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I guess, Houston tends to have more boxy buildings though, Atlanta, Dallas, LA, Boston and Philly all have more "interesting" buildings, Houston really loves its boxy buildings.

Downtown is full of typical buildings, the one that I like is the Bank of America building.

I'm not so sure. A quick glance at Emporis reveals that..

Atlanta has 366 buildings over 12 stories

Dallas also has exactly 366 buildings over 12 stories

LA has 636 buildings over 12 stories

Boston has 318

Philly has 461

You know how many buildings over 12 stories Houston has? 615. The only city comparable in that list is LA, and I think it's safe to say they have their fair share of boxes too. IMO its definitely easier for "unique" buildings to stand out amongst a small(er) skyline.. See Frost Building Austin. Houston just happens to have one of the biggrst skylines in the country. i noticed you didn't complain about the number of boxes in Chicago or NYC...

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I'm not so sure. A quick glance at Emporis reveals that..

Atlanta has 366 buildings over 12 stories

Dallas also has exactly 366 buildings over 12 stories

LA has 636 buildings over 12 stories

Boston has 318

Philly has 461

You know how many buildings over 12 stories Houston has? 615. The only city comparable in that list is LA, and I think it's safe to say they have their fair share of boxes too. IMO its definitely easier for "unique" buildings to stand out amongst a small(er) skyline.. See Frost Building Austin. Houston just happens to have one of the biggrst skylines in the country. i noticed you didn't complain about the number of boxes in Chicago or NYC...

Not trying to start a flame war here....

But, do consider that the City of Houston is probably 5 times bigger than the City of Atlanta, 10x bigger than the City of Boston, and much bigger than the City of Dallas or Philly.

While Houston may have many more tall buildings, they are spread out.(but still inside the sprawling City limits).

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Not trying to start a flame war here....

But, do consider that the City of Houston is probably 5 times bigger than the City of Atlanta, 10x bigger than the City of Boston, and much bigger than the City of Dallas or Philly.

While Houston may have many more tall buildings, they are spread out.(but still inside the sprawling City limits).

while you have a point too, Boston is the only city mentioned thats noticeably above Houstons CBD. Philly pretty much ties it. everything else is way behind.

1. Midtown Manhattan- 213,818,31

2. CBD Chicago- 130,317,15

3. CBD DC- 107,337,31

4. DT Manhattan- 76,000,76

5. MT S Manhattan- 74,577,47

6. CBD Boston- 64,407,32

7. CBD SF- 45,176,67

8. CBD Philadelphia- 44,261,375

9. CBD Houston- 43,214,941

10. CBD LA- 32,159,55

13. CBD Dallas- 26,890,00 

17. CBD Atlanta- 17,288,368

since Boston and Philly are the only ones that rank at or above Houstons CBD size, here are pictures of the 3 to compare their skylines..

with a few notable exceptions in each city, the majority of buildings are boxes in all 3.

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I think we all agree that we live in an amazing city and we understand and agree that we have many more buildings then any other city in the nation aside NYC. We have a few unique buildings in downtown must most are typical box looking type with nothing " unique".  My opinion is we need to be more unique or should I say some of these developers need to take consideration that some more detailing should be taking into consideration but hey i guess it's not my money. I think most of us feel that we need to be more unique specially with our downtown area, we just love Houston so much we all have many opinions. 

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Weird ranking??? You should read up on Condė Nast.

I won't pretend to know the hotel industry well but I'd be willing to bet Hotel Sorella much prefers this ranking over an additional star.

 

If they ranked it as the best hotel in the Southwest then their ranking is weird.

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I just thought about the rendering change and got pissed all over again, lol.  This was the one (the ONE) high-rise that had some sort of architectural significance, and now we're left with a CityCentre building in the heart of the city. 

 

I lauded Midway for their efforts prior to this, but now it's painfully clear that they'd have been better off staying in the suburbs.  GreenStreet is a dumb name (tourists are going to assume it's on Green Street and not Dallas), it has no worthwhile tenants, and now it has an ugly hotel to look forward to.  Hmph.

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if your goal in this little exercise is to confirm our suspicions that you have no idea what you're talking about i'd say you're doing a good job.

 

If your goal in this little exercise is to claim that the word weird is not a subjective adjective or that publicized rankings are not the same I'd say you are failing.

 

I haven't had a bad experience there at all.  I thought it was a nice place but I didn't think it was close to the best that I have stayed at in Texas, thus I think the rankings are weird.  Carry on with being a weiner.

