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  1. Here is a link to the article Hardy Extension Link This is interesting due to "The Woolands" providing some funding along with the Union Pacific Line being moved as well as some other items. Should be positive overall for traffic.
  2. Hey, A Palais Royal is what will pop up between the two.
  3. Hey y'all, I find this thread very interesting. First, I feel that there are many misconceptions about Houston and New Orleans. First, Houston has alot of affluent blacks. In fact, while I lived in NOLA, Houston and Atlanta were the places to move if you actually wanted to make a decent living. If you just graduate from high school or even Dillard or UNO, what are you going to do in New Orleans? ExxonMobil, Shell and a slew of other companies have downsized. Their two largest industries are the Hospitality and Shipping industry and those opportunities don't pay that well as a whole. The fact is that there are way more opportunities and an overall better standard of living in Houston. Second, how have we Houstonians been at all rude to those from Louisiana? We have not skewed figures, and the labels to which have been applied to those from New Orleans would have been put on any other group. If this rise in crime would have been from another ethnic group or area of town, they would have been labeled as well. The media loves to run with it and it makes a great excuse for social problems. Is it fair? No, but that is what a few rotten apples will do to the whole bunch. Third, I am black and I love those in the New Orleans community as a whole. When I lived in Harvey, ("The West Bank is the Best Bank") I made alot of lasting relationships with ppl that's much stronger than many that I have here, but I believe that New Orleans has many pregidouses between blacks and whites, and even within the black community itself. I think that is my main knock against New Orleans and that's something that Houston has gotten over, so I think that your statement about Houston hating New Orleans is absolutely false. Taking the figures that the French Quarter in 93% Caucasian as in Gonzales, Mandeville, Slidell, as well as other communities and counter that with the percentages of blacks that live in the Ninth Ward or out Paris Road or in New Orleans East and it's easy to see why I made the above statement. Fourth, what are those from NOLA returning to? There has been previous high unemployment, poor city services, below average to terrible schools other than private (i.e the Newmans, etc.) and the one on UNO's campus (I forget it's name), and a poor and consistently over budget government. I mean if there are so many affluent blacks in NOLA and New Orleans East, why was the mall out there closed and crime ridden excepts for the Dillard's, or why did Jazzland out there do so poorly, or the roads so poorly maintained? Why did the blacks in New Orleans consistently vote for ppl like Morial or Nagin? Is Houston really that unlivable or the people that pregidoused? To me, the bottom line is that if people want to return, they should. We accepted people with open arms and I'm sure we will continue to do so. I feel that there is a sense of pregidous everywhere, even here (ex. the Fort Bend church fire) but I feel that it had a bigger presense in New Orleans and that's just my opinion. I feel that I was judged more there as an African American and I felt the plight of blacks in general more there than here, or in Atlanta or in Baltimore. In fact the only city I think is worse in Saint Louis after living there for 4 years. I really do respect your opinions alon, but I think the problem is more people being homesick about their people and culture more than being wronged and returning with this blame of increased violence, etc being a great excuse to return. Sincerely, caevans3
  4. Speaking of this project... I saw some surveyors out there at 2727 Kirby yesterday morning with different equipment marking and staking the north side of the complex. Any other updates? caevans3
  5. This new eight-storey building is being designed by PageSoutherlandPage for completion in 2007. Renderings can be found at:http://www.pspaec.com/ Does anyone know about this building, or know where it's being constructed? I haven't seen it mentioned on this site before either. Thanks. Sincerely, caevans3 Stats: - 290,000 SF Field Office complex - eight-story tower built of reinforced concrete - lightweight metal frame second exterior - opaque glass exterior - designed to achieve a LEED
  6. Nancy Sarnoff has written an article this morning relating Hurrican Katrina and the quick persual of apartment units all around the city. Here's the article: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/3338151 "Places to live filling up fast Katrina victims could have hard time finding big apartments By NANCY SARNOFF Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle The number of Houston-area apartments available for hurricane victims is quickly shrinking. Evacuees and corporate housing companies have been snapping up hundreds of units. Victims of Hurricane Katrina, who will be out of their homes for months, are seeking bigger, less costly places to live. In many cases they are looking for a place large enough to house a family spanning multiple generations on a tight budget. "It appears the availability of apartments all over the city is going to be quickly going away," said Bruce McClenny, president of Apartment Data Services, a Houston firm that tracks apartment inventory. While most of the requests for rentals last week were coming from corporate housing firms locking up blocks of units for companies needing to house employees, some were already being rented by evacuees trolling the city for places to stay. Naima Robin, who has been considering where to live since she and more than a dozen family members fled New Orleans last weekend, considers herself