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  1. Not quite so dramatic, but more or less. If you want realy good stories, find an old timer and ask them about the 'hospitality suites' at OTC back in the 80s before the bust. I had to giggle at La Strada--the walk of shame brunch for clubbers who refused both shame and sleep.
  2. ditto everything on Sev's list, plus: the 80s punk scene the original Westheimer street fest Phi Slamma Jamma back-to-back world champion Rockets and the massive impromptu street party on Richmond Ave (Sams Boat/Place and Richmond Arms block) when they won all the defunct venues/clubs but especially Axiom and Power Tools back-roads cruising out in Katy-Fort Bend, skinny-dipping in the rice wells on the Katy prairie, also all the motorcycle trails to ride on back when there were only 3 subdivision on S Mason road crabbing underneath the old Kemah drawbridge catching crawdads in ditches and betting my lunch money on crawdad races Luv Ya Blue 2 and 3 for 1 happy hours with massive buffets ladies night! JR Richard and Jose Cruz era Astros not Houston, but ...Sea-Arama Busch Gardens next to the old Bud plant on the loop, where my little brother got massively pooped on by birds in the aviary and cried like a baby Leos for tex-mex working nights downtown at One Shell and doing office food runs at Pappas BBQ and Yit Ing Ho because nothing else was open. Urban Animals Dark Side of the Moon at Burke Baker Planetarium, pre-IMAX. Hey, it was the best we had! Late--night happy hour at BirraPorettis on W Gray (for me anyway) growing up in the small town suburbs in the late 70s was exactly as depicted in Dazed and Confused. There was always a a cool kid with absentee parents and a pool, summer baseball and softball league, the Dairy Queen, roller rink, lots of ditch weed Wortham Center downtown opening during the dark days of the oil bust, and going to an opera for the first time The pre-PC, less litigious olden days when office holiday parties at any big company were totally debauched, booze and coke in the bathrooms, etc. At UH campus-provided booze was everywhere in large quantity. When I started UH in 83, there was an old outdoor pool between the quad and Moody towers which was the sight of a pool keg party for dorm move-in weekend. Also the Pimp n Ho kegger at Itza Pizza in the MNoody Towers basement, and the infamous Tequila To Kill Ya party hosted and catered by the School of Hotel Restaurant Management graduating class. God i'm an old.
  3. What do you mean precisely by abandonment--of the city street? I have a friend who lives on that block with no plans to sell/move, but to me it seems it sure will be painful to stay.
  4. My point was simply that a google map representing the by-product of mostly western wealth, e.g. photographs of landmarks, has got little to do with 'historic preservation'. Landmarks become such because humans want to be closer to god, money and power. I'm well aware many special places are not by-products of religion, and I am likewise not 'butthurt' because many are. A few landmarks get lost along the way due to war, neglect, etc. But I do believe that humans get the outcomes they deserve, and will ultimately organize themselves to preserve what matters most, and not because an arbitrary clause in a municipal statute declares so. If vanity and crazy drive the next despot or architect to create something magical, go for it! But history will decide if that thing is worth keeping, for better or worse, and not because historic preservation or social media. Look, I really like great old things. I've sat there with my mouth open looking up at gothic cathedrals, greek and roman ruins, pre-Columbian temples, modern architectural marvels. I like talking about the olden days. I like my old and ill-preserved house. It's just that as presented, the conclusion drawn in the original post was a little too precious. And this mindset that we need more/better special buildings so we can feel more special does nothing to forward responsible and sustainable growth.
  5. So, to sum up why historic preservation is important: westerners with money have cameras, go around, and use the cameras. How very Google. Looking at the map, based on the competition from Christendom and token other ancient religions, I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the Astrodome is never going to be considered a contributing structure in the global preservation popularity contest. Glad we settled that.
  6. Ah, the olden days, when the beer sampling prize was a guy called Nobby from Manchester and his friend staying temporarily in your apt while they picked up drywall jobs and part-time "worked the door" at the pub.
  7. At the Richmond Arms, we drank 20! And didn't get no stinkin shirt! Yarrrrrr! Gurgle. Cool shirt. I wish I had kept more mementos of my oh- I- just-stopped -in-for-a-couple pub years.
  8. Does anyone know where I could get a couple more of the old green recycle boxes? I discovered they are the perfect container for growing carrots and leeks: rigid and UV- stable, lots of drain holes, deep. I've noticed in some other cities that have the large recycle bins have moved to smaller size garbage bins. This would work for us--a 2-person household and we generally have 1-2 tall kitchen garbage bags of trash per week, but lots of recycling and compost scraps.
  9. Nay to Trader Joe's, Yay to another full-service grocer with meat and seafod counter, full range of produce. Would love to have a dept store again, but preferably Nordstrom. Macys sucks. A sporting goods store. Also, I don't believe there is a dry cleaner in the entire freaking east end. Please, a good dry cleaner and tailor, not the $1.99 War on Cloth that calls itself a dry cleaner. On street level open until 7/8 pm, preferably by the Y.
