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  1. A year has gone by and still no lights or plasma tvs. oh well, i guess the recession has taken a toll on us all!! LOL
  2. I really wish they would add a really nice comedy club as part of the entertainment options at the Pavilions. This would be a great spot to keep even more things going on at night. Hopefully somebody pitches this idea to them and they sign up a tenat with these plans in the near future.
  3. Has anybody seen any jumbotrons or plasma screens around the pavilion. I though that they were going to place signs that would be seen from blocks away. I realize this place still has a lot to go before it is finsihed, much less get more tenats, but they need to spruce it up a little.
  4. http://realestate.msn.com/Buying/Article_busweek.aspx?cp-documentid=8356625 Many ambitious programs to revitalize downtowns of cities across the U.S. are stalling as the economy slows. By Chermelle D. Edwards and Prashant Gopal, BusinessWeek But everything has changed for Tampa and for many other cities because of the housing slump and foreclosure crisis, which were intensified by the year-old credit crunch. Only about 3,500 of the planned condo units have been built or are under construction in Tampa's downtown area, and many remain vacant. Office construction has been delayed. Optimism for cities "It was a false start, you might say," said Patrick Berman, senior director of retail brokerage for Cushman & Wakefield Florida, a real-estate advisory group. "The market really slowed down. It was difficult to finance deals. People made deposits on condos and didn't close."
  5. Update. Things are starting to pick up. There is more of the curb side streets being torn up than a few weeks ago. It is starting to get messy, so I might have to start finding an alternate route to take to work than Harrisburg. They have the street cut off on one side, and barracades on the left hand side (heading out of DT). The right side has been convereted into a two way maze of cones. I almost saw a guy eat it today when he was driving on the wrong side, onto on coming traffic. Meanwhile, one of the workers was dazed and confused almost walked across the street without looking, he almost ate his Siht when I honked to let him know I was coming through HAHA! Brown Streaks in his chones!! Good thing I was driving slow.
  6. Here is the difference between a barely Cat. 3 Hurricane Alicia vs. a Cat 4/5 Carla. What is disturbing is the surge produced by Carla affecting the lower lying areas such as Freeport, Alvin, Texas City, League City, Pasadena, La Porte, Webster. Not GOOD!! Hurricane Alicia, August 18, 1983: Alicia was the first hurricane to strike the Continental USA since Allen in 1980. It was the longest period in this century that the U.S. mainland had gone without a hurricane landfall (though tropical storms did hit within that time). Alicia was a small- to medium-size hurricane. It reached a minimal Category 3 status as it hit land. The center of Alicia moved over the Texas coast about 25 miles southwest of Galveston on August 18. Aircraft observations indicated that only a 60 mile section of the coast, extending northeastward from Freeport, Texas, experienced hurricane force winds. Despite its small size, Alicia caused over $2.4 billion in damage (in 1990 dollars). Hurricane Carla, September 10/11th. 1961: Carla was the largest and most intense Gulf Coast hurricane in decades. On September 8, Carla's center took aim at the Texas coast. By the 9th, Carla's circulation enveloped the entire Gulf of Mexico with fringe effects along all Gulf Coast states. On the 9th, the largest mass evacuation to that date occurred, as an estimated one-half million residents of low coastal areas and islands off Texas and Louisiana were evacuated to higher ground. As the center approached Texas on the 10th, winds near the center were estimated at 150 mph. Reconnaissance aircraft indicated a central pressure of 931 mb just prior to its striking the coast. Only 46 lost their lives because of early warnings. Severe damage along a wide expanse of the Texas coast was caused by unusually prolonged winds, high tides and flooding from torrential rains. Damage was about $2 billion in 1990 dollars. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/crp/docs/research/...arla/carla.html Check out the link for a better visiual http://www.cityofpearland.com/vertical/Sites/{CA80BAF8-A883-4878-AB6D-7FC8DAE7D62E}/uploads/{A83EA47A-FB89-4A1F-879E-27DE98439D74}.PDF
  7. Yeah then it can at least look like a transformer. You know like the autobots, then it can be cool ...no wait never mind, that thing is just but ugly.
