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worldlyman

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  1. I really liked that French Art Gallery . That corner really looks bare and awkward without the old houses right now. I hope they do intend to put that proposed structure up close to the sidewalk. Hate to see those old houses go but at this point they need to really fill that gap between Agora and Bacchus. Whatever they may put up there (up to the sidewalk) is certainly better than the thought of a parking lot at that corner.
  2. Yeah, one of those nights I actually saw a mom pushing a baby stroller. And with the addition of Discovery Green, short of being a full blown mixed use/residential area, downtown is actually a viable entertainment/leisure option. Wouldn't it be great if those funky and hot retailers set up on Main St? That would be a great, great thing. As it is, it might be Houston's destiny that the funky and hot retailers are meant for the Heights, Montrose, Midtown, Washington Ave and the Galleria. Perhaps downtown, aside from the business aspect, will always be our high cultural activity hub, nice lar
  3. I've been going downtown the past few Friday/Saturday nights now and it's still reasonably busy. It isn't 2000-2004 mass peak but there's still a lot of activity there. It has more of a busy neighborhood nightlife vibe as opposed to the 6th St or Bourbon St. carnival crowd it used to have...and it's still OK with me. I still saw a lot of people packed in at No-Tsu-Oh, Flying Saucer, Minuti's Coffee, Molly's and such. And the attraction of downtown for me isn't just Main St. I like what I see over in front of Jones Plaza/Bayou Place and on Caroline St. across from Houston Pavilions. People
  4. I'm not a resident there but the location considering the other bars and restaurants nearby, it just seemed like another packed Montrose neighborhood with mixed residences and businesses. That Sunday was quite full of people in there and I didn't see anything chaotic about the street as far as parking or traffic. It didn't seem like a cruising circus or anything.
  5. I'm glad it's coming back. It is nice to have another entertainment option here, grand illusions and such. The location is rather difficult though, given how the SW Fwy has become.
  6. On Sunday, when their service was about to start, I didn't notice anything overbearing with parking. Plus, dining/bar establishment like Ziggy's, Boheme and Fairview Bar are very near. It's the Montrose, so I for one am not sure why they say parking is an issue because of Taft St. Coffee.
  7. To be blunt, I can enjoy the "contrived" construction of City Centre yet enjoy the raw urbanity of downtown Houston on a Saturday night. I love those options here. Last Saturday night, the wife and I went strolling around downtown, had some late coffee at Minuti. We definitely saw tons of people sleeping on or loitering around the sidewalks of the Harris Co. Administration building (they didn't seem dangerous), but the number was alarming compared to other times we go downtown. Downtown is happening on Saturday night. Guys playing guitar at Molly's patio, hipsters loitering outside no-tsu-
  8. I've been to Taft St. Coffee in the Montrose a few times. Have always enjoyed that quiet character in an industrial-vibe coffee house. So the wife and I went to get some beverages and to kick back yesterday afternoon...and just in time for the Ecclesia service, the alt-Christian denomination (I suppose "where the sacred and secular intersect") that owns it. The pastor said on the monitor (we remained in the coffee house part) that the church is moving to Elder St. The scene was pretty cool...lots of the pretty people milling around. Considering that, the vibe felt fairly chummy. I asked a b
  9. You can't really say diversity "doesn't scare" you and then say you might "be robbed by Houston's black culture." Houston is definitely diverse and indeed, it isn't Atlanta in your purist "African-American" sense. From what I've experienced of Atlanta a few times, it is mostly a black and white city. Houston is much more diverse but considering that Houston is nowadays something along the likes of 30% white, 30% black, 30% Latino and 10% everyone else...I'd say that African-American culture is very pronounced and well-expressed here, especially relative to other cities in the US like Tampa, S
  10. I used to work at Memorial City Hospital long before the acquisition by the Hermann system. I might, now and then, feel a little nostalgic for some of the old things that were once there like those two little movie theaters (where'd I go sometimes before starting my shift) and Town N Country mall. But still... I for one am amazed at the positive changes that are going on there. It's like the West part of Houston is gaining a high-powered satellite center. I'd be very interested in going to look at prospects at Memorial City - Memorial Hermann in the near future. That soon-to-be-finished m
  11. Star, Barry's and Candelari's are all very good...but I LOVE Fuzzy's on Fondren/Westheimer! Deep dish.
  12. Just couldn't help but notice this post, another one of those "Houston can learn from" such and such city. The magic of the Montrose is its sheer weirdness. I've been to Little Five Points. It's nothing more than Montrose in a Disney form. But we might guess that's what the Anal Urban types like, things in neat packages. Atlanta is trying kind of hard to be "New York of the South" and with someplace like Little Five Points, it's like "see, we have our own SoHo." But its layout is nothing too different from trying to be like Melrose or Oak Lawn/Greenville. Typical packaged streetscape. Little
  13. Downtown is still a very handy urban resource to me. I sometimes take a long break from my job at the Med. Center on a Saturday night and downtown is still going on. It's not as hot as it was circa 1999-2001 but it's alive and well-used. There are still bars and clubs, with a decent flow of pedestrians from Houston Pavilions to Market Square to Bayou Place. There's not an insane crowd of people like you see in tighter, denser metros...but to see a lot of people going from place to place in downtown H-town is still good to see and enjoy. I like grabbing a slice from Frank's Pizza or sippin
  14. Well, the Harris County Hospital District is looking into purchasing Memorial Hermann Southwest. That's 600 beds. Now, I wonder if they'll transform their ER into a Level I. The CEO of the HCHD acknowledged that Houston could use more of such services. And Memorial Hermann in the TMC...it's also where Ben Taub employees go next door for a quality meal.
  15. That Outside Magazine idiocy takes the cake. They factor in cost of living, economy in their rankings and yet Houston somehow is on their hate list in the big picture. Stupid, stupid. They condescend to remark about our nice barbecue...when actually it's our ethnic food that shines out more than anything these days. Shows how much they know about Houston. When it's "flat", Houston gets singled out but not Chicago or NY or Miami. When it's "bad weather", Houston gets singled out but not those MISERABLE Chicago winters (which I grew up with). And those incessant gloomy Seattle overcasts. And
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