  10. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/05/19/rural_studio_builds_brand_new_20_000_houses_in_alabama.html I like how they approach the economics of the community, contractors, workers etc in this project, not just the house plans. Pretty nifty designs which if scaled up, with slightly more luxurious finishing, would be good structures for the retirement co-op/compound I want to build.
  11. All this talk about HAIF story-arcs make me miss TexasVines. Either that dude was truly unhinged, or very, very good method actor. BTW....Red still reads the forums on occasion, just doesn't post. I'm sure one day something will draw him out of semi-retirement.
  12. Niche and RedScare occasionally post at Swamplot. It's a shame that discourse devolved, but it does after a while in a closed loop. Whether we admit it, HAIF is. That, and men and their egos. Myself, I got bored with the same conversation over and over again. Let some time pass and now HAIF is interesting again. Don't know how many of you remember the name but Memebag has appeared on swamplot recently. Godzilla redux ; HAIF dinosaurs back to the internet again? U B the Judge!
  13. As I remember there was some bad blood here on the forums surrounding Niche's departure from HAIF, which is why this is in Way Off Topic. Not sure how many of you stay in touch with him, but I know many of us knew him personally. Anyhoo, he's still in Vietnam, and is settling in DaNang with his wife Yen. He was married earlier this month in what sounds like an epic village-wide, week-long party in the countryside where his wife's family lives; his parents made it over for the event. And.....a baby on the way due in early November! I've got his email if anyone's interested.
  14. If Ed Emmett wants to start this charade all over again, that's his prerogative. But like Subdude said up-thread, nothing's going to happen that doesn't align with either Rodeo's or Texans' interests. So, either they pay every dime associated with re-purposing the dome, or not. Voters made it clear they don't want any more public money spend on it. Perhaps the impending shame-fest will convince the two interested parties they need to work together and open their wallets.
  15. Not exactly hard hitting tv news, but I didn't realize spending was down so dramatically on road repairs. Sure would like to see the numbers on Rebuild Houston and where the drainage fees collected since 2010 have been spent. Why do people vote in these thinly-veiled special interest handouts with no accountability measures??? http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/in_focus&id=9522429 Have to admit I like the laundry basket full of pots. Pure cheez but effective.
  16. The no-more-taxes response misses the point: which is that Rick Perry's mercenary business development policies are unsustainable, so obviously so that one of our largest corporations (homegrown, not poached from another state) has publicly acknowledged this. Forgoing future tax revenue for jobs now, combined with refusing to fund infrastructure and schools, will never add up up the long run. Whether directly or through unintended consequences.
  17. how telling....one of the largest companies in the state has clearly done their math and have figured out that paying higher taxes now would be a more efficient way to run their business than paying the hidden costs of failing infrastructure in the future. Perry is the worst kind of cheap old whore, still trying to give it away. Eventually third-world roads, perma-drought, and an illiterate workforce will bring us to the tipping point that will Texas make unappealing to business. Looks like HEB, for one, has aleady figured it out. This will cost all of us money, private citizens and business. At the municipal level here in Houston it should start with ending the tax giveaways to developers, requiring those devleopers pay for appropriate infrastrucutre improvements before signing off on new projects, and since we will probably never have a transit system that goes far enough to take cars off the road: working out a reasonable congestion tax now for the inner loop (or other) areas (as London has) to help fund street/drainage repairs. The more space your vehicle takes up, the heavier and more destructive it is of the roadway, if you travel during peak times, the more you pay for use. And the idea of free parking in the congestion zone needs to die the natural death it deserves. Parking revenue (regardless of who collects it) is then used to pay for infrastruture. Your car doesn't deserve a free spot anymore than you deserve a free week's rent. Which is to say that businesses can work out a scheme to absorb or pass on these costs, but at we all gotta pay the freight, whether directly or indirectly.
