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  1. /\ That's what a power center is. It'll just be nice like the Fairfield Outlet Mall I'm guessing. I've seen the signs on the way to Austin, and when I went to Brenham a few weekends ago.
  2. Klein pushes so hard to win this bond election, then pushes the projects back. Just another way to piss off Klein ISD residents.
  3. 50% of stores would virtually end Willowbrook. Where would you shop in there if 50% of its stores closed down? I would have to drive to Northwest Mall or the Fairfield Outlet Mall (Yikes! Too far).
  4. On a recent trip to Austin, I noticed that some cheap looking suburban houses were going up in Hockley past Bauer Rd. (Cy-Fair ISD boundary line). It interested me to know that people are going to be moving out here and further into the Hockley/Waller area, and past Cy-Fair ISD, into Waller ISD. When the Cy-Fair area is built out, I'm wondering if Hockley and Waller are going to be the next big booming areas. They are so far away from downtown (Hockley- 36 miles; Waller- 41 miles)...
  5. Spring's Five Zone Plan pretty much dooms HS#5 of being just like Westfield. Also, opening Dekaney did nothing to bring Spring's reputation as a school district up. Having played Dekaney, it's just like its friend Nimitz about two miles down the road. HS #5 will be nice architecturally but it's getting the bottom part of the district bordering the Eisenhower zone. I think if families start moving into Spring again, they will want to move into the HS#4 zone, because it seems like it will become the districts premier school if they go with the five zone plan.
  6. Nice pictures. Gotta love that Galveston water.
  7. I saw this magazine previewed on some TV show. Maybe it was the news. I wanted to get a copy of it.
  8. I would think Montrose. I personally never go to Montrose because I don't live near that area, but I've hear lots of gay and lesbian couples live there peacefully. Westbury is also a good area. The only thing is that Westbury HS had a gang problem (what HS in Houston doesn't have gangs?), but HISD has a good magnet program there and at lots of other schools. I'm not completely familiar with the inner loop area and west/southwest Houston, but I believe Montrose is in HISD as well around the Lee/Bellaire (or maybe Lamar) zone which means you have the option to attend Westside, Lee, or Bellaire if you apply soon enough in the year. They also have great elementaries around this area, and HISD has magnets like Lanier, and great middle schools like Pin Oak. Montrose also shouldn't be far from the Texas Medical Center, Hermann Park, the Museum District, U of H, Reliant Park, Downtown, River Oaks, Memorial Park, etc. Hope this info helps. Oh, I also just thought, I see lots of gay and lesbian couples around the Marq*e/ I-10 area when I go to the movies there. It is in Spring Branch, but the areas considered nicer in Spring Branch are extremely expensive. I don't know about further out like in the Stratford zone, but I know it's more affordable. If I had to guess, I'd say that the Marq*e is in the Memorial HS zone, a place with great schools through all grades.
  9. 1. Have you tried asking the church? This may sound dumb but they probably do know how old their building is if this is what you want. 2. You could try looking for William Henry Shackleford's death certificate to confirm that their was a cemetery named Brooks Cemetery and that it was in Houston. You could also ask the church if you could look through some of their old records, because I know churches that have records from cemeteries on their property. 3. Again, go ask the church, or look up public records dealing with the piece of land at 5203 Fulton. Anyway you want, it will take some research. Hope I could help, and hope you find what you are looking for. (What are you looking for?)
  10. /\ I could not agree more. People need to see that having demographics that qualify a school as a "good school" does not mean that the school will get better TAKS scores than a school with minority demographics like MacArthur which got a Recognized rating for its second year in a row.
  11. Although I don't go to Stratford, I know it has not fallen into the same category as SWHS or NHS, and even SWHS isn't as bad as NHS. I also think you got it switched around because although Cy-Fair has some schools that aren't considered the best like Cy-Springs or Cy-Ridge, it still is a great academic district, whereas Spring ISD has Westfield, Dekaney, and Spring (oh, that's all three of their high schools) that aren't good. The Woodlands, well, I don't know. I guess just because you live in a nice area doesn't mean you go to Recognized schools. Lastly, kids who don't pass the TAKS test aren't idiots (I passed all mine though), and they don't ruin schools. I believe lazy teachers, weak administration, and poor attitudes of kids towards education ruin schools. That may sound like I'm disagreeing with the point about kids who don't pass the TAKS ruining schools, but there are lots of kids who don't pass because they genuinely tried and don't understand the information.
