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Ross last won the day on February 19 2012

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  1. Those parking lots will get replaced when developers think it is economic to build something. If you replaced all of them with a building over the next 2 eyars, most of the buildings would be empty, as there's not enough demand for the space.
  2. A former colleague went to work for Leedo when he left the company I work for. He loved working there. Mr. Samuels sounds like a guy I would have liked to meet.
  3. I had the same question. I recall that when the cold storage building was sold to the County for conversion to a jail, there were UHD folks who thought the school should have bought it. the deed records show the building was transferred from Houston Terminal and Cold Storage to the County with the J Victor Samuels Foundation involved somehow. Edit to add that J Victor Samuels apparently owned Houston Terminal and Cold Storage.
  4. It's not in the actual Heights. It's near the SPJST Lodge.
  5. If it isn't an official City of Houston sign, it has no effect. A sign in a yard would be more "We don't want you parking here because it offends our sensibilities".
  6. Ross

    801 McGowen St.

    From the 1957 (latest I can find with the information) directory on Ancestry.com, it was Smith Chevrolet:
  7. Plus, that industrial stuff has been there for well over 100 years in one form or another. Most of it is not going anywhere.
  8. I have no problem with the tolls continuing. The diverted amounts pay for a lot of other road work that wouldn't get done. And, you can avoid paying tolls by taking alternate routes. No one is forced to take a toll road.
  9. How many people live within walking distance of that location? How many of them are likely to go there? It's the developer's money, and they can do what they want, but I just don't see the point in rear parking. It's not like it's a hardship to walk 60 feet across a front parking lot. Again, that's just me.
  10. I don't get the love for back of the structure parking lots. I personally hate parking in the back, and just don't go to places that are built that way. It's also hard on the establishment, since they have to have two entryways, one in front, one in the back. But, I'm a semi-old fart.
  11. Probably because there aren't any cities of any size on 59. Also Cleveland is where the name switches from I-69 to US 59
  12. I said that was my opinion. I figured it wouldn't be a popular one. I don't see the Pierce Elevated as a bad road. I do not believe it creates an insurmountable separation between Midtown and Downtown. I like driving on the Pierce, with the views of Downtown. I believe the destruction of apartments and businesses required by the ill conceived widening and sinking of the freeway on the East side of Downtown is a really bad idea. I do not believe it will help traffic at all, and there will never be a park on top. I also question whether the new road will carry the 300,000+ vehicles the current 59 and 45 carry daily. I can also see huge safety issues with that many vehicles in a trench, especially when there is a bad accident. The good news for me is that it will probably take 35 years to do all this work, by which time I'll be dead and won't care.
  13. The Downtown segment needs to be killed. It's useless, and does nothing to improve the City, in my opinion. It wipes out one part of the city and a bunch of businesses for alleged "improvements" to another nearby area.
  14. Technically, the train stations in London were all built on the perimeter of the city. I can't find the link right now, but somewhere between 1845 and 1860, London passed a law(or regulation) banning surface rail from the central city. Of course, those stations are now considered very central, but they weren't when they were built.
  15. Or, they looked for a new toy after the cool factor wore off. I thought these were a great safety item.
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