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  1. I’m glad they have a nice campus but now let’s get some trees planted downtown!
  2. Mike Acosta is AWESOME! He has advanced many innovative ideas for the Astrodome over the years. I hope something sticks this time. The first thing I would do is restore the dome's ceiling to its original state and remove the paint from the ceiling windows. I'm sure it wouldn't be energy efficient but letting in all that natural light would alone breathe new life into the Dome.
  3. I snapped this today from the Cemetery while burying the Houston ARPA-H bid! 🤣
  4. It's not that complicated and has nothing to do with Houston being blue-collar or flooding. Dallas simply knows how to play the game. They had a very coordinated and well-funded campaign to land this bid which has been in the making for over a year. Just look at the politicians that Dallas had lobbying on it's behalf. Who is Houston's representative in Washington? Not to mention the State of Texas has been boosting Dallas for the last several years, enabling them to win corporate HQ locations and now the ARPA-H hub. Surely the Houston contingent was banking on the reputation of the Texas Medical Center and thought it was a no-brainer for Houston to be selected. Meanwhile, Dallas gathered support from Austin, San Antonio, and other Texas lawmakers, and they hobnobbed with the right people in Washington. I blame Sylvester Turner, Lina Hidalgo, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the TMC for letting this happen. They should all be embarrassed as they were asleep at the wheel. Obviously, they did not take this bid seriously and put forth their best effort. Look at the committee led by Chris Canetti that brought the World Cup 2026 to Houston. That didn't just happen. Those guys worked their tails off to ensure Houston was one of the selected sites. I only wish Chris and his team had been in charge of the ARPA-H hub. I don't know if Houston can still recover from this. Dallas is crowing that they will be the next biomedical hub along with Boston and the Bay Area. I think that remains to be seen. Perhaps many of us overestimated the importance of winning this bid. The WSJ didn't even report on the selection. This wasn't national news like the Amazon HQ selection was. It does hurt though...
  5. I was waiting to see if the local news stations would report on this and I didn’t hear a peep about it. Something tells me Dallas knew Houston was not a serious contender. Thus all the positive coverage in the DMN. This blurb stands out: and this one… It’s noteworthy that Austin and San Antonio sided with Dallas. Somehow Houston comes off as not being a team player. Will this become a defining moment in Houston’s history? Right now it feels like a huge opportunity LOST.
  6. Don’t spend too much time thinking about it. It was black-topped a week ago.
  7. Unbelievable…awarded to Dallas…. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/health-care/2023/09/26/dallas-lands-coveted-federal-biotech-research-hub-after-months-of-campaigning/
  8. Uh oh. There appears to be some politicking going on with the Dome. The HSA is claiming that the NFL will not consider Houston again for another Super Bowl until something is done about the Astrodome. I find this hard to believe and so does Commissioner Adrian Garcia. I don't usually agree with him on much but in this case I think he is right to call BS on this assertion. "Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia also weighed in on Burke's assertion that the Astrodome's future must be decided before Houston can bid on hosting the biggest football game on the planet. "Harris County is one of the largest media markets in the nation, so I would find it hard to believe that the NFL would hurt its own pocketbook by excluding Houston from a future Super Bowl," Garcia challenged. "The unsettled nature of the 'Dome' didn't stop the league from choosing us previously. The uncertainty around the Dome hasn't kept us from acquiring world-class events like the Final Four, College Football National Championship Game, and World Cup matches, or a stop on Beyoncé's tour. The NRG complex is clearly capable of hosting top events now and into the future. I would encourage the employees of the Sports Authority to share concerns directly with commissioners' court in a constructive and professional manner if there are issues, before speaking with the press." https://abc13.com/when-has-houston-hosted-super-bowl-nrg-stadium-why-astrodome-isnt-demolished-fifa-world-cup-2026/13826052/?ex_cid=TA_KTRK_TW&taid=65123fd2a284870001110bd4&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
  9. Jones Hall is still upgrading even though this weird article calls it a “theater” and says it’s home to Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet - which it hasn’t been for many years. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2023/09/21/jones-hall-renovations.html
  10. And the Astros development should be starting up soon too… That’s funny. I thought Marc longoria and “CityLiving” were the same person. Interesting.
  11. Agree 100%! Houston has to build a bike culture gradually. Why not promote the hike and bike trails. Let those become so popular that the cyclists begin to spill over into the streets. Right now we have these bike lanes that go unused 99% of the time and it just infuriates residents who pay for that inefficient infrastructure.
  12. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2023/09/19/lynn-wyatt-square-opening-downtown.html Should we be concerned there is no restaurant yet?
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