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Specwriter

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  1. I just had a thought problematic though it may be: If a driver runs a red light then parks his or her car and turns the engine off the car will not restart for 24 hours. That should teach them a lesson.
  2. Not really related but some enthusiasts will be aware that a certain alloy wheel available on certain Porsche 911s are termed "Fuchs wheels" and pronounced "fox" by Porsche aficionados. Yet, Mr. Fuchs works for the ABC affiliate. 🙂
  3. Ooooh! Look at the image - monorails and VTOL aircraft [sarcasm in case it wasn't obvious]. Did we get in a time machine and go back to 1955? Here is a quote from the architect (not necessarily regarding this project): I'm not sure who the 'they' is other than another form of the pronoun 'them.' I attended one of his presentations/lectures a few years ago. He is definitely a 'blue sky' guy.
  4. There must not be too many moves-up from Houston but LA and New York definitely qualify. If Mr. Yanez and Conflenti have a rapport similar to that of the late Ron Stone and Doug Johnson it will surely be missed by the viewers. Stone and Johnson were great.
  5. Well, the stars would be bigger and brighter if more thought was given to how buildings in particular, and landscape in general, is lit at night and were not washed out by poorly designed lighting. Downtown is urban by definition and is (or one would hope should be) active after dark. Scarface asks a legitimate question: Why is the night-time skyline bland? IMO, for the longest time downtown was a place almost everybody left between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. No one really cared what it looked like at 11:00 pm. That has changed. Without becoming lighting Nazis the city could create some lighting guidelines for downtown. There are requirements for the amount of light that must illuminate sidewalks (probably not always followed) for example. There could be rules for lighting the exterior of buildings without spilling it into the night sky or adjacent neighborhoods where it is not desirable. But the real solution is for building owners to demand that the designers of their buildings make the effort to use exterior lighting in an effective and environmentally sensitive way to enhance their designs. We certainly expect our buildings to be attractive in the daylight, why not a night too. The technology exists to achieve this. It just takes a willingness on the part of an owner and the design team to make it happen. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised it hasn't happened yet to a greater extent. Also, I'll go on the record stating that outlining the skyline in neon or cold cathode lighting (old school and painfully out-of-date) or even with modern LEDs is not the answer. Think, highlighting the notable architectural features of a building like the tempietto on top of the Niels Esperson building or the ziggurat on top of Heritage Plaza if the latter was actually attractive. 🤢
  6. So we can see the stars in the sky and preserve habitats for nocturnal creatures Dark Sky Initiative – A bright solution to light pollution not to mention saving energy, except it's not really working. ☹️
  7. Way back when my mother worked at the then Hermann Professional Building one could travel from downtown to the medical center along Fannin and make all the lights if 19 mph +/- was maintained. It seems slow but it was no slower than stopping and starting every few blocks and preferable to stirring the gearbox. Automatic transmissions were available then but optional on almost every vehicle except maybe Cadillacs and the like. Mother had a Nash Rambler with a recalcitrant 3-speed manual so she was more than happy to maintain the slower speed and avoid all the shifting. Of course, there will always be some jackass who stomps the throttle at every green light and crams on the brakes two blocks later (again and again) not to mention the jerks who simply run red lights. There should be a special place in Hell for them because they will probably get there eventually.
  8. I'm sure some wag will say it looks like the building is sticking its tongue out at the city. But you won't hear that from me. 🙂 It looks like a giant shard of glass was dropped into the building from high above.
  9. It's more likely TMC will take over Alvin Community College. 😃 Seriously, I believe there is still room for TMC to grow south as mentioned earlier.
  10. This is true but TMC and Rice have worked together with the Bioscience Research Collaborative. It is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and University Boulevard. Yes, Rice does own the land.
  11. That's a pretty good likeness of the 36th president. Johnson did play a major role in bring in the Manned Spacecraft Center to Houston (Clear Lake) but it began before he became vice president (while still in the Senate) and don't forget the assistance from Congressman Albert Thomas and house speaker Sam Rayburn. By the way, Johnson did not live all that long ago. I saw him speak at Sam Houston High School in November of 1964*. He was making a campaign speech for Ralph Yarborough, probably one of the most liberal members of congress ever elected from Texas. *Just so you don't think I am ready for the boneyard, I was not old enough to go to elementary school in 1964 but the and crowd made an impression on me.
  12. Not to mention State of Grace is a pretty good restaurant. At least, I enjoy it.
  13. Or Texas Pride. I mean no aspersions to my relatives in that area. They are fine, hard-working, fun-loving, and generous people. The Cajun culture is one of camaraderie and celebration of life with conversation, music, and food. Oh, the food!
  14. Bridge City is an interesting name since it is also the name of an industrial town near Port Arthur in Orange County, Texas. It's original name sake bridge is a somewhat awesome construction and the newer one is also.
  15. Obviously this is an old thread but for anyone currently considering a move almost anywhere in Texas I had a really good experience this past June with Square Cow Movers.
  16. I had a similar thought. My mother lived in the Aldine area in the 1960s and worked at what was then called the Hermann Professional Building on Fannin (directly across from Hermann Hospital). Interstate 45 (U.S. 75) stopped at Pierce so she would take Pierce to Fannin then head toward the medical center. It may be that the part of U.S. 59 that we know today - elevated over San Jacinto, etc. - may not have existed as such in 1962. Can any "older-than-me-timers" weigh in on the freeway configurations at that time.
  17. Thanks for sharing C2Ag93. That is interesting to know. I lived in the Park Place neighborhood from 1989 to 1993 and Garden Villas from 1993 to 2000. I know the area and the route well but I imagine there were some differences in what was along the route in 1962. I also lived in West U from 2016 until earlier this year but who doesn't know where Rice Stadium is. 🙂
  18. Is that the store that became a Rice Epicurean?
  19. Who owns the Nissan dealership? Tom Peacock (or whoever the current owner is) has both a Nissan and Cadillac dealership on the North Freeway.
  20. I like this quote, arche. Conversely, chewing gum is TV for the mouth - little to no nutritional value and probably damaging to functionality.
  21. The Howard Roark character was full of himself, no doubt, but if every architect who acted like him (and not all do, at least THIS one tries not to) went to Hell it would be a very crowded place. 😄
  22. I concede the argument doesn't hold well for basketball but the level of talent of those few arguably does overcome their below average height. Basketball today (especially NBA and top-tier college basketball) seem much more physical than it did twenty years ago. Advantage: big and strong players.
  23. Give it time. It seems the pandemic gave most development a kick in the gut. I think this area is poised to be the next Heights or mid-town. I just hope the marketing types don't give it a stupid nickname. 😒
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