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  1. Across the street from where Cabaret Voltaire II was located. How the area has changed....kinda like lobsters.
  2. How do they call it a warehouse district after destroying all the warehouses?
  3. Only random people who live in the city and pay taxes. No differently than a home owners association in __________ random mass produced suburb tells its folks how, when, and where to build on their property.
  4. The Howard Hughes house will be razed. Nice. Can we raze the Menil and Rothko Chapel while we are at it? I think we need more Canes and parking lots in the area.
  5. It was a YMCA at one point, unless I'm placing that in the wrong location.
  6. How can it be the best cultured address in Houston when you eliminate the culture by building your address.
  7. That's very disappointing. That's by and far my favorite Houston Public Library location to work and it's in a great location. Damn. Houston strikes again.
  8. Over the last twenty years the number of FT tenure and tenure track positions have diminished by roughly the same proportion of admin jobs that have been created- - of course, this is occurring at differing degrees depending upon the types of institutions as shown in those charts. The last statistical estimation I saw placed nearly 2/3rd of all higher ed faculty as PT/contingent. Yet, the average cost of a college degree has nearly quadrupled in the same time period. Tenure, for all intent and purpose, is teetering on total collapse, less so at top ranked privates and publics but it's only a matter of time. With a pending educational bubble explosion, unless something is done about all the unpaid debt (college debt now exceeds average credit card debt per capita) as wages have ONLY increased for those in the top 10%, the country may be in a world of hurt in the next decade or two.
  9. Meaningless because you want it to be meaningless for your position. To others, it's far from meaningless. It also violated educational protocols for the state, which for many are not meaningless. Otherwise, UT wouldn't have pulled out. They knew they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Presumably, in the past being ranked higher than #49th nationally with a $27 billion state funded endowment entitled them to everything they ever wanted. Reread my post. Name one major city that has two or more public state 4 year + universities from two different state systems. Yup, the SL and Woodlands recommendations was sarcasm. Good eye.
  10. Good question - only CUNY is in NYC. Not one 4 year SUNY school is in NYC. They have a crappy med school and FIT but those aren't in competition with any of the CUNY schools or programs. They're two completely different systems. CUNY was made specifically for NYC and is only in NYC.
  11. That's based on the assumption they were being truthful - which evidence suggests quite the opposite given the top brass didn't disclose the intent for any campus and land purchases until after the fact. Data centers also don't have massive sports and athletic complexes that were clearly demarcated in the architectural plans/design. Not one major city in the U.S. has multiple 4 year major state university system campuses from different systems. If you want another college in Houston, open up a private college or set up your new UT campus in the Woodlands or Sugar Land. Otherwise, you are cannibalizing the existing state institutional system in Houston created to service Houston. It is clear UT's intent is to continue to remain king of public schools in Texas and that includes preventing others from garnering greater academic stature because their view of colleges is provincially analogous to sports. That childish perspective is what is holding Texas and Houston back. Finally, given the progressive decline of UT's academic credentials in recent years, I think they need to focus on cleaning up their own house before buying new homes. With their prodigious endowment (by and far the largest public school endowment in the country) and almost limitless trust fund, they should be nothing less than a top 3 public school and they're not even close. As taxpayers in the state, our so-called state flagship and investment in UT is being poorly managed and we deserve better. Talk about a third rate investment by taxpayers. And that has NOTHING to do with UH. Major public universities with a higher ranking in US News & World Report: UCLA (shares endowment that is slightly more than 1/3rd the size of the UT system) UC - Berkeley (shares endowment that is slightly more than 1/3rd the size of UT system) U of Virginia U of Mich UC - Santa Barbara (shares endowment...) UNC - Chapel Hill UC - Irvine (shares endowment...) U of Florida William & Mary UC - Davis (shares endowment...) UC - San Diego (shares endowment...) U of Georgia U of Illinois U of Texas - Austin (#49 in national universities)
  12. I don't believe there is any underground or designated parking for MSG. Penn Station is underneath it as is another smaller theater space that fits probably 3-5k people. The only parking is on streets or in garages scattered all over the city. People overwhelmingly rely on mass transit.
  13. What this issue, as with the overall issue of unmitigated gentrification, is the unapologetic displacement of a huge swath of the public who many already live a tenuous economic existence by a very small number of people many of whom could care less about the ramifications on peoples' lives. There are clearly exceptions to this generalization but many gentrifiers walk into a neighborhood where many generations of people who have made a neighborhood their home through blood, sweat and tears, with little reverence and literally destroying a community's long and proud history. If a greater sensitivity and respect was displayed for the neighborhood's storied history, uniqueness and institutions, I suspect there would be a more receptive response. Otherwise, it's a full scale invasion. How can this be held against them when wealthy suburban areas create rigid rules, laws, and deed restrictions to ensure the security of their communities? The other half is just not wanting more prosaic, bland, and ephemeral suburbanization of urban areas.
