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    4. Architects, Developers, and Designs

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    5. Historic Houston

      Places that have survived the city's "progress" and those that are only memories. Plus places that go bump in the night.
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    6. Houston Mod

      Houston's mid-century architectural heritage.
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    7. Crater Houston Alliance

      Demolition, and the ugly buildings you'd like to implode.
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    9. Sports and Stadia

      The teams, their buildings, and all things related.
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    10. Moving to Houston

      Ask questions before you move, get guidance as you prepare, and learn what to expect once you're here.
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    11. Community Announcements

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  2. Issues

    1. Traffic and Transportation

      The Katy Freeway is full. The Southwest Freeway is full. The Eastex Freeway is full. All the freeways are full. What should we do next?
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    2. Houston Real Estate

      Talk about buying, selling, relocating, building, neighborhoods, and other issues related to settling down in the Bayou City.

      Do not post real estate listings. They go here: Real Estate and Apartment Listings

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    3. Houston Construction, Home Repair, and Improvement

      Talk about the process and business of construction from huge towers to D.I.Y. with a Houston twist. Discuss your projects and get advice on problems that only seem to pop up in the Bayou City.
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    4. City Hall

      It's your city. How is it serving you? Are the potholes being filled, or do we have to call 911 for 311?
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    5. Houston and the Environment

      From flooding to Buffalo Bayou to air pollution to the rapidly disappearing Katy Prairie, talk about the city's impact on the environment and the environment's impact on the city.
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    6. Houston and the Media

      Radio, TV, Newspapers, web, and more. Discuss Houston's home-grown media (KTRK, KIAH, KHOU, The Chron, The Press, KTRH, KUHF, etc...) and how the outside world sees Houston.
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    7. International Houston

      Life in Houston's Asian, French, British, Russian, Mexican and other foreign-based communities.
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    8. Houston Area Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

      Houston and its environs have great restaurants, the largest mall in Texas, and some of the liveliest night life in the Southwest.
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    9. The Arts in Houston

      From huge museums to independent galleries, painting, sculpture, dance, fashion, and music flourish in Houston.

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  3. Houston Neighborhoods

    1. Downtown

      Rebirth on the bayou, or just as seedy and run down as ever?

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    2. Midtown

      From acres of vacant lots to a thriving community. Check out what's going on in Houston's newest inner Loop neighborhood.
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    3. Montrose

      Combining stately homes and the city's "Alternative" culture.
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    4. The Heights

      Proud, involved homeowners make this one of the few places where you can still see Houston as it was 100 years ago.
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    5. West Loop/Galleria/Uptown/Memorial

      Another of Houston's cities-within-a-city. The shopping and business mecca is turning residential before our eyes.
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    6. Museum District

      Quiet. Green. Dignified. The neighborhood so many others try to emulate.
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    7. Texas Medical Center

      One of the fastest growing cityscapes in Houston.
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    8. The East End and East Houston

      The historic and industrial heart of the Bayou City, between downtown and the Port of Houston.

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    9. Third Ward and University of Houston

      South of downtown, north of OST, and in the heart of it all.

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    10. Other Houston Neighborhoods

      Post the topic here. If a neighborhood gets enough messages, it will get its own forum.
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  4. Houston Metro

    1. Galveston and the Gulf Islands

      Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula and the other barrier islands of coastal Texas.

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    2. Katy and Points West

      Katy, Cinco Ranch, Sealy, and other I-10 exurbs and their neighbors.
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    3. Sugar Land and the Southwest

      Sugar Land, First Colony, Missouri City, Richmond-Rosenberg and other southwestern areas.
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    6. Coastal Prairie and Bay

      The mainland communities south of Houston and along the coast of Galveston Bay from Pearland, Alvin, Freeport, and Lake Jackson to Clear Lake, Texas City, and Anahuac.
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  5. Outside Houston

    1. Bryan-College Station

      Just a quick trip up highway 6 the future of Texas is made.

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    2. San Antonio

      The second-largest city in Texas, best known for the Alamo and the Riverwalk.

