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    1. Going Up!

      For discussing new and proposed projects.
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    2. Photographing Houston

      Post your photographs of the Bayou City, and view other people's pictures.

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    3. Skyscrapers

      Which are the best? Which were mistakes?

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    4. Architects, Developers, and Designs

      Photos and discussions of architects, styles of architecture, and the people behind them.
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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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    8. Holy Places

      Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, Temples, Cathedrals, Chapels, and other holy places.
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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

      Your group's press releases, announcements, and notices.
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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. Inside the Loop

    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. Museum District

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

      One of the fastest growing cityscapes in Houston.
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    7. 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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    8. Third Ward and University of Houston

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

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    9. 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 Enclaves

    1. Houston Enclaves

      The independent municipalities inside Houston, including Bellaire, West University Place, Southside Place, Bunker Hill, Hunters Creek, and other villages.

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  5. Points North

    1. Points North

      Places generally along the North Freeway (I-45) and the Hardy Toll Road, including Acres Home, North Houston, Aldine, Spring, The Woodlands, and Conroe.

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  6. Points Northeast

    1. Points Northeast

      Places generally along the Eastex Freeway (U.S. 59/I-69), including Atascocita, Crosby, East Houston,  Eastex, Humble, IAH, Jensen, Kingwood, and Lake Houston.

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  7. Points East

    1. Points East

      Places generally along the East Freeway (I-10) and north of the Ship Channel, including Anahuac, Baytown, Channelview, Galena Park, and Jacinto City.

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  8. Points Southeast

    1. Points Southeast

      Places generally along the South Freeway (I-45), and south of the Ship Channel, including Clear Lake, Deer Park, Freindswood, the Hobby Area, League City, Pasadena, Santa Fe, South Houston, and Texas City.

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  9. Points South

    1. Points South

      Places generally along the South Freeway (TX-288), including Alvin, Manvel, Pearland, South Park, and Sunnyside.

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  10. Points Southwest

    1. Points Southwest

      Places generally along the Southwest Freeway (U.S.59/I-69), including Alief, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Stafford, and Sugarland.

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  11. Points West

    1. Points West

      Places along the Katy Freeway (I-10), including Addicks, Galleria Area, Katy, Memorial, Spring Valley, Uptown, Westchase, and the villages.

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  12. Points Northwest

    1. The Great Northwest

      Champions, Spring, Klein, Cypress, Tomball, FM 1960, Copperfield, Jersey Village, Cy-Fair and more.
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  13. Galveston and the Gulf Communities

    1. Galveston and the Gulf Islands

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

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    2. 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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  14. Farther Afield

    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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  15. 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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    6. Classified Ads

      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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    8. Hire a HAIFer

      Need a job, or is your company hiring? Why not hire a fellow HAIFer?

       

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    • Skanska drew inspiration from Bank of America Tower for new downtown Houston project By Jeff Jeffrey  – Reporter, Houston Business Journal Jan 14, 2021, 2:29pm CST The design for Skanska USA Commercial Development’s new 28-story office project adjacent to Discovery Green in downtown Houston was influenced by the company’s experience building Bank of America Tower, executives with the company told the Houston Business Journal during a Jan.14 interview. Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development’s Houston market, said after seeing how successful Bank of America Tower’s amenity terraces were with tenants, the company made sure to include similar terraces that overlook the 12-acre Discovery Green park in its new project, dubbed 1550 on the Green. Skanska’s new 375,000-square-foot office tower will be located at 1550 Lamar St. “We learned while we were building Bank of America Tower, as well as similar projects across the U.S. and around the world, that tenants really like to have that third place where they can work,” Damborsky said. “In this case, the entire building overlooks the park, so we wanted to make sure we were doing what we could to bring the park into the building.” Bank of America Tower, which opened at 800 Capitol St. in May 2019, has an outdoor amenity deck on the 35-story building’s 12th floor, as well as a retail and restaurant lobby on the bottom floor, which the company named Understory. The plans for 1550 on the Green include two tenant-only terraces and an additional terrace on the roof deck that the public will be able to rent as an event space, Damborsky said. While the plans for 1550 on the Green are still being finalized, Skanska and its design team are also considering ways to activate the building’s lobby to make it more inviting to tenants and members of the public who might be looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. “We’re considering various uses,” Damborsky said. “The obvious component is food and beverage. We’re open to everything from a fast-casual restaurant to fine dining. But we might be also do something like the walk-up food and beverage places we have seen be successful at other downtown buildings.” The design team making those decisions includes the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, an international design firm that chose to make 1550 on the Green its first project in Texas, as well as Austin-based architect Michael Hsu, who was brought on to design the interior amenity spaces. Hsu also designed Bank of America Tower's Understory culinary market. “We are very excited to have Michael Hsu on board because he’s known for creating interesting retail and amenity spaces that become a destination,” Damborsky said. That said, Damborsky noted that Bank of America Tower’s influence on 1550 on the Green wasn’t just limited to the layout of the building. The project will also have many of the touchless technology systems that Bank of America Tower incorporated into its design — systems that took on new importance in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. “Not only do those systems provide an additional level of convenience, they are important to protecting the health and wellness of the employees working there,” Damborsky said. “We want to make entry into the office as easy as possible. As with Bank of America Tower, we want to include systems that call the building’s elevators as soon as an employee badges into the building. We also want to have systems in place, so that planned visitors can be put on a list to make their access into the office as easy as possible, as well.” Skanska plans to announce the construction timeline for 1550 on the Green after it receives all of the required permits. Records filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show that construction of the building could begin as early as June 1, with an estimated completion date of May 1, 2023. The initial phase of the project is expected to cost $117 million, according to the TDLR filing. Once 1550 on the Green is completed, the building will include two basement levels of parking, six levels of above-ground parking, 20 floors of office space and a mechanical penthouse. There will be 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the largest law firms in Houston, has already signed on as the first tenant in the tower. Norton Rose Fulbright has more than 175 lawyers in its Houston office and currently is based in the Fulbright Tower, at 1301 McKinney St., part of the Houston Center complex downtown. The firm will relocate in 2024 and have naming rights in Skanska's new tower, where it will occupy 32% of the office space. Skanska acquired the property at 1550 Lamar St. in 2019 as part of a $55 million deal to buy four downtown parking lots from MIPS Investments LLC and MIPS Parking LLC, which Skanska said would be used for a then-unnamed mixed-use development. 1550 on the Green will occupy two of those parcels. Damborsky said Skanska still has not decided exactly what the remaining two parcels will be used for, but the company plans to call its mixed-use district Discovery West. "Right now, we're going to focus on making 1550 on the Green a truly spectacular project," he said.          
    • It was 390' going off of the massing chart, so it should be pretty substantial in comparison to the surrounding area. It will eventually be dwarfed by the 3 others towers in this development if I got my expectations in check, to bad this part was shrunk due to what I suspect is a horrible period for hotels. 
    • William C Harvin Blvd is now closed to through traffic.
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