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I had NO idea they were stolen!

The Parks department estimates $100,000+ for replacing the 264 bulbs and bronze canisters

"Currently we do not have funding identified to order the replacement," says Estella Espinosa, department spokeswoman. "We plan to order it as soon as we get fiscal money for 2008, which will come in July." But that answer isn't sitting so well with nearby residents.

"The museums have complained to the city, people at Warwick Towers have complained, other residents have complained," says Brown, who lives within walking distance of the fountain. "I think this is a sign there's something wrong with the way the city works."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/4794939.html

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Really sad. I gotta agree that it doesn't pass the smell test. This is too big of a job for it to be vandals and too messy of a job for a crackhead and it would take too long for someone without knowledge of the layout and work involved in working with electrical outlets and water.

I get extra sad when I read stories about people having ZERO respect for a place that can provide Houston with some much needed civic pride. The Mecom Fountain and Hermann Park are two of the finest examples of PUBLIC spaces in Houston. Whoever did this is a major f&^%tard.

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That sucks. I live in the area and it is really a shame. :( I also notice people do weird things to that fountain like putting soap in it and walking around in the fountain at night (seriously I've seen that). The soap couldn't be good for the pumps and also probably kills the grass around it and stuff.

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That sucks. I live in the area and it is really a shame. :( I also notice people do weird things to that fountain like putting soap in it and walking around in the fountain at night (seriously I've seen that). The soap couldn't be good for the pumps and also probably kills the grass around it and stuff.

The Mecom has a long history of being used as Houston's equivalent of a public bath.

My own mother, as a hippie... :mellow: ...well I'm not gonna say.

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this is happening all over town. the fountains downtown for cotwald have also been pillaged. the pieces of metal have been broken off and taken to the recycling places for resale. with the police being scarce, acts like this (esp on city properties) will continue to occur. The two fountains on market square which i see the most, had their original brass grates stolen several years ago and the holes remained opened for months. the city then came back with some cheaper ( and cheaper looking) grates and those were taken as well. i know the fountain by the rice garages has also had its copper leaves stolen several times.

ironically the city has attempted to address the issue by making it harder to sell the items BUT they didn't address the fact that you can go to neighboring entities (pasadena, soho, etc) and still sell them. my mom and i were in pasadena and noticed a recycling place that was obviously receiving stolen copper pipes from worksites.

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These would be too easy to steal if you wanted them.

Get a white truck, flashing light on top and a few dudes with hard hats. Heck, even get a guy directing traffic if you really want tot make it legit.

Are YOU going to stop and ask "what's going on here" if it looks legit?

Do it in broad daylight. Nobody would question anything.

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These would be too easy to steal if you wanted them.

Get a white truck, flashing light on top and a few dudes with hard hats. Heck, even get a guy directing traffic if you really want tot make it legit.

Are YOU going to stop and ask "what's going on here" if it looks legit?

Do it in broad daylight. Nobody would question anything.

Sounds like more expense, effort, and risk than they're worth as scrap metal.

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I get extra sad when I read stories about people having ZERO respect for a place that can provide Houston with some much needed civic pride.

I agree. But these people don't have any clue about "civic pride." That's the furthest thing from their mind. People want the "most they can possibly get for the least they can possibly do," to quote the great Todd Snider.

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I agree. But these people don't have any clue about "civic pride." That's the furthest thing from their mind. People want the "most they can possibly get for the least they can possibly do," to quote the great Todd Snider.

They need to secure the canisters better, or just do something like big brother and install night vision cameras and monitor the heck out of it when they see something suspicious.

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:wacko:

It works for gas stations and bank ATMS.

At least we'd have footage of who steals the canisters the next time, or it may discourage stealing altogether.

Heck, there are companies that sell fake alarm window decals and dummy security cameras because they know it acts as a deterrent.

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yeah i always like to see the vids of criminals escaping. ;)

Well the videos are not a perfect solution, but they at let help identify the thief.

Right now, we don't even have a hint. A video, grainy and all, could at least give the police some idea of what to look for. The getaway car and the look of the person.

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Well the videos are not a perfect solution, but they at let help identify the thief.

Right now, we don't even have a hint. A video, grainy and all, could at least give the police some idea of what to look for. The getaway car and the look of the person.

i'll bet if they build a shipley's across the street the problem would be solved.

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Do cops still offer free doughnuts?

Heck, if that is what is takes, building one on each side, plus a Starbucks.

cops don't offer free doughnuts...shipley's offers them free doughnuts. I was joking BTW. the beauty of the fountains would be lost with crap like that there.

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  • 2 months later...

Has anybody noticed that they are now lighting the fountain from the top of the ZaZa hotel? They have a big spotlight on it. It doesn't seem to be on all the time (maybe they turn it off later at night?) but it looks pretty good, and I'm sure it's hard to steal the spotlights way up there.

I was just wondering if this is the solution, or if they are going to replace the lights inside the fountain as well?

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Maybe that was the best solution from having them stolen again? Can't blame em.

and everytime I hear that hotel name it reminds me of well,......Zsa Zsa getting busted. (Cop slapping incident) heard the world over. Dahhling. I wonder if she's single?

zsa_zsa_gabor.jpg

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  • 1 year later...

Anyone remember when a weekend couldn't pass without a car making the circle and heaving (the quarterbacks) a salvo tab at Mecom fountain. They knew they hit it if ten minutes later they made a slow driveby and saw bubble land. Kinda like a lawn dart or washer toss type game.

The newspapers would pout about how the detergent wasn't good for the pumps but it was our only version of snow.

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When I first moved into the Museum District about 2 years ago I saw it about a dozen times that year. Then after the fountain's lights were stolen and later replaced, I stopped seeing the fountain become soapy. Maybe they have better security now to prevent the lights from being stolen and that helps to stop the soap problem.

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  • 2 months later...

Yes. Liquid detergent works better. You can transfer it ahead of time into a Big Gulp or similar cup for even faster deployment. Never did it myself but drove the getaway car several times. Bob Smith downtown was a particularly easy target, Transco was the Holy Grail.

Now, most nights, there is a city "park ranger" Jeep Cherokee parked either on Main or on Fannin near the circle keeping an eye on the fountain(s). It's been there since the Mecom repairs.

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Probably funny the first time this happend (in the 60's!)

But when you consider that the city has to shut the fountain down, clean it out, and take a city employee at least a full day to make it happen, are you really proud of yoruself for doing this?

How, exactly, is this different than throwing garbage out the window that someone else has to clean up.

Grow up, for goodness sake.

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Probably funny the first time this happend (in the 60's!)

But when you consider that the city has to shut the fountain down, clean it out, and take a city employee at least a full day to make it happen, are you really proud of yoruself for doing this?

How, exactly, is this different than throwing garbage out the window that someone else has to clean up.

Grow up, for goodness sake.

agreed, pathetic behaviour, worse than grafitti. The fountain is awesome and anyone who messes it up should be arrested.

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agreed, pathetic behaviour, worse than grafitti. The fountain is awesome and anyone who messes it up should be arrested.

BLAME it on the following:

illegal aliens

Barak Obama

Nancy Pelosi

and all liberals

thank god Rush is here to lead us out of the wilderness

sorry, I thought I was writing a comment on the Chronicle's website

I really think these evil doers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, then summarily and publicly executed

that would solve everything

in my humble opinion

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