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  1. the title of this thread is asking for argument. maybe h-town could change the title to pro-rail vs anti-rail. if the thread gets ugly, we will lock...as always. i hate to have to read a thread i do not care for just to make sure it is in keeping with HAIF user standards. please play nice so moderators can go about their business. if h-town doesn't change the title, another mod or the editor may swoop in; i'll let it ride for awhile. my two cents: rail IS 19th century; rail IS 21st century. are planes stuck in the 20th century or are they bigger, better, safer, as we move forward? one more point: when traffic is bumper to bumper down richmond, westheimer, and alabama ,24/7, afton oaks and river oaks will wish for a quiet train taking up two lanes moving people through their neighborhoods with few or no chances to stop. density is happening in houston now, immediately, as we speak (read); it is conceivable that houston could continue to increase in density for a decade or longer, much longer. build rail now. name calling the opposition is unproductive.
  2. I agree with this sentiment. I joined a humanist meetup and before i could attend a meeting they were getting together for a protest; I'm not inclined to go to a meeting now. I didn't sign up because I have an ax to grind or want to prove anything. Intelligent people who are open-minded, regardless of religious or spiritual conviction, should be able to find common ground. It's the proselytizing hard-liners that are the issue. An atheist who wants to argue that there is no God annoys me just as much as the Christian who wants to convince everyone they need to be saved from hell. I'm much more comfortable in the "I don't know" realm. The website sevfiv recommended looks quite interesting.
  3. try 4 decades of that; pretty soon,10 years ago will seem like yesterday. did i mention that david lynch's "dune" is guilty pleasure? i cringe at some of the bad special effects now but i can't stop watching it. "FOR HE IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!!
  4. i really really wish i lived in the city! dissatisfaction precedes motivation..

  5. it is unlikely that kirby between rice village and upper kirby will remain craptastic. also, regarding kirby/allen parkway becoming like broadway: good luck getting towers or high density anything built from shepherd to san felipe; not gonna happen.
  6. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/08/12/apartment-tower-proposed-for-upper-kirby.html not even hbj had a rendering! i love HAIF...
  7. jordan almonds fried chicken, fried shrimp, chicken fried steak, fried green beans, fried squash, fried zucchini...see a trend? salted caramel ice cream raw cookie dough ditto jack in the box tacos, add their egg rolls dried chili mangos from world market buttermilk pralines parmesan fries with truffle mustard from fielding's in the woodlands
  8. editor is right. imagine being a 10 year old named houston growing up in houston. consider all of the media stories with houston in the title that could be used to rag on your kid. let's not forget the second biggest houston of them all whitney houston. if you really want to shake things up name him "bachanon" or "triton"? off the top of my head: "houston we have lift off" as bullies throw your kid in the air. "houston we have a problem" each time somebody trips your kid. "look houston IS flooded" as water is dumped on your kids head. as romantic a notion it may be to name your kid after our beloved city i'm not sure you'd be doing him a favor. go with "samuel" after sam houston or "allen" for the allen brothers. i'd look for ways to be a little less literal in your tribute to houston and more child-identity friendly.
  9. read your car warranties and vehicle service contracts before becoming an uber or lyft driver; most will be void if you use your vehicle as a shuttle, limo, for hire.
  10. HAIF has eyes and ears everywhere....it's only a matter of time before exciting things come to light. Way to go Triton!
  11. I have several coworkers who commute from League City to The Woodlands every day and have for more than six years.
  12. With Sasaki (may be a big deal), and unnamed architects to be announced; there may yet be more news to come.
  13. nice picture. is anyone else a little put off by the plain vanilla podium parking garages on buildings such as randall davis' cosmopolitan? i realize that this is the norm, but i do see developers and architects going for a little less profit in exchange for good design, on occasion. too bad davis isn't of the latter sort. his faux facades are a guilty pleasure of mine, i wish he would be all in or not at all. it ruins the building for me; i wouldn't consider living in that building because i would hate parking in the ugly box my condo was resting on. it would piss me off each time i came home. does that make me shallow or just refined? i guess the ugly box will be mostly unnoticed after all of the additional buildings are up; plant some pine trees or giant bamboo around that thing please. with my rant out of the way; back to reality, we can expect more downsized or diminished designs with construction costs through the roof. i think that the building industry is having difficulty getting things built on time, labor shortages, material availability,etc. as long as constructions costs are high, design and flash will take a back seat. sad but true. houston's transition to higher density is truly fascinating. it would be interesting to see if there is photo documentation of the transition of manhattan island from single dwellings, to multi-storied buildings, to high and mid-rise. the higher density transition taking place in and around the loop is a rapid cultural shift that may be quite significant historically. houstonians will be a different breed altogether in 10-15 years. it's amazing and fantastic....and we are documenting it here on haif. haif will be a boon to anyone wanting to research houston's boom in the 2010s. uptown is but one focal point of houston's rapidly changing city-scape.
