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  1. Just because you personally don't live in the same area where you work and play doesn't necessarily invalidate the perspective in the article. High density areas where people do all three are more supportive of the culture for creative enterprise than areas where each exists separately. People with artistic, sociopolitical, and intellectual tendencies evident in creative industries tend to congregate in such urban districts. Portland's an example. Tech companies dot the metro area, but the city's Pearl District and downtown are where startup & development activity thrive. Developers seize on the notion that eliminating physical distance between live/work/play attractions retain creative people & their industries. The tech startup scene, advertising, the arts all cluster centrally where infrastructure & amenities favor less car dependency and where workday collaborations can carryover into nearby restaurants & bars. Hopefully, Ion indeed becomes a successful node alongside EaDo, the Heights, Midtown, and downtown in helping propel Houston's tech scene. But it'll be by force of beneficent capital and in spite of its initially spartan location.
  2. These fantastic images you guys share really help the observing public get a sense of how incredible these large construction projects are. Everything from labor assignments, planning which sections precede others, dealing with suppliers on material deliveries, checking quality, etc. ...truly an amazing endeavor. I stand in awe and tip my cap to all involved.
  3. The lead developer and his wife are Taiwanese immigrants and Houstonians for decades. In the 1980s they lived in Ponderosa Forest on FM1960W.
  4. Sounds like negligence on both the part of the developer for not ensuring pedestrians have an alternate right-of-way as well as the city for allowing this to continue.
  5. In the mid-1980's, the band "Genesis" used the blimp hangar as a staging area for rehearsals before their performances at the Summit.
  6. Even if the architecture seems more pragmatic than a design flourish, the angles and street orientation seem certain to contribute to the drama of the skyline as a whole especially seen from the northside. Other than peering out from car windows coming into town from I-45, it's too bad there's no substantial public space to view it from the northern edge like there is for the western view.
  7. Does anyone know the ownership history for block 142? It'd be interesting if someone like Nancy Sarnoff could find out what the owner's intentions are, if they've had any inquiries from developers, or if they simply see the future of such prime real estate as a parking lot.
  8. I'd also recommend against Spring/Woodlands. You might also consider the suburbs of Pearland and Clear Lake City. There are many neighborhoods in these two areas that might suit what you're looking for and you'll sense far less insularity. Best wishes to you and your family!
  9. Patagonia closely guards their image even to the point of sacrificing profits. Sustainability, social responsibility, and eco-friendly citizenship are among the business tenets they seem to practice. Since Houston's economy depends on the vibrancy of an industry that's the antithesis of at least one of those attributes, I imagine opening in brick & mortar fashion would appear as a compromise to their fealties.
  10. I imagine the chances for this happening grow in proportion to Texas Medical Ctr leveraging its 5700+ on-site researchers and $3.6B research budget to build its momentum as a biotech hub alongside the stalwart locations for the industry (SF, Boston, San Diego). Some milestones toward this goal: establishment of a biotech incubator (along with the incubator's first array of startups) and, in particular, a business development agreement with Johnson & Johnson to locate a fourth JLabs (thus far, the only one outside the three biotech stronghold cities) at 2450 Holcombe to open early next year. TMC is more than a year into its ambitious plans - perhaps these recent achievements inspire the glossy rendering. more local coverage: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/12/18/year-in-review-tmc-aims-to-translate-research-to.html?page=all http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2014/10/31/johnson-johnson-launch-in-houston-means-large.html http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2014/10/31/johnson-johnson-launch-in-houston-means-large.html
  11. density & activities in the neighborhood make its appeal. here's an identical concept whole foods near the george washington univ. and the foggy bottom metro station.
  12. Without rational explanation is WTC 7's improbable free-fall into its footprint. Also improbable. The steel structure below the impact zones were unaffected by any heat and therefore - minus any other destructive force upon it - present an imposing upward resistance to the falling of the failed structure above it. Yet as history shows they offered no resistance whatsoever to the downward force of the upper floors. At a minimum, the rational outcome for each tower would be a non-symmetric collapse whereby, instead of falling relatively 'neatly' into its footprint, chunks of the building would be strewn over a much wider swath at ground-level with a lower segment of the tower still standing. For this scenario to play out in the second tower in virtually mirror fashion is quite a feat indeed. The weakness and general acceptance of NIST's presentation survives due to our collective servility in the midst of national grief, uber-patriotism and its accompanying jingoism.
  13. sounds like a 2016 start. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/drilling-down/2015/03/chevron-gives-new-details-on-downtown-houston.html
  14. Through its no-frills website, on-air broadcasts, and freely open podcast subscriptions, Houston Public Media excels in offering local coverage. Culturemap, though entertainment & leisure pieces are prominent, is at least equal to chron.com with an occasional thoughtful writeup on public interest subjects similar in quality to what one finds behind the Chronicle's pay-wall. Once upon a time, readers of the Houston Press could anticipate an occasional excellent dive into a public interest topic. Sadly, they too appear to succumb to the trend toward the sensational & pacifying scene-sters. Websites of the local network tv affiliates are similar to one another and offer at least as much crime & punishment headlines and sensational local blurbs as chron.com.
  15. While the vastness of the internet offers a myriad of venues for people to get information, the public website of any city's main newspaper remains the logical and dominant source of comprehensive news coverage for locals. How shamefully, then, does the Houston Chronicle's primary website operate in its current state. On a daily basis, Chron.com elevates superfluous drivel as "news" and offers nary a significant focus story or thought-evoking investigation. Remember their slogan, "Houston's leading information source"? Recalling that would be laughable, if not for heeding the level of abrogation of duty for the town's major news outlet. In the country's nascent times, Thomas Jefferson invokes the notion that the health of a democracy depends on an informed citizenry. One glance at Chron.com on no particular day would have him turning in his grave. Need examples? Take yesterday's iteration. Yesterday's OPEC announcement crashed the oil market, for example. Not a single, even cursory writeup or perspective on the impact to the local economy - in lieu, a link to a lonely Bloomberg article. How's that for informing the public. In an in-state comparison, the content & aesthetics of the website for that large north Texas city demonstrates how magnificently Chron.com portrays its inferiority. What do editors consider important? The main photo & story when the website opens is a picture of Hooter's girls in alluring pose accompanied by the all-important story of where fans of the NFL Texans can watch Sunday's game. On the sidebar and formatted below the Hooter's girls: links to no less than a dozen stories that fawn over celebrities, multi-million dollar home listings, miscellaneous crime, new Netflix releases, and wistfully one or two current event pieces drawn from wire services. Celebrity worship, money worship, local & national entertainment and pastime pieces dominate. Want to learn about or read up on substantive local, national, & world issues & current events? "Don't bother," say the editors at 801 Texas Ave. Informed citizenry be damned. Your page clicks and the ad revenue generation are all that matter. I understand the economics might require the pay-wall to their actual attempts at journalism. But how is it that news websites for other towns with far less stature than Houston can manage to effectively, optimally accommodate the business demands of their corporate overlord with at least reasonable levels of journalistic standards and site aesthetics? Shameless, greedy, irresponsible are just a few deserving mantras that the Hearst Corp. and Houston Chronicle earn. As the frontispiece for local journalism on full display in the World Wide Web, I can imagine no greater embarrassment.
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