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  1. 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.
  2. What would you say is Houstons real identity found in these neighborhoods you are talking about?
  3. This guy has a blog where he regularly talks about Houston and he just posted a blog about The Woodlands.
  4. 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
  5. I've been exploring the geography of Texas on Google maps and have become intrigued by Texas City. It was on the gulf coast and could have served as an effective port. It also was built with an effective grid system that fronted the water. I think that would have made for a very nice big city. We could have had a big city shaped like Chicago right on the gulf coast. Unfortunately, instead of growing as a city based on commerce it has grown into a city based on industry. Here is a link to the Google maps for Texas City http://maps.google.com/maps?q=texas+city&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Texas+City,+TX&gl=us&ei=jlNYTbSnCtH0gAeLg_maDQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCcQ8gEwAA What do you think, could it have been a nice big city and why did it never become a big city?
  6. s3mh, do you realize that when The Heights was first built, there were people protesting it then too? They didn't want change, I'm sure they often thought "what about the farmers?" However, if we had done things their way, it never would have become the enclave home of historic Houston that it is today.
  7. The only negative I see here is; are we willing to spend money for it? Will the economic impact be worth it and has it been worth it for cities in the past?
  8. Looks like a great project to me. Google mapped and love the location. Hope it gets built.
  9. Great project. I hope both it and Springwoods village are built.
  10. Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center could have spawned development around their respective areas on their side of the highway, but didn't. Discovery Green did, and Discovery Green was not able to cause development on the other side of the highway. Like Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, the Dynamo Stadium will not spawn development outside of what is being built on the promenade.
  11. I was hoping they would do something like this when I first heard of the church burning down in 2005. Should be a great addition to the fourth ward.
  12. The economic impact of high taxes that are being spent on unnecessary programs by the federal government outweighs a train that will take you from Midtown to Loop 610 West and another train that will you from Downtown to the Loop 610 North.
  13. They said the area was gonna revitalize when they built Minute Maid Park too; and again with the Toyota Center, the Hyatt hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The truth is, the only thing that has successfully revitalized the area has been Discovery Green. I'm all for a skate park, but this mentioning of a theme park; I think that would take up too much space and destroy the feel of the area. Maybe wider sidewalks, improved roads would help that area. I think the ultimate direction and goal for that area would be for high-density residential development, it's a good neighborhood for that.
  14. Can you tell me where the best places to go are for Houston Nightlife?
  15. Can anybody tell me the best places to go for Houston nightlife? I'm looking for the most popular places, not hole-in-the wall local stuff. Maybe some places around FM 1960 or Spring or The Woodlands?
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