one of the lucky ones. As the number of apartments for lease in Houston dwindles, Robin and her family found three available units in a nice complex in Stafford. "We were riding around looking for an extended-stay facility that was furnished, but they were too expensive. Then I saw a big sign that said one, two and three bedrooms for lease," said the 44-year-old registered nurse, who was planning to move out of a hotel and into the complex with her family. Gavan James, senior vice president of Oakwood Corporate Housing, said in addition to businesses requesting housing for their displaced employees, government agencies involved in the rescue effort are creating demand. "We're looking at doubling or tripling our operation in Houston based on this. And that's from what we know today. It could go exponentially higher," James said. Apartment operators are feeling the pinch. Rockwell Management, which runs 17 apartment complexes throughout Houston, received requests for more than 500 units last week from corporate relocation firms. "Our availability is quickly diminishing," the company's Jill Koob said. Many evacuees who are seeking apartments on their own have needs that might make finding places more challenging. Bill Kavanaugh, a retired firefighter from Jefferson Parish, just west of New Orleans, arrived in Houston with his wife and two sons early Monday. He's having a hard time finding available apartments and is worried he won't find a place that will take his family's five dogs. He looking for a short-term rental because his family is determined to return to Louisiana. "I love you people, but as soon as I can, I'm going home and everything's going to be like it was before," Kavanaugh said. Demand is particularly strong for larger units that can house big families, according to leasing agents who are seeing families of five or more crammed in small apartments. But most complexes typically contain a small percentage of large units. "There's a real shortage of three-bedroom apartments all over Texas," said John Baen, a real estate professor at the University of North Texas. "The majority of apartments in Texas are one bedroom or efficiencies because they make more per square foot."" This is a question more to those in the housing market, but open to anyone. What type of growth will this influx of people spur, and is it all good, or mostly temporary? Also, what locations around the city will see the most growth? Thx. Sincerely, caevans3
  7. Sunstar, Let me rephrase. I meant more the national media. The local media up here has been pretty good and has been covering most of the relief stories, but national media interviews and followups from interviews with the FEMA director and the Secretary of Public Housing as well as some Astrodome interviews have put Houston in somewhat of a negative light for being "overwhelmed" and somewhat disorganized. I feel that some in the national spotlight forget how big of an effort this is, and how there has been nothing like this in our history. The other thing is that by watching MSNBC as well as others over the last 6 days, I would not have known to what extent if any Louisianans and others from the Gulf Coast have been accomodated in schools and colleges unless I read the Chronicle. I guess that maybe I am being somewhat unreasonable towards expecting the media to cover any of these stories seeing that people are still trapped in so many areas, and these people are the bigger issue, especially those in St. Bernard Parish and Waveland/Pass Christian. I personnally feel quite attached to this situation, living and graduating high school in NOLA, and having lots of friends from there; being familiar with that area as well as MS. Anyways, just to restate my question, what do New Orleanians and others think of our efforts, and is any resentment more towards the federal government, or what? Thx. Sincerely, caevans3
  8. Currently, I reside in Saint Louis as I am going to college. Up here, the media's viewpoint seems skeptical if not cynical towards the whole "refugee" process and the help that Texas has given. I personnally think that it is wonderful what Houston has done, what Perry has done in opening centers and apartments, and what other cities have stepped up to do. Our societies are not at all perfect, but we don't mind giving up life flight helicopters, trucks, ambulances, and volunteers to help a harder hit city with its needs. However, watching the national media vs. local media, there is no comparison towards their portrayal of Houston and Texas. Their interviews of people, especially from the Convention center and to an extent from the Astrodome are quite negative towards efforts that frankly Texas never had to make. I just wanted to know are most New Orleanians grateful, and do they or will they realize how much Texas, and especially the city of Houston have been catalysts towards the relief effort. Thx. Sincerely, caevans3
  9. Hey, In reply to the wrong topic thing, sorry, I really hope that your hatred of ppl doesn't stem from a simple mistake. The whole point of my thread was to see if there would be temp housing or a more permanent solution for the million or so refugees left by this storm. Many in the Tulane Univ. Hospital will have to be evacuated to Houston. I also just wanted to know if this will cause Houston population to increase if ppl give up on New Orleans and if that poses a prob. Sorry for the mistake, and thanks for the replies. Sincerely, caevans3
  10. With all of the hotels booked in Houston and in east Texas, there are bound to be refugees if the storm does what it's capable of. At this point, 9CDT, winds are at 160MPH and storm surge in NOLA could be 20-30 feet and 30-40 on the AL coast. Water could fill New Orleans like a fish bowl, with 19 feet covering the city, est., and millions out of the city for months. This means that cities like Houston may shoulder the load and there are bound to be hundreds of thousands of refugees. What do you think that the city of Houston will be doing? Fema? Red Cross? It seems like a bad situation, and there will probably have to be long term refugee centers setup in the Houston area. Sincerely, caevans3
