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  1. http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/m...politan/2915259 Nov. 23, 2004, 1:23AM Uprooted tree severs MetroRail power line By MIKE GLENN Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Heavy rainstorms uprooted a tree at Hermann Park tonight, severing a MetroRail power line when the tree fell across the southbound tracks. The tree snapped the cable about 8:45 p.m. near the Hermann Park/Rice University station along Fannin near Sunset. No one was injured. Metro Police Sgt. Herbert Darby said the tree would have to be removed from the tracks before the line can be repaired and power restored to the system. "It's a pretty good-sized tree," Darby said. Kerry Vick of Victoria and about 10 other MetroRail passengers were stranded for about 90 minutes when their southbound train suddenly lost power. Vick, who is scheduled to fly to South Carolina Tuesday to begin Army basic training, wasn't upset about about the delay. "Stuff happens. You can never be too safe when you're messing with electricity," he said. "I'd much rather be stalled than for them to let somebody come off and be hurt." A Metro bus was later called to ferry Vick and the other passengers to their final destinations. The line is expected to be repaired early this morning, officials said.
  2. I went to the zoo yesterday with a friend and we went by and saw the animals. I felt bad for them because you know our zoo is really shameful looking if you compare it to San Antonio's zoo. (as well as the people who work the food kiosk have no idea where any of the animals are located!) So anyway we walked around and we came upon the Zebras. Well they looked like typical grass eating zebras. There is one that stands out VERY well. His name is "Adam" a zookeeper told us. Zookeeper also told us that he was hand raised and someone thought they could use it as a pet and train it as a horse but it started biting (They must have watched, "Racing Stripes" a bit too much!) so it was donated to the zoo. My friend and I were just totally loving and playing with this Zebra from our safe distance of course! First he comes up to the pen as close as possible! (I couldn't believe that) He came when called if he moved away from the pen for a while. If we asked the Zebra to smile, he'd grin his upper lips. (As much as a Zebra) could smile! But this gets better. After the smiling he took his rubber food bucket he plays with. He dragged it from the back of the pen and started rubbing it against the fence, and trying to throw the thing over the fence and playing with it. Then Adam came to the front of the pen with his food container, and he tried to show it to us. He was pressing it against the fence. (Like here you have it) So after a long day my friend told the Zebra..."bye, we have to go...byeeee.." and we started walking. The Zebra was following us alongside. We decided to run by and the Zebra ran side the pen... When we ran not only running but he was bucking and kicking playfully. He was so enjoying our company. When my friend and I left...we noticed other people trying to get him to run too. btw, to identify the Zebra if you go to see him he has a small dot on the side of his face hear his cheek bone. (or if you want to see him ask the zookeeper for "Adam") he's really one of the most unusual semi-wild Zebras I have ever seen. I asked the zookeper, "did you know the Zebra fetches?" and she only said, "I have seen him playful but I have never seen him this happy!" THEN I call for a cab to go home and this cab (if you are interested I have his card I can give you in whisper) was THE COOLEST cab I have ever been in! (if you need it) The guy had a awesome stero system with bass and 2 TVs in the back with a DVD playing in it. (Probably had more I didn't ask about) Well wanted to tell ya about this awesome Zebra if you wanted to check him out for yourself!
  3. A 'feasability study' has been submitted to the FAA for a 370' ft building at 1500-1598 Calumet St. https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=407159141&row=2
  4. 85-unit affordable housing complex to sit behind Hanover Hermann Park https://www.houstontx.gov/council/committees/housing/20190917/housingdept.pdf
  5. I found this proposal while skimming LoopNet a while ago. Supposedly, someone wants to build a small medical office building with retail & a garage at that location with the aim of opening by early 2013. The brochure hints at a Phase Two that would be an "event center, bar/lounge" that would have retail. http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w208/houtosme/ParcBinzOne.jpg http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w208/houtosme/ParcBinzOneA.jpg Links ----- LoopNet Listing Promotional Brochure
  6. Now that South Main and The Citadel are nearing completion, Allen Harrison will soon move forward with their next project which is planned for the Museum District. https://www.museumparkna.org/event-3361584
  7. FYI, I took the family to Hermann Park Saturday morning. What a gem this park is!! The renovations to the reflection pool and McGovern Lake are fantastic. There have also been a lot of reforestation projects undertaken that will pay dividends in a few years. We should be proud of Hermann. . . it's a great urban park. Do yourself a favor and spend a couple of hours there soon. It is a good stress reliever. . .