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If your goal in this little exercise is to claim that the word weird is not a subjective adjective or that publicized rankings are not the same I'd say you are failing.

 

I haven't had a bad experience there at all.  I thought it was a nice place but I didn't think it was close to the best that I have stayed at in Texas, thus I think the rankings are weird.  Carry on with being a weiner.

 

Please differentiate who your are calling a "weiner" when addressing two different responses from two different people.

 

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I'm not so sure. A quick glance at Emporis reveals that..

Atlanta has 366 buildings over 12 stories

Dallas also has exactly 366 buildings over 12 stories

LA has 636 buildings over 12 stories

Boston has 318

Philly has 461

You know how many buildings over 12 stories Houston has? 615. The only city comparable in that list is LA, and I think it's safe to say they have their fair share of boxes too. IMO its definitely easier for "unique" buildings to stand out amongst a small(er) skyline.. See Frost Building Austin. Houston just happens to have one of the biggrst skylines in the country. i noticed you didn't complain about the number of boxes in Chicago or NYC...

 

I'm not talking about total buildings, we just have a different style in Houston, it's not bad particularly, but it's a shame that this development was going to go against that style and now is just conforming to the norm. 

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Children behave or I swear I will turn this car around.

They are tearing the new rendering apart on swamplot. Not with any solid ground to stand on, just the usual pseudo-elitist stuff.

I read this to mean that maybe there's hope that the developer might change back to the original design due to the outcry of the swamplot comments. Wish it was enough.

I too am extremely disappointed. Such a missed opportunity and is a painful relived moment of the ES hotel. Still glad it's getting built nonetheless.

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how many 20+ story hotels arent luxury? as has been pointed out.. Hotel Sorella is way worse than this, architecturally speaking, yet it ranked as the best hotel in Texas/the southwest.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2014/10/houston-hotel-tops-cond-nast-list.html

 

Well, there's always the Heaven on Earth Inn, at 30 stories...

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yay! Another thread flushed down the drain with Dallas v. Houston talk. I'm so excited!

 

No, actually this thread was flushed down the drain when Urbannizer posted the new rendering (thanks Urb  :D). How in the world did Dallas get inserted into this discussion anyway? (Monarch :angry:? strange dude, but I guess we could use a few more strange characters in the world)

 

I've never seen so much beachin and complaining over a 20-something story building's redesign in my life. There's at least 10-15 posts over the last couple days repeating the same comments, it's like you guys all just happened to post at the same exact time or didn't care to read that others had already made your point.

 

Seriously, I appreciate the passion, but the comments about no longer holding Midway in high regard are nothing more than childish temper tantrums. Grow up folks!

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Hotel Alessandra will for sure start in the "3rd Quarter this year"..., reliable source.

 

I rarely have much inside information on these developments however I happen to be associated with someone who relocated to Houston specifically to work on this project.  

 

After the redesign 'delay' last summer, I was told Hotel Alessandra would start construction in September '14, but thank God it was later delayed a second time while undergoing additional re-design over the fall.

 

Let me offer some perspective. The renderings (construction drawings) I was shown in July that was set to begin construction were FAR less appealing than the rendering Urbannizer posted the other day. Picture this if you will: basically the drawings showed the square box of the lower 20 floors in the latest rendering - absent the top 3 recessed floors and without the glass corner facade on floors 4-20. The exterior materials were listed as cast-in-place concrete with stucco accents. 

 

Since last summer, additional redesign added the top 'crown' and more glass on the corner. I'm told the facade of the new hotel will now be similar to the brick textured exterior of the new Hanover Post Oak tower at BLVD Place which IMO turned out better than the renderings.

 

Although the all-glass 'conceptual' drawings with retractable roofs, curves and swoops may have been released to generate buzz, lets count our blessings this thing did not get started last year as the truly value-engineered, watered down version that I saw in July and that someone at Midway actually cared enough to go back and add extra features. The new rendering will most likely fit in more with the facade of the existing Green Street/Pavilions as others have stated.

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I rarely have much inside information on these developments however I happen to be associated with someone who relocated to Houston specifically to work on this project.

After the redesign 'delay' last summer, I was told Hotel Alessandra would start construction in September '14, but thank God it was later delayed a second time while undergoing additional re-design over the fall.

Let me offer some perspective. The renderings (construction drawings) I was shown in July that was set to begin construction were FAR less appealing than the rendering Urbannizer posted the other day. Picture this if you will: basically the drawings showed the square box of the lower 20 floors in the latest rendering - absent the top 3 recessed floors and without the glass corner facade on floors 4-20. The exterior materials were listed as cast-in-place concrete with stucco accents.

