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  1. Does anyone know exactly how long the memorial park track is?
  2. saw the "for sale" sign covered by a texas asbestos removal sign... is this a clue if the building is going for a revamp or demolition? (did a search and couldn't find another current thread.)
  3. John Teas died recently and now the family is selling off the centenarian property for single home developments. Bah. From Nancy Sarnoff via Swamplot: http://blogs.chron.com/primeproperty/2009/11/teas_nursery_to_be_redeveloped.html http://swamplot.com/first-theyll-need-to-clear-out-all-that-vegetation-thats-in-the-way
  4. does anyone think Houston will ever get a legit botanical gardens? the ones in San Antonio are very nice and it would be a great addition to things to do/see around town. i know there are some smaller gardens, but why dont we have a full fledged botanical garden like many major cities?
  5. http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/11-08-12-historic-park-to-get-a-makeover-for-its-100th-birthday-houstons-new-hot-wedding-spot/ construction to start summer 2013 and be completed summer 2014, and can be rented out for weddings.
  6. Anyone go there? How old is this place? I knew the owner somewhat thru his son in the 80's when I hung at the former La Bodega.. on Fairview and Mandell.. The Parlour.. Gus (owner) got talked into having live music on weekends by this girlfriend of mine who was dating owner (or owner's son?) of The Parlour, Larry.. in the mid 80's perhaps? It definitely did not work, due to no advertising? I remember my girlfriend Nan gave me 2 passes to see The Killer Bees at Bavarian Gardens.. and NO ONE was there. They were great.. but after while me and my friend had to leave.... and they were sure "peoed". Couldn't believe a popular Austin band like that and no one came. Also used to go to happy hour there as I worked at a real estate firm on West Gray at the time. It was "OK".. also went to a wedding reception there for this local musician friend of mine and his new bride. GRREAT party! And Gus (thru Larry) gave me passes for Octoberfest a few years in a row. Lots of fun. They changed name to European Gardens, not sure when. Anything going on there anymore?
  7. Spotted a new construction Certificate of Appropriateness sign at the community garden that is for sale. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7405126,-95.3891384,3a,75y,189.21h,80.87t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPim4KaWvwGQ7YqtS1hVSFw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  8. After my adventures as a R&R drummer in the 60's I changed direction and got a job at Cornelius Nursery around 1971. I loved it, and it became one of my various occupations over the years. The work environment was wonderful-a riot of color and heavenly scents, the cool spray of constant watering, which intensified the fragrances of marigolds, phlox, jasmine and roses. Customers all seemed to be in a good mood there, so I ended up making the rounds of numerous nurseries in the next three years. But I forget their names, except for Gardenland on Westheimer, which was the last place I worked at before hitting the road for the Rockies in '74. There was a very well established place, in Bellaire, I think. And a small one at the intersection of San Felipe and 610, where I recall Dan Pastorini came in looking for some pots, with his buxom girlfriend. And a really really tiny one on Richmond, between Greenbriar and Kirby. Anyone remember these?
  9. Pretty interesting exhibit and speaker series at houston center of contemporary craft going on. With its soaring expressways and seemingly endless geography, little defines Houston in the public consciousness more than urban sprawl. This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) takes on the implications of this development pattern in the national exhibition, SPRAWL. Co-curated by former HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Susie J. Silbert and former HCCC Curator, Anna Walker, SPRAWL features 16 emerging and mid-career artists whose works deal with the urban landscape. Arranged in three sections, “Infrastructure of Expansion,” “Survey, Plan, Build,” and “Aftereffects,” which loosely define the phases of urban growth, the exhibition is intended to present a non-polemical view. As Silbert and Walker commented, “The topic of sprawl can be a lightening rod—depending on who you talk to, it can evoke visions of cookie-cutter houses and inefficient city planning or it can inspire discussions on freedom of choice and affordable housing. We wanted to harness that complexity to create an exhibition that looks at the totality of sprawl—the good, bad, and the ugly.” Speaker series Infrastructure of Expansion •October 18, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge •October 24, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston Susan Rogers, Director of the Community Design Resource Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture Survey, Plan, Build •November 6, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Brian Crimmins, City of Houston Planning & Development Chief of Staff •November 7, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Houston Urban Development & Improvement Panel David Crossley, President of Houston Tomorrow Peter Brown, Director of Better Houston Diane Schenke, President of Greater East End District Aftereffects •December 17, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Sara Zewde, M. L. A. Candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design •January 9, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Carrie Schneider, Houston Artist The SPRAWL Speaker Series was made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance. http://www.crafthouston.org/exhibition/sprawl/
