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Andrew Ewert

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  1. I mean it certainly hasn't been transformed overnight, but every year you see fewer and fewer homeless people in the area, I think. "Problem"? I don't think I can say it was ever really that disruptive to me, except for maybe trying to get donuts at that Shipley or something. But no, in the immediate vicinity of Ion it's not so much of an issue now. I just wandered in there a couple weeks ago and someone was happy to give me a tour, you may be able to do the same. It's on the first floor off the public area, so you shouldn't have any problem getting to it.
  2. There's a couple answers to that question. There's the drip coffee that's just out and available all the time. It's pretty standard, no complaints there. Then there's also the Common Desk info desk that will make espresso drinks to order. I've only had it one or two times, but it wasn't that great. And then there's Common Bond On-The-Go downstairs, which isn't as good as something made by the people working at the original CB in Montrose, but it's still better than the first two options.
  3. My company is a Common Desk member working out of Ion, AMA
  4. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/food-culture/restaurants-bars/article/Barbecue-bombshell-Ace-pitmaster-sides-wizard-17080512.php That certainly doesn't sound great. First Night Shift, now this.
  5. I agree. Houston is so well situated to dominate the energy and medicine sectors for the next 50 years. It's just going to take some of these huge legacy industries realizing they need to embrace the future and stop looking backward. I think Ion is a great first step toward making that happen. We'll see...
  6. This is so silly and honestly I love it. Like a deformed child.
  7. Wow, crazy. I'm a little conflicted on the Hunt Brothers moving into EaDo, because I love Via313 - great pizza, great concept. And I even met one of them, and he seemed super cool. But then there was this: Via 313 employees protest for sick pay and safety measures amid Omicron surge – The Daily Texan Via 313 was apparently sold to a restaurant portfolio in 2020, so I'm not sure how much involvement the brothers still have/had. Hopefully it was all a bad misunderstanding.
  8. There is one and only one reason I don't use Metro all the time, and it's this: While a rebrand would be really nice (and I agree it needs one), they need to stop being 25 years behind the times in technology first. This is just abysmal compared to Chicago where I can tap my Apple Pay on any train or bus without even having a CTA card.
  9. They clearly said *urban* neighborhood. Katy and the Woodlands certainly do not fall in that category. You should be asking about places like the Galleria, or The Heights/GOOF. I would argue that those are the exceptions to the rule; and not even necessarily exceptions. Even in those areas, the blocks immediately adjacent to freeways are typically pretty rough. At the end of the day, freeways probably are a necessary evil in some sense, but I don't think there's a person on the planet who thinks a neighborhood is made BETTER by one coming through.
  10. Architectural polydactyly is all the rage these days...
  11. I feel dumb for only just now realizing this building is a hand...
  12. If any tenants have been signed, I don't think anyone here has figured that out.
  13. The icepocalypse removed all the vines recently.
  14. This is maybe the dumbest question ever asked by anyone, but... could it? Not that we ever would, but if the city decided that having the bayou look nice was important, is there any way you could do it? Put a giant Brita filter in the Galleria?
  15. Perhaps not a great business decision, but it seems like the city should be doing everything it can to deter anyone from building another giant surface lot inside the loop ever again.
  16. My guess would be that once all the other things line up to make East River a desirable and affluent area, that miraculously the quiet zone will be fast-tracked. Homeowners with money tend to have that effect.
  17. When TxDOT trenches 59 past GRB/Minute Maid, there's a proposal to cover the freeway and build a park on top of it. It would have to be funded by someone other than TxDOT, so it's not a sure thing.
  18. The hell? You get covid for one week and stop going into the office, and suddenly they start finishing projects...
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