Houston needs a new 'museum', plus CO-UA foresight, rankings, budgets, parking, and more
I'm speaking at a symposium
in Sacramento this week, so just time to pass along the rapidly growing list of smaller items:
"Reunited, the heady crew embodies Houston itself: oversized, earnest, subject to wild financial swings, and peculiar as all get-out."
"The first offshore production wind turbine in the U.S. will likely be erected this summer off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and operational by fall...
Texas has unique coastal sovereignty. Because of a stipulation made when the Texas republic joined the United States in 1845, its boundary extends 10.3 miles from the coast.
Federal land for all other coastal states begins 3 miles offshore, which means Cape Wind Associates had to seek the approval of the Minerals Management Service. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced last Wednesday that the government would grant a permit to build the 420-megawatt project, which since 2001 had been debated in dozens of public meetings and faced vehement opposition from residents, historic associations and politicians."
Hat tip to Jessie and HAIF.
"While rankings are ubiquitous, so are their flaws. Some suffer from bad or misinterpreted data, or lack of transparency, or arbitrary weightings. Rankings also purport to draw distinctions between top-ranked entities when, statistically speaking, there is very little light between them."
Two final items.
First: Attention all budding, hands-on, non-tech entrepreneurs out there
(or if you know anyone like that, forward this along): you could make a boatload of money here in Houston if you built a (for-profit) museum like The City Museum
in St. Louis - recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal (A Quirky Museum Exposes Kids to Thrills, Spills and Trial Lawyers - WSJ.com
). Kids absolutely love it, and if it can succeed in St. Louis, it can do at least 2-3x the business here. 700,000 annual visitors at $12 each - do the math. Don't miss the photos and video.
Second: while I am sad at the loss of Continental's HQ in the merger with United (although I am hopeful the reality will be a dual-HQ over time, or at least a lot of jobs just below the executive level kept here), I also need to brag a bit on the foresight of your local blogger with this Chronicle op-ed from December 2002:
(click them to see larger images; for some reason it doesn't show up in the Chronicle's online archives)
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