Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Discouraging panhandling, airport wag brigade, 6-figure incomes, Grand Parkway size, TAMU TMC growth, and more

Big Idea of the Week before getting to our smaller items: I think the City needs to hang signs over major panhandler intersections saying:
"Please give to charity, not panhandling."
I think this could make a major positive improvement in the city over time, both at the intersections and among the panhandling population which would have to go to charities with real comprehensive services rather than just unsafely collecting dollars in the middle of busy roadways from intimidated motorists and doing who-knows-what with it.

One key: making sure to hang them high up near the traffic lights.  If they're down low, the panhandlers will either tear them down or deface them.

Moving on to this week's items:
Finally, can we *please* get a wag brigade at Houston airports?!  Get a small army of these cuties wandering the terminals and it will give Houston a PR buzz that money can't buy.  It would also encourage more people to connect on flights through Houston as well, which would stimulate United and Southwest to add more service.

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At 10:38 PM, February 25, 2020, Blogger VeracityID said...

The six figure league table doesn't adjust for Cost of Living so it's hardly a valid comparison.

At 10:40 PM, February 25, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Good point!

At 1:57 AM, February 26, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

No on the Wag Brigade. What a bunch of wimps.

At 10:37 AM, February 26, 2020, Blogger Mark said...

Hi Tory have you seen this story about the DOME? What do you think?

At 12:36 PM, February 26, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

Having a year round Oil Tech Exibits open to the public would be awesome for the Astrodome and will be able to pay for the air conditioning renovation.

At 3:49 PM, February 26, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

The HMNS science museum already has done a new absolutley top-notch oil tech exhibit.

And Mark, I don't think it would work for commodities exchange (even if they could somehow be lured to Houston). That stuff is all electronic at this point anyway.

Judge Emmett had it right: a giant events space, mostly used during OTC and Rodeo, but available for events year-round.

That's the most affordable strategy. Here's a more ambitious one that would require big money: http://houstonstrategies.blogspot.com/2012/03/ultimate-houston-strategy.html

At 7:15 AM, February 27, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

What i meant was not a museum exhibit but a investor and trade fair it might cost too much but it would be cool. As an expansion of the OTC. The HMNS exibhit is cool though very nice museum.


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