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  1. Good for you, wilcal, I understand that scooters may have become a nuisance in Discovery Green, but blocking off access to a public park for people in wheelchairs is simply not an acceptable solution.
  2. This one was mid-late 80s, into the 90s, Babbage's computer software store. My younger brother and I frequented the one in Willowbrook Mall in the late 80s-early 90s. I remember wanting to get Leisure Suit Larry there, and my mom read the back of the box and said "uh, no, you're not buying this, not even with your own money." We bought some of the first LucasArts (back then LucasFilm) games there, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Secret of Monkey Island. If you remember Babbage's and are asking yourself "I wonder what happened to them?" the answer is they merged
  3. I have to admit, as a kid I thought furniture stores where there were different "rooms" set up were fun places to explore with my brothers while my parents browsed. I remember the Fingers Greenspoint store in the early 80s, basically same mental picture as zaphod. I also remember the furniture and home furnishing sections on the second floor of Foley's in the mall across the street as well during that same time. Apart from the rooms set up in the Foley's furniture department, I remember in the home furnishings section a prominently displayed Mickey Mouse telephone. I thought it was so cool, an
  4. Okay, by googling about a hospital for Southern Pacific employees in Houston, I found this, which indicates it was under construction in 1910: http://www.houstontimeportal.net/southern-pacific-hospital.html
  5. All I've found so far is that it was once a former hospital for Southern Pacific Railroad employees. PS: I tried editing my OP to add that info, but this forum is acting wonky in both Chrome and Edge. Initially when I wrote the OP, Chrome wouldn't let me do anything other than post a poll, and now it won't let me edit. It also initially gave me trouble replying to the thread.
  6. For reference, it is that large Italianate red-tile-roofed building that looks almost like it's on a hill, on your right as you're heading north on I-45 or west on I-10 coming from downtown. I've attached both a nice picture of the front of the building, and a picture of what the building looks like as seen from I-45. It is currently owed by Harris Health System, which says: Anyone know the full history of this building?
  7. Why is this now 4 year old outdated and irrelevant screed pinned to the tope of the page?
  8. What was SW's reason for leaving IAH in the first place? I remember going to SMU in the 90s, it was really handy having SW flying between IAH and LUV since my parents lived in the Champions area. It would have been hell to have to schlep out to DFW or HOU when I was just coming home for a weekend.
  9. Yea, its usually placed over a draining stone aggregate base with a French drain at the bottom
  10. My take is that removal of the Pierce Elevated would do far more good, by creating a more seamless transition between Midtown and Downtown, than a High Line-like conversion would. Granted, I was living in Midtown back in the very early 2000s, when the space under I-45 was still a homeless tent city, but even though I lived right at Bagby and Gray, and could (and did) walk into Downtown at times, the overpass created a very strong visual and psychological barrier between Midtown and Downtown. Even though the land underneath is now gated parking, I'd still feel spooky walking under the Pierce at
  11. In general I tend to agree, the only time I'm okay with artificial turf in a park is when it's in a small area that's going to get a lot of traffic that would wear down real grass and you'd end up with packed dirt (which becomes mud after rain). But even then it's iffy, depending on the context. An example I can think of that does kinda make sense is in City Centre, where they have a patch of artificial turf in the main plaza that fronts Town and Country Boulevard. The patch of green is a nice break from all the buildings and concrete, but real grass wouldn't have worked there, both because of
  12. Marfa has become such a popular weekend/vacation home destination in the last several years, but it's such a long drive from Houston or Dallas, or even from San Antonio. Even flying into El Paso or Midland/Odessa, you've still got a three hour drive there. I'm surprised someone hasn't started a commuter service between Marfa and Houston or Dallas. buy a used efficient turboprop like a Beechcraft 1900, fly out of one of the close to town secondary airports, like Love Field in Dallas, or Hobby in Houston, land either at Marfa Municipal Airport or Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport. During the wee
  13. Film production accounting can be somewhat byzantine. Tax credits like these can either be deducted from the intangible assets held in relation to the production costs, or they can be recognized as deferred income. With a small production like this where its costs are going to be lumped in with other film projects since its costs by itself don't meet a minimum threshold, I imagine they'd do the latter. If tax incentives are recognized as deferred income, they aren't going to show up on the cost side of the balance sheet, then all other things being equal between filming in Tybee and Galveston,
  14. When I heard the board wasn't giving her the job, and was resuming its search for outside candidates, but that she was "welcome to apply for the position," I took that to mean her chances of getting the job were slim to none. Telling someone who has already done the job, so you know how they perform in it, that you are going to look for other candidates but they are "welcome to apply for the position" is kind of like your committed girlfriend telling you she wants to be able to see other people. It's not because she's pretty sure she wants to marry you, but wants to date a few other guys befor
  15. In the former Galvez GM's defense, this is houstonarchitecture.com, it is targeted to a pretty specific local audience, ie mostly Houston residents. Even transplants usually learn about the 80s oil crunch and its effects on the city from neighbors, friends, coworkers, etc. after having lived here a while. So it wasn't unreasonable of him to assume that visitors to this page would know what he was talking about.
