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  1. IMO, downtown housing won't take off until affordable options are presented. Part of what makes a city work is the diversity. Right now, you might as well build a brick wall around downtown and put up a sign that says "Only for the Rich".
  2. Houston hasn't been specifically mentioned yet. I think it appears later in the book when they write about gas consumption/traffic and asphalt problems. The book is about suburban design in general. Although they cite some specific cities in their examples, they don't single out any one city to critique. I think you'll agree that no matter what city you're in, suburbia pretty much looks the same and follows the same layout. The opinions in the book are not out of the blue. They provide facts and figures and they compare older cities with newer cities (i.e. Virginia Beach and Alexandria, VA
  3. Has anyone in this forum read this book by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck? I recently found it at the library and it's a fascinating read (actually, I'm still reading it). They assess sprawl's costs to society and show how unsustainable it really is. If you read it, what did you think? I'm not a city planner or architect, etc... so I would be interested in the builder/planner/architect...perspective.
  4. I'm going to make a guess and say that the issue here is not what you drive but how wastefully you live your life?... The one who burns up gallons of a natural resource solely to stroke his/her ego is the person who deserves critique. On the other hand, people are people - there have been shows of wealth and status since the beginning of humanity. In the middle ages, the church actually had to step in and say enough is enough (regarding clothing and jewelry). However, some of the finest landmarks in the world were built out of vanity (NOT including Tillman's follies- Ha!). So, it's just
  5. The onion rings are where it's at baby! And don't forget the Krystal pups and corn pups! (Although, I don't think they can beat JCI for a good, greasy hot dog with plenty-o-onions.)
  6. You know what that means don't you?... We need to widen the Loop! 36 lanes of 80 mile per hour bliss! Heat island? What heat island?
  7. Ooo, juicy stuff. Yeah, too many choices is definitely a problem. That's what we get for living in the information age, eh? I think certain types of people like alot of choices, but it confuses the hell out of me. Then, once I make a selection, I start the second-guessing. Also, when you see or hear news from the world everyday, you'd swear the world was ending. (I always have to remind my mother-in-law that the world is not, in fact, ending. They had floods, wars and murderers since the beginning of time, you just didn't hear about them when they occurred on the other side of the world)
  8. "You obviously are not a Sienfeld fan" ...not that there's anything wrong with that...
  9. That cracks me up! I guess she got tired of hearing them argue. Snickers said "I think that "mass behavior" is cyclical....when it goes to far to one extreme, events will force it back towards the other extreme." That comment gives me hope because I think it is true. I also completely agree that you need to do what you love instead of what pays the most. (Think of all those lucky souls out there who love being brain surgeons and corporate lawyers...) It is all too easy to get sucked up into "the American dream" of having it all. I had it all and realized that I didn't really want it all
  10. The Chronicle this morning said we're getting Krystal Burgers here in Houston. (For those not familiar, Krystals are similar to White Castles in that they are small, square burgers.) Their onion rings are SO GOOD!
  11. I like the Texas Lottery jingle...Jackpot...Jackpot... It's a catchy little tune.
  12. That would really be a shame because I haven't been very impressed with either of the new HEBs (Gessner @ Kempwood; Beltway 8 @ Beechnut??) Neither can measure up to Central Market. The only other store that comes close, in terms of hard-to-find international foods, is Fiesta- the one on on I10 and Blalock(?) I'm not very good with remembering street names.
  13. True, it is a stereotype. I am defining "American lifestyle" as what I see in mainstream America- namely television programs, news, advertising and other media and what I experience in my own life. I worked downtown for a number of years and rarely saw people who looked content. Most looked very stressed and tired. I would hear conversations in the elevators about who got the least amount of sleep last night and who logged the most hours during the weekend and how busy they are all the time. People looked tired, not happy. I knew (and still know) so many people who are taking prescription
  14. Do you have an interest in volunteering for the Yates Community Archaeology Program? Volunteer opportunities Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (11:30 - 12:30 lunch), till mid-December (except for Saturday Sept 25, morning only). We meet at the Yates House at 1314 Andrews. Some of us work in that yard, some under the Pullum House across the street, and some in our (air conditioned!) lab in the Yates House. If you would like to participate, or if you know others that might, you will be most welcome! They supply ice water, and they also have a few extra trowels if you don't have your own.
  15. I ask this question out of curiosity. It seems that America is having alot of health problems. Americans are obese and depressed. Is this inherent in the American lifestyle? Why is it so hard for Americans to be healthy when we have the best medical technology and facilities and more access to healthy food than most other nations. Why are so many Americans on Prozac and other mood-altering drugs? Why are people so stressed out all the time? Is this what the American dream has become? Or, is the American dream something entirely different but we, as a nation, are too lazy or disfunctiona
  16. Where did you hear the rumour? A reliable source? That would be fantastic if we got a Central market out here!
  17. I HATE those Sonic ads! Those guys irritate the ____ out of me. I mean, this guy is willing to eat a sandwich with a pair of pants in it?!?!
  18. MORE condos? Are people actually moving into all this new construction? I can't imagine, with the economy the way it is, that these things are getting filled. Am I wrong? It seems there is an abundance of new housing. Can people actually afford these residences?
  19. Anybody seen the new Nurger King breakfast sandwich commercial? "Eatin' breakfast with the king." CREEPY!!
  20. Father Amco. Like I would actually buy insurance from a guy who looks like he'd break my legs if I miss a payment.
  21. Thanks for the welcome Talbot! UL- We rented a condo at this place called "The Dunes". It's on Lantana St. (or Dr.).
  22. Dream- Why is your signature dedicated to Montrose 1100?
  23. Roxy Music circa 1974, 1970's David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust, PJ Harvey, Siouxsie & the Banshees (80's NOT 90's), Duran Duran (I admit it.), Pink Floyd, Air, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Jam, Bauhaus...you know...oldies. I would love to broaden my horizons with some new (but GOOD) music- I just don't have the time to seek it out. (But now I've got a whole list from Montrose 1100 to check out) Although, the library has been very handy in letting me check out new music without committing to buy. But I would never illegally burn anything. Sorry but radio here sucks. I guess the Rice
  24. By jove, I think I've got it! Port Aransas sunset: One of many piers at the beach: Large military helicopter hovering over beach. I wish I could've gotten a closer shot- it was quite impressive!
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