  8. Do any of you guys have any idea what kind and where they are going to place the jumbotron/plasma screens? I know they will probably wait closer to opening day, but I have no clue where they could possible put the screens, how many, and what kind. I kind am eager to see the finishing touches, and I hope that they meet my expectations, since many have been deflated already by the exterior design they have chosen thus far. Maybe the interior will compensate for it.
  9. I drive through there everyday, and there is not much going on. They cleared some old buildings on the side of the road, but nothing major going on. You would even know that they are doing anything out there, related to metro rail, just a bunch of barriors alongside of the street. I want to see the streets torn up already. At this rate, they will be luck if they get it doen by 2012. I do see a lot, i mean alot of trees by the underpass just outside of downtown, thats about it though.
  10. For years I have been wondering if Sears will ever do something with this eyesore located in midtown. It has so much potential, I guess at one point it was actually considered a beautiful building. Sears really needs to think about bringing it back to its original form. Something needs to be done. I would prefer to preserve the building, instead of razing it . What do you all think? Article found in the Chronicle today. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/5924010.html ''It's hideous!" fumes my friend V., warming up to one of his favorite rants: the unbearable ugliness of the Sears on Main Street. "It's right there on the light-rail line! At the entrance to the Museum District! At one of the few places where Houston can look good to visitors!" V., I have to admit, has a point. Sears' tan metal siding, blotched with graffiti cover-up, gives the building's upper floors the beaten-down air of an aging ministorage unit. But even that beats the urban battle fortifications at ground level. Someone, it appears, worked hard to make the department store defensible, able to repel invading hordes of shoppers intoxicated by Vanessa Hudgens' back-to-school ads. At the Wheeler side of the building, two sets of glass double doors, blacked out and locked during business hours, present an ominous face to the street. Opaque gray film makes the official entrance's glass doors, facing Main, only a little less scary. Bricks fill almost all the former display windows; burglar bars and more of that gray film cover the plate glass that survived. Only the most intrepid seekers of Kenmore appliances would dare breach such a bulwark. What's the deal, V. wonders. Does Sears think that the urban shoppers that store serves deserve less than, say, the suburbanites at the Memorial City Mall? And for that matter, hasn't someone at Sears noticed that Midtown has gentrified around the store? Isn't there a retail audience yearning to be better served? "Don't just return," exhorts the Hudgens back-to-school ad for Sears. "Arrive." V. would like that Sears to do just that. ...
  11. I believe Metro is suppose to have a biaatch session today to talk about the bridge and about the proposed service station. I wonder if this meeting is going to be a waste of time or if something good will come out of it. I guess the chronicle will let us know tomorrow. In a city this size, it is always going to be hard to get a consensus. It will be interesting to see what come out of this town hall meeting.
  12. Man that suxs, I was eager to see the videos and either they are currently not working or I can't access them from work. All I see at the site is Videos Coming soon! Is there is anothe link to view them? Suggestions are welcomed.
  13. If I had to pick one fo the other HOB places, I think that the original HOB renderings would have resembled the closest to the HOB in Atlantic City. At least that is what it looks closest to, everyother city has one that looks more like a tin box. Either way this thing is going to look really nice inside.
  14. Hey guys, pardon me for not knowing more, and maybe some of you can clear this up for me. Is there still more changes coming to the House of Blues. I mean judging by the latest pictures HOB looks nothing like the renderings. There has got to be a lot more to this, there doesn't seem to be enough see through glass/window. Please tell me that this is not going to resemble anything close to the final product. If so I will be greatly disappointed. Can somebody who knows the scoop, tell me otherwise. I couldn't upload the pictures, but if you look at the latest constuctions pics out on there website and compare it to the rendering, they look nothing alike. I understand that renderings are just that but jeez! Can some one who is savy with uploads do a side by side comparison of what I am talking about. Thanks!
