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  1. I have a big problem with the stradegy of Federated... I was in Atlanta when they took over Rich's...Rich's was a historic name in the city, just as Foley's is here. Macy's ain't the grand chain it once was during its heyday. In fact I find a lot of their stores to be rather tired. I have a big problem with corporate America's obsession with increasing their bottom line by every penny possible...it's as if greed knows no bounds. The main reasoning I have heard from Federated regarding these name changes is simply to save $$$ on advertising and printing the damn store bags! Who in the hell wants a Macy's on every corner? By the end of September they will be 850 Macy's in the USA...is MAcy's trying to become the new 7 Eleven? Furthermore I am outraged in particular with the Federated rape of Marshall Field's grand historic location in downtown Chicago...totally crass and unjust.
  2. Tinsley's in Bryan was located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Martin Luther King Street. The building is now a Mexican cafe. This location is across the street from the former Gath's Electrical Supply, which was formerly Gath's Fried Chicken, which before that was the original Bryan Popeye's Chicken. Tinsley's in Bryan closed in the summer of 1996.
  3. New controversies have erupted over the future Rudder High... First a battle is quickly shaping up over how attendance zones will be set up for the high school... Bryan ISD looks at attendance zone issues By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer Bryan school trustees clashed Thursday while debating the need for high school attendance boundaries to determine who will attend Rudder High School when it opens in fall 2008. Most trustees and administrators seemed to prefer creation of an attendance zone that would coincide with a liberal transfer policy that would allow students to change schools if they wanted to enroll in a program not offered at their home campus. Link to full story.....http://www.theeagle.com/stories/051906/schools_20060519028.php On another front, BISD has announced that the school is three million dollars over budget, and the community is now up in arms over how to cut the deficit with factions warring over whether to cut the auditorium and charges that once again the district is favoring athletics above everything else... Auditorium plans shelved for Rudder High By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer With cost estimates for Rudder High School hovering at about $3 million over budget, Bryan school trustees agreed Monday to pull the auditorium from the main plans for the new campus. Architects still will plan for an auditorium at the yet-to-be-built school, but it now will be considered an "alternate" option, Bryan school officials said. That means trustees can wait until campus cost estimates are finalized in September before deciding whether to proceed with construction of the facility. link to full story.... http://www.theeagle.com/stories/060606/sch...20060606011.php
  4. Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway by Jerome R. Corsi Posted Jun 12, 2006 Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.... Link to full article.... http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15497
  5. Bryan trustees approve school design plan By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer Bryan school trustees on Monday approved general design plans for an over-budget Rudder High School despite worries that they could be $2 million short after completing all projects outlined in last year's bond package. The new high school, scheduled to open in fall 2008, was the largest and most costly project called for under the $104 million bond package that voters approved in February 2005. The original price tag for the school was set at $42.6 million.... Link to full story.... http://www.theeagle.com/stories/032106/sch...20060321003.php Once again the highly ineffective BISD school board and administration is getting the district into a mess with the new high school. All of this could have been avoided a decade ago if the district had instead of turning Bryan High into a monster compound had gone ahead and did the logical thing and built a second high school. As I posted before, I was a member of the committee of students and citizens back in 1995 charged with looking into the issues of overcrowding at BHS and making recommendations as to what the disctrict should do. I can personally report that the one and only reason the school board did not go ahead with greenlighting a new school in 1996 was sorely for the fact that at the time the construction of a new shcool built to be comparable with BHS would have knocked the older school out of its District5A status in state athletic competitions. That's right...the education and long-range planning of the future of the largest employer in the city was based on keeping the high school football team in the big leagues. Subsequently BHS was expanded to the size of a junior college with the initial haribrained scheme cooked up by the administration of treating the old building and the new building as two sepearte campuses, Blue and Silver. Of course as is the case with all the silly plots the BISD officals come up with, this plan fairly quickly failed and within two years of the massive expansion BHS was once again facing overcrowding, something that the board knew would happen when it pushed through the plan.
