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  1. I'm not worried about Fiesta going anywhere, even if this Midtown location closes.
  2. for reference, the purple circle that overlays "Childrens Museum" is the Fiesta that is going away.. there's also a Sellers Bros on Canal (near Wayside) that doesn't seem to be represented on this map.
  3. awesome! here's a direct link to the map: and here's the map note the grey circle overlaying Houston Zoo represents the new HEB, the purple circle overlaying the Children's Museum represents Fiesta that is going away. as I mentioned on the other topic, there's a Sellers Bros on Canal near Wayside.
  4. and Phoenicia as well. Specs has a great little grocery section too. the wife and I will do our grocery at Phoenicia least once a month, but I wouldn't classify it with Fiesta on the affordability scale. Randalls on Louisiana is a few blocks from the downtown transit center station LTR stop, and all the bus routes that go through the downtown transit center. so I would say that there are still options close to downtown that offer more options to people without cars. sure, there's one less option now, but it's not like Fiesta was the only option. driving, I would rather go to any other grocery store in the loop, because their parking solution sucks, but walking, it is quite convenient, and if you weren't worried about homeless hassling you for cash in front of Fiesta, you won't be bothered with it at Randalls.
  5. these places: Randalls on Louisiana Kombat Kroger Fiesta on Wayside HEB in Gulfgate Fiesta on Mikawa at 610 brand new HEB on 288/McGreggor (replaced HEB on Scott/OST) Walmart on Wayside has been a thing for a number of years now if you consider smaller places, there's an Aldi on OST, a Sellers Bros on Canal near Wayside, La Michoacana on Lawndale at 75th, and so many smaller places. east of 288, south of buffalo bayou, and inside the loop (and including Midtown) is sparse for grocery, but we aren't wanting, there are options, the loss of this Fiesta is not going to be noticed. and yeah, if I were asked why I didn't shop at this Fiesta, number 1 reason on my list would be homeless.
  6. not technically part of UH, but they were painting the 'feeder' for spur 5 behind my coffee shop this afternoon.
  7. Chapultepec doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves as a Houston institution. make no mistake, it's not the best Mexican food in Houston, but it is good Mexican food, especially at 3am on a Sunday morning.
  8. oh no! the dog track is closing! I only went once, but they had hot dogs, and the beer was cold.
  9. as I was browsing the going up section I saw in the Gillette mixed use building thread that there are Houston Housing Authority buildings that are disused and boarded, and windows broken out. it got me to thinking maybe the answer isn't some city wide solution that mandates each builder make accommodations. maybe there's other possibilities? I was thinking about TIRZ at the same time. I know the midtown TIRZ has been buying land in 3rd ward (and it sits idle). if they can buy land, and all that stuff, why can't they also be in charge of ensuring low income housing in the areas they manage? TIRZ do a really great job of uplifting an area, or gentrifying it, or whatever word you want to use, but this often has the negative effect of pricing poor people out of the area. why not put the onus on the TIRZ to maintain, or grow low income housing in an area? a TIRZ basically sets a 0 point at a specific time. the taxable value of real estate at the time goes to city/county/state. for a period of 30 years, every cent that the area of that TIRZ that goes up in value over that original 0 point, the extra taxable money goes to the TIRZ. so, what could potentially happen, is if the area that the TIRZ covers doesn't have a minimum percentage of low income housing, they get less of those tax dollars. if the area that the TIRZ covers maintains a percentage, then they get what they are owed. if they go above the percentage, then they get more tax dollars (potentially from the tax dollars that were not paid to the TIRZ that don't maintain the minimum percentage of low income housing).
  10. San Antonio has some challengers for steep parking garage ramps too.
  11. I am not surprised by this, because I think I said it many pages back, but some rumblings... I couldn't understand when I saw the plans when one considers the prolonged damage that can be created, and I still can't understand the decision. I hope that these events do create a pause and reconsider the method of what they are doing.
  12. how far do they go with these? I now have an irrational desire to make the tallest 243 sided building in the world. them: "but sir, it is only 1 story tall." me: "I know, but it is the tallest 243 sided building in the world, and I demand recognition!"
  13. this is my favorite. obviously, you should have the same expectations of yourself as you do of others: you should have enough accommodation on your own property to satisfy your own parking needs!
  14. I hate to admit it, but I treat the Leeland/Scott intersection as a stop sign. I never wait for a green light, just check to ensure it is safe for me to go. the only time I wait is if there are a lot of cars at the intersection. which isn't often.
  15. demolish is not in the text of the first document anywhere. demolish was not part of the vote anywhere. the 2013 vote was very clear and specific to spend money making a new convention space. this vote did not succeed. period. end of story. voting "no" for making a convention space is not a "yes" for demolition. there is no correlation between the two. this is the text from the article in the entirety: that's it. nothing mention of canceling the project. here is another article, much more recent, but other than giving a detailed accounting that maybe you should brush up on before discussing the subject further, it says nothing about reversing course. https://www.houstoniamag.com/news-and-city-life/2019/03/whats-going-on-with-the-astrodome maybe you should really focus in on the bolded part of the quote, let it sink in, and then go back and look at what I wrote. my statement is not contradictory with what her office has stated. setting other projects at a higher priority is not taking aim as a cost saving measure. it is in fact, the exact opposite. she is ignoring it, not canceling it, the money is still approved for the task, it's just not being used yet. she very well might want to reverse course, as you say, and cancel those plans, then demolish the dome, but that's not what her office is saying. furthermore, with the stadium being on the Texas Historical Commission, any hopes of seeing it demolished are pretty much a pipe dream, if push came to shove, other tax dollars from other locations would be used to keep the dome.
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