  10. Is there any more news on the Garden District development? i noticed a couple of the East Ends planned street car routes travel down two of the streets in the proposed district. http://swamplot.com/kirkseys-vision-for-parks-on-the-shady-side-of-downtown-streets/2013-04-22/
  11. Mayor Annise Parker Launches City Hall Victory Garden Vegetable Garden To Promote Nutrition, Health, Sustainability and Self-Reliance Mayor Annise Parker today launched the City Hall Victory Garden at Tranquillity Park. This is the second phase of the Mayor’s local food initiative that will encourage vegetable and rain gardens to be built throughout Houston. “The City Hall Victory Garden is another opportunity to bring citizens into the city-wide sustainability strategy – to make Houston a greener and healthier place to live and work,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston is leading by example, demonstrating how easy and affordable it can be to build a container garden.” The Victory Garden will offer Houstonians ideas, resources and information they need to make healthier choices about food consumption and production. In addition, the garden will enhance the quality of urban downtown, not only for residents who are increasingly moving to downtown, but also the staff who work downtown every day. “In addition to the health, environmental and economic benefits, the vegetable gardens also create a community,” said Mayor Parker. “The Victory Garden will enhance staff work experiences, making Houston a better place to live and work.” This is an important expansion of Mayor Parker’s local food initiative. The City's first vegetable container garden was built in June 2010 at the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, highlighting local produce and educating Houstonians about the ease of maintaining a vegetable garden in any type of environment. The Mayor was joined by Fast Food Nation author and film producer Eric Schlosser, who was on hand to celebrate Houston’s promotion of local food. The Mayor’s office was also joined by many organizations and volunteers to build and plant the Victory Garden. Those included the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Public Works and Engineering, Urban Harvest, Keep Houston Beautiful, Asakura Robinson, Fischer Schalles Associates, Texas AgriLife, University of Houston Downtown Environmental Club, HEB, Nature’s Way Resources, San Jacinto Environmental, Thompson and Hanson, and Scotts.
  12. I received an e-mail today from someone who remembers that the space that's now the Mecom Fountain used to be a sunken rose garden. Can anyone corroborate this? Does anyone know the impetus for replacing the garden with the fountain?
  13. The Westbury Community Garden project is well underway! With the help of sponsorship by Leadership Houston Class XXVIII, the Westbury Civic Club in cooperation with the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation is breaking ground on Tuesday, February 23rd for a two acre community garden in historic Westbury. The Westbury Community Garden Website Leadership Houston is bringing construction and fundraising resources to bear and will be constructing the June Holly Garden Educational Pavilion and Habitat Area to augment Phase One of the Westbury Community Garden, being brought to reality through the efforts of the Westbury community and led by Ray Sher with Urban Harvest, a longtime Westbury resident. The June Holly Pavilion will be used by HISD to provide horticulture and healthy eating education opportunities to the students of Foerster Elementary and other area schools. Construction of Phase One is expected to be completed by June 1, 2010. A major garden bed build day and media event is scheduled on March 10, with appearances by Mayor Annise Parker, Councilmember Ann Clutterbuck, and other local civic representatives and political leaders. This event will serve as the primary focus of Keep Houston Beautiful's participation in the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and the Scotts Miracle Gro Give Back to Grow Edible Community Garden grant program. An amazing project that we need more of in our city. Come out and join us on March 10 if you can!
  14. http://www.cityofgalveston.org/news/default.cfm?ID=1576 Design Rendering Sneak a Peek: View a Design Rendering of the Golf Course 08/13/07 The course, managed by Moody Gardens, Inc., is currently undergoing $14 million in capital improvements as planned. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The City of Galveston and Moody Gardens, Inc. signed and executed an agreement officially turning over the management of the Municipal Golf Course on Friday, February 2, 2007. With construction underway, Moody Gardens, Inc. hopes to re-open the course in April 2008. In the meantime, please visit the Island Driving Range. Location & Contact Information: 9020 Stewart Road Phone: (409) 741-1357 Fax: (409) 741-0466 Hours of Operation: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week More information is available. Please visit the following link: http://www.cityofgalveston.org/recreation/...rse/default.cfm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't think the actual rendering will appear, but go to the link and you can see it. I saw this in City Hall and the plan and new layout is very impressive, especially when they are spending much more than the proposed $14 million.
