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  1. Yeah, right. That article reads like so many other hyped projects that never end up coming close to the promises, if they even get built. So many of the usual warning flags: Grandiose scale, loads of promises, relatively new consortium without a track record, buzzword abuse, and a trendy but shaky theme overstretched to too many dissimilar aspects. "Eco-tourism! Theme park! Convention center! Water park! Museum! Night Life! Entertainment for all ages and interests! Retail! Office! Green research! Big Box! Apartments! Experimental new social research neighborhood! Cure for the common cold!" More likely just some of the retail, housing, and small strip offices/clinics get built, maybe the water park if the county is lucky. And perhaps a strip club ("Roman Forest, Russian Fingers"?)
  2. University of Jan Brady. 'It's always UH, UH, UH!" Or perhaps: UH-Mulligan UH-Differentiate (no need to change initials) UH-We're Kinda Not UH TCBUH (This Can't Be UH!) Cougar High-Downtown U. of Inferiority Complex System-Downtown campus Stylz G. White U. U. of Fragrant Bayou U.'ve Got to be Kidding University of Talula Does the Hula From Houston University of Lemonjello UH-Surely (if they have a flight school) UH-And We're Not (perhaps better for the Chevy Chase, MD campus) Not You're Father's UH Preparation H Nosoupfor U. RFU ( )Client #9 U. U. Know What? U. Win U. Should See What We Rejected! U. Light Up My Life U. Might Be a Redneck I Can Name That U. in 3 Notes U. Whatever and my favorite choice: UH-Ostensibly Houston, aka UH-OH!
  3. Like most of Comcast's commercials, simply stupid. But oddly and inexplicably they did have a brief break from that, the "Save a load of Benjamins" and "More bang for your buck" were some of the most genius commercials ever made. And yes, it is annoying and inexcusable for Comcast to spam its existing customers with so many bad commercials nonstop. One of the reasons why (along with the NFL Sunday Ticket) I've happily moved to Directv.
  4. The mango looks great. We need more variety in housing color around here.
  5. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/6081097.html How to navigate the new Katy HOV lanes open Wednesday with some restrictions for drivers to learn By ROSANNA RUIZ Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Oct. 27, 2008, 10:31PM The new curve on the expanded Katy Freeway may be a learning curve. With the construction complete, some motorists must become acquainted with the addition of four center "managed" lanes, when to use them and where to exit. Additional lanes already are open, but the five-year construction project officially draws to a close with the opening of the interior, managed lanes at 5 a.m. Wednesday. (excerpted) I posted this article because of this silly quote: But some are skeptical of the notion that managed lanes resolve congestion or increase carpooling rates. "When the (managed) lanes open, we'll see even more improvement in travel time, but the question is, how long will it last?" said Pat Waskowiak, transportation program manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Well geez, you can ask the same basic question about emergency open heart surgery or any other lifesaving medical procedure. None result in immortality, but most provide a vast improvement and extend the patient's life expectancy. And bottom line, this major expansion of the Katy Fwy's capacity will result in shorter trip times for many, many years to come compared to if the freeway had remained in its original already overwhelmed state. And spare me the Induced Demand red herring. While there is some truth to the theory, it pretty much operates the same way the human induced global warming theory does: Subjective and unprovable enough to be morphed into anything the goalpost movers want for purely ideological reasons. Yeah, maybe in a couple of decades induced demand will have us right back where we started, but the 20 years of improved flow in between has a heck of a lot of benefits. That quote reminds me of the TV commercial, where the old man thinks he's discovered the internet, while completely oblivious to the real story.
  6. Shouldn't a team named after detergent be helping to clean up?
  7. Probably more accurately stated as just: "a prospective buyer went to the city inspectors." De facto membership has its privileges in this town. Perhaps the city can now abscond by ED an adjacent property as a pocket park for this developer, since there is such a dearth of parkland next to the state's largest urban park.
  8. Eh, I sometimes like Popeye's and Frenchy's, does that count?
  9. Then nursing home/assisted living would be the most likely conversion. I've never heard of a case where elderly facilities were a nuisance.
  10. We already have an almost complete greenbelt encircling Houston, but most simply aren't aware of it and it isn't formally named. Take a look at a good map of our area (not Google, they don't show nat'l forests.) From Galveston Bay north to Lake Livingston is the heavily wooded Trinity River bottoms, in most places several miles wide. There's already a program to buy up and protect land in that floodplain. The huge Sam Houston National Forest encloses the north side from Cleveland-Livingston to above Lake Conroe and the western Montgomery Co. border. On the region's west side we have the Brazos River bottomlands from the Gulf near Freeport all the way up to Navasota, and the wide Navasota River floodplain above that. So there's only about a 15 mile gap between the SF Nat'l Forest and the Navasota River needing to be closed. Would be nice for one of the region's conservation groups to proclaim this a greenbelt project and start pushing to buy up development rights in Grimes County to make a complete Gulf to Bay ring. Formally designating this as a greenbelt could assist and encourage the local communities along those rivers to set aside the floodplain as parkland, so we don't get any more encroachment like the choke points in Rosenberg, Richmond, and Sugar Land that block having a continuous nature corridor. I'd also like to see a second phase of buying up agricultural bottom land along the upper Brazos and Trinity and letting it revert back to woodlands. Perhaps buy up development rights in a 20-mile strip west from the future lake south of Sealy to southeast of Columbus. Would connect the Brazos to the Atwater Prairie Chicken Preserve and the bottomlands of the San Bernard and Colorado Rivers. Wouldn't take much to tie the Trinity portion of this greenbelt into the expanding Big Thicket Preserve. As the comcast commercial says, "More bang for your buck!"
  11. Schedule for each section of the GP: http://www.grandpky.com/downloads/Segmenti...02008-07-08.pdf Loads of info at: http://www.grandpky.com
  12. Lighten up, Francis. The phrase of the day is "Figurative language."
  13. I will NEVER recycle as long as they keep running that insipid recycling commercial on the radio, the one with a theme song straight out of some kiddie show. Every time I hear The Wiggles or whomever sing that abominable sissy jingle I'm forced to: 1) Slap the radio's off button 2) Roll down the window and toss out any litter I can find as an act of civil disobedience. Extreme cheese and syrup = massive backlash of hate
  14. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/spr...ws/5891195.html I have no doubt that they'll get the 10,000 signatures needed, but not sure whether they can overcome all the obstacles to incorporating. IMHO forming a city would be a good thing, there are too many service holes and poorer reaction times in the unincorporated areas that many people are not aware of when they buy their home. Would give the residents better control over their future, and who wants to be eventually sucked into giant and often poorly run Houston?
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