  18. I did not make it to the meeting, and am a little surprised that the crowd was predominantly pro GW. I say that because the Eastwood civic association and other neighbors with very close ties to Parker administration are aggressively asking for botanic garden support. Did the garden group present any finanical plan or projections with anything resembling a reasonable picture of how they intend to raise $40 million, annual revenue projections, etc? Because there are some mighty big claims as to jobs creation and investment being thrown around that I just can't believe. Not to mention, what are the terms of the lease? I get it, the city wants to wash its hands of the golf course and are willing to let a friend of the administration with a nice pitch have it, as long as the checks cash. Below is the email I've been asked to sign and send to Council and MAPs office. It is chock full of economic inpact claims that I frankly don't trust. Needless to say I'll be writing my own in order to voice my concerns about the claims comapared to the 'plan'. It almost seems as if we're being strong-armed with the "well, the course is toast no matter what, so you better take this option now" argument. Curious if they spoke at all of the latest status on the overpass that will extend the rail line. When the green line opens later this year it will essentially dead end at Altic; AFAIK there is no date on when the full line will be complete. "Mayor Parker, CM Gallegos and City Council Members: Thank you again for providing us the opportunity to voice our many and varied opinions at the Town hall meeting yesterday. Mr. Icken’s presentation stated the current financial situation perfectly; Gus Wortham Golf Course loses money every year (while Glenbrook actually pays the City) and there are no City dollars available to update/rehab this failing city golf course. The Gus Wortham location is preferred for the Botanic Garden due to its inside the loop location, convergences of I-10, Hwy 45 and Hwy 90/Wayside PLUS the new EastEnd light rail connecting it to the rest of the city. Its location is accessible (within 15 minutes/miles) to 75% of all Houston residents and will have some $50 to $100 million in economic impact for the city as a whole and the EASTEND in particular. All in all, the Gus Wortham location is the BEST, most fiscally responsible location, for the Houston Botanic Garden. Each group, The Houston Botanic Garden and the Friends of Gus Wortham, will soon present their vision for Gus Wortham to you; the options are these… a) The Botanic Garden will bring $40Million in investment directly to the EASTEND The Friends of GW raise $14 Million for the rehab of the golf course Option A has the potential to bring jobs, community and educational outreach, tourism, restaurants, retail—huge economic development to Houston and the EastEndOption B will bring in jobs during the 6-12 month redevelopment period. The Friends must then continue to fundraise to cover any shortfall in the day to day operations of GW There is a third option; the Friends of Gus Wortham win the contract and DON’T raise the contracted $14 million. The EastEnd will have lost the Garden, receive minimal redevelopment for GW and the economic growth promised by both is lost forever. What are the consequences of either party failing to meet their contractual obligation? Mayor Parker and councilmembers, the entire city will support a Houston Botanic Garden; they raised over $300,000 at a two hour luncheon in November 2013 alone. I understand they currently have over $1Million in the bank (without a firm garden location) compared to the Friends of GW who have raised just over $100,000 in five years. I ask you to support a self-sustaining Houston Botanic Garden at Gus Wortham and access for the many, not just the few. Thank you. "
  19. uh oh. maybe some bad juju because of that little cemetery the construction abutted . A buddy of mine at home for lunch on Peden just to the south said the smoke and the smell is horrible. I'd hate to be trapped in a conference room at AIG this afternoon, with everyone coming back from lunch reeking of burning drywall and laminate.
  20. Hahaha. Sure, just without the commuter rail. (edit, not laughing at your statement, but at the glaring difference in public transpor compared to the NY/CT corridor)
  21. The dome will be toast, and rightly so given the poor option the county is attempting to cram down our throats with its craven tactics. We'll have to schedule our next HAIF Happy Hour for the friday after the election. I'll gladly stand a drink to any HAIFer who wants to wager the dome lives. The most ridic idea yet is that we should pay for this because of possible future casino gambling. What, so we can maybe in the future give Tillman Fertitta another incentive? The vote is not merely to rehab the dome. It is for a potentially endless succession of taxpayer-funded handouts to future tenants....after the initial costs. This is what you will be voting for, not 'just' $8. Hell, if the point is mass- commerical enterprise, we could turn it into a flea market today for a lot less than $200M. Traders Village is so inconvenient to get to, after all. Or how about the awesome comparison to 'repurposing' the Compaq Center. How well, exactly, did we make out on that sweetheart deal to Lakewood after all the sunk costs?
  22. So many of these comments follow the same trajectory: you're pissed that way it's been handled, you wanted so much more in terms of vision, and yet you shrug your shoulders and say "it's only $8 dollars, and the Astrodome history blah blah ginger." You're being played, exactly as they want. The plan is an affront to the architectural and social history of the dome. I'm tired of watching petty fiefdoms squander our money and good intentions.
  23. I can't say I'm guilty about it, but I am frequently mocked for my thing for Jason Statham movies. And yes I watched Expendables 2 the first day it appeared on the Netflix stream. OK a little guilty about that.
  24. I just love how now there's all this 'political clout' and fundraising $$$ and a PAC behind an ad campaign designed to shame residents into voting for their boondoggle. If that's the case there's so much financial support, why does the county need to raise taxes and float another bond? I'm a highly sentimental lifelong Houstonian (born the same day the first game was played in the dome!) and was opposed to the dome's destruction for a long time. But at this point I'm so sick of the old boy politics and lies to get what they wanted all along, I'll be first in line to vote no. No vision, and a flat out refusal to entertain other, viable ideas. F*****Harris County on this. I would gladly accept a tax hike of far more than $8/year for meaningful infrastructure improvements, but not for a structure that makes for a slick brochure but otherwise sits empty more often than not.
  25. Holy Crapski! This is a little vertiginous but mighty cool: http://gawker.com/5992398/the-unbelievable-photos-taken-by-the-crazy-russians-who-illegally-climbed-egypts-great-pyramid/1301120165 also, Cologne cathedral really is magnigficent. A good day trip from Amsterdam if you're just passing thru. One of those places I wouldn't have thought to go at first but glad I did.
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