Since last summer, additional redesign added the top 'crown' and more glass on the corner. I'm told the facade of the new hotel will now be similar to the brick textured exterior of the new Hanover Post Oak tower at BLVD Place which IMO turned out better than the renderings.

Although the all-glass 'conceptual' drawings with retractable roofs, curves and swoops may have been released to generate buzz, lets count our blessings this thing did not get started last year as the truly value-engineered, watered down version that I saw in July and that someone at Midway actually cared enough to go back and add extra features. The new rendering will most likely fit in more with the facade of the existing Green Street/Pavilions as others have stated.

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Awww, how nice of Midway.

Midway came out and promised to build a lavish modern River Oaks mega mansion with a huge pool and a grotto, and then in classic bait and switch form, changed the plans to just build a third ward row house.

And now you're basically telling us all "hey, they WERE gonna change it to just a homeless cardboard box tent, but they felt too guilty about that, so all of you little children just shut up and be thankful for the third ward row house!"

Yea, no, foh. :rolleyes:

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Yeah, I agree with Señor Huge. Not thrilled about this ol' bait and switch that Midway just pulled on us all, even if this current version is "better" than the shanty-town box they were going to build. Actually, makes it even worse that they strayed that far from the original. You've got to wonder why the original drawings were released in the first place. Is Midway that dense or did they intend to deceive. 

 

We can always write wonderfully nice things to Midway on their website: http://midwaycompanies.com/about/contact

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Call me an optimist or whatever.

But I don't see what continuing to whine and complain about what we can't change is supposed to do other than make our lives further miserable. Promises or not, in reality, Midway owes us nothing. None of us ponied up any $$$ for this so why should any of us expect anything? I'm more inclined to believe Stonian's story because at least it somewhat softens the blow, because happy or not, this is what we're getting.

Misery loves company. Am I happy with the new design? He'll no. But what I'm gonna do is kick back with my six pack beer and watch some of you all cry about whats not changing while I rejoice that we're getting a unique hotel to Houston above a mixed used development that Houston has never seen before amist much other construction and development, in a new time that also Houston hasn't seen before.

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Call me an optimist or whatever.

But I don't see what continuing to whine and complain about what we can't change is supposed to do other than make our lives further miserable. Promises or not, in reality, Midway owes us nothing. None of us ponied up any $$$ for this so why should any of us expect anything? I'm more inclined to believe Stonian's story because at least it somewhat softens the blow, because happy or not, this is what we're getting.

Misery loves company. Am I happy with the new design? He'll no. But what I'm gonna do is kick back with my six pack beer and watch some of you all cry about whats not changing while I rejoice that we're getting a unique hotel to Houston above a mixed used development that Houston has never seen before amist much other construction and development, in a new time that also Houston hasn't seen before.

 

Excited for mediocrity...so Houston

 

If we do not start demanding better from our development community, design professionals, management districts, elected officials, etc...and just "kick back with a six pack," as just about every apathetic Houstonian does, we'll continue to get more of these bland and predictable Hotel Alessandras...and we'll deserve it. 

 

I invite you to attend a development community board meeting in NYC, Chicago, LA, Boston, SF...anywhere good design flourishes, and see how many people "kick back with a six pack. That's precisely why so much Houston architecture and urban development is so underwhelming...no one ever speaks up about it. 

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No, actually this thread was flushed down the drain when Urbannizer posted the new rendering (thanks Urb  :D). How in the world did Dallas get inserted into this discussion anyway? (Monarch :angry:? strange dude, but I guess we could use a few more strange characters in the world)

 

I've never seen so much beachin and complaining over a 20-something story building's redesign in my life. There's at least 10-15 posts over the last couple days repeating the same comments, it's like you guys all just happened to post at the same exact time or didn't care to read that others had already made your point.

 

Seriously, I appreciate the passion, but the comments about no longer holding Midway in high regard are nothing more than childish temper tantrums. Grow up folks!

