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  1. This is getting very tedious, so I'll just take one paragraph at a time... I don't know what this mythical "Houston Sports Authority" is that you keep referring to... Do you perhaps mean the Houston Sports Assosciation? That would be the private group that owned the Houston Astros... and signed a 40-year lease on the facility in 1961. Astrodome Lease Please note I never said the Astros OWNED the Astrodome. The Astrodome is and always has been owned by Harris County. If you are meaning to refer to the Houston Sports ASSOCIATION, you are absolutely right, they did oversee every aspect of the dome. But, as I've demonstrated, the Houston Sports Association WAS the same entity as the Astros. Now, I have not been able to track down yet the exact relationship of the Oilers to the dome. But if the Astros have the primary lease, they would certainly have an interest in keeping the Oilers happy and playing in the facility. (The Astros, or Houston Sports Association wouldn't make much money on concessions etc if the Oilers were playing in Jacksonville, which they were threatening to do at the time of the remodeling.) That would explain why they would go along with the removal of the scoreboard and expansion of seating in order to keep the Oilers in town.
  2. Houston's Tunnels Citysearch Editorial Review By Darcy De Leon The History It all started in 1935 when an entrepreneur named Will Horwitz connected his three theatersA-- underground. The Iris, named after his daughter, was located on Travis Street; the Texan and Uptown theaters were on Capitol. His tunnel was located beneath today's Chase Tower and was home to shops, restaurants, a penny arcade, and a German wine tavern. In 1947, Foley's dug a tunnel to connect its new store to the garage, although it's not connected to the rest of the system. Other businesses started digging in the '50s and through the '70s, until it expanded to link 55 buildings.
  3. That sucks, 2112. :-( Hopefully, you'll get on with Jacobs Sverdrup.
  4. Wingate Inn Is this the hotel you are talking about or has another one been proposed?
  5. I'm just curious... was this building ever really renamed ChevronTexaco Tower? I was under the impression they had never bothered with renaming it since ChevronTexaco pretty much moved out when the merger occurred.
  6. Well, alright then, let's start with the first paragraph. The Harris County Sports Authority, presuming you are referring to the Harris County Houston Sports Authority never was in charge of the Dome, NEVER, let alone for three decades. The owner of the Astros had control of the Dome until the Astros moved to MinuteMaid Park. Second Paragraph: Reliant Stadium was not built in any hurry-up fashion for the SuperBowl, that was just icing on the cake. That should be fairly obvious to anyone "familiar" with the area, given that the stadium opened in 2002 but the SuperBowl was not until 2004. Regardless, Reliant had little, if anything, to do with any supposed "fast development" and they certainly had NOTHING to do with the site selection or architecture of the stadium. Reliant just has a naming-rights agreement, that's all; they do not in any way control the development or operations of Reliant Park. They did not even come into the picture until well after the stadium was under construction... a little late for them to be responsible for the location of the stadium, don't you think? Likewise with regard to Reliant Center... that was already well under construction before Reliant entered the picture. With regard to buying out the people to the west, I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of that land was vacant, and again, Reliant had nothing to do with it. The dome and all of Reliant Park are controlled now by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, with large influence, obviously, from the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo organization. In any event, the purchases and sales were voluntary. I don't believe they used the power of eminent domain. Yes, further up Main Street, some other properties have been cleaned up, but I don't know that any of that was done through the power of eminent domain either. So the city and the all-powerful powers-that-be wanted to clean up Main Street downtown and Reliant Park... what is wrong with that? Third paragraph: Again, Reliant had nothing whatsoever to do with the location or development of any of the facilities at Reliant Park, nor do they now own, control, or operate Reliant Park. That is plainly and simply a matter of historical record. You seem to be making some assumptions about these "family-owned businesses" who were "driven from the land". Do you actually know that was the case? In any event, you say that it is somehow "wrong" for one person to buy another person's property in a free and open exchange when the seller has a family-owned business on his property? I'm not sure what kind of economic system you have in mind to impose down there in Houston, but in most of America and in most free-market economies, a person who leases a property only has the right to stay there until the lease expires. They have no rights or reasonable expectations beyond that. You are absolutely right, the economic development folks in Houston wanted to get rid of a lot of the rather-shady businesses and motels that were operating on South Main. It's kind of cute to see someone wave the flag of "family-owned businesses" in honor of by-the-hour motels, massage parlors, modeling studios and such. And again, as far as I know, all of this was done without invoking the power of the state (in other words without using eminent domain or condemnation); it was all done in free market transactions. Fourth paragraph: The age of Bob McNair is largely, if not completely irrelevant. The deals are with his corporation, not with him personally. The corporation will survive him. The Texans have thirty-year stadium lease and non-relocation agreement with the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation (note, the agreement is NOT with Reliant because of course Reliant has no control over the facility). Fifth and Sixth paragraphs: I have no argument with your proposal to turn the dome into a museum. The more ideas for the dome the better. Seventh paragraph: The city is not currently involved in the dome property at all and never has been, and the last thing I would think we need is another government entity to get involved. And again, Reliant has no "claim to the dome," other than the right to have their name on it, so we call your proposal the Reliant Astrodome Museum of Everyting Related to Houston ;-) Eighth paragraph: I have no clue. I'll presume you're right about the Ryan O'Neil movie. P.S. No, I do not now and never have worked for Reliant or any of its current or former affiliated companies. I have no connection to Reliant whatsoever. Just call me a stickler for accuracy.