  6. Excuse me...this has taken me by surprise....since when did people of Hispanic descent become Caucasian? Last time I checked on the Census questionaire, the options to check were CAUCASIAN, NOT OF HISPANIC DESCENT and then just plain CAUCASIAN. So where did that statement come from? Does that mean that most African-Americans in Houston are Italian or Irish?
  7. No, you are thinking of a guy from the development depeartment whose first name is Joey, but his last name escapes me. Kevin Russell's position was eliminated by the city council with the explanation that the Brazos Valley Development Council should be the ones to pay his salary instead of the city, a clearly fool-hardy stance.
  8. Originally the plan was for Blinn to completely takeover the Townshire Shopping Center (the school used to be housed in the former Sears space in the center), and then there was discussion of giving the school the Manor East Mall property, but ultimately the space where it is now was chosen because of the abundance of space available for it to be able to expand. At that time there was not a big push to expand in west Bryan and the land in that area was held by a lot of individuals who weren't selling. I think the location is perfect since it offers easy access to the freeway, and that entire area from East 29th down Villa Maria to WJB Pwy is coming along rather nicely. You can forget about seeing BISD abandon the BHS campus anytime in our lifetimes. They have tied up way too much in that campus, and the district is proud of building such a monster campus. The expense alone in relocated the school rules that plan a dud. I do think the new high school should have been put on the westside, as the majority of residents thought it would. I take great offense with every other area in Bryan being characterized as ghetto. Having traveled around the world to various cities, trust me when I say that nothing in Bryan comes to close to being a ghetto. True the older areas of town are not sparkling new developments, but you see very few dilapadated run down hideous buildings, no bums parading around, and no crime-infested streets with vermin and trash blowing in the streets. There tends to be a tendency to immediately brand areas that don't feature huge homes and perfectly manicured homes as ghetto. Just because an area's residents may just be on the lower end of the social ladder does not mean the area is ghetto. Perhaps the areas just need more care and attention from the city instead of developers with wet appetites wanting to throw those residents out and turn the space into shops, supermarkets, or generic housing for college students and/or more affluent residents. In fact, if I had to characterize any area in the Valley as coming close to ghetto, it would be the area to the immediate south of TAMU in College Station (Southgate). In fact, tonight I was just driving past the area that used to be Bryan's equvialant to Southgate on Beck Street (the public housing project there, which my grandfather and many others referred to as 'Little Vietnam' back in the 80's) was completely demolished years ago. The area has now been reclaimed for very nice middle class homes and the multimillion dollar Henderson Park redevelopment. I remarked to my mother, who was in the car with me, of what a great job Bryan has done with taking what was for so many years a completely unsafe and unsavory area and turning it around like it has. The areas of town that need the most attention are the ones that have been long-neglected by the city, such as North Bryan, South College, and northern downtown. I believe the best way to achieve this is by shaking up the city government. Some of the community organizations I work with have begun to talk seriously in the past few weeks of making noise about redrawing the single-member city council districts to city hall. Too often now the city council has a very narrow focus targeted towards either the east side or the new so-called CBD. Single member district 2 is way too large and diverse in needs to be handled by one representative to the council, and splitting it up would most definitely result in having two voices on the council to push for more attention to the northside.
  9. I would hardly call the stretch of South College between TAMU and downtown Bryan 'ghetto' (and even then the word 'ghetto' is pushing it) until you get to the area north of Cavitt, which has been be overtaken by illegal immigrants, dilapadated apartments complexes, and prostitutes. I am angered by this Muni decision also. I have stated this before, but I'm going to say it again: the development of Bryan has been on the wrong track since the early 2005 dismissal of city development planner Kevin Russell. Muni NEEDS TO GO. There are already an abundance of golfing options in this area, and the fact is that the majority of residents don't give a fig about golf. The city has already declared that Villa Maria/Briarcrest is the designated CBD, so to have such a valuable piece of property sitting there for a few people to enjoy as the rest of the city begs out for new development that can fatten the tax rolls is yet another sign of the complete lapse of leadership in city hall. I was planning to get to that last council meeting, but I for sure will be at the next one. If anyone wants to provide a united front of these and other development issues that we are discussing on the site, contact me at the email addy below. In addition I work with a community organization called BV: CIA (Brazos Valley Citizens in Action) that is planning a number of debates and town hall meetings with the candidates for political office following the March primaries. If anyone would like more information on BV: CIA and its acitivities, feel free to hit me up. SedrickGilbert@verizon.net
  10. Yes Deborah Duncan's (or Debra as she was known then) show on ABC 13 was major, as Disney (ABC 13's owner) was testing the show in this market with plans to syndicate it nationally through its Buena Vista arm if it took off locally. However, while the ratings were okay here, Disney ultimately decided to go with other options (Tony Danza). Interesting sidenote: ABC 13 titled the show DEBRA Duncan instead of Deborah simply because it was easier to incorporate Debra into the logo designed for the show. I met Ms. Duncan backstage at the show during its first week and she is a perky and engaging presence...I don't think the full extent of her likability and talent was allowed to shine on the talk show, which I think was weighed down considerably by silly topics and lack of focus from the station.