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dude, would you like to really know what is viewed as "strange"...

some creep that ventures forth into an ongoing open thread, and starts describing a member that he / she doesn't even know as "strange".  sounds a bit like someone else that we have all

become accustomed to upon this forum.  HAIF, harbors some very special people as per all aspects of our greater houston community.  we are here for a certain purpose.... we love our fair city upon the bayou.

yes, i am the one that brought forth "dallas" upon our ongoing alessandra discussion, and i meant every word of it.  dallas, and now the wonderful city of austin are now enjoying some of the most gorgeous

edifices of hospitality in the south / southwest.  i do not have to love the city of dallas in order to display a certain amount of respect as per it's very progressive accomplishments.  that city up north is just very glamorous!

our fair city of houston, is now on it's way in a big texas fashion.  if i may speak for all HAIFER'S here, we were all proud to feast our eyes upon that gorgeous initial rendering / concept of hotel alessandra.

i have traveled basically all over the world, lodged at some of the most beautiful hotels on the globe... so i know just what i was speaking of.  this is our time!  houston, has waited long enough... our despair is justified.

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Couldn't agree more with por favor gracias and Monarch. To also use the word of one of my favorite posters...DUDES, I don't usually get into this kind of hyperbole, especially on a website like this, but, heck, oh well. We on this board probably represent the most passionate voices on architecture and development Houston has. That's valuable and we should use it. 

 

I find it sad that C2H and others feel such powerlessness and disillusionment as to say that Midway and other developers "owe us nothing." That's simply not true. We are residents, businesspeople, students of this city. We entertain our clients, families, selves here...spend our money, make our lives here. Developers develop the buildings and spaces where we do those things - spend our money and build our lives. They sure as heck owe us, the city, and everyone who makes it possible for them to build and profit from their developments a great deal. 

 

We need to feel more empowered to make changes we'd like to see here. The faster we do, and more vocal we are, the quicker we'll start seeing really awesome s#%t! Developers do take notice of what people say. They are ultra-sensitive to the market and to their friends', neighbors', cousins', sisters' co-workers' input. 

 

On a totally different yet somewhat related topic - I happened to be in a meeting with TXDoT the other day and they have completely reimagined their plans for I-45 and 59 around downtown because of "all the uproar" residents in the surrounding neighborhoods made. It was remarkable to hear how TXDoT has changed their tune and are now considering things we'd only dreamed of a couple of years ago such as tunneling highways and creating parks on top of them. All because of the input people gave them! They actually admitted to that very thing. The only neighborhood that they said didn't create a "big stink" was the Near Northside. So, guess what, no plans to radically change I-10 there. The elevated freeway will likely remain. 

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Excited for mediocrity...so Houston

If we do not start demanding better from our development community, design professionals, management districts, elected officials, etc...and just "kick back with a six pack," as just about every apathetic Houstonian does, we'll continue to get more of these bland and predictable Hotel Alessandras...and we'll deserve it.

I invite you to attend a development community board meeting in NYC, Chicago, LA, Boston, SF...anywhere good design flourishes, and see how many people "kick back with a six pack. That's precisely why so much Houston architecture and urban development is so underwhelming...no one ever speaks up about it.

Tell him Monte!

Im so tired of the cliché "Oh stop whining and just be happy we're getting anything at all"

What a loser mentality.

Yea sure, lets just continue to force ourselves to be happy and excited about mediocre crap being thrown up in Houston, while the same old players like New York and Chicago continue to get the architectural gems of the country.

But hey, the same old boxy, bland, cookie cutter designs we keep getting in Houston are better than a parking lot right? So whats there to complain about? :rolleyes:

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Couldn't agree more with por favor gracias and Monarch. To also use the word of one of my favorite posters...DUDES, I don't usually get into this kind of hyperbole, especially on a website like this, but, heck, oh well. We on this board probably represent the most passionate voices on architecture and development Houston has. That's valuable and we should use it.

I find it sad that C2H and others feel such powerlessness and disillusionment as to say that Midway and other developers "owe us nothing." That's simply not true. We are residents, businesspeople, students of this city. We entertain our clients, families, selves here...spend our money, make our lives here. Developers develop the buildings and spaces where we do those things - spend our money and build our lives. They sure as heck owe us, the city, and everyone who makes it possible for them to build and profit from their developments a great deal.

We need to feel more empowered to make changes we'd like to see here. The faster we do, and more vocal we are, the quicker we'll start seeing really awesome s#%t! Developers do take notice of what people say. They are ultra-sensitive to the market and to their friends', neighbors', cousins', sisters' co-workers' input.

On a totally different yet somewhat related topic - I happened to be in a meeting with TXDoT the other day and they have completely reimagined their plans for I-45 and 59 around downtown because of "all the uproar" residents in the surrounding neighborhoods made. It was remarkable to hear how TXDoT has changed their tune and are now considering things we'd only dreamed of a couple of years ago such as tunneling highways and creating parks on top of them. All because of the input people gave them! They actually admitted to that very thing. The only neighborhood that they said didn't create a "big stink" was the Near Northside. So, guess what, no plans to radically change I-10 there. The elevated freeway will likely remain.

