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  1. Where Greenstreet faces the Red Line and whatever they will be turning the old Foley's building into is more like time square than Victory. That's not saying much, except as disappointing as Greenstreet may be today, at least it is in the center of town, within easy walking distance of thousands of office workers, GRB, stadium crowds and the area it is built in isn't cut off from anything. Greenstreet has more potential than Victory ever will - at least within the next decade.

    What were all these developers thinking as they were throwing millions of dollars into these self enclosed fortresses?

    On the bright side, it looks like the new owners are going to attempt to make Greenstreet less self enclosed and for what its worth, the COH is pushing to turn that area around Dallas St. into some kind of retail district.

    Please don't go so far to suggest that large, electronic signs be mounted on Greenstreet. That could derail this thread.

    When I think Times Square hoo-ha in Houston, I think of TillmanLand and Bayou Place. You already have electronic whoop and open spaces with attractions. Make retail viable and you closed the loop functionally. Structurally, create a wide connection between the Aquarium and Bayou Place elevated above the Memorial-Texas-Bagby intersection. Also, if somebody launches on vision for the post office site you extend another promenade over Preston (stopping on the ground shortly to visit with the bronze of Bush 41) and

    vaulting again over Congress).

    Unlike Victory Park which is being developed around a seasonal sports venue, this would be tangent to the theater district, which does business year-round, and some of the largest business towers in Houston.

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  2. Yeah, Galveston has a rich history of historic preservation. That's why you drive that attractive stretch of Broadway from 71st to 25th filled with Target, Mickey D's, gas stations, cheap furniture stores, et al. :

    Galveston has the few blocks around The Strand, the eastern neighborhoods, the painted ladies, and a handful of homes on P and Q Streets.

    Galvestonians, effectively, ignored much of what is preserved there over many years as more western neighborhoods became more fashionable. This is not unlike how many of Houston's historic zones were considered rather déclassé areas at one time.

    If it had not been for the investment of George Mitchell, a B.O.I., in the Strand area, I'm not sure where Galveston would be today. Even now, they have a fragile environment where one cruise ship crapping out can really damage Strand business.

  3. KTRK just announced Wayne Dolcefino has resigned after 27 years with the station. It's been a while since he has posted a report. Anybody know what's going on?

    The timing is interesting considering the indictment of Trevino who he investigated.

  4. It's terrific. Go. I originally was going to gush - in horrific foodie detail - about the meal. I also was going to gripe about a food blogger there tonight with her giant camera. Let me say this: Go, and if someone flaps around looking for a white Cotes du Rhone, bean them in the head with baguette. Ask Abel for his suggestions from the list. Crepe was tasty. Moules were tasty. Frites were great. Go. Great addition to the neighborhood. Be aware that kitchen service is still catching up. Go...for a casual evening.

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  5. I like FB still. I do not post on it much, but it lets me stay apprised of family and friend happenings.

    I also dig picking up vibes from other parts of the country and world. Since I'm a yankee an Mrs P. and I went to college in the north, we have friends all over. We get hum. We get feed. I like to see pretty pics from Maine in the morning. I also like to know that my sister's dog passed away, so I don't ask about Muzzie in our next chat.

    Red, the experiential part of Facebook is a bit foreign to us. Our generations don't get the high value of experience Gen Y et seq get from experiences.

    Regardless of the experience factor, I look at the economic value of FB and do not understand it. The p/e ratio of the company is around 80. I cannot see how I or most people I know are making money for the company. Competition from others like Google+ will challenge it. If it required subscription with its millions of users, I'd understand it. In its current template, I do not see it as a great investment.

  6. It's a cool gallery. It was only in Galveston for about year. That short stint and the offbeat location to which they are moving makes me a bit skeptical about its future fortunes. However, if they rent out for events like many gallleries do, the KB space may be a good choice.

  7. It's regrettable that some medium sized trees were removed from Yale. I have to admit I really had not noticed them. I had to pull them up on Goggle Street View.

    It's sort of ironic. Ainbinder preserved a lot of trees and natural scape at the Montrose HEB. They built the store in a counterintuitive way - at the Alabama end of the lot, facing south. Having gone to the hearings for that project, I see the difference. With the HEB, the 'hood was engaged. With this project, the 'hood has been entrenched. The polarized views on this project have prevented real community involvement. That has empowered any negligence or malfeasance of which this project is accused. I am sad for those who so long to be right, but fail to see the neighborhood for the trees.

  8. Considering the number of Woodlands residents who have moved to the Heights, I dare say they do. That's the problem.

    Ugh! DATA! Do you have actual data on people trading their Tuscan manses for Mctorian manses? We also expect data in the Heights. We're rife with attorneys, ya know.

  9. Tsk, Redscare. Those Woodland folk are all about their slab, stucco, brick, Mall, Hummers, and Suburbans. They just don't get our pier-beam, clapboard, Hardiplank, shops on 19th, Priuses, and Subarus. Also, we live near Downtown. And we live at least 10 blocks from poor people. What's wrong with those...people?

    Edit: Oh, by "those people" I didn't mean poor people. I meant those Woodlander suburbanites. [Hiss of a feral cat].

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