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  1. I keep on seeing this Knight Road Loopnet listing so I decided to look on Google Satellite to see the industrial campus. I never knew this was here to be honest. I guess Stream Realty, or Stream Industrial is handling the leasing? Looks to be a total of 9 buildings situated between Knight Road & Almeda Road. I also see all that forest land. Some day that will be developed! Loopnet listing: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/9051-9087-Knight-Rd-Houston-TX/11737768/
  2. While browsing old issues of The Rice Thresher dated January 27, 1984 I noticed a business ad for The Dome Theater & Club at 2525 Murworth Dr. 666-9846. The business listing reads: Dance to Calypso, Soca & Reggae. Island Weekend A Johnny Nash production featuring the Yard Band International Drinks 4 for 1, 5-8 pm Friday and Saturday. Has anyone ever been here during the 1980s? Share your memories and stories! Was this club by the same people who started Dome Shadows Night Club at 9218 Buffalo Speedway?
  3. Interesting dome shaped gas station at the Kirby & Main intersection. Found this on the A Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas book. https://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/preserve/survey/highway/TxDOT Field Guide to Gas Stations in TX 2016.pdf
  4. Reading up on the subject and I'm very intrigued. Tell me more about Pierce Junction. Texas State Historical Association says a small city called Myrtle Texas, originally known as Myrtle Turf became the Pierce Junction oilfield. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvmbh https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/htp12 Pierce Junction Oil Field in 1927 - Where the Astrodome and Reliant Stadium Sit Today https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2014/04/06/the-weekly-oil-gas-follies-29/#429de0753211 Solarized Effect of the Pierce Junction Oil Field, Houston, TX https://oilmanmagazine.com/article/solarized-effect-pierce-junction-oil-field-houston-tx/
  5. I was browsing an old neighborhood newspaper called Southwestern Times. The issue is dated June 7, 1945. Here's a unique business. A bicycle rental company across from the new stadium. Very cool find!! Anyone remember this place?
  6. The astrodome is starting to become old and non used i think it should be just destroyed
  7. All that you need to know about Hollywood’s actors and actresses was on display for the world to see on Sunday night. They just read the cue cards, even when they suspected the information they were reading was wrong. Warren Beatty had an envelope that said “Best Actress,” and inside that envelope was a cue card that gave an actress’s name and the title of her picture. But Beatty was told by his handlers that he was announcing the best picture category, so he handed the cue card off to Faye Dunaway, who also did what she was told to do: She just read the card. Hollywood will blame the accounting firm that provided Beatty with the card, but what we saw last night is that these folks can’t think for themselves, and they are more than happy to spout whatever is on the cue card whether it’s a political message or the name of an Oscar winner. Beatty and Dunaway are Hollywood royalty, and even they can’t think for themselves. If something seems to be untrue, even they just read the cue card. Most Americans didn’t watch the Oscars because they were warned that it would be nothing but political opinion. If people want political opinion they were already watching cable news. Hollywood has forgotten the reason we used to love them. They provided an escape from reality. They are paid to entertain, not constantly pound us with their opinions. Even the mother of all escapism, the Super Bowl halftime show, is now a vehicle for political commentary. Normal people don’t want to be preached at, so fewer people are watching the Oscars. In the key 18- to 49-year-old advertising demographic, last night’s show was down 14 percent from last year. And 2016 viewership was down from prior years. But there is hope. The Oscars now appeal to the same people who watch auto racing hoping for a car wreck. These people may tune in next year hoping for another disaster. I don’t like disasters. If it were up to me Houston would seize people’s dislike for California’s Hollywood and take the lead in helping develop something new and better. Texas loves to compete with California, and now it’s time to do it again. Harris County should open its doors to investors who would create a new home for motion picture production. The Astrodome should be transformed into the world’s largest indoor filming studio, and nearby property on the other side of the 610 Loop could be utilized for smaller studios, offices and support facilities. Imagine a new entertainment empire forming in Houston that hires actors and actresses who simply want to entertain and allow us to escape from the world’s problems. Imagine all the talent that’s ready to work but they’ve been sidelined because their religion or political point of view didn’t play well in Hollywood. Let’s bring the adults back into the entertainment industry in management and on the screen. So, if you see Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, remind him that the county would not have to do major renovations on the Astrodome, it would just have to clean up the place. Let the next movie-making empire do the rest. The 8th Wonder of the World was built to entertain — in the future it could entertain in a new way, as a motion picture studio that would make the movies great again! The post EDITORIAL: The Oscars and The Astrodome appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  8. I've now read the entire thread and Tory Gattis's linked article. A few thoughts about the Astrodome as HQ2. First, to cut to the chase, it's not going to happen. Rodeo and NFL/Texans would veto in a nanosecond. The only way Amazon would get that building is if they purchase both RODEOHOUSTON and the Houston Texans. Then there's the complicating factor that the property is owned by Harris County, so the city can't actually submit a proposal to Amazon without full county partnership. City and county are getting along well, but I would be stunned to see that happening by October 19, two weeks from now. There's also another stakeholder now, the Texas Historical Commission, which has to issue a permit for any modification to the Astrodome. While my reading of the tea leaves leads me to believe THC is going to be very forgiving in their approval of modifications, I would guess that the scope and scale of modifications required to enable HQ2 are outside THC's red lines. For several years now Astrodome Tomorrow has been advocating the building of new, multilevel structures inside the Dome, around the perimeter of the main floor. Such vertical construction is NOT part of the $105 M project now in the design stage, but we believe (partly by reading tea leaves) that the FOUNDATION PIERS and other structures needed to support such development in the future ARE being designed into the current project. We have appealed to all the decision makers and the Kirksey architects to do so. It would be tragically short-sighted if they don't, because that additional floor footage is needed if the Dome is to produce floor-lease revenue sufficient to pay for its upkeep over the long term. The old Astroworld property would be a better fit in some ways. Plusses are access to transit (red line terminus and park/ride across the street, straight shot down Bellfort to Hobby), property size and near-core location, adjacent expansion property. But there are issues. First there's no existing campus of buildings to occupy by 2018, and also there is some occasional street flooding in that immediate neighborhood. Having Amazon across the freeway would be a great assist to success of the kind of Astrodome/NRG Stadium Park redevelopment we have proposed. -- Chris Alexander for Astrodome Tomorrow
  9. Not me. Someone did some exploring and took some pictures of the dome. http://imgur.com/a/vxGod
  10. I wonder is anyone has ever considering making a movie of his life. There are so many fun and intriguing elements. The Dome, the eccentric private suites out in right field, bringing baseball to Houston, Astroworld, buying the Ringling Brothers Circus, the Celestial Suites, his controversial stint as mayor of Houston in the '50's, his whimsical home on Galveston Bay ("Huckster House"), larger than life personality, the split with R.E. Bob Smith, his financial collapse and health problems, final moment in the spotlight when he came out in his wheelchair to be honored at the Dome, etc... I may be biased being a Houstonian, but I think there's a great movie there.