  7. Editor, since there is almost nothing correct in the entire quoted post, could you please just go ahead and delete it?
  8. Subway construction would not necessarily be any more disruptive, and may in fact be less disruptive, than light rail construction on the surface. Most subway construction is not done by trenching, but rather by tunnelling, leaving the surface completely untouched and undisrupted. And enough already with the theory that subways could not be built in Houston. Just looking at the number of low-level cities around the world that have large subway systems should tell us that is nothing but urban myth... New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Amsterdam... And somehow, they manage to run subways, not to mention traffic tunnels UNDERNEATH rivers and bays; that seems to suggest that the technology exists to make them waterproof.
  9. I'm with Glen. I like that waterfall (it's unfortunate that it is not consistently operating), and I like the whole building, especially considering that it is primarily a parking garage. I think it was a creative and splendid way to "hide" a parking garage.
  10. I think that Kirksey design is a potential Landry's project on Post Oak Blvd, next to the Landry's corporate headquarters building.
  11. I'm with you, 2112. I like the new courthouse, and the closer it gets to completion, the more I'm liking it.
  12. That was a great article. I thought it really captured Houston, like almost no travel writers ever manage to do. I thought this line really nailed it: "most outsiders don't have the time to assemble the scattered pieces. Only with time does mishmash become mosaic." I know when I first visited Houston I wasn't terribly impressed, other than being surprised and impressed by how green it was. But after living there for five years, it became my "home" forever.
  13. What is that from? It's kind of cool. But it's a shame the very first "fact" listed is incorrect. The Bushes do not now and have never lived in River Oaks.
  14. This made me curious, so I went to the EPA website and looked at their Annual Reports. Their fiscal year 2004 spending was $1 BILLION higher than their Fiscal Year 2000 spending (14.24% increase). I wish my personal budget could have been "slashed" by a similar percentage in that time period...
  15. I don't know about any of the others you listed (and can't verify or dispute since you don't give us any names), but the TD Jakes Church in Dallas seats 8,000, barely bigger than Lakewood's CURRENT facility. As you can see on the Lakewood site, the new Lakewood worship center will seat more than 16,000. I must say, one of the more tiresome and annoying things about this board is when people throw out "facts" without checking them out first.
  16. Cool pictures. But the building identified as once having housed Lord & Taylor, actually was originally Marshall Field and then was briefly Saks Fifth Avenue. (Saks took over this Marshall Field location at the same time as they bought the one at The Galleria.)
  17. Do you mean the Boston Garden that was demolished in 1997... is that the Boston Garden you are referring to? ;-)
  18. They have an entire residential division. . . The residential division of the Cordish Company specializes in urban, mixed-use residential projects as well as "new urbanist" town centers. In addition, The Cordish Company is developing a mixed-use project in downtown Richmond, VA that will include 200 luxury residential units coupled with a class A office tower and retail/entertainment.
  19. You are one block off . . . The location of the BoTSWT was to have been the block bounded by Walker, McKinney, Louisiana and Milam. The block you referred to (Rusk, Walker, Louisiana, Milam) is the location of Two Shell Plaza.
  20. A new condo building is popping up in Midtown when I conduct searches on the HAR site. It's called Rushmore Lofts. It's on Chenevert on the north end of Midtown. Does anyone know anything about this project? Is it under construction already? Will there be retail on the ground floor?
  21. Understood, but an enterprising operation could still transfer them to DVD for sale/distribution in the 21st century
  22. Excellent idea, Urbanerd! A mixed-use complex would be awesome there, especially, if it included another theater facility and street-front retail/restaurants etc. to add some more energy to the Theater District.
  23. Those look pretty cool. But are they really available only in VHS format? Has PBS not heard of DVDs????
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