  11. To the previous post about the need of whites to come back to the city to save it, why is it that they have to be the savior? Atlanta is a prime example of a city with black leadership and a majority black population that is doing just fine without the savior of whites who feel the need to flee to the suburbs. A before the argument is made that crime was responsible for white flight, let's remember that when the flight began in the early to mid 60's before the riots, that flight was more the result of whites fleeing integration and the inevitable loss of power in city government due to the overwhelming black majority soon to take that power after being shut out for so long. Let's also remember that although people love to play up Detroit's crime rate, Dallas is now the murder capital of the country.
  12. I will get down there in the next few days to take some pictures to post. Stay tuned.
  13. Construction has begun on the eagerly anticipated new justice center for the city of Bryan. Bulldozers have moved in and begun clearing the various tracts for the center, which will occupy several blocks between Texas Avenue and Main Main Streets at the southern edge of downtown, with the entrance being across 29th Street from the municipal building/city hall. The justice center will include a new police department and jail facility and municipal court space, bringing the three together again for the first time in nearly fifteen years or so. Currently the police department is located caticorner to the new location in the old First City Bank building at Texas and 29th Street. That building also once held the municipal court and jail, both they were both moved out in the 1990's thanks to lack of room, inmates of the city now housed at the county minimum security jail on Sandy Point Road in north Bryan and the court occupying space in a strip center south of St. Joseph Hospital on East 29th. No plans have been announced for the old police department once the justice center is complete, but my guess is that the building might be torn down and the land redeveloped along with the tract across 29th Street that formerly was the home of the area's Greyhound bus station. 2007 is the target date for full completion of the justice center, although look for the police to begin moving into their new spaces as they are completed. In addition, on the other side of city hall to the north, Brazos County recently purchsed the massive First Baptist Church complex for $2 million dollars as the church prepares to move into a new even more massive campus in south Bryan behind Lowe's and Wal-Mart Supercenter. Following the church's move in 2006, the county will turn the complex, which stretches for several blocks, into an annex of the county courthouse a few blocks away. The main church building, itself an architectural treasure, into new courtrooms and county offices. Later, the county will expand into the many spaces and building in the complex as space is needed. Personally I would like to see the old church building used to house ALL the county courtrooms and have the current courthouse building (which I find to be one of the ugliest and most haphazardly looking building in town) become home to only county offices and the district attorney). Also on the plus side, the county plans to develop a nice park in front of the church building to bridge the main courthouse to the new facilities, and serve as a gateway to city hall across the street. Finally, the county will soon break ground on the new parking garage to be located across from the current courthouse. Also the community supervision (probation) department, which also is across the street from the site of the new garage, is going to move into new quarters at the court annex complex due to the lack of space in its current building, which is the former county health department. All in all, the face of downtown to the west and south will be dramatically altered in the next year or so, and when finished these new facilites will transform that part of town into a city and county governmental hub.
