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The Great Hizzy!

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  1. C'mon. 50% of HAIF is based on doom and gloom. Consider it part of the charm. Imagine what this place would've been like back in 1985. "WAAAAAH! We're turning into Detroit!" So it goes.
  2. That artist's rendition paints (no pun) a rather ambituous development. Seems like I recall the Chronicle making references to a large scale project suited to the growing nanotech industry in Houston but this was from maybe 2004. I doubt this is the exact project they were hinting at then but I could see how it might have grown out of a culture of expanding interests concerning these types of projects. Hope this is the real groundbreaker for the industry going large here in town.
  3. Sirius/XM tried to eliminate repetitive radio formats but ended up gutting some stations that were independently loved by their subscribers (Backspin, the Hip-Hop oldies station, comes to mind) and so after numerous complaints, they've brought back some of those channels they eliminated right after the merger. The main problem, however, as was mentioned earlier, is that their costs are still out of control. I believe they charge $30 / month or so for a subscription but the satellite licenses/operations and such are expensive.
  4. First thought that crossed my mind as well. Don't know if that's the case but it's my first suspicion.
  5. This forum continues to crack me up in so many unintentional ways.
  6. Yeah, this along with the construction taking place two blocks over on McGowen @ Fannin really makes that section of Midtown seem a lot more busy than it had over the past couple of years.
  7. Right. I've eaten at the food court a few times. It's actually a nice setup. They've got a little walkway with outdoor tables out front, and bus stops are located at the north and south corners of the intersection between Bertner and Moursund. It's been a while, but I used to retreat from downtown at lunch to meet a friend.
  8. Unless there are some logistical concerns, Valentine's Day would be a nice grand finale for the rink IMO as well.
  9. You would think that after nearly 70 years of ongoing debate concerning this that the answers would be pretty obvious. To review: there are clearly benefits to living in the suburbs for some or even just a general subjective appeal. The opposite is true for another large percentage of the populace. The two sides will debage, huff and puff, get indignant and self-righteous, yada, yada, yada. But also don't be surprised to find out that a larger number of people than you'd expect doesn't have a general preference one way or another and will choose as it benefits them at a particular time and place.
  10. It's a bit pricey but there are options in the Rice Military/Bayou Bend areas on the west side of the Inner Loop. There are pockeet parks as well as the Buffalo Bayou greenbelt but there is also Memorial Park. All of them within walking distance, depending on where exactly you live. But again, it can be pricey. Check out some of the rentals on Westcott Street between Memorial Drive and Washington, for example. Some may be more reasonable to your view. Others not so much. If you're willing to go fairly high on a per month basis, also check out some of the midrise rental places on Memorial to the west of Shepherd.
  11. Just like to add that I travelled down the entire length of Washington (downtown to the WOW) for the first time in maybe three months and I have to say that, even in a down real-estate market nation-wide, I'm impressed by the amount of activity under way or about to get under way, especially near the intersections with Durham/Shepherd and Heights/Waugh. If only we could see more momentum on the decayed properties east of Sawyer and west of Houston Avenue.
  12. Yeah, I'm not really lamenting this one either. I'd rather see more focus on the property on the west side of Yale, from I-10 to the rail road tracks.
  13. Good eye, Musicman. Those lights really came out well in that photo.
  14. Yep. It comes off like a sly political land grab for the benefit of preferred private interests. Could be wrong-heh!-but that's how it reads right now.
  15. I've been told that there have been snow flurries in the Katy area, specifically west of HWY 6.
  16. You know, I kind of feel the same way. I really haven't heard or seen anything "better" so I can live with the new name (if it gets final approval). Better than some convoluted directional name with an obscure geographical reference, like the University of SE Texas Gulfcoast (USETG).
  17. Yeah, that kind of annoys me as well. Meanwhile, I anticipate the transformation of that section of Uptown, considering the construction activity taking place on this tower as well as at the adjacent High Street site.
  18. I also like the rendering. I also wonder how financing will come about in today's environment. If it does, then I think there should be a detailed study of how the developers were able to secure the dough. It would have to be ingenious.
  19. I'm not sure I'd like it taller. I actually like the symmetry of the current design given its height. It would also seem to fit into its enviroment at this height as well.
  20. And a blatant move, at that. I can't say I blame him, though. After all... capitalism, through and through. The question I have is will the California version be a public entity or will their be private contractors operating on public rail lines?
  21. No, no not THAT website. I'm more talking about the website that linked the article--which isn't quite accurate either, since it didn't load properly for me the day that I tried to link it. It apparently was having technical difficulties.
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