And Now For Something Completely Different

A loyal reader sends these snapshots of some intriguing street signs in a new Las Colinas, Texas townhouse development:

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Does anyone know the story??

Bonus: Sometimes it’s just better not to ask any questions.

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19 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Different

  1. marmer01 says:

    That’s an InTown Homes development. You’ve probably heard of Frank Liu. http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2016/03/16-million-donated-for-entrepreneurship

  2. ChrisC says:

    Haha… I love how the misspelled Wiess!

  3. N Bailey says:

    Too bad he misspelled Wiess as Weiss. Maybe it is a short street so corrections will be less costly.

  4. Michael Ross says:

    According to a Google StreetView of the townhome project’s onsite sales trailer (https://goo.gl/maps/xbhFKCGArkT2), the name of the development is Verona at Lake Carolyn.

    There’s no mention of the street name connection to Rice on InTown Homes’ Verona’s project FAQ page: http://www.veronalascolinas.com/#!faq/fwtcc .

  5. heyzeus212 says:

    They spelled Wiess wrong.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Yeah, but we pronounce it wrong so it all evens out in the end.

      • almadenmike says:

        Not necessarily. The German pronunciation is Weese (or Veese, as W.U. says below), but the Yiddish pronunciation would be a “long-i” Wiisse. Did Harry Carothers Wiess, for whom the college was named, have an Ashkenazi heritage?

      • George Webb says:

        Melissa, I love your column, but the “it evens out in the end” comment is a canard, and as a professional historian I think you know it. The written word is far more public and permanent than the spoken word, and inaccuracy is not a trait Rice is (or should be) known for. Rice people should try to get things right. Moreover, putting the colleges aside (which I know is hard for some alums to do), the Wiess family has been extremely important in Rice’s history, and mis-spelling their name (even as an adolescent joke) is disrespectful and just plain sloppy. Whether or not the pronunciation is “wrong” — and the ongoing trends regarding “San Felipe” in Houston, “Mueller” in Austin and others are examples that pronunciation of place names can change over time — there is no reason not to at least get the spelling right.

  6. almadenmike says:

    Do these qualify as a modern take on Rice’s German High Hat lamp posts: https://goo.gl/maps/jRqepNmFDup ?

  7. Gloria Meckel Tarpley says:

    Very curious to learn the scoop!

  8. Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81 says:

    I don’t suppose Frank Liu follows this august publication? We should ask him!

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