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 The only neighborhood that they said didn't create a "big stink" was the Near Northside. So, guess what, no plans to radically change I-10 there. The elevated freeway will likely remain. 

 

I was at a number of the meetings about 45 and the near Northside.  Crikey, what did they want - actual torches and pitchforks?  Or just a higher income level and/or more Republicans?  :angry:

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Excited for mediocrity...so Houston

If we do not start demanding better from our development community, design professionals, management districts, elected officials, etc...and just "kick back with a six pack," as just about every apathetic Houstonian does, we'll continue to get more of these bland and predictable Hotel Alessandras...and we'll deserve it.

I invite you to attend a development community board meeting in NYC, Chicago, LA, Boston, SF...anywhere good design flourishes, and see how many people "kick back with a six pack. That's precisely why so much Houston architecture and urban development is so underwhelming...no one ever speaks up about it.

LargeTEXAS,

I've begun a new approach to life which has helped me keep unnecessary worry and stress down. So I'm sorry by my applying that to this situation has left you with the impression that I'm all for mediocrity In this city.

Now you are a poster that I happen to go way back with ever since I first joined on here more than 10 years ago before the old HAIF was hacked. I have always had a high respect for you as a poster, so the last thing I want to do is become your enemy BUT.... you got me all wrong.

I remember one of my first posts ever on HAIF was a complaint about the downtown night skyline. It used to depress me to no end to drive from Dallas or Austin which actually seemed like vibrant cities at night with their well lit skylines to come to what was supposed to be Texas's largest city and see its dark, crummy lit skyline with Christmas light bulbs on its rooftops. You may not remember, but it was you who actually teamed up with me on the idea and made up an electronic petition to start in which I even printed out and got some additional signatures. I also wrote letters to the mayor, downtown management, and several others. Shortly after, several building owners decide to do some stupid "lights out" program and now here we are more than a decade later with an even worse lit skyline than before ( although glad to see less Christmas lights)

Then we were all worked up with the University light rail lines plans. We had all been waiting patiently for at least a decade. Just when we thought we had gotten rid of that roadblock Tom Delay, here comes somebody else making sure he follows in every print of his footsteps. Again, here we are, the most important line in Houston indefinitely put on hold because of a few residents and some @$$hole who only cares about winning votes for another term. And I'm not even going to get into the Houston Pavilions scrapping the original residential plans and then the Embassy Suites design literally being decapitated.

So LargeTEXAS, maybe you're right, I do feel a tad powerless. After a while of disappointments,corrupt politics, I've found that it's easiest to not get so worked up and stressed out about things is best for my OWN sanity. I'm not saying I'm one who gives up, but I have practiced on the positive side of things rather than the negative. Although midway failed us on Alessndra, we still have some other new skyscrapers coming up which offer some pretty interesting designs.

Back to not giving up, I still attend city hall meetings, show up at every election time, voice my concerns, etc. Some people will change the world. Maybe you're one of those people and perhaps I am not. I just now am more focused on controlling what I'm able to: my health, my finances, my career, etc. Because at the end of the day, everything we bicker about on these boards comes down to those with $$$$$ in which I have none.

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Did I just read in C2H's post above that the original Houston Pavillions concept had included a residential component? Wow! Cn anyone enlighten me? What was the original, never built, plan?

Check out the first couple of pages in the original Houston Pavillions thread.

Edit: sorry I'm on my phone or I'd post a link.

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Check out the first couple of pages in the original Houston Pavillions thread.

Edit: sorry I'm on my phone or I'd post a link.

Found them..... Halfway down page 7

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/1851-houston-pavilions-now-green-street/page-7

So, let me get this straight: somebody proposed buildings like the renderings and ended up building the current Pavillions? Lord.....

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LargeTEXAS,

I've begun a new approach to life which has helped me keep unnecessary worry and stress down. So I'm sorry by my applying that to this situation has left you with the impression that I'm all for mediocrity In this city.

Now you are a poster that I happen to go way back with ever since I first joined on here more than 10 years ago before the old HAIF was hacked. I have always had a high respect for you as a poster, so the last thing I want to do is become your enemy BUT.... you got me all wrong.

