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  1. It seems more likely that this will do more to steer people to other parts of the city on a Saturday afternoon away from downtown. At least Sundays are still free. If I'm some sort of cultural arts event organizer, I'm trying to schedule as many Sunday events as possible. Also, I can't imagine the city making THAT much money over the long haul. Regardless, a decision such as this seems to contradict the mayor's desire to help make downtown a more attractive place for people to come out and recreate outside of the usual 8-5 Mon-Fri.
  2. There is a butt load of viable land inside the Beltway and the Loop that isn't being used at all much less used properly. Without a major effort or change in construction habits, Houston could easily establish well over 500,000 new residents inside the Beltway. Think of how many people could live in a more urban setting along the handful of new rail lines being built over the next few years. THAT more than anything else will help relieve some of the traffic that's swelling on our freeways. I think the East End and Midtown have the best shots of becoming Houston's premiere urban neighborhoods w
  3. There was a subjective ranking of cities in a travel magazine I was browsing through about two years ago and it had Houston and Chicago both ranked #9 out of the top 20 metros. I remember Seattle being #1. New York being #19 and Philadelphia was #17. Detroit was ranked dead last. From my personal experience, I can vouch for the fact that San Francisco is surprisingly unkempt but it's not as dirty as Detroit, Philadelphia or New York. Regardless, Houston could be cleaner but it's not noticeably dirtier than most major cities. At least, not in my opinion.
  4. There are some interesting similarities. 1) Los Angeles isn't quite as palm-lined as people think. Los Angeles sits on the southwestern tug of one of the largest deserts on the North American continent, and, as such, the vegetation is at times sporadic. In this, the vegetation is similar to some areas of Houston (where palms come about in impressive clusters but aren't as dominant as they are in Florida). Of course, Houston sits at the bottom of one of the thickest concentrations of pines west of the Mississippi. However, to the west, the prairie land resembles some areas in the eastern basin
  5. Hey, gang! Been busy as of late, with not much useful to add, but I came across this photo and this made me think of a certain freeway (or freeways) in a certain city we all love. the only thing is that this isn't that grand ol' city we all know and love. In fact, it's not in Texas at all. http://www.westcoastroads.com/california/i...xit_130c_10.jpg
  6. I agree. Lots of potential at the Ensemble Station. I just can't figure the owners/leasers of the former Mexican restaurant. No signage, no evidence of activity, yet I believe they hold private parties there on weekends. Weird. Looks like it would be a great success if done right.
  7. These are all great points. The Standardized tests that were being taken in Louisiana some years ago were being taught to kids IN PLACE of the normal curriculum for as long as two months before the actual tests. The kids get the test down pat but they aren't performing at the level they should be going into the next grade because they've missed those two months worth of curriculum that they would've had otherwise. Nevertheless, performance also needs to be stressed at home, and parents need to be prepared and thankful that teachers give them an honest accounting of how their children are doing
  8. None. No city can guarantee such a thing. However, as someone somewhere else pointed out, we're talking about the municipality: the area as a whole isn't nearly as bad off.
  9. You're probably right, H-town Man. I would like to think, however, that having more public representatives reiterate the public's seemingly growing distaste for overbearing and unsightly billbarods would have a postive impact eventually.
  10. At least Mayor White openly addresses the issue of renegade and unwanted billboards throughout the city. http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2810193 "I think they're trying to escape through a loophole," White said. "The billboard industry is on notice that the people of Houston want there to be fewer billboards." AND... Clear Channel's other 1,100 billboards in the city are scheduled to be removed in 2009 or 2013. That sounds impressive--sounds impressive, anyway.
  11. They pay a higher amount for the land that the build new dwellings on (or the land in which older structres are present) and, as Bachanon stated, the developers (rightly) want a fast turn around on their money.
  12. The quirk with Krystals is that they offer bite size burgers for almost nothing, so you have more options as to how much you buy and that sort of thing. For example, four Krystals W/Cheese cost about $2.40. That's typically what the normal person buys, apparently. All I know is that in Florida, when I was in college, we had a Krystals right across from campus, and it was very popular. They're not the best tasting food in the world but they're no worse, IMO, than most fast food places.
  13. You've not peed properly unless you've peed next to a stop sign under the moon and stars. But if Tex is man enough to try it, so will I.