  15. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/tomball/news/5866089.html By KIM JACKSON Chronicle Correspondent The push for commuter rail service along U.S. 290 received a boost recently with the release of a study that ranks that rail corridor as a key component of a regional commuter rail system. Harris County and Metropolitan Transit Authority officials said they are ready to get moving on a U.S. 290 commuter rail project. Union Pacific Railroad officials said they are open to the idea and will continue discussions with those entities. Union Pacific owns the north-south "Eureka" railroad corridor that runs along U.S. 290 and Hempstead Highway to the Eureka junction at the crossroads of Hempstead Highway and Old Katy Road near Interstate 10. "That line is probably the most viable of our two north-south lines that connect Houston with Dallas," said Joe Adams, spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad. "Our Hardy rail line is more heavily used than the 290 line. We feel that with proper investment in infrastructure to accommodate both commuter and freight rail cars, the 290 commuter project is feasible." The Houston-Galveston Area Council's draft Regional Commuter Rail Connectivity Study, which was released June 13, pinpointed five existing railroad corridors that could form the "baseline system" for a commuter rail network in the Houston-Galveston region: U.S. 290 (UPRR's Eureka line), Texas 249 to Tomball (Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Houston line), Texas 3 (UPRR's Galveston line), South Fort Bend/FM 521 (BNSF's Galveston/Popp corridor line), and the Texas 35 Tollway corridor to Pearland (near UPRR's Mykawa line). "It is believed that the system will be constructed in individual corridors as funding becomes available," said Earl Washington, a senior transportation planner with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and project manager on the study. "Ideally, each corridor would initially function independently and later function as part of an overall system." The study team also identified several potential locations for the hub terminal and maintenance facility, including the Northwest Mall area, Northwest Transit Center, Eureka rail yard, Hardy rail yard and Old South rail yard. The study concluded a long-distance commuter rail system can provide an important part of the future transit network the Houston-Galveston region will require as more people move into the metropolitan area, Washington said. The study also indicates that a long-distance rail system is feasible to develop in the proposed corridors. Washington said the U.S. 290 corridor came out on top, first or second, among the five "principal" rail corridors analyzed in the study. The Regional Commuter Rail Connectivity Study team conducted an in-depth evaluation on each of those corridors, U.S. 290, the Hardy Toll Road, Westpark, Interstate 45 south and U.S. 90, to determine the most feasible railroad corridors in the region for commuter rail implementation in conjunction with freight rail service. Texas 249 was not one of those five, but was included at a later date when the study team discovered that a commuter rail system on that corridor would not take away from the U.S. 290 corridor's potential ridership. Washington said the study is step one in the planning process required for all major infrastructure projects. The study, which is out for public comment until July 31, is a planning tool only, he said. "It will serve as a foundation for those agencies that could move forward with commuter rail projects," Washington said. "They would perform alternatives analyses, environmental studies, preliminary and design engineering and construction." Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced recently he would spearhead the effort get a U.S. 290 commuter rail system operational in the next two-three years. Joe Stinebaker, Emmett's spokesman, said Emmett was scheduling meetings with all parties that could be involved in a 290 commuter rail project, including Metro, UPRR, the Texas Department of Transportation, city of Houston and Harris County. "He said it has been studied, now let's move forward and get something done," Stinebaker said. In these discussions, they will hammer out the details, such as who will build it, operate it and fund it, said Stinebaker. The parameters of the project will also be set. The commuter rail study suggested the U.S. 290 system would run at least to the edge of H-GAC's regional border with Grimes County, through the Cy-Fair area, outer and inner Beltway 8 and along Hempstead Highway between north Spring Branch and U.S. 290-bordered residential and commercial areas to Metro's Northwest Transit Center. From that point, the system would tie into the future Uptown Galleria light-rail line, and Metro's bus system could take over to transport riders to locations throughout Houston's various business and commercial centers. A direct rail connection into downtown would have to be worked out in the future, as right-of-way inside Loop 610 is tight, and many entities have laid claim to it for various projects. In February, a Metro project team launched discussions with TxDOT about building a commuter rail line on Hempstead Highway in time to provide relief for commuters when a massive reconstruction project gets under way in the U.S. 290 corridor in the next three to four years. Parts of that road project may be delayed because of TxDOT's recent budget and funding challenges, but specifics will not be known until the Texas Legislature meets to discuss funding options for that transportation agency next year.
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