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Musea Will Not Support KERA (or KXT)

July 6, 2017

MUSEA will not support KERA (or KXT)

The Dallas zine Musea (monthly since 1992) cannot support KERA. We also advocate our readers not to support KERA, and we advocate that the rest of Dallas not support KERA.

For all of the last 25 years:

KERA has not reported on or supported the local and national musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, photographers, etc.; talked about in Musea.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help all artists of all kinds here and across the country.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help make the media in Dallas better.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help make Dallas a better city.

KERA has gone out of their way to not support anything Musea talked about in 200 issues.

http://www.musea.us/Musea200.htm

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Quote on Music Industry “Most people prefer NOT to listen to new songs.”

July 6, 2017

So how bad has the corporate music industry gotten with it’s 3 CEO’s controlling 80% and 1% of musicians making 70% of the money?Digital Music News report on the first half of 2017 says

Most people prefer NOT to listen to new songs.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/07/05/buzzangle-music-sales-2017/

See tomhendricks.us for more

Houses Under 50K

July 1, 2017

Why are we down to so few housing choices.

1. Buy a new mansion that no one can afford.
2. Buy a second hand home that is crumbling down and still too expensive. 3. Rent and never build home equity.

Where is number 4? Why do all new houses have to be mansions and be so expensive? What new home buyer can afford a new home? Few millennials can. Want people to buy homes? Then build new homes for less than 50k, $50,000.

How?

When you ask that question to any innovative architects, each has a dozen answers on how to make stylish, affordable, non cookie cutter, homes at affordable prices. Many allow homeowners to add on to their new homes as their incomes improve.

These well designed small homes are perfect for newly married young couples, single parents and their kids, and seniors living on their own.

So what’s keeping this from happening?

My idea is that rich people don’t want a ghetto of poor people next to them, even if they are owners of new houses. The fifties had a building spree, but all the houses, tract houses, were congregated together and were exactly alike. The rich don’t want low cost housing in their backyard, and the new home buyer doesn’t want to be in a low income ghetto either.

Here’s the solution.

Make affordable houses, but only a few here and there. I saw one architect who suggested putting a complete small home as a self contained pod, on top of an empty roof! (See Werner Aisslinger’s LoftCube, a prefab pod home.)

Now if he could do that, why not two or three prefab pod homes, not only on a flat roof downtown; but, on a single tract of land in a mixed development neighborhood?

Many major cities have vacant lots. Instead of leaving them empty we could fill one here and two there with 3 or 4 small affordable homes.

More than once, I’ve said that any company that can develop a small attractive completely contained home, could make as much money as the first manufacturers of cars did with that invention!

Time for new solutions. This is one that is due. Having home owners stabilizes a community like nothing else. People who want their own homes, should have a way of getting them. This is a good way.

More of everything at tomhendricks.us

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Here is an earlier post on Housing costs.

I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.

Through this period of excessive house building that led to the economic crisis we are all now in, I was saying, why are these houses so big and so expensive? Then the housing bubble burst and we are still collectively paying for the housing/banking crisis.

But in the future, why not a small one or two bedroom, well designed, not cookie cutter, $30,000 cottage with basics. Then let the homeowner add on as he moves up. Washer/dryer, garage instead of carport, etc. There seem to be many architects that love to design the small house. Even modular housing could be made that is artistic and distinctive – why not support these architects and help people get homes again?

Time to remember what happened to baby carriages. They got bigger and bigger. Then one person invented one so small it could be carried in the car. That soon wiped out the competition. Smart builders could learn a lesson from baby carriages.
I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.

Dallas Main St, a Pedestrian Walkway

June 30, 2017

Want to revitalize all of downtown Dallas in a way that helps everyone in the city and costs little to nothing?

My suggestion, written about in my zine Musea and recapped below, would do that in one step.

Make Main Street a pedestrian walkway – that’s it.

Before you read the recap, an update. I think I can make this one street walkway without cars, world class through a simple architectural addition. Here goes.

Norman Foster added a roof to the great court at the British Museum that is flat out wonderful – and so simple and elegant. It is a roof of steel and glass that covers the smaller buildings below and the spaces between them.