  11. And the '60's are very hot at the moment! Producers? I am available as a consultant! Huckster House, 811 Bayridge Rd. Still there, I believe
  12. Here is an interesting read on The Atlantic Cities website about the Astrodome: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2013/11/sad-fate-historic-legacy-houston-astrodome/7527/ Sad that the Dome gets more coverage nationally than it does locally. Despite what people say about how much it costs, or what an eyesore it is, I know deep down that when it is gone for good we will feel very sad about the loss.
  13. Houston Mod and the Save The Dome Coalition respectfully ask for your support in the passage of Proposition 2. On Election Day this November 5th, the fate of OUR ASTRODOME will be in the hands of the citizens of Harris County. OUR ASTRODOME is an architectural marvel and a symbol of Houston's ingenuity. Its construction thrust Houston into the global spotlight. Over the years, OUR ASTRODOME hosted significant events and attracted millions of visitors to Houston. Houston Mod supports this opportunity to once again show the world what our community is capable of and ensure this internationally recognized icon will be saved for future generations. Proposition 2 will authorize the sale of $217 million in bonds to create a special events and exhibition facility, while preserving the structure and the spatial experience of the Dome. If approved, Proposition 2 would raise taxes by $8 for a typical $200,000 home. We encourage you to follow the links below to learn more facts about the economic and cultural impacts of the New Dome Experience. The preservation coalition working to save OUR ASTRODOME is comprised of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Houston, Houston Mod, American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Houston, Houston Arts and Media, and Docomomo US. Visit harrisvotes.com for voting information. http://harrisvotes.com More Info Links: http://armartinez.com/houstonmod-images/SaveTheDomeFAQsFINAL10.3.13.pdf?utm_source=houston+astrodome&utm_campaign=Houston+Mod&utm_medium=email http://www.houstonmod.org/bldg_detail.asp?id=22&by=endangered&ss=2
  14. I was just looking at the street course layout for the Indycar race there this Oct. it got me thinking where all the course was going so I google mapped it. Now to my question in the google satelite view I see what looks like a round domed stadium right next to Reliant Stadium, is that the Astro Dome or have they tore down the Astro Dome?
  15. I remember staying here with my family as a kid when we would come to Houston to go to Astroworld and the Dome. It was located at 2100 South Braeswood at Greebriar, and I don't recall seeing it in quite a while. Anyone know what happened to it?
  16. One of the regulars on another local website message board managed to get inside the Astrodome recently and took some photos. It's really depressing to see what is happening at the Eighth Wonder of the World. http://swamplot.com/what-i-saw-when-i-snuck-into-the-astrodome/2012-03-23/
  17. I just finished reading "Evel" a biography by Leigh Montville and I highly recommend giving it a go. Does anyone have any memories of Evel's jump in the Dome? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRvIIus3rcs
  18. I know there have been Save The Astrodome petitions elsewhere, but I couldn't find a mention of this one. http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/places/greater-houston-preservation.html'>http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/places/greater-houston-preservation.html It's part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge. You can vote for landmarks that should be saved, including the Astrodome. Here's the main page for the challenge: http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/
  19. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/6460319.html
  20. Here is a link from 002 Magazine: http://www.002mag.com/mag/current/pages/hi_res%20(11).htm I like that I idea! I would like to see more movies and TV productions taped in the Houston area. Maybe they could tape some TV shows there with a live studio audience. That could bring tourist to the city.
  21. Some of you may have heard of a fictional kid named Harry Potter who appears in some books (and films). You may have even heard about a game he plays called Quidditch. And, you may have seen news articles recently about the Fourth Annual Quidditch World Cup, held in NYC's DeWitt Clinton Park this past weekend (http://www.internationalquidditch.org/)... Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? Why not set up some sort of rigging at the top of the 'Dome from which we'll suspend a set of brooms and play 'real' Quidditch! Talk about putting Houston on the map!
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