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  1. I envision a park that would attract locals and tourists of all ages for walking, people watching, exploring, exercise, thrill seeking, relaxing, birthday parties, weddings, festivals, etc. with the following features: A great lawn for events, picnics, and kids playing. A lake fed by waterfalls connected to a circular river with small rental boats. Trees and plants throughout including butterfly gardens. A Grand Promenade that circles the park and smaller winding trails. A playground, splash park, and carousel for kids. A large climbing wall on a “cliff” at the edge of the park. A mini railr
  2. While we're dreaming, here's my idea: Phase 1: Build a new sunken highway along the railroad right-of-way extending from Highway 59 just south of Buffalo Bayou to I-45 near U of H. Put the rail lines below grade too so they don't divide the east side of town. Phase 2. With Phase 1 relieving some traffic, shut down Highway 59 from the I-45 intersection to just south of the bayou, rebuild it below grade, and cover it to create parks and/or commercial property. Phase 3. With Phases 1 and 2 relieving traffic, eliminate through traffic on the Pierce Elevated. Maintain some existing ramps th
  3. Several years ago, I saw another lock on the Brazos further upstream. It's visible just north of the FM 485 bridge across the Brazos just west of Hearne, and was built around the same time as the other locks. There was a community on the bluff just north of the lock called Port Sullivan. It grew and prospered in the mid 1800s but then died when railroads were built to neighboring towns but not to Port Sullivan. It had disappeared even before the lock was built. Here are some links discussing the dam, Port Sullivan, and navigation on the Brazos: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/arti
  4. Do any other cities have better methods for rationing water? The current system makes you go 4 days between watering but then allows you to run your system full blast for 14 straight hours (8 pm to 10 am). But you're not allowed to run for 30 minutes every other day. The current system also acts on the honor/snitch system. You can probably get away with watering any day in the middle of the night. And if your neighbors like you, you can probably water any time. Wouldn't it be better just to allow each household to use an average amount of water each month with a draconian surcharge for any
  5. Would it be possible for the city to acquire weekend rights to part of the parking lot? I assume that these lots make most of their money during the weekdays. If the city bought weekend rights to the 1/3 of the parking lot closest to the park, they could make some simple improvements (like brick paving and a few trees), and use this area for weekend events such as a farmer's market or occasional festivals. Preston could be temporarily closed during these weekend events and possibly even be used as a location for marker/festival booths. The rest of the parking lot would still be parking, and
  6. I would appreciate some advice on how to find or create a Geographic Information System (GIS) for presenting local historical information. 1. The primary navigation/geographical interface would be through a current map or aerial view of the area. This would be from Wikimapia, google, or some similar map that allows moving around and zooming in and out. 2. The user could click on a box to get a list of all of the historical maps of the area (each with a box that could be clicked to turn the map on or off). These would be scaled so that they could be superimposed over each other. 3. The user c
  7. Here's a map of current utilities in the area. Only the lots within the old "park" have service. This doesn't prove that nothing was built in the original house lots around the "park", but if they were built, they probably didn't have water or sewer service. I'll go along with the hypothesis that the neighborhood was planned with a great park in the middle, but the plans fell through sometime after 1895 (when the patch just south of the park was platted). Little or nothing was developed on the house lots, and the "park" land stayed in private hands. A rail line and HL&P right of way we
  8. The Woodson Research Center at Rice's Fondren Library is now open. It has an archive of Judge Harris Masterson's papers, mostly between 1880 and 1920 dealing with land litigation and investments in Harris and surrounding counties. Box 223, Folder 15 of the archives is listed as "Brunsville, Town of". The website is: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ricewrc/001...ce-00134p3.html Is Gnu still interested? Is it worth a trip to the Library or are you all hands-on field types? If anyone has some software for removing haze from photos, there may even be some hints in these from the Bob Bailey Stud
  9. Here's a possible wild goose chase for you. The Woodson Research Center at Rice's Fondren Library has an archive of Judge Harris Masterson's papers, mostly between 1880 and 1920. He "dealt largely with land litigation and investments in Harris and surrounding counties." "Masterson set up several land corporations with his brother A.R. Masterson and son Neill. Two of these were the Texas Town Lot & Improvement Company and the Houston Town Lot & Improvement Company. Although these companies on occasion contracted to build houses on the land they sold, their primary function was to buy l
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