  15. The trees and shrubs planted along the Katy Freeway and Feeder Roads, and also some of the Grand Parkway areas throughout Katy look terrible. Many of the trees are dead, many are falling over yet trying to survive, and other trees are on their last leg. It is obvious the watering systems are failing, and so are the trees. Is there any program to replace the trees or fix the watering systems? I realize the program's intent, mow the grass just off the Feeder Road then allow a natural look to develop up the freeway barriers. But it needs TLC before it's too late.
  16. I had NO idea they were stolen! The Parks department estimates $100,000+ for replacing the 264 bulbs and bronze canisters http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/4794939.html
  17. I remember going to Busch Gardens when I was 12 (I'm now 47). I remember the exotic birds, and the tour of the brewery. I know that the Budweiser brewery is still where Interstates 10 & 610 intersect, but is Busch Gardens still in operation?
  18. Presented in collaboration with Memorial Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, RDA Partners will focus on bridging Memorial Park. This year participants will be challenged to propose a design to unite the north and south parts of Memorial Park, Houston's largest urban park, via a pedestrian bridge. Site Visit: Saturday, July 14 2 pm - 5 pm Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Drive Charrette: Saturday, August 4 8 am - 4 pm University of Houston College of Architecture (Entrance 18) Jury Reception: Monday, August 6 6 pm - 8 pm Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Drive For more information about the event please call (713) 348-4876. If you're interested in participating, please fill out the attached application form and fax it back to RDA at 713-348-5924.
  19. Mercer Arboretum up off 1960 are good places for romantic sites.
  20. Aug. 7, 2006, 4:16PM Montgomery County moves to preserve wetlands location Mussel pond site west of Conroe area adds to conservation efforts around region By BETH KUHLES Chronicle Correspondent A little mollusk is making big waves in a pond west of Conroe. The "spectacle case" mussel is a rare find in Texas, and it has made its home in the latest tract to be preserved in the area. Montgomery County obtained the land as part of a wetlands mitigation project and turned it over to Legacy Land Trust with a conservation easement that will preserve it in its natural state for future generations. "It's a good cooperative effort between the pubic and private sector to provide nature preserves for posterity," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Doyal. "It will provide an area for different nature groups and school groups to go find these mussels that they might not normally get to see." full story Aug. 10, 2006, 8:55AM Shenandoah land grant marks six acres for wildlife preserve By BOB HOWIE Chronicle Correspondent Six acres of heavily timbered tracts which are part of the city of Shenandoah's original subdivision have been donated as a permanent wildlife preserve. The tract is worth about $1.5 million at today's typical lot prices within the city. "Two 3-acre tracts held in reserve by Shenandoah's original developer have been donated to the city by the late developer's family," said City Administrator Chip VanSteenberg. "The tracts are within the original Shenandoah Valley subdivision and it's the City Council's wish that these lots, which are uncleared and heavily forested, remain in their current pristine state forever." full story Aug. 9, 2006, 11:39AM Magnolia planning 20-acre park City to buy property from school district By KIMBERLY STAUFFER Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Magnolia City Council initiated plans to buy and convert 20 acres of land into the city's first park. The city plans to buy 20 acres from Magnolia Independent School District for $10,000 per acre, a total of $130,000. The park is planned off of Nichols-Sawmill Road near FM 1488. full story
  21. You never hear anything about Forbidden Gardens. The first I heard about it was a couple of years ago when I saw a piece on the Travel Channel about it. I couldn't believe it was so close, yet I never even knew it existed. It looks really neat. http://www.forbidden-gardens.com/index.html
  22. I don't know how long the South Texas College of Law has had a rooftop garden, but (from the street) I think it looks good. This got me to wondering how many other rooftop gardens exist in Houston? Not just a few chaise lounges and some wisteria vines, but serious rooftop gardens that building occupants can actually enjoy. Studies show that rooftop gardens help moderate building temperatures, create habitats for birds and insects, and reduce the amount of water runoff. Of course it goes without saying that they can provide great aesthetic satisfaction as well!
  23. WHere was it? I know it only was around for about a year and a half but does anyone know anything more about it?
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