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    vintage cameras, music, crossword puzzles, cooking, movies, art and industrial design, current events, literature, history and of course architecture.

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  1. Especially during an inversion (when warm air gets trapped under a dome of cooler air, and circulation stops). I've literally seen the filthy smog swirling behind city buses. Every breath is unpleasant, and suddenly a realization: so this is why New York women are so fond of wearing lots of perfume. Anything to distract from that horrid stench.
  2. I notice that there's no trace of a parking garage in this rendering, and wonder how deep they'd be willing to go for underground parking. Perhaps instead they have somewhere close by in mind. Is it sheer coincidence that Kroger is shuttering just as this project is getting underway? While Montrose Blvd is making progress to become a more pedestrian friendly destination street, the focus seems to be more on Lower Westheimer. A parking garage adequate for both this development and another could be squeezed onto the Kroger lot, especially if the developers petition the city to abandon that b
  3. You're probably already aware that an ad hoc committee has been formed in opposition to this project. Further information can be found at this link to LOLA (Leave Our Lovett Alone), including an on-line petition. I urge whoever has concerns about this land grab to check out what's being done to oppose the project. A few emails and phone calls should make a difference.
  4. That would be nice, but does South Main Baptist Church have any incentive to do so? I assume there's no property taxes at this time - would that change if they're making money from the property? As things stand they can hold onto this land till Doomsday (or until land prices are astronomical) at virtually no cost.
  5. Among the improvements listed is the repainting of buildings. To each his own, but I don't understand the appeal of painting everything black, gray, or white (or any combination thereof). Is all color considered to be in bad taste now? Are people afraid of it? What did color ever do to you? While I accept that growth involves change (and destruction) I'd rather see some of the elements of the original Montrose retained - a few century-old houses, quirky architectural details, bold colors used with abandon. While Melrose Ave may be a great street in its own right, I'd rather see Houston
  6. I see what you're saying, and you make valid points. My impression is that one of the goals of this facility is to integrate it into the surrounding community, so that the developers and techies could draw inspiration from other sources. There's a tendency for people who surround themselves with others much like themselves to become stale. A couple of well-worn cliches seem applicable ("Echo chamber" and "thinking inside the box"). A bookstore would provide a break from their routine, and allow for socializing and the exchange of ideas that could provide different perspectives and lead to
  7. The goal of Rice U. and the architects seems to be to create an active lively urban scene with amenities to attract people and promote interactions. Half-Price Books would fit in admirably with this scheme. Its inclusion would be mutually beneficial.
  8. The 100+ year old house (previous home of Feast and other restaurants) was demolished this past Saturday December 26, 2020. R.I.P. Any word on if something besides a parking lot will take its place? Unhappily, my bet's on parking lot.
  9. Let's hope that the ill-advised plans to despoil 800 Bell have been thrown in the dust bin, and that it will not fall victim to an ignorant, awkward and unconvincing attempt to 'modernize' this beautiful and distinctive building. Consider some of the amateurish attempts to update older buildings such as the Federal Courthouse (515 Rusk) or Two Shell Plaza. The results manage to be both tragic and laughable. Granted, that is no small feat, but surely there were better options available.
  10. Notice that the artist's rendition of the proposed building does not include a bus shelter at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose. Hopefully, this was an oversight or done for aesthetic purposes. I'd hate to think that a project so dedicated to being "focused on the pedestrian experience" would have an antagonistic attitude towards public transportation.
  11. Perhaps it's the design ("porch style swing") that's causing concern. Midtown Park has single-occupant swings, but they allow the rider to easily hold on to the chains with both hands. A porch style swing, if I'm picturing it correctly, is more like a suspended bench. Perhaps it's the lack of a place to grab on that's considered to be hazardous? Seems like nonsense to me, but in today's litigious society...
  12. Seems strange to see an actual traffic jam on what's now Allen Parkway. This must have been a major artery to enter downtown from much of the west side of Houston. I wonder if the traffic jams continued until I-10 opened.
  13. Austin has been described as "the city furthest east in California". I too like Austin but sometimes it borders on cutsie-ness, and diversity isn't its strong suit. It's OK to be weird, so long as you're weird exactly the way they are.
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