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  1. I was thinking it would have the opposite effect. For those who are driving in from the suburbs, it would offer a convenient, centrally located place to park. They could then use the rail for in-town destinations, an increasing number of which are adjacent to the Red Line. Wasn't that one of the selling points of the parking garage at MidMain (HCC/Ensemble Theater stop)?
  2. Welcome to HAIF, Jim. For those who are unfamiliar, here's a photo of The Clocktower (originally The Rein) Building (3401 Allen Parkway). It was one of at least three notable Spanish Colonial buildings built along that section of Allen Parkway in the 20's. I, for one, would be sorry to see it go.
  3. Shadow Hill Maple Syrup is a small, family-operated sugar bush in upstate NY. They have a broad range of maple syrup related products, and superb quality.
  4. "To allow part of the building in the visibility triangle at the corner of Fannin and Cleburne" Does this mean the parking garage will be situated towards the northern portion of the block, or will it cover the entire block? Wouldn't having the garage as close to the Wheeler Transit Center as possible make sense?
  5. For the most part, it's still intact. The layout is virtually the same as it was after its first major renovation 35+ years ago. The most egregious change was the removal of the original black ceramic tiles that covered the lower exterior walls. That hurt.
  6. Aside from the location of its new digs, the question remains: what will become of the current venue? Please, not another Limelight. Please, not another Limelight. Please, not another Limelight.
  7. I wonder which corner this building occupied. Bremond dead-ends into Main at this intersection; however, the block opposite Bremond (west side of Main) is currently occupied by Central Cadillac, which probably was built soon after the Houston Auditorium was demolished.
  8. I think that's The Montrose at Buffalo Bayou. edit: Welcome to HAIF, Plokij!
  9. I also think its hilarious that this has been an issue for years, but NOW they care. NOW they want to do something about it. Agree. I didn't hear much squawking when the tent city under 59 was cleared out and fenced off a year or so ago, which probably displaced more people than are currently frequenting the area.
  10. Can't find any mention in the local media but that's not too surprising. Not the first time an accidental death has gone unreported.
  11. I imagine, gmac, if Covenant House sold their current facility, they would have deep enough pockets to build a palace elsewhere in the city. Also, I have lived close to facilities that assist runaways, the mentally challenged, the homeless, people with HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol issues. I have lived near convenience stores, bars, nightclubs, adult book stores and any other NIMBY triggers you care to name, without complaint. So don't even try to fit me into that box.
  12. dbigtex56

    1344 Yale

    I'm glad they did it and the result is pleasing. The thing is, once the interior, the exterior, the windows and doors all have been replaced, what's left of the history? IMO the weathered stucco was much more attractive. And yes, it can be stabilized and maintained. New Orleans has made an industry of doing exactly that.
  13. I agree. The circumstances aren't the same as they were when Covenant House opened in 1983. Montrose was a very different place than it is today. There were still abandoned houses that became "flops" for young people. Street prostitution was much more prevalent. It had become a destination for runaways, and it made sense to have a facility located in the midst of the action. Now, about the only advantage the neighborhood has to offer to runaways is Convent House itself. In the past it seemed to be enabling young people to stay on the street. To their credit, measures have been taken to better control its residents. But I agree with Gene. The location is ideal for neither the residents nor the neighborhood.
  14. That explains the dearth of washaterias (laundromats). Dry cleaning (so far as I know) is still done off-site.
  15. I've lived in Midtown for ~ 5 years, and have noticed that there seem to be fewer dry cleaners than there used to be, even as the population and density increases. Do the newer apartment complexes feature dry cleaning pickup for residents? Are people driving out of the neighborhood to get their clothing dry cleaned? Do they wear their clothes until they stink, then throw them out?
  16. Understandably. For many years it seemed like Alabama (or E Alabama) didn't even exist. Normally I wouldn't nitpick but now that there's development taking place along the length of the street the potential for confusion has risen. (and don't get me started about the project called West Gray [something] that's proposed for Gray)
  17. @Response Thank you for your thoughtful response. Your point is well taken.
  18. I haven't seen anyone is objecting to the idea that "the streets of Midtown are aligned [sic] with flowers and gardens instead of a bunch of abandoned buildings and empty storefronts." I'm also puzzled by the statement that "most of it looks like it always did", because it doesn't. It should also be noted that Midtown didn't suffer from "100+ years of urban blight". It was a thriving area until shortly after WWII, started losing residents and businesses to the suburbs, and was almost wiped out in the 70's when properties were bought for their sewage hookup rights, and the buildings demolished or left to deteriorate. Since rebuilding started in the 90s and took off in the 2000s, urban blight was a problem for perhaps 35 years, not 100. The objections voiced to Camdon-style development aren't solely centered on the lack of GFR. It's also the fact that these giant fenced-off blocks destroy the free circulation of the neighborhood's residents by violating the street grid. in the "damn real world", this is a concern. A balance has to be achieved between short-term gains and long term negative consequences. If no one speaks up about the shortcomings of Camden style developments, the same mistakes will be repeated elsewhere. We can't learn from mistakes unless the mistakes are identified and acknowledged. And in an urban environment, these giant monolithic blocks are a mistake.
  19. Camden's developments have created long, featureless blocks that will detract from the walkabilty of Midtown until the day that the miserable things are demolished.
  20. Units on several floors are lit up at night - not sure if or how many are actually occupied yet.
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