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  1. The angle of the grid likely had more to do with prevailing winds than anything. East and West are the bad directions for sun. South can be dealt with by some minimal window shades.
  2. Keep in mind it was demolished in 1983, a time when no one may have wanted an old building in that area. I haven't seen any details on condition, but the owners would have kept it if they could have made money renting it out.
  3. Sounds like a winnable protest for unequal appraisal
  4. The ordinance doesn't apply to trees on private property. Only trees on the City right of way. If the removed trees were on a lot, the City doesn't have any control .
  5. ExxonMobil donated most of its historical collection to UT Austin. There might be something there.
  6. That's hilarious, since there's no way to get the bullet train there without using eminent domain on a bunch of properties that belong to people with the money to fight. Bullet train terminus belongs at Northwest Mall.
  7. Bob Onstead was not a Mormon, he was a member of the Church of Christ. He refused to sell alcohol because he thought it was destructive to families.
  8. We looked at a few houses in the Sixth Ward years back that had the exposed shiplap. In general, the cheesecloth was removed, the nail heads made flush, and the wood stained and varnished. Some of the nail heads were shiny, some looked like they had been touched up with paint to match the stain, so they weren't obvious.None of the houses had sealed the joints between boards to make them less visible.
  9. I guess that means the two taller buildings will get demolished. That should be interesting to watch. I drove by there the other day, and the East half is pretty much just dirt. The smaller building towards the back is a pile of rubble, and the bunker looking 2 story is gutted. There was a pile mountain of what looked like desks or filing cabinets next to the tall buildings.
  10. Absolutely. $41k per year is only $800 per week. As long as they've been in business, they know what they are doing.
  11. Being pedantic, the tax rate for those buildings is the same as for any other building with the same taxing entities. Total taxes vary on property value and any exemptions. The taxes on the Sand Dollar property were $41k last year, the label warehouse owners paid $29k. Neither of those amounts is that high, and the business model for those types of stores are to buy stock for almost nothing, and get it out the door for a 300% markup, with prices that are much less than a regular retail establishment. The label warehouse owners have several other stores in Houston, all of them owned for some time, so their carry costs are probably minimal, as they acquired them when property was much cheaper. There are three Sand Dollar stores with similar ownership histories. I doubt either company is interested in selling their properties, or they likely would have by now.
  12. Another potential mural site?
  13. This comment mentions KTRK, and here's a link with a Tom Evans reference at Universal Weather Reference to Chris Chandler in the comments to this link IMDB reference for Chandler Picture at KPRC here
  14. If that's what the owners of the properties want, I'm OK with it. As a benefit, the various taxing authorities would get more revenue than the vacant lots with surface parking provide. The garages would likely go away as new buildings become economic. I do doubt, though, that parking garages are going to sprout up all over the place, given the cost to build, and the low probability that, other than for special events, there will be enough customers to make a profit. And, it seems like more companies are leaving Downtown for cheaper, or owned property elsewhere in the city, which makes random parking garage construction less likely.
  15. So, the property is going to just sit there until late next year? That's a little disappointing.