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  1. According tothis article, some of the beliefs that are held by some people REALLY need to be educated:

    Your link could NOT have been a better portrait of American greed. The only Police officer who isn't overweight would be the African American gal. This is a must-repost. Thanks a million. :P

  2. Definitely 30. That's what the ticket I got a few years ago said. And the ordinance when I looked it up. And my mother when I called to vent:

    Me: How far from a stop sign is it legal to park?

    Mom: 30 feet. Why? Get a ticket did you?

    Me: What gave you that idea?

    Mom: Why else would you be asking me that question?

    So, that meant a trip to teh municipal Courts building, and a swift reduction of my bank balance by $75.

    Yea, my neighbor the cop and I both received this same ticket a couple years ago on Roseland two blocks South of Richmond. I tried fighting it as there wasn't any signage. It didn't help, but I painted a line at 30' and a big-ass no parking to..... right on the curb to help the next "victim." I

    should go by there and see if it's still legible. :lol:

  3. I've been meaning to post this analysis for a while...

    Often people talk about the 'diversity' of a population, but what they really mean is that the city/MSA has a large 'non-Hispanic white' population. But, another way of looking at diversity is the variation within the population, without exclusion.

    One way of measuring this latter form of diversity is to apply a method found elsewhere in the social sciences -- to take a 'sum of squares' of shares (e.g., the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index in economic analysis of supplier concentration).

    As an example, here's the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA (again, first posted by Sellanious Caesar):


    Non-Hispanic White: 2,360,472 (39.7%)

    Non-Hispanic Black: 1,029,880 (17.3%)

    Hispanic: 2,099,412 (35.3%)

    Asian: 417,415 (7%)

    Other: 39,621 (0.7%)

    Taking the shares and discarding the percentages, we have: 39.7, 17.3, 35.3, 7 and 0.7.

    Squaring these and summing the resultant figures gives: 3,170.96.

    A lower number indicates greater variation with the population. To see this, consider two populations: one with 100 groups of 1% each, and the other with two groups with 50% each. The former is 'clearly' more varied, and the index represents this; the first population has an index of (1^2*100 =) 100, while the second population has an index of (50^2*2 =) 5000.

    Applying this to the data to which Sellanious Caesar has linked and focusing on the largest 10 MSAs in the country, we get the following indices (sorted in ascending order):

    1. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX MSA -- 3170.96

    2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA -- 3279.7

    3. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA -- 3310.86

    4. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA -- 3363.45

    5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL MSA -- 3364.88

    6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA -- 3549.07

    7. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA -- 3789.64

    8. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA -- 3801.94

    9. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA -- 4764.8

    10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA -- 5798.74

    So, by this measure at least, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA is the most 'racially diverse' major metropolitan area in the country (of the ten largest).

    Two caveats: (i) I am well aware that this method isn't 'perfect'; it's just (to me) an interesting way of quantifying diversity which I thought others might also find interesting. And, (ii) While I think that there's value to understanding ethnic diversity, I think there's an over-emphasis on racial diversity, which is what the data represents - and thus, this analysis too.

    Edit: To my knowledge, the method presented above is used in the social sciences with some prevalence, but is not used in the analysis of population diversity; I don't make any claims to have 'invented' this method, but I think this is an interesting application of it.

  4. Question. Does or has any one lived in this type of condo, with a ground floor restaurant. Are there odors in your apt or balcony? I realize the vent hood would be placed on the rooftop of course. I would hope by code at least those built now. :blush:

  5. Why not turn it into an aquarium? I know we've got the 'Downtown Aquarium' and the Moody Gardens in Galveston, but I feel Houston really lacks a true, public aquarium. The Dome would seem to be perfect for it, and it could still be used as part of the Reliant Complex for conventions and such.

    Edit: I forgot about the aquarium in the zoo, but that's kind of the point... It's... forgettable. dry.gif

    I just ran across this (old) post. I voted historical. I think an Aguarium would be a great idea. The one Downtown is not an Aguarium, that one should be ripped out at once or turned into a full kiddy amusement park, not the wanna' be it is now. The locale would be a great, non local, visitor "draw" as the Dome and World were, once upon a time.

