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  1. Much better. The greeters would be more to scale.
  2. This design sucks! They need to be more sensitive to the Heights. They should emulate the McTorians that exist throughout the Heights, and, from an environmentally sensitive standpoint, they need to make a smaller footprint. WalMart should develop a two-story, antebellum-styled, double-porch edifice: A 150,000 square foot Tara. It could be complemented with magnolia-styled parking lot lights and grassy-looking asphalt. Better yet, a Sanders-driven KFC could take one of the pad sites, and put up a giant inflatable of the Colonel to wander the front of the grounds to say, "Howdy". They also need to rename this Walmart. Call it "Rollback Manor". Clearly, this development does not gratify the gentrification of the Heights. How skewed are these developers?
  3. Nicely put, Red. The memorials are an honor to those who have passed. They are a comfort to those who remember them. They are honered in large ways as you noted above, in burial places, and with white crosses where they met sudden death. There was a proposal to recognize the Death of Ghandi, too. Last year, some folks were pushing to rename Hillcroft "Mahatma Gandhi Avenue".
  4. I have to admit, as a sustaining member, I may put a lot of the campaign promotion on ignore. You're right. There is a logo on the upper left of the website. I just saw it when you mentioned it here. Still, I thought the absence of the anniversary's mention in the press release was odd. "You're doing a lot of choppin', but no chips are flyin'." - Foghorn Leghorn
  5. A little off-topic: Isn't KUHF suppose to be celebrating a big anniversary this year? I have not heard much about it overall, and it was not mentioned in their press release yesterday. Did tier one aspirations smote 60 years of history? I'm not a PR guru, but it seems something is missing.
  6. I'm not so sure about that. They already are running a bulk of the programming on their two HD stations. They pay for the programs according to the size of the market. With greater accessibility, they could actually achieve a more efficient funding with listeners who just want news/commentary or just want arts/culture or want either on demand. There may be an opportunity to maximize grants, as well. They could also draw listeners from other news stations. However, many of these stations tend to cater to those who say "oh yeah!" to those who uphold their opinion...like they're listening to a good jazz sax solo. Still, I noted that Nandita Berry opposed UH's purchase of the station. (http://blogs.houston..._approve_pu.php)
  7. HPR's press release. You knew she had to go there. I am intrigued to see how HPR maps out its new formatting. I believe it will enhance Houston radio. I am a bit pensive about the loss of KTRU. I realize that the technology of today offers different media for broadcast and for listener access. However, back in the day, it was a station like KTRU which exposed me to the stuff that was not mainstream. That exposure was significant to me.
  8. Investex Credit Union is relocating their Heights branch there. http://www.investexc...anch_Relocating
  9. Sev, thank you for posting this. Annise Parker listed the same bullets in The Leader. (and they reprinted these bullets point-for-point). However, the ordinance, as written, is open to draconian interpretation. At the very minimum, there needs to be a press from the preservationists to make the City define "conforming". This one issue, I think, would address many fears. If this issue is not addressed, the objective, as I infer it, will fail. Here we are...a City without zoning, This ordinance has all the good feel of a toddler attempting to walk in Daddy's Birkenstock's. I and others view that with its inherent awkwardness. The Mayor needs to get clear about what is enforced under this ordinance. To simplify.. 67% of a neighborhood can agree to be part of a districtThey will agree to certain restrictionsWhat are those restrictions....by ordinance, not by HAHC's discretion? Can anybody answer that, specifically? As an example of where this proposed law stands, why does this ordinance need digest in hearings in multiple neighborhoods? Is the neighborhood concept of Hawthorne the same as West Heights? Who gets to decide that?
  10. An excerpt of comments on the HBJ.... Let's hope we do not equate this sense of "progress" with a sense of "normal'.
  11. SC, I did miss your point on this post, partially because it seems incongruent with your “everything inside the loop” and “everything inside the Beltway” rants. I don’t think it’s an issue of classism, tough. It’s largely a matter of where residents have been more active. As far as the house is concerned, it’s not bad…for Memorial. In that, it may constructively define the issue of “compatibility”, and what the ordinance may be seeking to address. Where I believe the draft ordinance fails is its lack of setting forth that definition.
  12. From Rice's Glasscock School.. "Misinformation", no. Misinterpretation, yes. This discussion is lacking "ears" and discernment. That's not productive.
  13. Thanks, sev. However, what might help further dispel misconceptions is to state what is being sought in the ordinance. What is the vision? Because the way this reads (and, BTW, the draft does leave a great deal to interpretation), it's a lot about restriction of individual homeowners. The reason I'm concerned is that the sense of such restrictions is going to undo and undermine the greater good. On this thread, we're hearing about recission of the petitions which create historic districts in the first place. I think most people here in the Heights have a sense of the neighborhood they want. They may personally engage in that neighborhood in different fashion. They might beautifully preserve a bungalow. They might enjoy cocktails on the porch of their new Tricon. However, I don't think the vision of the neighborhood is really not that different for people. One other issues that muddies the ordinance is it also addresses landmark status. I think that creates some of the misconception on the ordinance, itself. It also potentially waters down the ordination of landmarks. There has been a lack of clarity in presenting this and agility in responding to concerns. I hope GHPA and other groups dedicated to preservation can develop that common vision of what is being sought. People buy into vision not restriction. It's HAHC which would make decisions about such things. GHPA is an independent preservation group. They advocate in a balanced manner unlike AWBA (Angry White Boys of America).
