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Here they are: the selected nominations for the final category of the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. They’re for the Greatest Moment in Houston Real Estate of the last year.
Which nominee will you vote for? Read the descriptions below, then add your choice in a comment — or send it in a private email. Swamplot’s voting guidelines encourage campaigning for your favorite candidate. Just make sure all votes are in before midnight on Sunday, December 28th.
The official nominees for Greatest Moment in Houston Real Estate 2008 are . . .
1. Construction Is Completed on the Katy Freeway. October 28. “18 lanes of traffic-free glory — for a while, at least. Plus all that widening means an entirely new generation of feeder-road shopping centers.”
2. Vestalia Opens for Business. September 29. “Unfazed by the recent collapse of his home-construction empire, former Royce Builders President John Speer founds his next company: Vestalia, named after an ancient Roman pagan rite that commonly featured bovine abortions. The company lists its official address as Speer’s 2004 15,811-sq.-ft. estate on 80 gated acres in Cypress, already on the market for $9.8 million.”
3. The Astrodome Goes Dark. July 17. “Just 6 months after officials propose turning the Astrodome into a stable for Rodeo animals, the fire marshall shuts the building down, citing insufficient water pressure in the sprinkler system and several other code violations. Instead of spending $250,000 to fix the problems, Reliant Park employees are moved into neighboring buildings — and the Dome is shuttered.”
4. Discovery Tower Begins Construction. March 3. “It’s a spec office tower Downtown, and it’s going to have wind turbines on the roof. Sure, they’re mostly for show, but is this new style of development here to stay?”
5. The Opening of Discovery Green. April 13. “Thousands of Houstonians discover the strange new experience of walking outdoors, surrounded by large groups of other people, in an open, pleasant Downtown space that has no entrance fee. Most report that they actually enjoy it. Does Discovery Green count as public space? For most of us, it’s close enough.”
6. Inland Houston Escapes Extensive Flooding. September 13. “Hurricane Ike’s storm surge causes flooding in low-lying and coastal areas of Houston. Winds cause extensive damage throughout the region. But . . . the storm passes through Houston relatively quickly. In contrast to Tropical Storm Allison 7 years earlier, most inland areas of Houston don’t flood.”
7. Get-to-Know-Your-Neighbor Week. September 13-20: “Large portions of the Houston-Galveston area are without power after Hurricane Ike, and some are without water. With the city at a standstill, many Houstonians meet their neighbors for the very first time.”
Which moment meets the test of greatness? It’s your choice!
Update: The winners have been announced!
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