocks_vertigo.php. Sites related to the history of the counterculture: obviously the Haight and North Beach. Off the top of my head, 710 Ashbury (Grateful Dead house), 2400 Fulton (Jefferson Airplane house), 318 Parnassus (Hunter Thompson's apartment while he was writing Hell's Angels), and 1805 Geary (site of the original Fillmore Auditorium). Have a drink at Vesuvio in North Beach, watering hole to many Beat-era writers, and also right across the alley from City Lights Bookstore. I'd definitely agree with the earlier recommendations to drive the PCH down to Big Sur, if you get out of the city. Absolutely spectacular scenery. The last time I was there, we drove down from SF through Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel to Point Lobos, which is at the northern end of the Big Sur coastline (http://www.pointlobos.org/). If you go, you should be sure to get out of the car and walk down to the shoreline; at Point Lobos there are places where you can wander down the beach right up to the Pacific Ocean.
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    I like going to SF or for that matter, anywhere on the west coast in September. Still hot as hell here but comfortable there. Summer months are nice but a bit crowded. When last we stayed in SF we booked a couple of nights at the beautiful historic downtown Palace Hotel. Very nice. Even if you don't stay there get a drink at the Pied Piper bar and gaze at the Maxfield Parrish painting. http://thepalacehotel.org/
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    Fall weather in the Bay Area is reliably pretty decent. However, it doesn't really rain much there anyway; when it does, it's generally in the range of what we would consider humidity. A friend in Berkeley describes Gulf Coast weather as "Biblical" in order to adequately convey the concept to others out there. You will walk a lot. The Haight really isn't the gayborhood so much anymore, just like Montrose isn't. If you're in the city a car is far more trouble than it's worth; if you must have one, get something small because parking is a bear. At the risk of stating the obvious, BART and MUNI aren't the same thing. BART is the regional heavy rail system, MUNI runs San Franciso's busses, trolley busses, light rail, and street cars; other parts of the area have their own local transit systems (such as AC Transit in Alameda County - Oakland, Berkeley, etc.). Tickets for one don't generally work on the others.
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    In other news, assuming my theory has any merit... http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/business/russia-ruble-interest-rates.html?referrer&_r=1 Basically, Russian economy is in collapse, so if this was the goal of Saudi Arabia, it appears they're succeeding thoroughly.
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    I have some updated info for this thread. I was in Austin today and went by the state library to look at some old Houston directories. I looked at the 1945, 46, 47, 48 49 and 50 directories. Apparently Mary's café was for only a brief period, not one directory called it Mary's café. In 1945 it was Bill's café and kept that name through 1949. The Humble service station next door did not show up in the directory until 1949, so the picture had to be taken after 1949. Some time about 1950 or 51 it showed that the owner of the service station named Anderson put in an auto parts store next to the service station and I think it was the old Mary's café building. The Dalley-Owens tool company at 773 McCarty had also changed names to George Rental Service
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    Latest photo courtesy of Bobruss: Hanover Southampton by brijonmang, on Flickr
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    What about the big grassy plot south of Burnett St. By the railroad tracks just north of I-10? That would be quite central.
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    Expert Column Slant Analyser here: I'd say that thing is slanted!
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    Imagine that you are Exxon, Conoco, Chevron or one of the other major Exploration & Production Oil companies. Right now you are being hurt because the profit margin for every well you are pumping oil from is decreasing with the price of oil. These "upstream" operations become less profitable with lower oil prices. This is especially true of wells in "unconventional" plays (shale, oil sands etc.). However remember that all of these large companies also have "downstream" operations like transport, refining and selling retail gasoline and other petrochemicals. Transporting oil costs the same no matter what the price of oil is so there is no real impact to companies who are primarily engaged in transport via pipeline and rail. For a refinery a barrel of oil is actually a cost to them so the lower price is actually a benefit for refining operations. Also, the lower cost of gasoline means people are going to drive more and visit the gas station more often. They will have extra money in their pocket from cheap gas to go in the gas station and spend on soda's and food. This helps offset some of the upstream losses if they company has a lot of retail (i.e gas stations) exposure. Also keep in mind that these huge multinational producers are well diversified up and down stream as well as across multiple energy sectors (nat gas, renewable etc.). They own billions of dollars worth of physical assets (real estate, heavy equipment etc.) that they can consolidate and leverage to weather this storm. The companies that are really getting crushed are small cap oil producers. These are the companies that came onto the scene when oil prices were high and borrowed a ton of money for drilling equipment and land using the future profits as collateral for these loans. If the price of oil stays at current levels or goes lower these small companies will not be able to repay their creditors. This is actually of some concern because this could affect the financial credit markets beyond just the energy sector. Some are drawing comparisons to the subprime crisis and resulting financial meltown of 2007. The difference between energy companies defaulting now and banks defaulting then was that in 2007 there were no well capitalized entities to swoop in and buy up the cheap assets. In this current energy crash, large companies like Exxon and Conoco will be able to swoop in and buy the assets of these small over-leveraged drilling companies at bargain prices as they go belly up. In the long term this will strengthen the big producers despite the short term pains. Finally you may be asking why the stock prices of the best oil companies like Exxon, Kinder Morgan, Haliburton etc. are getting crushed along with the smaller and riskier companies. Without getting into a discussion about finance with the rise of ETF's most investors trade energy as a whole sector by buying an energy ETF as opposed to doing the research and buying individual stocks. Therefore when oil crashes people panic and sell the entire sector out of fear and all the stocks get hammered. In the coming months there will be some great buying opportunities in the stock market for the best run oil companies once oil finds a floor and some stability returns to the market.
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    Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel by marclongoria, on Flickr
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    this was taken they day of demolition of the Foley's building and, standing about 5' away from where I took the previous picture...
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    http://swamplot.com/construction-set-to-begin-on-the-luxury-jewel-box-the-gallerias-chi-chi-pad-site/2014-11-20/
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    the risk with this is that the developer needs to consider if this nook will feel like a vibrant PART OF downtown, connected to trails and designations or, is it going to feel like a little island ghetto surrounded by freeways and DISCONNECTED FROM the "real" downtown. This property has incredible potential. The right developer with help from the City (likely needed) will be able to find a way to get all those terrific new residences to be able to connect to downtown seemlessly. If all they do is bulldoze the lot flat, dig some holes, pop up some fancy buildings from those holes, and install some landscaping, this project will not fulfill its promise. If they do all of that AND solve connectivity issues, this project may become known globally as something to emulate.
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    The little greenish building on Fannin in midtown (originally Fannin Medical Center): http://arch-ive.org/archive/fannin-medical-center/
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