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  1. KinkaidAlum

    New Development on the University of Houston Campus

    Rumblings of a big expansion of the Hilton on campus. It currently has 84 rooms. Expansion will add 68 rooms and 8 suites in a "new tower." Not sure if this will be added on to the current building (vertical expansion) or a new "tower" but if it is a vertical expansion, this might become the tallest on campus or at least rival the Moody twins.
  2. So cool, this has pretty much been my weekend trike route to get downtown from Rice for years! I welcome the influx.
  3. KinkaidAlum

    Electric Scooters Sharing

    Scooters are illegal on the sidewalks here in LA too but it doesn't mean I'm not having to dodge them or risk having my dog run over daily. You'd be a fool to ride those things in traffic.
  4. KinkaidAlum

    Electric Scooters Sharing

    I've been in LA for work for two months now and I have grown to hate these things. People leave them everywhere and the company (BIRD) is pretty lax with retrieval. For every responsible rider who is considerate of others there appears to be 10 others who are idiotic and selfish and another 10 who are completely clueless (usually tourists in Hollywood). I'm surprised there aren't more really bad accidents as I've seen folks fall of the devices and into coming traffic. Yesterday, I saw a guy going about 30 on the sidewalk (illegally) while filming himself flying down Gowen. Walkers were diving out of the way. Not a fan.
  5. KinkaidAlum

    1st Pasadena State Bank

    This is unbelievably short-sighted.
  6. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    moo. He didn't say anything about perceived quality. He insinuated there was just one 4 year public institution in the Houston metro area. And it is largely the State's fault (and Jim Crow) that TSU is not highly desirable to most undergrads. And it is the state's fault that despite 25 million or so residents we only have two schools that are "acceptable" to most undergrads. Opening a potential UT Houston branch does nothing to alleviate that problem. Working to elevate the status of existing schools would. Additionally, Arizona State is NOT the flagship of the state. The University of Arizona is the flagship and it is in Tucson. Going further, DC has a public institution (UDC) and Virginia offers George Mason as well. Lastly, if you don't think students commute between SHSU and Conroe, the Woodlands, Atascocita, Spring, etc.. every day then you're sorely mistaken. If you want a 4 year public education within an hour drive of the Houston metro you have a ton of options. We don't need another one. We need to improve the existing ones.
  7. I don't want to get my hopes up, but love the patterned glass on this tower.
  8. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    Are you saying Houston only has one public 4-year university? Good god, there are two in the Third Ward alone. Cough Cough. One of them was created to keep UTAustin lily white. Additionally, there are BA opportunities at TWU-Houston, A&M- Galveston, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A&M, and UTH. And that's just off the top of my head.
  9. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    Duh. Everything is second rate in this state compared to UT outside of tiny/private Rice.
  10. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    Graduation rates are rising quickly at UH, largely due to better incoming students as well as the UHin4 program. The incoming class of 2014 was the first class to have the option to join UHin4 and that class' 4 year graduate rate is on track to be 50%. The best news is 4 years later, over 70% of incoming students are joining UHin4.
  11. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    UH has a great reputation outside of the region. It unfortunately still has work to overcome the years of racist/classist views that cloud the local reputation. Case in point, the 2019 World University Rankings are out. UH ranks 5th in Texas behind UT, Rice, A&M, and UT-Dallas. These rankings are based on 13 factors like published works, R+D, international reach, and quality of instruction. UH is in a peer group with schools like UConn, Tulane, Denver, New Mexico, and Oregon State. Here's where the Texas schools fall; 39) Texas 86) Rice (size really hurst Rice but it punches way above its weight class) 171) Texas A&M 251-300) UT Dallas 301-350) Houston 501-600) UTSA 601-800) Baylor, UT Arlington, UTEP, Texas Tech 801-1000) Texas State In the last few years, UH has steadily climbed the rankings. Adding programs in petroleum engineering, nursing, and industrial design have helped as has the conversion of the Schlumberger campus to the energy research center. The medical school will further elevate UH's status internationally. I'd also point out that UH ranks ahead of several UT branches included those with medical schools. Lastly, here's the number of top 100 programs (graduate level) that schools in Texas have according to USNWR. 25 Texas 19 Texas A&M 18 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON 14 Rice 11 Baylor 8 SMU 8 UT Dallas 7 Texas Tech 7 North Texas 4 UT Arlington 3 UTSA 3 UTEP If you add up UTA, UTEP, UTD, and UTSA you get the same number as UH. I'm kinda glad we didn't wait around for a state branch all things considered.
  12. Two steps forward... getting run over by someone exiting an ugly garage to speed back to the burbs.
  13. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    UT is currently adding 40,000 square feet and two additional floors to their building on Fannin right now. Also, the largest (unless you are talking system) is A&M.
  14. KinkaidAlum

    UT Research Campus

    And I'd rather not have to scroll through 8 year old threads being bumped for stupid reasons but we don't always get what we want.
  15. KinkaidAlum

    Why is Houston so dirty?

    Nailed it. That guy is the very definition of white trash.