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21 minutes ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

WF has a totally different demographic. They don't target lower income people like Fiesta does. It's the same with Randalls. They are an upscale shopping experience.

Plus at fiesta you get a good selection of international ingredients that you wouldn't typically get at regular grocery stores. Jamaican Soda, Puerto Rican seasonings, Curry from Trinidad, British Cookies, lots of African, Indian and other Asian foods. All from a store with a Latin edge. That store was a cultural experience. I hope Houston doesn't lose it completely. It is very representative of the diversity of the city.

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Found some recent photos of inside with the floors cut out and skylight/tarp installed.       

Fiesta to become "Greentown Labs" a green energy incubator.    

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28 minutes ago, HoustonIsHome said:

Plus at fiesta you get a good selection of international ingredients that you wouldn't typically get at regular grocery stores. Jamaican Soda, Puerto Rican seasonings, Curry from Trinidad, British Cookies, lots of African, Indian and other Asian foods. All from a store with a Latin edge. That store was a cultural experience. I hope Houston doesn't lose it completely. It is very representative of the diversity of the city.

The Fiesta at S. Main and OST has a much bigger selection of international foods. I go there occasionally when I take my vehicle to the dealership on 610 S. Loop. I know its a little further but overall the store is much better.

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On 7/7/2020 at 11:05 AM, Avossos said:

 

good question...

 

Montrose was definitely considered seedy... So was the Heights. Both of which are on their way to be very 'high end'.

While you’re certainly right that the land value of Montrose has skyrocketed in the last decade+, Montrose still has a ways to go before it’s considered “high end” from a visual perspective. Sure it’s on its way to getting there with Hanover, La Colombe d’Or, and Montrose Collective, but the two flagship Montrose intersections of Westheimer & Montrose and Westheimer & Dunlavy are far from impressive to the eye. At least as of now. 

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5 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

WF has a totally different demographic. They don't target lower income people like Fiesta does. It's the same with Randalls. They are an upscale shopping experience.

The Midtown Randalls is in no way an upscale shopping experience. There are HEB's in Texas towns with a population of 3,000 that have a better selection and more room. 

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

The Midtown Randalls is in no way an upscale shopping experience. There are HEB's in Texas towns with a population of 3,000 that have a better selection and more room. 

 

My wife and I call Midtown Randall's "Club Randall's." All it has a good selection of is Gatorade, energy drinks and beer. Rest is a hodgepodge.

 

Wonder why?

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On 7/9/2020 at 3:44 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

They're moving to I-10 and the Beltway. We have most of our consulates there. 

 

They are moving to Richmond (not I-10) and the Beltway.  I believe TXDoT had some surplus land there and they swapped it for the Mexican Consulate's current site on Caroline. 

 

There are indeed a few other consulates in the Westchase area (none that I'm aware of at I-10 and the Beltway) but we do not have most of our consulates there, by far.  (I realize the Chronicle reported it as being Houston's "embassy row", but, you know... the Chronicle.  My dream for Houston is to have reporters who are familiar with their city.)

 

By far our greatest concentration of consulates is Uptown.  There appear to be 5 consulates in the greater Westchase area, that will grow to 6 with Mexico's move.  There are more than 20 in the Uptown area.

 

 

 

 

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46 minutes ago, clutchcity94 said:


assuming it’s job an “innovation focused” group within the Chevron organization?

Right. Chevron and other oil companies are actually fairly involved with the incubators here in Houston. 

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This building is such a wonderful addition. Totally changes the view from the elevated 59 portion looking Downtown - a total revamp of the area. Apart from the visual win, hearing about the investments from tech companies is the real meat & potatoes.

 

Excited to see how much this will sprout.

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2 hours ago, mls1202 said:

$1M is....not very much.

 

Almost feels like tipping $1 on a $100 meal.

 

 

 

Given the fact that its related to teaching adults looking for tech jobs, and that the article also mentions that Microsoft is separately sponsoring Yates High and Edison middle school for STEM instruction, I think this is probably related to Microsoft and Houston's "Internet of Things" partnership. Would be very cool, and kind of forward thinking of CoH and Turner since the partnership was established in 2018, if they could use the Ion to push Microsoft to sponsor ($$$) more things at the Ion for adults, young adults and teens to create homegrown tech sector.

 

Talking to people with CoH, I don't know if anyone knew what the Internet of Things was going to do outside of some HISD stuff, but maybe the Ion provides them a more solid path forward. I know NYC's and DC's apple stores have a ton of programming for kids and teens to learn video/picture editing, rudimentary logic based programming, math, etc which Houston's flagship store only sometimes does. If they could get that kind of programming going on, with big name sponsorship, I think thing it will have a big impact not only on the surrounding area but for people in the city generally.

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32 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

I wonder why they didn't keep the historic facade all the way around. Makes the building more interesting.


I agree. IIRC the original renderings placed more emphasis on the relationship between the existing building and the additions. 
Granted, some features of the existing building were more appealing than others (the south facade with its loading docks was pretty Plain-Jane).  But these views make it appear that someone stuck a little piece of an historic facade onto what is essentially a new building. Where's the rest of it?

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On 8/26/2020 at 4:04 PM, dbigtex56 said:


I agree. IIRC the original renderings placed more emphasis on the relationship between the existing building and the additions. 
Granted, some features of the existing building were more appealing than others (the south facade with its loading docks was pretty Plain-Jane).  But these views make it appear that someone stuck a little piece of an historic facade onto what is essentially a new building. Where's the rest of it?

At least the historic side that they have kept faces the planned pedestrian plaza on the north side of the project. 

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On 8/25/2020 at 10:57 AM, Montrose1100 said:

How much are you investing?

Zero.  

 

I'm not evaluating the value of this contribution based on it's absolute value.  I'm basing it on what a company the size of Microsoft donates to other causes.  Per their website, Microsoft has donated last year alone 1.4B towards non-profit causes such as this focused on providing access to technologies and services.  My point is that this seems more like the minimum, obligatory investment MS is making rather than a full-throated endorsement of the innovation district Houston is trying to build.

 

As a comparison, MS donated $1M to Puget Sound's COVID-19 relieve fund.

 

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6 hours ago, mls1202 said:

My point is that this seems more like the minimum, obligatory investment MS is making rather than a full-throated endorsement of the innovation district Houston is trying to build.

 

Just enough to get mentioned in press releases and say they're attached to the project.

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On 8/30/2020 at 1:37 PM, clutchcity94 said:

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I can't find a rendering showing how this side of the building is supposed to look, but are those vertical bars supports for an additional facade, or is it the final design?

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