  6. No offense meant, but amongst the majority of these proposals, I'm grateful they never went up. Can any developers do an original project, along the lines (for the times, yet still amazing) of Pennzoil Place.

    For a residential tower..... Can't think of a single one, sorry! Perhaps, that 'modern' one on Wilowwick near San Felipe!? Even that style has been over done too.

    Maybe? http://www.chron.com/business/article/Luxury-residential-tower-planned-near-Highland-2191896.php

    Will wait with unabated breath. B)

  7. I tried Ray's this weekend. It was great!

    I second, third and forth that. I've yet to find a burger I enjoy as well as Good Times in Denver,Co (local chain) I for the life of me I will never understand the fascination with Lucky's burgers. When I first moved back to Houston, I lived on Roseland off Richmond and was told I must go there. Sorry, a frozen flat as a pancake, a burger does not make. Ditto, my new hood and Papas, sorry, IMO

    From what I've read I now have a mutitude of new burger joints to try out. As much as Niche may dislike me I shall give his recommendations a go. :blink:

  8. I took the day off and took some time to try out the new camera during the day. Seeing the results, I seem to have better luck at night then I do during the day...ohwell:

    This is a shot looking north towards the North line. In the second picture, you can see I cropped it a bit more and you can see how much work they're doing. Like I said in a previous post, I can't believe how massive this elevated portion is! I wish I had a zoom lens, but I hope to get one in a few weeks.



    This is the view from ground level looking south.


    This is looking straight north. You can see the pilings and the new ones that are still being put up.

    Thanks for the foto share. As I found out walking back home last Thusday night, Main street is now completely closed off. Good, that I know alternative ways back to my casa. (feeder road and up) This work looks as if it will be going on for a long time to come. My friends and I have avoided Main from this point to I-45 for over a year so far. :-(


    These are the new lights that were discussed over at the Discovery thread. They lit it back up, but seemed to have changed the types of lighting. Makes me wonder if those generators are ever going to go back up.


    A look down Capital street. As you can see there is a bit of construction going on there. I'm curious to see how they're going to put down the rails.


    Hess Tower at night. Purty.


    The new Jury facility. I have yet to be down there, but I'm sure it's a kinder gentler version of Hell. :)





    Hope you enjoyed the pics. Out of the 500 pics I took that day, these were really among the only keepers I can really share. :(

  9. I wish the new residential towers wouldn't look so... cheap? The new one on Studemont comes to mind. At least they tried with 2727 Kirby.

    Yes, for sure. I actually ran acros a very similar high-rise 2727 Kirby minus the balconies, believe it was in Europe somewhere. It was on an architectural site I was cruising. I meant to post the foto here, but got side tracked and now can't remember which site it was.

  10. When was the last time you saw an inspiring residential tower outside of Dubai? Condos & Apartment buildings are fillers, not corner stones.

    Touché. I can dream. They needn't even be anywhere near as inspiring as those you're talking about either. I understand for cost efficiency, etc the huge mega Corp developers use the same garbage over and over in all metroplexes. But..... Please? Am I in Denver, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Houston or.....? lol

  11. Hopefully it means one less toddler in establishments that aren't private homes, school or playgrounds.

    Although I'm a little interested as to which is the more mentally debilitating sound with repeated exposure over time: the random, high-pitched screech of children, or an incessant bark.

    It sound as if someone best stay at his private home, workplace or the forrest. jk :lol:

    I am in agreement with you on misbehaving children or pets though. I just know that some dogs can become extremely territorial, especially if confined to a smallish patio where there is food. I personally have no problem with dogs on a patio. It would be my choice not to go to that establishment, same for if someone allowed smoking. It would be my and of the employees choice if we went there. In my nieghborhood there is way too many uncared for, use as security only, poor dogs that bark incessantly for sure. I guess next,we may have dog-free, screaming children-free, obnoxious adult-free, drunk-free etc zones. Damn, I best stay home too. hahaha

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