  14. El Rey. They also have an establishment on Washington near Shepherd.
  15. Cabo's Josephine's (on Caroline) for lunch Papadeaux Mai's in Midtown Houston's Fast & to the point: Quizno's Whataburger Subway Taco Cabana
  16. I think the question is: does Houston lack for tourist traps. I think each and every one of us can find lots of things in town to do to occupy our time, enjoy life, that sort of thing, but tourists tend to be kind of lazy about getting around town (or scary, take your pick) so they'd like a bevy of things to do right near them, within a mile or two, and that, more than likely, means a variety of points of interest located downtown. Houston's downtown, as much as it has improved on so many levels, still doesn't quite have the number of attractions to placate the tourist that has high standards
  17. Ask yourselves a simple question: If Mr. Neel lived in Brooklyn and enjoyed the rail transit there, why would he move to Houston and live in Katy? Is he crazy? Full of it? Both? Surely he's honest enough with himself to admit that if he lived on Long Island or in suburban Jersey and had to commute to Manhattan by car it would be not only a time consuming endeavor (just like in Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, etc) but expensive as hell. Given that Houston has one of the nation's most successful commuter bus systems (hint-hint: 221 Kingsland P&R, 228 Addicks P&R), why the hell
  18. Shay McElroy's the place. I think Saba's pretty laid back as well, and St. Pete's is a nice, mature but not pretentious hangout, too.
  19. Atchafalaya's. Cajun restaurant, and the first restaurant that became a "favorite" after I moved here. Had a great Chicken Tchopitoulas and the best cornbread muffins I've ever had in a restaurant. The atmosphere was kind of stale, because I guess people started visiting less but the food was great and the staff very friendly.
  20. I disagree that Capers is a horrible coach. The Texans don't have a lot of depth, which is why you see a guy like Jerry Deloach starting yesterday (I'm not hating on Jerry but he's just not a particularly impressive professional defensive lineman). It's also why you see Eric Brown at starting free/strong safety... on a lot of other teams, he'd be a backup. You can only do so much with what you have, and expansion teams generally have a lot of depth issues after their first five seasons. They should have great starting personnel at all positions by year four (because they get so many high draft
  21. Hell, Westheimer from Uptown to Westchase is about as 24-hours as you're gonna get. Does the fact that it's suited more for people who don't mind driving make it less of a 24-hour spot? That seems to be the implication. I agree that expanded retail beyond Houston Center and Foley's would be a great thing for downtown on the weekends, though. I've taken Subdude's approach to it: be patient; it'll come. Maybe/probably not exactly how you'd prefer to see it, but it'll be there.
  22. 1) The Texans not only had turnovers, but they had a number of mindless false start penalties, one of which killed what could've been a drive for a TD. You're at home, and although the acoustics with the roof closed amplifies even the tiniest of sounds, you shouldn't have four false start penalties if you're the home team. 2) The Texans didn't play a good game in the secondary, even with the lack of a pass rush. The Chargers converted a third and 15 because Marcus Coleman gave the receiver too mush of a cushion and then was late getting in on the play (not that it matters, since we were called
  23. Interesting. Thanks for the link, Rush. One question, though--and I apparently missed it in the article, but I thought the state was looking to contribute the bulk of the funds for either the Superdome renovation or a new stadium?
  24. Any time you cut 7,000 jobs AND close a major hub it's going to be bad news for that major hub, as there will be a significant number of jobs from that hub that will more than likely be included in those cuts. Even if it's only 5-10% of the 7,000 jobs, it's still 350 - 700 jobs. Now if AA decides to take over a portion of Delta's hub or, more importantly, take on a large number of those former Delta employees at DFW, then the impact is lessened.
  25. Quality of city is more important than size, IMO. The greatest thing about NYC (again... IMO) isn't so much its skyline or its density (I can take it or leave it) but its the hard work put in to lower the city's crime rate, and specifically its violent crime rate. At one time, during the late 70s and early 80s, it had one of the worst crime rates of any Western city with a population over 1,000,000. Now, it's one of the safest, although a report showed that NYPD doesn't report crime to the feds the same way some other agencies, including Houston, do--but nevertheless. I also prefer Chicago's s
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