  14. He's not. He and I are the bastard children of the Heights. And we get to act out here. If the ordinance passes, our property values will increase because people will be able to modify their property the way they want. Block people from building homes that look like Jiffy Lubes. However do not tell people that they cannot modify the crown molding above their door, that they cannot use Hardiplank, that they cannot modify the color of their house, or that they cannot replace the windows on their porch with French doors. This ordinance feels like an over-reach. As others have suggested ,it could do more harm than good. The perspective I would seek is preserve the front-porch aspect of the neighborhood, not the specifics individual buildings.
  15. Certainly, that does not require any CE like a studies in fututrism. The ability to adapt is important. My first job was in fundraising. Colleger grads can get jobs i fundraising at big offices like Rice, BCM, or UH. I learned about planned gifts and trusts. It and CE have brought me a long way. Perhaps. You're the one who is in line to put up 2,000 posts in the year since you joined a year ago, so I'll leave that answer to your discernment. .
  16. Continuing education is going to be critical to most careers. That's just a fact. Mmm...not buying it. Can engineers and economics folk get easy jobs? Yeah. Are they going to be the most easily re-employable in a changing economy? Not so sure. Very often they are employed in a specialized area, and to transition from there, they have to go through some of the technical challenges you reference above. There are some engineers who are very challenged in this economy. There are some who are doing rather well. Some have their fate in the balance of the moratorium. What do they do if they lose their job? There is also the importance of discernment to a City. There is an importance to that in this Forum - the HAIF. As exemplified in the discussions here over preservation districts, HEB in Montrose, and WalMart in the Heights, we are a City that does not treat issues in a purely conservative or liberal manor. I've lived in other areas of the Country. These discussions are unique. Engineering and finance, alone, does not get you to that balanced discussion. Vesting oneself in altruistic humanities does not either. In reaching that point, our landscape is not so flat. In that sense of reality, we're everythingt to which Richard Florida feels we should aspire, and nothing he describes.
  17. The article makes another important point, though. Houston is affordable. They specifically noted that the entry-level jobs were not as plentiful here. However, you don't have killer COL. That's a really big plus, particularly if you're in the process of looking for a job. Yeah, reppin' that! However, you might be surprised how useful Uta Hagen is to counseling clients. BTW, when happy-dog dude calls me "a maroon", it's not taken seriously.
  18. The way I understand it, they get submissions from people who nominate worthy families. They choose a locale. Inform the lucky family within 24 hours of start time. (Shake a stick at the unlucky famies? I don't know.) They go to the lucky family's house at an absurdly early hour. The host of the show calls them out with a megaphone. They pour out of the house sleepy-eyed (but fully dressed!), and they scream and hop up and down. These families typically have a plethora of children who look like Vulcans and eat dirt. They get interviewed about how ghastly their life is. A construction company, with a bunch of volunteer suppliers and builders, takes the lead in curing all their ills by building them a house they may not be able to afford to heat, cool, or pay the taxes on. Meanwhile, the family goes to somewhere exciting like Disneyland, Disney World, a Disney cruise, or Disney Vegas. They show up at home about five days later in a limo. Supposedly, when they step out of the limo, they cannot see the new house, because the bus where host gets his hair coiffed is blocking their view. The host and all the building people start chanting "Move that bus!" They move the bus. The family wets their pants. Break for commercials which include an ad for a bladder control med. {Insidious, I tell you}. They come back from commercial. They tour the house which is HUGE and VERY CUSTOM. They tear up a lot and hump the host. Here endeth the show. little frau, you are living a sheltered life. How could you not be wasting your Sunday evenings this way? (BTW, watching it with the sound off and listenting to really good music is far more...efficient). In the end, it's a great reminder to give to Habitat for Humanity.
  19. Move Those Cops! Move Those Cops! Thanks for the info and the map link.
  20. That was in my thinking since I posted slightly later than that boring thread began. I also was stopped by the fact they mentioned one museum and all them performing arts. Alright, I can get on a soap box for the MFAH, The Menil, the Art Car Museum. The HMNS is one of the most visited museums in the U.S. with its butterflies, stinky flowers and the old chick from Ethiopia. I actually had to confirm that this American Cowboy Museum was in Houston. If you had asked me where the ACM was prior to my search, I would have guessed OKC, Dallas, or Fort Worth. We do have the World's largest rodeo, so it's not unexpected that this museum would be here. Perhaps, it's a good celebration of the trail rides that have existed for generations. Their website sucks, so I don't know. Regrettably, this posted comment feels like a back-handed, provincial slam disguised as a compliment. We, here, know there is a lot to enjoy. Should we care? Should we doing more in PR? (Perhaps, this is a topic for another thread).
  21. Uh, and can a mod fix the title? This college grad is prone to typos.
  22. From Bloomberg Businessweek But, wait, there's more.... I had not yet fully appreciated the impact of this asset.
  23. I agree. I think we're in good company here. I must be boring. Hey telwink, stop taking pics that make Houston look boring .
  24. Because she hates your guts. You have bad street rep. I expect this will be in a neighborhood not charted for more restrictive provisions. You know, the neighborhoods in which white people aren't interested...yet. However, get a new, 3000 sf home in place, courtesy of HHN homes and ABC/Disney, you never know what folks might chase. I just hope the family this is supposed to help can actually afford it. There have been a few instances in which their winners could not sustain the prize.
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