  8. http://swamplot.com/where-youll-see-the-new-42-story-highrise-on-hermann-dr/2013-08-09/ Another 40+ story tower for Houston? And this one is supposed to having a twisting facade?! Great time to be in Houston!
  9. i went by the menil and rothko chapel yesterday and the broken obelisk in the reflecting pool in front of rothko is gone. anybody know what's up?
  10. Noticed a plan review fee for this vacant lot. Any ideas on what's forthcoming?
  11. https://houston.eater.com/2018/9/20/17883368/dantons-seafood-montrose-relocating-mockingbird-bistro Do we know of anything "cooking" at this site? I could easily see a mid/high rise going in at this site.
  12. From the USA Today travel section Autumn leaves imprint in America's museums By Maria Puente, USA TODAY Fall is usually the busy season at American museums. Here are some notable exhibits from across the USA. Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Oct. 31-March 27, 2005 Another jewelry extravaganza, this one a collection of Cartier objects selected by Cartier art director and Italian design maestro Ettore Sottsass. Diadems, brooches, necklaces, rings and bracelets, as well as luscious accessories such as cigarette cases and clocks, are included among the 200 objects. See a maharaja's Elephant Mystery Clock, the Duchess of Windsor's tiger lorgnette and Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace. Information: 713-639-7300 or mfah.org. Nice seeing our museum highlighted along with these others: Guggenheim Museum, New York American Folk Art Museum, New York National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Los Angeles County Museum of Art I've been to a few of these, and they are fantastic museums. notable exhibits from across the USA
  13. AECOM's Themed Entertainment Index for 2018 is now available: https://www.aecom.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Theme-Index-Museum-Index-2018-2.pdf (^Houston Museum of Natural Science attendance showed meager growth, but still dropped to 10th place amongst museums in the US, and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island remains a decently-attended regional attraction. Worldwide Observation Experiences have been added to this year's report.)
  14. What happened to the historic Texas Revolution battles exhibit that used to be upstairs at the Museum of Natural Science? When I was a kid, they were my favorite things there, but when I moved back here in '97, they were gone. Anyone know where they are now?
  15. New multi-family planned for a site bounded by La Branch, Blodgett and Crawford St. SubdivisionPlatPDF_PDF Chelsea at Museum Diistrict Plat_12-08-14.pdf
  16. http://swamplot.com/the-stealth-apartment-building-going-up-in-museum-park/2014-06-12/
  17. The owner plans a two story building in the Museum District. Will start in early to mid 2019.
  18. The Parklane apartment tower was originally built as condos, but amid the 80's oil crash, they decided to go rental. "But as Houston’s demand for condo properties has increased, returning The Parklane to its original purpose seemed like a prime opportunity..." Sales will begin mid-June. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/06/01/tema-development-parklane-apartments-condos.html?ana=e_me_prem&j=90511812&t=Morning B&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpSaU9EQmxaVEJpWm1VeCIsInQiOiI0djU5Mjd6aEdCT1R6V2RrODNxV1YwcDFkRHRYcGtvVG1qU0UwYm01bTd2XC9NOHM4Y2pBaDFRNVZ3WisrRFJDcnoyQkRJVkFYbGxFeGV0SDB4VkcxSTdUTkd0cUtwU255ZE5LUUMwREZHVCtLdkdGZUxZcFF5NnY2bTltVXhRYWoifQ%3D%3D http://www.theparklane.com/
  19. One of the blogs I follow, Brand New, has done an extensive piece about CAMH's new logo, which originates from the shape of the building. Linky: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/ucllc/brandnew Here's the before and after:
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