I remember one of my first posts ever on HAIF was a complaint about the downtown night skyline. It used to depress me to no end to drive from Dallas or Austin which actually seemed like vibrant cities at night with their well lit skylines to come to what was supposed to be Texas's largest city and see its dark, crummy lit skyline with Christmas light bulbs on its rooftops. You may not remember, but it was you who actually teamed up with me on the idea and made up an electronic petition to start in which I even printed out and got some additional signatures. I also wrote letters to the mayor, downtown management, and several others. Shortly after, several building owners decide to do some stupid "lights out" program and now here we are more than a decade later with an even worse lit skyline than before ( although glad to see less Christmas lights)

Then we were all worked up with the University light rail lines plans. We had all been waiting patiently for at least a decade. Just when we thought we had gotten rid of that roadblock Tom Delay, here comes somebody else making sure he follows in every print of his footsteps. Again, here we are, the most important line in Houston indefinitely put on hold because of a few residents and some @$$hole who only cares about winning votes for another term. And I'm not even going to get into the Houston Pavilions scrapping the original residential plans and then the Embassy Suites design literally being decapitated.

So LargeTEXAS, maybe you're right, I do feel a tad powerless. After a while of disappointments,corrupt politics, I've found that it's easiest to not get so worked up and stressed out about things is best for my OWN sanity. I'm not saying I'm one who gives up, but I have practiced on the positive side of things rather than the negative. Although midway failed us on Alessndra, we still have some other new skyscrapers coming up which offer some pretty interesting designs.

Back to not giving up, I still attend city hall meetings, show up at every election time, voice my concerns, etc. Some people will change the world. Maybe you're one of those people and perhaps I am not. I just now am more focused on controlling what I'm able to: my health, my finances, my career, etc. Because at the end of the day, everything we bicker about on these boards comes down to those with $$$$$ in which I have none.

 

It can be very discouraging sometimes when you put a lot of effort into voicing and/or reporting your concerns all for naught. I've been doing that for years reporting bumps and potholes in our roads, traffic light timing, etc....and more often than not, somewhere between my call and the time the workers are on the job, the job description is completely distorted and the end result completely ignores my request. That said, sometimes it does work...and when it does, it's a win. I can tell you with an enormous amount of pride that over the years, I've helped get streets like Hillcroft, Alabama, McGowan, Chimney Rock, Woodway, and many more repaved to a better condition than they were in. Also...I don't know how many people will remember this, but in 2006 when they were doing "the new" West Loop (and yes, although it's slightly "better"...it's still a complete joke), the northbound exit ramp to I-10 was only one lane. That resulted in backups every day to Bissonnet St. for a good 8+ hours of the day, and during rush hour, traffic was backed up around the curve at Braeswood at times. This one lane exit to I-10 setup was supposed to last through Dec. 2006, and it was early February when I noticed (by simply looking...Lord knows I had enough time to check things out) that there was easily enough room for them to just move the concrete barrier from where they had it a couple of yards over to allow room for another lane. So I called TxDot (I'm not going to say any names), and the lead manager of that project was insistent that there "wasn't enough room" even after I basically told him there was, and furthermore, it would only take a weekend at the most to do so. Since I couldn't get any movement on this, I took pictures of the entire area (my brother and I walked in all kinds of mud for the better part of a mile or so on a sunny Sunday morning after a good rain) and went to the Houston Chronicle. I still have the emails to this day, and at first, even Mr. Sallee from the Chronicle was like "I don't see enough room"...and so I had to specifically go over each photo with him to SHOW him that there was. Anyways, about a week or so later, I saw his column in the paper (yes, I still got the paper in 2006)...and sure enough, my squeaky wheel got its grease. Of course, the credit went to the project manager at TxDot who maintained that "there wasn't enough room"...but all that mattered to me was getting that extra lane opened up. And low and behold, TxDot actually went ahead and delivered the new product (which was actually better than my request to simply move the concrete barrier over) with the same concrete surface we're using today...and it only took that weekend. Needless to say, traffic was MUCH better for those 10 or 11 months...no more backups to Bissonnet for pretty much the entire day.

 

My point is that yes, it can be and is often deflating to demand something that most people clearly want but do not get...but sometimes they do listen and we do get what we're asking for, and that is a hell of a lot more rewarding than the (often expected) discouragement of nothing being done/things staying the same. Hats off to you for continuing to voice your concerns for elections, city hall meetings, etc....I think we can all agree that politics often leads to more discouragement as time goes by. ;) It sure seems to me like that's just what our "leaders" want...as little interference as possible. It's up to us to make sure we get as much of what we want as we can...it's obvious in many cases that our politicians/developers/etc. aren't going to do that for us.

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