  14. Anyone know when these apartments were built? Early 1970s? I had my first apartment in 1991 at Richmont Square.
  15. Not that there's much to add, but the entire metro LA area is well over 2X the amount of people than Houston and the state of California didn't even begin the entire Cal State system (along with Irvine, Riverside and others) until the early 1960s. Also, the California public educational system wasn't created as a cabal to over fund 2 universities at the expense of all the other public state colleges and schools like what happened in TX. I have no doubt the UH contingent and Khator would have been fully supportive of a new UT-Houston branch if UT and A&M and the lawmakers of the state revised the constitution and opened up the PUF to fund all the top R1 schools in the state equally rather than allow UT to open a campus in Houston only to give it disproportionate funds to create redundant programs, departments and schools to siphon off top faculty and student talent, social and economic capital from UH to stifle it's academic growth and tremendous potential. The myopia and prejudice of this state's leaders over 20th century is astounding - to blame UH for any of this is blaming the victim (which is most middle and working class residents of Texas). Besides, public, non-profit services are not created to compete with each other.
  16. Indeed. Too bad the long standing quasi-cabal of good ol' boys have controlled all that Texas STATE money and other citizens (how dare they!) believe rigged systems are contrary to American values, unproductive to most citizens, if not, possibly unconstitutional. But again, who needs to make clear, sound arguments when ad hominem attacks are much easier. Oy vey.
  17. To suggest UH's antagonism to this clandestine and unethical plan is anti-competition is both disingenuous and a straw man argument. One first has to ask why did UT feel compelled to hide it? If it's on the up and up, no need for secrecy. But we know the answer to this as UT circumvented the proper procedures and protocols and pursued this purchase and plan without state awareness and approval. Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations argues free enterprise and competition leads to better quality of goods and services and cheaper prices (which has been disproved through deregulation already) when private ownership of the means of production and equal access to resources by the proprietors also is met. Neither is applicable here. Both are state, non-profit organizations created with a state mission for the state's best interest, not the best interest of itself. Thus, even applying the notion of competition is a non-starter as this isn't free enterprise or profit driven. Now, one can make the argument that the creation of this new "non" campus, campus (Truthiness!) benefits the state but that argument is only sound if UH is given equal access to equal funding. I have no doubt UH would take no issue with UT opening a campus in Houston, if the state stops the oligopoly of resources by UT and A&M. Nice attempt at dis-empowering UH by assimilating their interests into a cacophony of many. And the crocodile tears afterwards. Nice, UT at its finest. Why is UT and A&M afraid of competition? Open up PUF, divide equally and embrace competition! Competition helps everyone, right? Oh, wait. UT only embraces and uses competition as rhetoric when they start the race 3 miles ahead of its competition.
  18. Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homeless people have every legal right to be and go anywhere as anyone else. In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities of exclusion. Speakin of taking and never giving anything back...these types of sentiments are worse than homeless people. A moral homelessness, if you will. Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.
  19. It's on the original location according to the video. Great for them and they provide a wonderful and needed set of services for the community. I'm not sure how this doesn't fit the "community." I think alot of new people in midtown/Montrose don't fit the community and should return to the suburbs with their exclusionary mentalities.
  20. It's a win for Houston Pavilions, because while 1000 Main may only be a block or so away, it's a loong surface block, particularly in a heat wave. And I think I can speak for most 1000 Main dwellers when I say we currently get most of our lunches from the tunnel system. This is too funny. LOL!! People talk a big game about Texas heat, but they're wimps at heart. Air-conditioned baseball and football. I'm surprised they haven't invented and marketed a special Texas edition of an enclosed, air-conditioned lawn mower. And one wonders why it's fat capital of the world.
  21. It was certainly worded poorly and placed in an odd location, but I suspect they were saying Houston's geographic size is close to twice the square miles of NYC and just couldn't describe a city outside of the NE without the word "sprawl" in it. Houston 579 sq. miles of land NYC 304 sq. miles of land
  22. I guess "man" is not natural? May be women are natural and men are cyborgs. Interesting.
  23. Great photos, Kaysh Shinn of the old Cab Voltaire. Was that the Black Flag show at the International Club on Westheimer? I know I saw them there as with the Minutemen.
  24. Me too. We had a practice room there in the early 1990's. Occasionally, those living in the top floor would get drunk and start shooting the building across the street.
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