  14. https://www.flickr.com/photos/21188379@N03/14573603339/ link to the "bachanon" approved university boulevard route. sorry residential areas. on second thought, south macgregor might have more property suitable for this purpose.
  15. the general angles of existing roads in this area do not support the direction he is suggesting; the university of st. thomas is nowhere near this hypothetical line. the only option i see that would be interesting is north macgregor from u of h to fannin on the southwest point of the medical center. if you renamed it "university boulevard" and added consistent bus or light rail connecting the southern light rail on the east and the red line on the west, you could market a university corridor. there is enough underused land in this corridor that, with incentives and collaboration of medical institutions, you might spark something.
  16. oops. meant to remove that one. that's a property i wanted to remember. disregard the east end star!
  17. https://www.flickr.com/photos/21188379@N03/14753562765/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/21188379@N03/14753562765/in/pool-haif not sure if these will work. check out the google map links above. i've been adding the addresses of high-rises under construction or proposed. notice the line between waugh/allen parkway down to hermann park. the clusters uptown and downtown make me tingle...
  18. Don't forget that The Woodlands is working with planners to make sure the last Houston stop includes The Woodlands....a stop near The Woods/ExxonMobil means no 249 corridor. My only wish is that the HSR would originate at in Downtown Houston, swing by IAH, The Woods/ExxonMobil, to Dallas.....or at least a stop close enough to IAH for a cab or shuttle to/from to be feasible.
  19. Wait until fracking and new extraction technologies are loosed in Mexico by Texas companies. We do not yet know what resources are available that Mexico has been unable to extract or find. There is oil under the gulf of Mexico we have yet to reach. Houston is the epicenter of present and future oil & gas exploration, extraction, r&d, and refining for north and central Americas...and maybe this hemisphere. Houston's economy is exploding due to its global position and not one technology (fracking) or resource.
  20. speaking of density. i've been saving addresses of new high rises on google maps. notice the line between waugh and allen parkway to the museum district. curious isn't it? https://goo.gl/maps/KHepC (actually, i'm not sure if the saved places will be there for everyone. let me know if not and i'll try something else)
  21. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/06/23/new-effort-launches-to-fill-thousands-of-jobs-in-3.html?page=all folks should do their homework. houston is frantically trying to figure out how to fill the 296,000 jobs coming to the houston area in the next THREE years. fueled by the large amount of oil, several 1-2 billion dollar refineries are being built or expanded in the gulf coast region by houston based companies. here are a couple: motiva/bechtel: http://www.bechtel.com/port-arthur-refinery.html chevron/phillips chemical: http://www.cpchem.com/en-us/news/Pages/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-Breaks-Ground-on-Two-World-Scale-Polyethylene-.aspx the oil/natural gas boom has changed the socio-political power structure worldwide. the u.s. is becoming more and more independent by the day and mexico is about to open up it's natural resources for private investment; companies first in line to capitalize on mexico are almost all based in houston or have a huge presence in houston: chevron, exxon/mobil, shell, for instance. as much as russia would like to tighten its monopoly on europe's natural gas, the us is about to unleash liquified natural gas. we now have the technology to liquify natural gas at a port, load on ships to europe, deliquify...right into european homes. the world is trying to figure out how to use fracking technology that our oil and gas industry created. the demand for our technology and our people are through the roof. i think it would be premature to predict when houston's "boom" will end or to even predict how all of this will play out. way too many variables. right now, everything i see is positive for the foreseeable future. at the economic outlook conferences earlier this year, all multi-family residential that has been built is getting absorbed. absorption was static and predicted to be so for 2014. the new construction industry for single family homes can maybe produce 30K homes; demand is for 75K. consider this: population is growing slower than the available jobs in the houston region. rental unit construction is ONLY keeping pace with demand. new construction industry for single family homes could not keep up with demand even if it doubled its capacity to build. foreign investors are keen on houston. it's difficult to get our brains around this much construction especially since we are so very aware of it. although it is a lot of construction, it doesn't mean the demand isn't there. (not going to mention how important it is to get more mass transit in the pipeline but we are so going to wish we had) http://www.city-journal.org/2014/24_3_houston.html also, the panama canal expansion will bring larger freighters from the pacific ocean into the port of houston. http://www.portofhouston.com/business-development/capital-improvement-projects/ the port of houston is the number ONE port in foreign tonnage in the country.
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