  16. Probably not about Galveston being more costly to film in than Tybee, because I doubt it is. More likely it is either due to the production team preferring the aesthetic of Tybee for the look of the film they wanted, or it had to do with tax incentives. Georgia offers a 20% incentive on productions of $500,000 or more, plus an additional 10% if the film adds a peach logo to its credits. Texas is more like 5% between $100,00 and $1 million, 10% over $1 million. And in Georgia that $500,000 minimum doesn't have to be spent on one project, it can be aggregated across several projects by the same
  17. You obviously weren't living in Texas in the 80s. The recession the GM of Galvez was referring to was the oil bust of the mid-80s that really hit the Houston-area economy hard. Nobody who lived in Houston in the mid 80s, no matter how young, would forget what it was like. I was just a kid, but lost a lot of friends as their dads lost their jobs and had to move elsewhere for work. The price of oil bottomed out at $12.51/bbl in 1986. That, along with the savings and loan crisis of the mid-late 80s, which was worse in Texas than anywhere else. At least half of the failed S&Ls were based in Te
  18. According to the Klein Historical Society, the present-day boundaries of the district were set in 1928, which would include the panhandle. If that's correct, it definitely debunks the theory that it was gerrymandered for diversity tax dollars. https://www.kleinhistorical.org/kleinisd/ That means there must have been some other reason for the shape, maybe related to property ownership lines among the original families that owned property in the area or something like that? Pretty intriguing.
  19. Thanks for the suggestion of Holiday Hotel in Terlingua, I'll have to check that out. Yeah, I love Indian Lodge, rooms, common areas, and location just can't be beat. The Black Bear Restaurant, at least the last time I was there in 2016, was pretty awful though, worse even than Chisos Mountain Lodge's dining room. I posted a review about it, and ended up having a nice discussion with the management about it, so maybe it's improved since then:
  20. The Chisos Mountain Lodge is the only lodge in a national park in Texas (I know, I know, we only have two national parks to begin with), and I believe Big Bend National Park deserves better than what the concessionaire, Forever Resorts, is currently giving us. The Mission 66-era architecture will never be as beloved as the National Park Service Rustic architecture of places like the Ahwanhee in Yosemite or Old Faithful in Yellowstone, but its Mid-Century Modern charm could be played up with some moderate renovation and redecoration. Condition of the physical property and its furnishings aside
  21. I've always wanted to go there to eat (I think I did when I was a very small boy), and while the idea of staying at the hotel seems romantic, have you read some of the Tripadvisor reviews for the rooms there. I'm pretty good at taking bad reviews with a grain of salt, because some people just like to kvetch, but when a pattern and theme starts to emerge of rundown rooms with poor housekeeping, it starts to sound like a real roach motel.
  22. We had reservations to go this June, ended up being canceled. We've stayed at Indian Lodge three times now and love it, though the last time was 2016, so definitely overdue. The only complaint I have is the Black Bear Restaurant. Bad ambiance and appalling food. Same complaint I have about the dining room at the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend. I compare them to Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, the dining room has great ambiance, and though they don't strive for haute cuisine, they do simple country cooking very well.
  23. I love that drive, and that part of Texas.
  24. Yes, please. Most of the parks I visit, there is plenty of space to double the width of the paths and paint lanes to separate the bikers from the pedestrians. It would make things safer and more enjoyable for both groups. Widen, then make 2/3rd of the width for wheeled traffic, 1/3rd for foot traffic. (or, if budget is an issue, give the current paved path over to wheels-only, and cut a stabilized earth path next to it, topped with something like decomposed granite for foot traffic). And with a setup like that, I think it would also be safe to let electric scooters onto the trails at last. I'm
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