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    3. Dallas/Fort Worth/Metroplex

      Our neighbors to the north.

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    4. Austin

      State capitol, tech hub, college town, hippie haven. Austin is many things to many people.

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    5. Other Texas Places

      From Amarillo to Brownsville. El Paso to Nacogdoches. There's a lot of places to see in the Lone Star State. Talk about them here.
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    6. New Orleans and Southern Louisiana

      The food. The music. The city. The swamps.

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    7. Meanwhile, In The Rest of the World...

      Discussions of architecture and urban issues in other cities within the United States and abroad.

      Related link: Towrs architecture fan site

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  6. Other

    1. General Houston Discussions

      For anything about Houston that doesn't quite fit into another category.
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    2. The Weather

      Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, blue northers, sandstorms, and blazing sun: Texas has it all.
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    3. Off Topic

      For sensible discussion of other topics of interest. Books, art, whatever. Anything but sex, politics, and morality.
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    4. Way Off Topic

      For discussion of controversial topics. Sex. Politics. Morality. Things like that. Keep it PG-13, or your post will be deleted. There are children among us.

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    5. Computers, Technology and the Internet

      If you're here, you must have a computer and internet access. Talk about computers, life online, the latest gadgets and gizmos, and related cool stuff.
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      Need to buy something? Have something to sell? Got some room? Looking for space? Post your ads here.

      Ads for get-rich-quick schemes, MLM programs, and anything verging on illegal or questionable will be deleted without warning.

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    7. HAIF on HAIF

      For discussions of the web site and suggestions for improvements.

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    • I should have added prior to posting that it was a sort of running joke among the architects and engineers who worked on the project.  Sarcasm is hard to decipher (and convey) over the interweb’s sometimes.
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    • By Olivia Pulsinelli  – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal  6 hours ago   Texas Tower, a 47-story office building under construction in downtown Houston, has received LEED Platinum precertification, Houston-based Hines announced on Earth Day.  The 1 million-square-foot tower earned the designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 for Core & Shell Rating System, per Hines’ April 22 press release. The building also will seek WiredScore and WELL Building certifications for connectivity and wellness standards. The building’s green features will include: Easy access to public transit Bike parking and electric-vehicle charging stations Energy-efficient measures such as high-efficiency chillers, improved curtainwall U-values and a unique underfloor air delivery system LED lighting fixtures with advanced monitoring systems Low-flow water fixtures Reflective roofing materials to reduce heat-island effect Several rooftop terraces to incorporate fresh air, natural light and other benefits of nature A rainwater harvesting and condensate recovery system for irrigation “Texas Tower will be an excellent example of how we can achieve a sustainable, high-performance building that, as a result, operates at a lower comparative cost over time, benefiting tenants, owners and the environment alike,” Clayton Ulrich, Hines’ senior vice president of corporate operations and engineering services and global sustainability officer, said in the release.      Hines is developing Texas Tower in partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge, a Canada-based real estate investment company. The design architect is Connecticut-based Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, which also worked on previous Hines buildings in Houston, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago and Italy, as well as the new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Rhode Island-based Gilbane is the general contractor.  The project broke ground on the 800 block of Texas Avenue in July 2018 and is expected to open in late 2021.  As of April 22, Texas Tower was 33 percent leased thanks to anchor tenants Vinson & Elkins and Hines. The law firm signed a 16-year lease for 212,000 square feet over the top seven floors, and Hines will occupy 155,000 square feet across five floors in a 15-year lease. Colvill Office Properties is handling the leasing.  Texas Tower will be situated diagonally on its site, just like the recently announced 46-story residential tower next door. Hines is developing that tower — dubbed The Preston — with investment partners Cresset Partners and Levy Family Partners. Construction began in early April, preleasing will begin in October 2021, and the project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2022, Hines announced on Feb. 4. Skanska's Capitol Tower — also under construction in downtown Houston — was the first Houston development to be awarded LEED v4 Platinum precertification.
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