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  1. I hear it's investigative work to see what the old building can hold....
  2. Very, very well said. And, just so we're on the same page for some posters, "Broken Window" is a theory that doesn't necessarily refer to a specific window.... And to Redscare, you are right. It is not all doom and gloom. There are even isolated blocks of Main that are quite pleasant. However, i was downtown this weekend to see a friend of mine who lives on Main in a high rise and we saw (not heard a story about) but saw, a homeless (i assume homeless) man peeing in a vestibule on Main. If i had a camera and we could suspend decorum for me to make a point, i would have photographed it an
  3. To the point about demonstrating that the HPD budget is up, down, sideways, adjusted for inflation, CPI, the weather, etc. I am not sure that it matters. It is a mess downtown and i am told by two friends of mine that live downtown that the off duty cops they employ in their buildings confirmed for them that there will fewer cops on patrol on Main Street. So, quoting stats is great, but evidently some supervisors must be driving new interceptors or have shiny new guns. B/C it appears the money is not putting more cops on the street. Eliminate crime. How? Greater police presence. Zero t
  4. OK. Couple of things: First, thanks to all for the spirited debate. Next: Just b/c Houston used to be a complete disaster and now is only 3/4 of a disaster is no reason to celebrate. That argument is the equivalent of "sure there are a lot of murders, but at least rape is down". Broken is broken. Once we tolerate this type of sub-standard behavior and environment in any meaningful way, we are, in essence, approving all of it. And Jax, I generally agree with you, but here i diverge. Creating more public toilets for the homeless to urinate in just A: Throws more money at it; B: Ignores
  5. The Honorable Bill White Mr. Mayor: Let me preface my comments with a couple of statements: I have been a supporter of yours since the get go. I admire what you have done and continue to try to do for our wonderful City. I believe you to be a City Official with a business mind and one who has taken great strides to encourage economic growth here in Houston. However, what has happened to downtown Houston on your watch is shameful. Let us get past the stadiums and the new development by the Toyota Center. The private sector development moving in at the newly announced mega-development is
  6. Seeing that picture is quite a relief. I was worried it was going to be a vanilla, pre-cast, EIFS, punched opening, totally lacking imagination design. Whew! No wait, that is exactly what it is..... Come on, surely we can do better than that. TNJ
  7. Theory adopted by Giuliani in NY. We could learn here in Houston...... Article titled Broken Windows by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, which appeared in the March 1982 edition of The Atlantic Monthly: "Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of tr
  8. I am new to this thread and haven't had the luxury of reading the entire thing. So, i apologize if i repeat something here. But to me, the downtown club issue has nothing to do with black/white. It has everything to do with people feeling safe. if for some reason the blacks and whites feel like they cannot hang out in the same clubs, there is more than enough room and club space for everyone to have a good time. No race has cornered the market on the criminal element. I would guess you have an equal chance of getting mugged by a black, white or mexican. The problem is not who is commit
  9. Sales office tells me that abatement has already begun on the building and that demolition should start in the next two weeks. Also, just because the City could have gouged LaMesa (not Davis by the way) on the sale of the street doesn't justify it doing so. City has to have an appraisal done and treat it as an arm's length transaction. The approach seemingly condoned above is called extortion. TNJ
  10. I have heard, stress heard without factual backup, that the folks at Palm Palisades are having some construction issues. Has anyone heard similar of know absolutely different? If anyone from the developer sees this, please respond. Thanks. TNJ
  11. Make sure your title insurance is solid. Lots of cobwebs in that closet i hear....
  12. Couple of things: First, (and you guys know i don't go out of my way to create a love-fest), but Niche's point about brand consistency is absolutely right on. They want you to walk into any one of their hotels and see absolutely no difference. Read: Chris & Harry Pappas. They are masters of this at their restaurants. If you believe the man that owns HV, the W is all but done on the above referenced site. My source is nowhere near as credible as the bathroom attendant at Treasures....mine is the doorman at Ricks
  13. Thank you Niche for the synopsis of my post. Well said. Assume a hotel has 200 rooms at that number. You'd get a total upgrade of $10,000,000. To me, that is not a tremendously high number when talking about a full upgrade. Although, included in that number are all of the upgrades to the public areas including meeting rooms, back of house, lobby, hvac systems, etc. If you were to consider converting say the Alden to a Marriott: Marriott would send its operations guys down here, its architectural and finish standards guys, and most expensively, its life saftey guys. They would make any o
  14. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. No matter what i do or say, i read the same statements over and over again each time i check the forum. You clearly do lack real world experience, certainly as it relates to hotel development, financing, and operation. You may be great at, say, tennis and for this reason, i will shy away from debating you on the reasons that Roddick cannot win Wimbledon. On this topic, however, i have limitless patience and will be happy to review the reasons for my statements. I do not take your challenge to my statements personally or do i view them
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