  14. Two points to make... Last year I got the chance. along with my mother, sister, and fifteen other citizens in the City of Bryan Citizens Leadership program, and one of our sessions with the city leaders dealt specifically with the overhead power lines issue. The head of city devlopment at the time (whom I thought was just the kind of aggressive and innovative leader the city had been in dire need of for twenty years) stated that one of the main reasons for Bryan losing out to College Station in competition for new businesses in the past decade could be attributed to the fact that CS has no overheads, which in his opinion made CS much more attractive. He made a serious attempt to try and convince the Bryan city leaders to push for the burying of the liines in the city, but when the proposed price tag for such a project was estimated at over ten million dollars, the idea was dropped like a hot potato and the city developer was fired and run out of town. As for the lack of Bryan expanding Texas Avenue, the city has nothing to do with that aspect. Texas Avenue is Texas Business 6, owned and operated by the TxDot. It is the state that has made the decision to expand in College Station and fund it.
  15. Actually, the signal broadcast in the Chicago area for WGN operates as the city's WB affiliate (Tribune Broadcasting owns both WGN and a heavy stake in The WB). The WGN signal beamed via satellite to the rest of the country (the Superstation) does not carry WB programming...this was the result of litigation filed way back in the late 90's (pushed by UPN). When The WB launched in 1995 WGN beamed the network's programming out to the entire country, bascially making The WB available in far more households via cable rather than over broadcast stations (affiliates). The other broadcast networks immediately objected, and the FCC forced the switch.
  16. Although I was not thinking like a buzzard feasting on the remains of the dead, after Katrina wiped out the Big Easy, I was holding out hope that the city leaders in Houston would make a serious play for New Orleans's huge and highly lucrative convention business...unfortunately, Atlanta seems to have beaten them to the punch... Atlanta lures conventions from New Orleans 14 gatherings make the switch so far By LEON STAFFORD The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 10/21/05 Almost two months after Hurricane Katrina stormed through the Gulf Coast, Atlanta continues to add conventions previously scheduled for New Orleans. The city recently booked four large meetings, bringing a combined 63,500 visitors this year and next. That's on top of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting, which is expected to bring about 15,000 conventioneers each to town starting Sunday. Link to full story... http://www.ajc.com/news/content/business/1...onventions.html
  17. In another sign that College Station city government is headed to hell in a hand-basket... There in the past few weeks been a calls for the city council to take the issue of whether to put up $25 million of taxpayers' money to build the hotel/conference center to the ballot box. At first it seemed as if the council would put the measure on the ballot for voters to give it a yay or nay... Then came the city council meeting on August 29, at which time the newly-elected council (made up of a majority proclaiming fiscal conservatism) rejected the ballot proposal, giving the lame excuse that since state law only allows city elections to be held in November of May, then the council wouldn't be able to assemble enough information on the project in time for November, and by golly those fast-moving council members will be darned if they have to wait SIX MONTHS for a vote. The highlight of the evening was when the president of the Brazos Valley Lodging Association, Ron Fulton, spoke before the council, declaring, "The taxpayers of College Station don't have any stake in this project. If you all need anyone's opinion, it is ours (the Lodging Association) and we say build." I thought the time of College Station becoming an open laughingstock was years in the making...if this keeps up, it will happen in before the New Year!
  18. Actually, we didn't come off looking like country bumpkins on Entertainment Tonight...they showed the protesters outside the TCA Cable headquarters...it was really surprising that ET came to B/CS, as the MTV/TCA debacle had grown into a national story since TCA served many different areas across the nation, and had removed MTV on all their systems. This was yet again another instance in which I, a middle school student at the time, wrote a blistering letter to the editor of The B/CS Eagle (it seems like as a kid the only thing that seemed to get me heated up was the disruption of my regular TV viewing!), but it didn't get published because the ady the paper received it, TCA announced that they would resotre MTV to the lineup, except it was carried on Channel 98 so that those who objected to MTV could get some contraption TCA offered that would block the network. Believe it or not I think the MTV thing was the most national coverage this area received until the Bonfire tragedy nearly a decade later.
