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  1. I've been meaning to give the new location a try. Today, however, I passed it up in favor of Byrd's and tried their turkey and swiss. Not a bad sandwich but a little expensive. Ziggy's is definitely next up.
  2. One can only hope. Those are some gorgeous sightlines. The design elements and shapes, particularly along the rooflines, represent a nice change of pace for Houston.
  3. Nice photo angle. I'm very excited to see the asthetics of this particular corner after the completion of the new hotel. The location already screams vibrancy.
  4. The project's turned out nicely, IMO. I realize there was some consternation over the lack of retail included (or the complete absence of it) but given the retail opportunities near by, I don't think it's a big deal. If anyone would ever develop the superblock, that would be one of the more desired areas of Midtown, especially when you consider the proximity to the McGowen rail stop.
  5. They've done a good job of including the existing greenspaces in the lot designs, IMO. Granted, this is a heavily forested area of the city and you'd be a pure moron not to be able to maintain some level of greenspeace but the site infringement seems minimal, considering that we're talking about suburban-style campuses.
  6. I had a suspicion that Houston wouldn't qualify and for the very reasons the White House outlined. That said, given Houston's lingering staffing problem (one of many possible negative consequence related to strong population growth), it would have been nice to have had more money to broaden the search for qualified and conscientious candidates. I wonder about cities like Portland, Seattle and San Diego, which already have pretty low crime rates as well. Granted, I realize the unemployment rates in those places are a lot worse than here in Houston but still...
  7. In my ten-plus years of living in Houston, I've seen about a two dozen gators, and roughly half of them have been in or along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. I have a co-worker who saw one crawling into White Oak Bayou just as you're past the I-10 heading into Woodland Heights. Doesn't seem like the concrete basin would be appealing to them but that's their story. But back on topic: part of me agrees with Subdude in that I would like to see more of the original construction and design incorporated into the renovation but the new design isn't unattractive to me either. My bigger issue is with the pace of the bayou's restoration going east towards the Ship Channel. The bayou would be more of a draw if the city would make longer stretches of it approachable.
  8. The elaborate pontificiaton of the street...

  9. This is basically spot on. Not only are the artics showing their age, but the parts for the models METRO uses are difficult to find when they break down (which is quite often, actually). Some of the biggest issues with the suburban artics: 1) Compressors for the AC units often go out 2) Transmission has become very unreliable in its old age 3) Overheating The local fleet is a bit newer so the vehicles are likely to stick around a little longer.
  10. LOL @ construction porn. And I'm interested to see what the landscaping will be around the hotel. I actually like the landscaping around some of the HC buildings, and given the popularity of Discovery Green, I hope the hotel maintains a nice mix of urbanity and greenery.
  11. I suspect the image isn't of accurate proportion and that the stadium will appear to be noticeably taller than that in real life.
  12. I perspire easily but I still don't mind walking 2 or 3 blocks at lunch time. The only thing that discourages me from walking is when my breathing is out of whack. But different strokes... In any case, having a larger pool of potential customers even closer is a win for all parties.
  13. Why? Who would want to be inundated by yet another tall, sleak and beautiful skyscraper that would be iconic in almost any skyline? All jokes aside, I'm not sure that I'd want BoTSW Tower to be built in the same location. I'm not sure you could enjoy the full impact of it as you approach downtown in that location. Then again, maybe I'm wrong about that.
  14. If I'm not mistaken, didn't the original image of La Quinta's design have a bit of a Mediterranean theme to it? It was actually more impressive than anyone expected when the news first came out. Of course, I might be confusing projects.
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