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  1. Heh. Although, I think that's become an issue as well. More than a few people think that some of the early success is staring to get to the Texans players this year, including David Carr, who seemed to welcome all the attention that his "hair" received to start the season. And I do think the Texans have issues with playcalling. Meanwhile, it's pretty cool that every TV announcer who comes to Reliant Stadium to call a Texans game starts the broadcast off with something like, "Welcome to beautiful Reliant Stadium" or "Welcome to the brand new showpiece of the NFL, ladies & gentlement, the ma
  2. Unfortunately, it speaks to the lack of responsible tenants on that block who would not allow people to loiter and who would be around to clean up during off-business hours. That's a key reason why I can't wait for renovation of the West Bldg to commence in some form so that more responsible tenants are in place.
  3. A couple of Patriots fans that I talked with SB week said that the facade to Grasshopper was one of the more charming things on Main Street. I've personally felt that it was trying too hard to look Irish/Scottish but apparently it's not as obnoxious in its intent as some other "attempts" around the country. Thoughts?
  4. The former Exxon Building - add some panache to the facade. Maybe add some columns at the corners and create a series of glass terraces where the clunky looking panels stick out. Add a smoother surface at the top levels rather than pointless crossbeams that surround it. The Chase Tower - at the least, add some exterior lighting so that it at least has some character at night. I'd also get rid of the glass corner and make it the same texture and surface as the other sides. Either that or make all sides glass and outline them in the stone at the corners with maybe a crossing section of stone at
  5. I walk past Jefe at least once a week and every time I just shake my head. While renovations are going on to buildings next to and across from it, the painted over plywood looks more and more rag-tag. At the very least, they could've spurng for an actual sign with lighting like what's up at Suede. It's also sad that they've done ZERO work on the building's second level. To more sophisticated customers, this speaks to the quality of the bar in general, and that's not good for business when you've got several more options downtown.
  6. Here's a specific criticism: We changed a blocking scheme from a traditional straight-on style to what's called a zone blocking scheme. The problem is, in order to be a good zone blocking team, you need to have quick, agile offensive linemen. We don't have that. We were better at straight-on blocking. As a result, we're not running the ball as well.
  7. It's not a Houston thing. Most new structures going up in US Cities (minus Chicago, New York and, to a smaller degree, Miami) are modest skyscrapers at best and midrises at the worst. Most US Cities are new to the high-rise condo game and so developers are conservative about the size and scope of their projects. Large, trophy office buildings are a.) expensive and b.) hard to fill nowadays so a developer isn't going through with an Enron South size building unless they feel strongly that they have a lot of space preleased before construction begins. Comparatively speaking, Houston's actually a
  8. Like Men's Health's bogus "Fattest City" rankings? Agreed.
  9. Serious question (and I'm not trying to be an ass but merely trying to get a better feel for everyone's thinking) but can't you walk through Highland Village just as easily as you could along Rodeo or even on Fifth Avenue? I mean, Westheimer's not very wide on that stretch and, although there are parking lots, they're not very big and the stores are pretty much lined up door-to-door on each side. If it's a cosmethics thing, then cool... I can see wanting to "hide" the lot behind the building so as to improve the appearance but I don't think the walkability would be affected much one way or the
  10. From what I've seen, some people in Houston are so used to "defending" it from the nitpickers that they eventually start to wonder if it does "suck", and they reach the point where they spend more time critiquing the slightest thing that might not be considered perfect or exceptional and ignore the many things that make this one of the better locales in the nation in which to exist. There's plenty of culture here, a competitive cost of living, 7.5 months of pretty good weather relative to the rest of the nation, (mostly) good people, great restaurants, good clubs, a variety of places in which
  11. Going on an assanative rampage sounds like it would rule. Sign me up the minute I know exactly what I'm supposed to do on one.
  12. I've never noticed anything even remotely haunted about it. I actually think it has one of the more charming interiors of all the places downtown. Of course, now that I say that, my next trip will have some el freako thing jump off that'll be on the news with pictures of me running for my life. Heh.
  13. Shave about 800 feet off of it and give it more of a metallic look and I think it could work.
  14. I've seen the new plantings on 288 and it already gives that section of the freeway a cleaner, newer look. Very nice. I think it'd be really cool if they added artwork/fountains near the overpasses that are well lit at night.
  15. I hope they're gutting some of that unused warehouse space to make room for that new T&C medical complex. The lot with the silos in particular is just dead land that's become an even bigger eyesore than it was 15 years ago.
  16. Heh. Sounds like you need one of those power hoses, 2112. I'm glad that decided to put the museum in the Museum District. While I'd like to see more cultural facilites placed downtown, something of this particular caliber needs to be on display where the best of Houston's museums are already located. I'm anxious to see the final look of the facility once it's constructed.
  17. The East End Warehouse district? Hey... they're already putting the rail lines through there (Harrisburg and Southeast).
  18. It's probably a mistake. They probably mean a parcel bounded by Louisiana, Milam and Pierce.
  19. That would indeed be across from the elevated.
  20. I have to agree, it seems like an odd location. It's not a big deal to me but I think Otis is right in that there seems to be better looking (at least) locations inside the Pierce Elevated. Oh well... like Subdude said. At least some of the blank dreariness underneath the Pierce would be filled in. The Homeless were using many of those empty parcells as congregation areas and the trash was/is getting out of control.
  21. I'm out west towards Westchase. I think you have a perfect mix of different incomes in that area and the housing displays it. And, again, you have it all centered near a heavy commercial activity point. That's important if you want to sustain the viability of the area. From what I've seen over my four years there, people who make $100,000 a year live within a three mile radius of people who earn 1/5 of that, a third of that, 1/2 of that and so on. You have a good mix of Anglo, Latino, Asian and African-American. They may not all interact with each other routinely but they coexist pretty much
  22. Putting in the proper amenities plus the great location between downtown, the Museum District and the Med Center not to mention the high number of townhomes that are going up (and still going up) in other areas of Midtown suggest that apartment complexes in Midtown aren't necessarily fated to be run-down, lower income dwellings. The neighborhood, overall, would need to deteriorate before that, and if that happens, it means that your townhome owners, businesses and so forth have left as well. If you look at the Gulfton "ghetto", for example, what's really there in terms of amenities that would
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