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Double L

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  1. If Houston wants less parking, it needs to provide more public transportation…
  2. Not a good looking building but there is a need to have affordable housing in the city and the downtown and it will help build up and populate downtown. There isn’t a lot in that part of downtown and we need to build it up. It will be interesting to see how much the units will cost.
  3. I’m leaning more and more towards getting rid of the parking requirements from the city of Houston. Let the businesses decide how much parking they will need rather than the government. The businesses will have an incentive to decide for themselves how much parking they will need, because it will determine how many customers they believe they will receive, relative to how much space for parking they believe they will require.
  4. This will be a new service to the city and we will gain money from it, not lose money from it. As long as they are not obstructing pedestrians and bicycles from moving along the sidewalks, I don’t mind a little “clutter” and I don’t mind the right of way being amended to include non-transportation amenities, I think that positions our city to use our right of ways for a larger variety of services.
  5. From my experience, most of the neighborhoods you mentioned are predomnantly African American. Is that your definition of Houstons identity? I think dirty bars with various eccentricities can be found anywhere and are not exclusive to Houston. I think that when we are searching for Houstons identity we are searching for what makes it seperate than other cities across the country. That is something in the air and cannot be contained to a few neighborhoods or establishments. You can't deny we are a progressive pro-business city and Houstons development patterns define that. Moreso than its ghettos.
  6. What would you say is Houstons real identity found in these neighborhoods you are talking about?
  7. This guy has a blog where he regularly talks about Houston and he just posted a blog about The Woodlands.
  8. Community colleges answer Perry's call Educators say they can provide $10,000 degree By MELISSA LUDWIG San Antonio Express-News Feb. 12, 2011, 10:28PM Is a $10,000 bachelor's degree possible? In his State of the State address this week, Gov. Rick Perry issued a challenge to universities to create a $10,000 bachelor's degree with textbooks included, an idea he reportedly picked up from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Though many secretly scoffed, some education leaders say it can be done — quickly and with little extra money - at community colleges. "We already have the facilities, the infrastructure, the doctorate faculty," said Bruce Leslie, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges. "You could take community colleges and do that without building a whole new infrastructure, or forcing existing four-year universities to downsize." Community colleges in 17 states, including Texas, already offer bachelor's degrees, most in applied technology areas that do not compete with universities. But that doesn't mean community colleges are unable - or unwilling - to expand. "It is an idea that is long overdue," said Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College in McAllen. Programs in place According to Reed, her two degrees in technology management and computer and information technology run about $10,000, not including textbooks. By contrast, the cheapest bachelor's degree at a four-year university is about $18,000 at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. That does not include books. South Texas, Brazosport and Midland colleges all offer bachelor's of applied technology degrees. State Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, has filed a bill to add a fire science degree at the Alamo Colleges to that list. But prospects look grim for all those degrees. The House's proposed bare-bones budget "zeroed out" all bachelor's degree programs at community colleges and eliminated funding for Brazosport College and three other community colleges altogether. According to Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, community colleges can be part of the solution, but universities must also find ways to hold down costs. "If we keep going the way we are, a baccalaureate degree at a public university will cost $100,000 at some institutions in five years. We can't go there. The state does not have the resources, we are not going to have enough financial aid to cover those costs. We have got to find different models," Paredes said. Lower costs Community colleges keep costs low because they pay faculty and staff less money and they hire adjunct professors, who are cheaper than tenured faculty. They don't do research, they don't field NCAA football teams and they don't build dormitories and recreation centers. Those things are what make up the "college experience," and there will always be young students who want that and will pay for it, Paredes said. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest a growing demand from students who are older, who work, who have families and who simply want a degree as fast and cheaply as possible, he said. "Nobody is talking about everybody offering this low-cost, no-frills degree. We are talking about providing students an alternative and reinventing higher education," Paredes said. He said he also worries that if community colleges begin offering liberal arts and sciences degrees, they will suffer from the same "mission creep" that has regional universities striving to be national research institutions. But Beth Hagan, president of the Community College Baccalaureate Association, said that community colleges can be selective about the degrees they offer. In Florida, for instance, community colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields such as nursing and education. "I think it boils down to the mission. If a community college perceives there is a need for a particular degree, why not step up to the plate and meet that need?" Hagan said. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7425146.html mludwig@express-news.net
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