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  1. Heaven forfend that they leave their ultimate driving machines at home and walk a couple of blocks. But in the New Montrose, it seems that actual pedestrians in a walkable neighborhood are viewed with contempt and suspicion.
  2. I wonder how much space will be allocated to the grocery store mentioned as part of the mix. It probably won't rival Fiesta or Disco Kroger, but even a small one (such as the one in Target at Shepherd Square) would be a welcome addition to that part of town, especially with easy access to the Wheeler Transit Center and the Red Line.
  3. Also, having a Houston Public Library integrated into the design practically guarantees that this won't be a ghost development.
  4. That is so Houston. A too-narrow sidewalk interrupted by a utility pole, mere inches from a busy street. Seems like a lot of expense to build a temporary concrete sidewalk. I'll be surprised if it's replaced by something adequate. How much you want to bet that the developer crows about the "high walkability score" of this project?
  5. In the immortal words of Roseanne Roseannadanna: "It just goes to show you, it's always something - if it's not one thing, it's another."
  6. I've always wondered how the reanimation of these zombie buildings works out. The townhomes in the 1700 block of Montrose sat half-completed for many years before someone finally finished them and put them on the market. They're occupied but I'd be interested to know what issues (if any) the owners have encountered.
  7. Is this the building adjacent to The Gypsy Poet? There's going to be competition for parking if they're open the same hours as Space (formerly Rich's) - and it seems likely they will be.
  8. That's true for residential air conditioning. Some very wealthy people may have had it,but it wasn't until the 50's that residential units were mass produced and affordable for the working and middle classes. I've read that in the 1930's people used to go to air conditioned movie theaters just to escape the heat (and regardless of what was on the screen).
  9. I don't know whether the Tower Theater was built with air conditioning but it seems very possible that it was. From the KHOU-11 website: "It wasn't until the 1920s that HOU got A/C as we know it. The first room: the cafeteria at the Rice Hotel, which got air conditioning in 1922. A year later, there was another milestone reached at Second National Bank. “Most people today will know it as the newly renovated JW Marriott that opened recently,” says Scovil. “That was the first air-conditioned building in Houston.” Movie theater, such as the Texan and Majestic, were quick to catch o
  10. I wonder how much of the increased tonnage being moved through the Port of Houston can be attributed to the recent widening of the Panama Canal.
  11. The wording of this ad perplexes me: "Look! An opportunity to buy an historic, beloved landmark Houston restaurant, featuring Tuscan-inspired architecture....and tear it down!"
  12. Glad to see one of the remaining vestiges of the original neighborhood preserved.
  13. Fairview has long been a source of vexation for pedestrians. There are few streets in Houston that have so many desirable options for dining and bar-hopping within walking distance of each other. However, navigating the broken and missing sidewalks, open ditches, haphazard parking and intrusive plantings while dodging vehicular traffic add a sense of adventure that many people find unwelcome. On Fairview, flirting with disaster is an activity many people prefer to do indoors. There's just not much room which traffic and sidewalks can be put into. The planter idea sounds like a creative so
  14. Did some Googling, and it's an interesting relationship between this franchise and the former occupant of both the Sugar Land and S Shepherd locations (BurgerIM, a franchise out of Israel that experienced a spectacular meltdown last year). According to the reviews the food sounds good.
  15. Nidda Thai's "OPEN" sign was lit this afternoon.
  16. I had the impression that the affordable housing was to be located at Caroline and McGowen, but not occupy all of the land that was previously earmarked for Midtown Commons. If so, the existing building at 2403 Caroline would not be included (and could possibly become a bar, restaurant, or some combination). Either way, I'm looking forward to any development that will breathe more life into these blocks.
  17. Perhaps his trend may help revive the proposed bar and restaurant development that stalled out at 2403 Caroline, especially since the construction on Caroline St has mostly been completed. With any luck the rebuilt street, sidewalks, and landscaping and appealing destinations will draw the people who live in the newly built apartments nearby to walk a few blocks.
  18. According to merriam-webster.com: Since a farmers market is a place where farmers convene, but that does not necessarily belong to the farmers, many style guides recommend eliminating the apostrophe and simply treating the plural noun as a modifier: farmers market, a market for farmers.
  19. Risk intolerance by developers and inflexible city codes aside, what role does the financial institution that puts up the money play in determining the creativity (or lack of same) in architectural design? I have the impression that, in general, bankers believe that the more conventional the design, the lower the risk.
  20. Prior to the Greek Orthodox building's construction, the lot contained a two-story white stucco house (some might say a mansion). It featured a port-cochere, and was typical of the style and scale of the early houses built on Montrose Blvd. My understanding was that it remained a single family house, but had been used as a rental property for years. It was a bit run-down, and people used to joke about spotting Norma Desmond peering through the windows. Still, it was a relic of what once was one of Houston's premier residential streets, and I was sorry to see it go.
  21. Cyclists who blow through stop signs without slowing or checking for traffic are not just flouting traffic laws, they're borderline suicidal. But this is not usually the case. Most cyclists are acutely aware of how vulnerable they are, and don't play games of chicken with motor vehicles. When riding on side streets that have stop signs every block or two, many cyclists (myself included) will slow when approaching the intersection and prepare to stop if there are vehicles or pedestrians who have the right-of-way. Otherwise, it makes sense to maintain some inertia. Repeatedly starting f
  22. that's some neat historic knowledge if Montrose had a median all the way from Westheimer to south of Binz. I was told by people who lived in Montrose in the 50's that the esplanades were planted with palm trees which attracted an infestation of tree rats. The neighbors were not amused. They offered little resistance when the median was removed and the boulevard converted to a more heavily trafficked street.
  23. Is or was there a warehouse/loft building called the Pierce building in that area? I remember going there for a 1983 New Year's party.
  24. Is this the I.M. Pei drive-thru building?
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