My idea is to set up cement posts all along Main Street, and top them with a concave vault of steel and glass inspired by Foster’s work at the British Museum. This ceiling would cover the entire street. Gradually all of Main Street would have a roof that would let in the sunshine, keep out the rain, and make the temperature for those walking under it, mild all through the year. That would also make Main Street in Dallas, a world class architectural statement!

Now, as promised. Here is the recap of the Main Street – Pedestrian Walkway, idea.

Make Main Street a no-car, pedestrian walkway from Downtown through Deep Ellum to Fair Park. Then take it the other way, across the Trinity River on a pedestrian bridge to one of the main roads in Oak Cliff. Later you can keep it going as far as you like in both directions, and/or you could add the streets next to Main.

Be sure to add these features that would make it all the better: police walking on patrol or on bikes, some lunch wagons here and there, and some electric carts to move people up and down the Pedestrian Walkway.

With this one step you’ve got a new Dallas, and a one of a kind US city. You’ve also got a world attraction for tourists.

This would be the Dallas version of San Antonio’s “Riverwalk” but with a walkway not a waterway. It would tie in all the neighborhoods mentioned, revitalize all of them, and make a reason for people to go, shop, explore, celebrate, and live, downtown/Deep Ellum/Fair Park/Oak Cliff.

This would also help get traffic and pollution out of downtown by reducing traffic in downtown. Dallas City Government you should make it clear that cars can come to downtown, or go around downtown, but they are no longer allowed to go through downtown! We don’t need that stalled traffic polluting up Main and the side streets.

Sadly the chance this would come to pass is slim, in the present city atmosphere. There is no billionaire developer pushing for his own single downtown revitalization project, and without that seldom does the city government act.

But this is worth the change. This step would help all of the real estate on Main, all the real estate on the two roads on either side of Main, and from there as this developed, the benefits would flow out to all downtown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and beyond.

Think big fog Big D!

City (collage.)

Before You – Interview

June 7, 2017

BEFORE YOU / INTERVIEW

Slowly I’m getting some recognition for all my work. That’s nice, but I note that in all the interviews I’ve had from the past, I’ve gotten the same response from both the interviewer and the audience. HUH?

Here in this post is a list of some things I might mention in an interview. For most listeners they would think I am talking in a different language.

Musea Readers of long standing, take this quiz and see how much you know about all things connected with Musea.

Who is Musea for and against?

Name any two doors of the Five Doors to the Art Revolution video series.

What is the reason for the Texas Video Showdown?

Name three zines in the Zine Hall of Fame.

What is People Power?

What is a Standup?

What Dallas Street do I suggest should become a pedestrian walkway?

Name any two points from the Postism Art Manifesto.

What is the Big LIst?

When and where was the last moment of Modern Art?

Why was 12 By 12 Records called a co-op record company?

What is tomhendricks.us?

Name a poem video.

Recite a single line from any of my 1700 Original Songs.

Name two columnists from Musea.

Who is Corporate Art / Media?

Name two points from my UV paper on the Origin of Life.

Name three of my websites.

Name two world’s firsts in music connected to Tom Hendricks/ Hunkasaurus.

My Sci-fi novel Writings in Science, is written in what form?

What is Pay for Play online?

Name any instrumental I’ve written and recorded.

Why does Musea think fair reviews are so important

Name one of the educational reforms in my essay on education.

Define a Quatro, Vision, or a Readymade.

Why is Ben Bagdikian important to the art revolution?

Name any three of my books.

Name any of the ten points in the essay, Getting the Country Back in Shape.

Name any point from the essay Cogitology

What does playing the guitar in the Combo Style, mean?

Where does the phrase, “I don’t dumb down, so please wise up,” come from?

What is a CBA?

What is Musead?

What changes does Musea suggest for the NEA?

How does wiki college work?

Why should theater workers protest Hollywood?

What is a Workers Dollar Union.

Name any of the 27 points from the Censored Art News article.

What is a bagatelle?

Who is David McGhee, G.K.H. Bryant, Michael Helsem – each a great artist in his field.

For answers see my new website
tomhendricks.us


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