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Old 01-02-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Seriously, but that looks WAYY better than it did in September Also didn't see that most of Travis County pulled out of "Exceptional", at least for now.

I'm skeptical of the alarmist articles talking about how TX is entering into a "30 year drought", but most reasonable predictions say that 2012 will probably bring more dryness, at least in the beginning, but I do think Travis County will pull out of the drought by the end of this year.

Hopefully 2012 will bring more subdued, manageable growth to Austin. With the record-setting summer heat, concerns about water, and less-than-rosy jobs situation, I think more people will think twice about packing up and moving to this area.

Finally, the Formula 1 track should be finished and the race descending upon us in November.

EDIT: This is not for Austin, but I just learned that 2012 will bring TRADER JOE'S to DFW!!
Yes, with the exception of East Austin and West Houston, it seems that all of our major cities have pulled out of the exceptional column. Dallas has faired better than everyone, throughout this drought.

Even with the steady precipitation we've been receiving over the past few months, we're still in need of several flooding rains to get us back on track.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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It should be a very good year here in Omaha.

Two very large scale mixed use projects will start construction early this year.

One downtown is ~$180 million. 350 room hotel, 280 apartment units, office space and retail on street level. All built on a surface parking lot across the street from our arena/convention center.

The other will be a major reconstruction of our oldest traditional enclosed mall. It will go from a dead mall with over 70% vacancy to a pretty cool regional shopping destination. It will include 500 new apartments, a new city library, a new bus transit center, and the developer has said the majority of the retail tenants will be new to the market which will make this a really busy shopping destination.

We will have about 500 new downtown apartments come on the market in the first 6 months of 2012 with at least 200 more in the 2nd half of the year.

This is also going to be a GREAT year to be a sports fan in Omaha.
NCAA basketball tournament games will be hosted here in March.
College World Series returns to Omaha in mid June.
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials are here again in late June / early July. This decides who competes for the U.S. in London next summer. This is world wide as well as nationwide exposure.

And hopefully we don't get any more flooding like 2011 brought. Kind of the opposite up here as it is in Texas. We had WAY too much water this year.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Some highlights for Cleveland I'm greatly looking forward to these next 4 months.

Jan 21 -- Cleveland Aquarium will OPEN Downtown Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Mar 26 -- Horseshoe Higbee Casino will OPEN Downtown ($350 million project) Horseshoe Casino
Apr 5-14 -- Rock and Roll HOF Induction Week and Ceremony (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n' Roses, Beastie Boys will be inducted). The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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Seattle will have the Space Gallery at the Museum Of Flight And Space open with the Space Shuttle Trainer in it And Aviation High School is under construction at the complex. Lemay Car Museum will open in the spring . It will be one of the largest car museums in the world. Seattle Center is getting a remodel for the 2012 50 year aniversery , and is getting a new glass museum added to the complex. Mohai will open its new museum in SouthLake Union. The North Lot Development is under construction in the Stadium Distric one of the largest T.O.D in North America. Subways are under construction to the unversity and northgate. East line is starting construction this year and the new downtown to FirstHill Street car line is under construction. Several new Highrises are under construction and so will many more start. Target is going to open its new store downtown and so is the new Nordstrom Rack Store in Westlake Mall. Disney Cruise Lines will Join the other Cruise Lines in Seattle. Starbucks, Amazon , Microsoft, Costco , Boeing , Nordstroms and nintendo are doing well . The economy is doing well. And with Boeing deciding to build most its new planes in Seattle again and close witchata plant down. Boeing also leased 65,000 sq ft in the office building above the Art Museum in Downtown. Lots going on in Seattle.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: MN
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This year will be pretty interesting for Minnesota. Michelle Bachmann is pushing hard to become Republican nominee for the election. Locally, the Twin Cities are going to make a push to get approval funding for the new Vikings stadium. Even more locally I would like to see ground break on a new Hockey Arena for St. Cloud State University. Even more-so, Minnesota is going to look hard at it's budget and road improvements.

Speaking of droughts, Minnesota is going to be facing an interesting spring with a very dry fall and a dry winter now. Wildlife is going to bounce back greatly- A very, very light and mild winter is good for Turkeys, Pheasants and Deer populations.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:58 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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This year will be pretty interesting for Minnesota. Michelle Bachmann is pushing hard to become Republican nominee for the election.
Gotta wonder what Minnesotans really think of her and all the national press she's gotten. Perhaps she'll have a little luck at the polls today, her husband just loves caucuses.

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minnesota's new law to switch to driving on the left has taken place with apparently little announcement or changes to the existing signage and traffic controls. People seem very reluctant to going along with the switch and are downright hostile to those of us that are inclined to follow the new rules.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Gotta wonder what Minnesotans really think of her and all the national press she's gotten. Perhaps she'll have a little luck at the polls today, her husband just loves caucuses.
She scares most MN's and we're (or they're) lucky she only has power over one small district that few people live in. She won't have a chance at President with the amount of "woops" statemets (sorry Rick Perry) she makes, and if she somehow DOES become President, I will flee the country for two reasons: 1.) I don't want that woman making decisions for this country based on what she believes, and 2.) I don't want to live in a country with people who approve of her agenda.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Minnesota's new law to switch to driving on the left has taken place with apparently little announcement or changes to the existing signage and traffic controls. People seem very reluctant to going along with the switch and are downright hostile to those of us that are inclined to follow the new rules.
Hahahaha.....don't give up -- people are just being too stubborn!
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago - The Miami of Canada
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Chicago is set to have an exciting - and hopefully positive - spring. We're hosting the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in April, and then the NATO and G8 Summits in May (first time ever in the US outside of DC!)

Should bring a lot of international attention and visitors to the city...
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