  19. Actually, B/CS does have WB affiliation...the FOX affiliate, KYLE, also doubles as The WB...WB programming can be seen every night beginning at 9:00PM following the FOX schedule on KYLE. As for all the new local affiliates, the only one I consider to be truly local to B/CS is KHRD ABC40, and even it has its limits. Although the station maintains a "newsroom" out of an office in the Galleria tower on Briarcrest Drive, the local newscast is broadcast from the KXXV-TV studio in Waco. However, the newscast is devoted to B/CS news and not Waco/Temple/Killen. KMAY-TV (NBC) and KYLE (FOX/WB) are simply simulcasts of their respective counterparts (owned by the same companies) in Waco...the KMAY newscasts are the news of the Waco area. KBTX-TV (CBS), our long-term local station with studios here in town, is nothing short of a joke when it comes to their public-access grade attempt at news. I remember back in around 1988 or 89, a HUGE controversy erupted here in town when the then cable company, Cooke Cablevision, dropped what was then 20 Vision (now UPN 20) of Houston from the cable lineup, citing costs concerns. I remember this distinctly because the first letter I ever wrote to the editor at The Eagle (at age 10) was regarding this matter, and I was OVERJOYED to see it published. A few months later, TCA had taken over the cable system and came under fire for dropping MTV, citing questionable programming content. That story garned NATIONAL attention, with Entertainment Tonight (!) even showing up in town to cover it.
  20. In B/CS on Cox Cable, KTRK only is shown when the programming does not overlap with what is being shown on KHRD-ABC40...the overlap being ABC network programming. This is because of the FCC's must-carry regulations...you see, since B/CS has its own ABC affiliate in ABC40, that station's signal takes precedence over that of KTRK (as in if a station is to get the ratings for ABC programming in an area, it has to be the region's home station). Therefore, when ABC programming is being shown on ABC40, KTRK's spot on Cox channel 3 is taken over by the TV Guide Channel. I know KTRK is popular and has been for decades now because for one it used to be one of the few stations that viewers here could pick up wayyyy back in the day...Marvin Zindler is more known to B/CS residents than the anchors on our own stations, and throughout the years the various companies that have controlled the area's municipal cable rights (and there have been MANY) have attempted to drop KTRK from the lineup, but a storm of protest has always risen at the mere suggestion...in addition, one of the station managers at KBTX back in the early 90's told The Eagle that his station's competition for viewers was KTRK, which he admitted routinely outdrew KBTX's ten o'clock newscast.
  21. Actually the owner of University Tower, as very successful and wealthy developer from the West Coast, has repeatedly offered to renovate and upgrade the property to serve as the hotel component of the hotel/conference center the city leaders are so desperate to see built. He also owns the land beside the Tower that he has offered to donate to construct the conference center. His offers have been repeatedly spurned by the city, although taking him up on his proposal would save College Station millions of dollars in construction and operational costs of a hotel. In the past few years the guy has throw numerous parties promoting the city and his development proposals (which include more controlled transportation ideas) in the penthouse suite on the top floor of the Tower. In regards to transportation issues, TxDot wanted to make major changes to the highly congested and very dangerous intersection of Texas Ave and University Drive (at which the Tower sits) by constructing either an overpass or created a trench or tunnel for one of the thoroughfares. However, the city leaders of College Station (of course) objected to this and now TxDot has to go back to the drawing board.
  22. I was reading a news account (possibly CNN.com or AJC.com) of Miss America leaving Atlantic City due to severe financial difficulties, mostly resulting from losing the tv contract with ABC, and it stated that the tv rights now belong to Country Music Television (CMT) and most likely the pageant is going to end up in Nashville, Tennessee.
  23. Once again, the above statement RE: Ted Turner has nothing to do with Nielsen markets. In fact, cable has nothing to do with Nielsen markets. Therefore even if there were several cable channels based in Houston, it would have nothing to do with the area's Nielsen market ranking. However, I have always firmly believed that Bryan/College Station should be part of the Houston market and not Wace/Temple/Killeen, which is #94 in the rankings. B/CS is closer in region to Houston, and the addition of nearly 100,000 more households would greatly enhance Houston's ranking. Plus, KTRK happens to be the most popular channel offered by Cox Cable in B/CS behind the local CBS affiliate, KBTX. The residents here in B/CS identify a lot more with Houston than Waco.
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