  12. /\As far as I know, nothing has changed from previous years in the way that their TAKS criteria is to make the accountability rating. It has been that every ethnic group must make 70% passing rates since the TAKS was started after the TAAS. Things didn't go "downhill" that much, they just "cooled off." I'm so suprised about Stratford. I thought for sure it would be Recognized or Exemplary. I'm also suprised about Klein Oak as well.
  13. I wonder which schools weren't in there (cough-Cy Springs)? Good news for this district nonetheless.
  14. I feel the same way since I'm a black male. People always think I'm a thug because I go to an Aldine school and get bad grades, when in reality that's not the case at all.
  15. /\ I agree. I shop at Willowbrook and took drivers ed there at Sears. Not once has there been really any criminal activity going on. You never hear about it on the news, and there really aren't that many "thugs" who shop there. Well there are some, but all they are doing is walking around. Not breaking into stores and holding them up.
  16. Exactly. I know Atascocita is growing extremely fast. I meant they are not on their way to becoming incorporated any time soon.
  17. I think this should be no problem. Annexation of unincorporated areas would not be impossible for Houston if Spring-Klein actually became a city. There are so many other unincorporated communities, such as areas in northeast Harris County, like Atascosita, and Dyersdale that are going nowhere. Also, there areas in east Harris County. The name for the city could have been better IMO. Spring-Klein, Texas sounds dumb.
  18. I saw Dr. Neil Frank at Jason's Deli last night. It was cool because he sat next to us. =)
  19. I thought it was alright. Better than Chang's when I went. Chang's is like Americanized Asian food.
  20. I don't believe Katrina people, Metro, or Apartments led to the decline of building and housing prices along 1960. I honestly believe that (like stated above), people get tired of their old suburbs and want to move further out to be in the newer and nicer considered areas. I believe school district plays a part, and that's why the area of 1960 in Spring ISD, west of 45, and in Aldine ISD (go Aldine!!) east of 45, is underdeveloped, but overall it boils down to Cypress and Klein's northwestern areas being somewhat "nicer" the further you get from Houston's city limits. And you can tell this by the schools. Look at Jersey Village, and Klein Forest. Two examples of not-so-great schools in great school districts.
  21. Well, I was just looking online and didn't know that the Grand Parkway (Hwy 99) is supposed to be another belt freeway, that is 170 miles long and goes (as most of you know) by Cinco Ranch on the west side and Baytown on its east side. It only has 2 of its 11 sections built as of now though. The beltway is just 83 miles around. I guess when this is complete this may be the new standard of what is nice.... what's outside the Grand Parkway. A Look at just how big it is and the sections that will be built:
  22. I was wondering how far you think people are willing to move out in the northwest. I think it's getting unreasonable now. I live in Aldine near 249 and drove out to the Fairfield outlet mall. That was far as heck, and I know morning traffic on 290 is killer. I don't know if this topic has come up before, but how far out will people move to live in a nice neighborhood and school district? Hockley? Hempstead? Magnolia? I'm not saying living in a good neighborhood is bad or anything (because I used to live in the ghetto by Eisenhower and know a bad neighborhood is horrible), but it's at a point where gas is so expensive, commute times are going to be hours and you will be outside the city with nothing to do.
  23. This area isn't horrible like stated above, but it isn't the best either. If you have kids, I wouldn't send them to these schools out here. Jones, Milby, and Chavez aren't the best. If you are working at Minute Maid I would suggest Bellaire (although it may be less cost efficient), or the Heights. Hey, even new town homes are popping up on the Aldine Eisenhower/Klein Forest boundary, which look pretty nice. I just feel that if you don't want a "ghetto" atmosphere, you shouldn't pick the southeast part of the inner loop.
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