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  1. Anybody have more information on this project? I know most of it is complete, but does anybody have any photos?
  2. I am looking for information about the windows of the Harris County Jail at 701 N. San Jacinto. I paid for a GHPA walking tour of downtown recently and the guide claimed that the windows are part of an architectural facade that surrounds the jailhouse proper. He was unsure how to respond when I reminded him that the windows are lit at night and one can clearly see bars in some of them. I've received conflicting reports from those I know who have spent time inside -- most say there are NO windows in the cells, but one insists he had a window in a shared cell and he could look out over the bayou. Can inmates see out of those windows? All of them, or just some? What's the architectural story here? (It is difficult to find any information about this except for a link from an old HAIF forum post in which the link was broken.) Many thanks for specific information and any SOURCES in advance! P.S.: I know it was cold storage before it was a jailhouse -- just looking for info about the windows.
  3. Chiller replacement. There were 3 cranes in downtown blocking streets on Saturday, this one, at the Preston and one at the Texas tower.
  4. https://communityimpact.com/houston/katy/city-county/2018/06/21/fort-bend-county-official-etj-legislation-may-affect-up-to-300000-residents/ Also: https://communityimpact.com/houston/katy/city-county/2018/08/23/katy-state-representative-etj-bill-could-affect-1-8-million-houston-residents/ It's about time. Unincorporated Houston is very weird. I grew up in unincorporated Harris County and didn't realize how different it was until I moved to different places (DFW and now LA). There are definitely some things missing in the Houston metro that having more incorporated cities would solve. It's also about time all that money that's spent stays local to their respective areas. Maybe now there can be more planning and design to areas that are stuck in this weird limbo. I hope this moves forward. I think it can really benefit the Houston area overall. Houston still would have gigantic city limits that it already has a hard time maintaining. What does HAIF think?
  5. This was approved by voters on Nov. 5th http://www.pgal.com/portfolio/harris-countycity-of-houston-joint-processing-cent/
  6. Patrick Feller has added a photo to the pool: View the full article
  7. I doubt they were high-end apartments, especially in late 1980s-era downtown (probably only used for exterior shots, while the interior set was somewhere else). The high-end apartment towers (not built downtown) kept their value, but the hotels that permanently closed in this era weren't able to be converted to high-end housing and either became retirement homes or were torn down entirely.
  8. Now that US Rep-elect Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) has resigned from the TX State Senate (District 6) in order to head to Capitol Hill, the Special Election to replace Garcia in the TX State Senate has come down State Reps. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) of District 145 (she previously ran in a special election in 2013 & lost) & Ana Hernandez (D-Houston) of District 143, both are the serious contenders for this office. Who wins tonight ? A.) Alvarado B.) Hernandez https://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Election-Day-arrives-in-Senate-District-6-special-13451984.php
  9. That address brings up the Harris County Public Health office. I have voted there.
  10. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/09/11/houston-crime-lab-aims-to-move-to-new-downtown.html?s=print
  11. Traffic crashes linked to distracted driving increased 3 percent statewide from 2015 to 2016, totaling 108,962 crashes last year, according to a March 30 statement from the Texas Department of Transportation. To spread awareness of the growing trend, TxDOT hosts its “Talk, Text, Crash” public safety campaign in April. According to TxDOT data, the number of distracted driving crashes in Harris County increased 45.6 percent between 2010 and 2015, growing from 9,786 incidents to 14,250 incidents. The post Distracted driving crashes have increased in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties since 2010 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  12. Unless people have been living under rocks or worse, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett [R] announced back on November 17th, 2016, that he will be seeking reelection to a 3rd consecutive full 4-year term in the 2018 elections after months & months of speculation on his future. Emmett, 67, was appointed as Harris County Judge in 2007 following the resignation of then-County Judge Robert Eckels [R]. He won a special election in 2008 & won reelection to full 4-year terms in 2010 & 2014. He previously represented East Harris County in the TX House of Representatives representing District 79 (1979-1983) & District 127 (1983-1987). He was the unsuccessful GOP nominee for TX Railroad Commissioner, Place 3 in 1988. http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Harris-County-Judge-Ed-Emmett-will-won-t-seek-10619387.php How do y'all like Emmett's plans on seeking reelection in 2018 ? A.) Love it. B.) Hate it. C.) Wait & See. I don't see former Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker (D) running against Emmett in 2018 because he'd easily destroy her by 20+ percentage points.