  11. Below is the story from the Houston Chronicle about the Asia House. I must say that if the Museum Districe is to become something truely special, these are the projects that must continue to be approved. Here it is and enjoy. Nov. 11, 2004, 12:52AM Architect will put his mark on Museum District Taniguchi, noted for museums, will design Asia House By PATRICIA C. JOHNSON and CLIFFORD PUGH ------------------- This message has been edited to remove copyrighted material. Please do not post copyrighted photos or articles from newspapers or magazines. We have already received a warning from the Houston Chronicle, and the legal departments of other publications have visited the site. If you would like to discuss a published article, please summarize the article and provide a link to the original source. ------------------- Sincerely, caevans3
  12. Hey all, I think that the below project, the unearthing of Frost Town and hopefully a restoration of sorts, can be used to create a historical district. I have always wanted Houston to have sort of a historical and international district where we would combine buildings from China, Europe, Mexico, etc with say light rail and large gardens/parks and homes/townhomes to create a tribute to Houston's diversity. I think that this project is essential to creating such a district along the East End. Finally, I would love to see Rice or another University eventually pop up in this area as well. Sept. 25, 2004, 2:33AM Dig unearths parts of Frost Town A settlement with about 20 residents in 1826 was swallowed up long ago by downtown Houston By THOM MARSHALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Years before the city of Houston existed, a small clutch of simple homes sprouted beside Buffalo Bayou near the site where the Astros now play in a modern, air-conditioned ballpark. The community known as Frost Town eventually faded into history, swallowed up long ago by downtown Houston. Traces of it emerged from beneath the soil last week, however, thanks to a state project to replace a bridge. An archaeological dig beneath the Elysian Viaduct unearthed parts of Frost Town, which got its start early in the 19th century. The village covered about 15 acres on the south side of Buffalo Bayou, little more than a stone's throw from Minute Maid Park. Cisterns, privies and footings for buildings were uncovered last week in what Texas Department of Transportation archaeologist Allen Bettis called "a preliminary investigation" in the plan to replace the viaduct. "We've determined that there are archaeological, historic properties to be considered," Bettis said. Engineers will keep that in mind when designing the new viaduct, he said, and if the construction does not affect the property, no further archaeological work will be required to meet TxDOT obligations. But a more thorough study of the site still may be done. Kirk Farris, who heads Art and Environmental Architecture Inc., which is developing a park on the site, said he has conducted extensive Frost Town research during the past two decades and was not surprised by the discoveries. "The TxDOT dig has simply verified what we already knew to be important, and we are hoping to rally forces and pay for our own archaeological investigation of the site," Farris said. "The goal is to do a really top-flight dig to find out what is there and then display some of that in a proper fashion ... and then go into the next phase of developing the garden around it." Farris' plans include a floating boat dock in Buffalo Bayou where visitors could rent canoes and embark on boat rides, a small building for artists and gardeners, historic signage, an interpretive center, an area for outdoor concerts and performances and botanical gardens. Early written references do not provide an exact date of Frost Town's origin, but in a paper that Farris considers the best historical account, author Fannie Mae Wead wrote that it was there as early as 1826, with 20 residents. By 1836, she wrote, the population had grown to 50, most of them German immigrants. That was a busy year in these parts: Texas won its independence from Mexico and the city of Houston was established. Wead wrote that the name Frost Town probably was adopted after "Jonathan B. Frost purchased from A.C. and J.K. Allen, proprietors of the town of Houston, 15 acres of land adjoining the town proper, on April 13, 1837." The author was 18 when she wrote her research paper in 1936 as a graduation requirement at Incarnate Word Academy, said her nephew, Jimmy Wead of Houston. He said his aunt, whose name now is Fannie Mae Fortenberry, lives in the North Texas town of Mabank. Wead and Fortenberry are descendants of the Klee family, who lived in Frost Town. "As far as appearance is concerned," the student wrote 68 years ago, "Frost Town must have been a beautiful little settlement, for, as we have learned from some of its early residents, nearly all the families there had small gardens which were always well cared for ... The streets of Frost Town were very narrow, in fact, today we would call them alleys." Cisterns, such as those uncovered in the TxDOT dig, added considerably to the value of real estate at the time. "The property in Frost Town was not expensive," Fannie Mae Wead wrote, "for Mr. John T. Browne said he moved to Frost Town in 1871, and bought a house, lot and underground cistern for $500. The cistern alone was worth nearly $100." Browne served as Houston's mayor from 1892 to 1896. "Frost Town is really a wonderful story," Jimmy Wead said, "and I'm so happy that they're finally putting this together." Sincerely, caevans3
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