  13. With the likelihood of Texas State AG Greg Abbott ® getting elected as the 48th Governor of Texas on November 4th, questions arise whether Abbott will cut into Democratic territory such as Harris County (which Bill White barely carried in 2010 in the previous gubernatorial election). Will Abbott carry Harris County against Davis in November ? A. Yes B. No
  14. For those researching early Houston and/or genealogy in Harris County, the Harris County District Clerk site has online historical legal documents (including naturalization records, dockets) dating back to 1837 - you can search by name, country of origin, and/or year or browse by tag name: http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Edocs/Public/search.aspx (click on the "Historical" tab)
  15. Does any body know what is going on these places.. the Harris county Building has had it ground floor boarded up for a while.. and 405 main adj parking lot is fenced off and as of today had Heavy construction trucks on it
  16. Harris County Commissioners today authorized the Harris County Community Services Department to purchase approximately 50 acres of land for the purpose of creating a new indigent cemetery at a cost of approximately $340,000. The land, located at 21122 Crosby Eastgate Road will provide a long-term solution as the historic Harris County Cemetery at 5434 Oates Road reaches capacity. Opened in 1923, The 20 acre Oates Road Cemetery has over 13 thousand burials to date. Approximately 400 spaces remain. "With the cemetery quickly filling up and land values the lowest they've been in decades, we see this as a good time to provide a long-term solution for the indigent burial program. We can do this without putting any additional burden on the County's budget by using federal community development block grant funding," David Turkel, Director of Harris County Community Services said. While Harris County adopted a cremation-first policy in March, traditional burials are continuing for those whose families object to cremation for religious or personal reasons. Unidentified remains recommended for burial by the Harris County Medical Examiner's also continue to require a traditional burial. Development of the property into a cemetery won't begin for several years, said Turkel. Current estimates are that available space at the Oates Road location could last 3-5 years. <iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=21122+Crosby+Eastgate+Road+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=21122+Crosby+Eastgate+Rd,+Crosby,+Harris,+Texas+77532&t=h&ll=29.985271,-95.021782&spn=0.142738,0.219727&z=12&iwloc=A&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=21122+Crosby+Eastgate+Road+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=21122+Crosby+Eastgate+Rd,+Crosby,+Harris,+Texas+77532&t=h&ll=29.985271,-95.021782&spn=0.142738,0.219727&z=12&iwloc=A&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>
  17. I drive by this chunk of freeway-colored concrete twice a day. It's outstanding in its lack of architectural interest and how it proudly displays, not only a natural pavement/smog aesthetic on its skin, but also the prominent drool stains that draw the eye vertically. I doubt that when they designed this building the expected to produce this specific effect, however. Anyone know when it was built? I'm guessing mid/late 60s. There's some sort of boom lift or crane alongside it so I'm hoping that perhaps it's undergoing a spiff-up. If not, where are our city officials? Is that a parking garage attached to it? It's in a proud prom-queen location alongside the 45 DT, standing relatively alone, bridging 6th Ward and DT, and appears to be a sad wallflower instead. This building needs to be cleaned head to toe to enhance its blocky, minimalist lines.
  18. Are there any old timers and/or retired rescue or fire personnel who may remember the old Harris Cnty Emerg. Corp's. I am trying to learn more history about them. I am unclear as to wheather or not they had any connection to Hou. Fire Dept. I do know that they had a sta. @ the corner of No. Main & Pecore w/several pieces of apparatus during the period of '43 - '54 which was old sta 15 before it moved into new quarters @ Tthe jct. of Tabor/Mellwood/No. Main. There apparatus was painted white & blue w/the old CD symbol logo affixed. I passed by there sta. twice/day on way to/from school {Hogg Jr. H/S}. Respectfully Danny
  19. Due to a recent loophole created in order to increase the availabilty of affordable/low-income housing in Harris County increasing the ceiling of taxpayer subsidized bonds available to developers, there's been a rush to build new projects, much to the chagrin of area residents. As these are taxpayers subsidized projects, they can be withdrawn if there's enough public outcry. Residents in Northpointe (Tomball) have been fighting one such project called the Willow Creek Apartments, it appears their fight is successful as Cynosure has withdrawn their application once again. However, there are a few other Low Income Tax Credit Housing projects proposed for the Jersey Village area that residents should be concerned about. Public Hearing for Proposed Meadowlands Apartments (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=steepleway+boulevard+houston,+texas&ie=UTF8&om=1&ll=29.90121,-95.586205&spn=0.013728,0.026951) - August 9th Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to be held by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (the
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