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    http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2013/02/bhp-billiton-petroleum-announces-plans.html Here we go! It's funny someone said there were rumors in OKC that BHP would relocate there, when in reality they are consolidating their Oklahoma operations here.
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    Here is a pic I took yesterday. Looks even better in person.
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    Why start the Rodeo after the All Star game? Was it a blown opportunity not to host both at the same time? Why not have Lebron James be the grand marshal of the Rodeo Parade instead of the coach of the Aggies?
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    Looks like it might be approaching 500 feet which would make a huge impact on the Uptown skyline.
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    Imagine this with the Astoria and on top of that, all of the BLVD place towers. Very busy neighborhood now and for the next few years.
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    I think ticket sales for both Angelika and Sundance have shown that Downtown can currently support about one movie theater. The fact that iPic and Sundance are both "premium" style theaters makes it even worse.
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    The Chron has picked up the story, too... http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2013/02/bhp-billiton-office-tower-to-rise-on-post-oak-boulevard/#comment-21660 BHP Billiton Petroleum said Monday it will hire hundreds of new employees and lease a 30-story office tower to be built at 1500 Post Oak Blvd. to accommodate its expanding shale business and future growth. Construction is expected to start later this year on the new building, which will be connected to the company’s current headquarters at 1360 Post Oak Blvd, creating a two-tower campus. A glass skybridge will connect the structures. The buildings will house several thousand BHP employees, many still to be hired. Some 1,800 existing BHP employees will office there, including workers in other locations. Employees in downtown’s Wells Fargo Tower and a building in Tulsa, Okla. will relocate to the Post Oak headquarters. “We’ll probably be pushing 3,000 when we move into the new building,” CEO J. Micheal Yeager said at a press conference. In total, BHP will occupy about 1 million square feet in both buildings. The new tower will have 560,000 square feet. Transwestern will develop the new building for owner TIAA-CREF. BHP Billiton deals in natural resources ranging from iron ore and uranium to oil and natural gas. The company is headquartered in Melbourne, with a major office in London, but the petroleum division is based in Houston. Architectural firm Pickard Chilton designed the building, which is expected to open in 2016. Gensler also was involved. “We have designed this new building with employee productivity and appeal as top priorities to retain current employees and attract prospective employees,” Yeager said in a statement. “We plan to hire hundreds of new people in the immediate future. To attract the most talent, we believe we need to offer them the best possible work environment.”
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    It makes sense for a government agency to not be given free reign to just drop a line anywhere without careful consideration regarding how it will affect those neighborhoods. One has only to look at how freeways cut through the middle of neighborhoods affected them negatively, and it takes decades for them to get their feet back under them, no matter how good it might have been for the overall city. Of course, I personally think the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. The government isn't willing to pose a short term disruption anywhere at the cost of the long game. And it seems like that direction is not given by the voice of people, but money. Why was the east end line okay running straight down the middle of a very vibrant (if not money rich) community, yet the same cannot be done down the middle of another vibrant (and rich) community? I'd bet, with the way Montrose is turning into River Oaks east, that in 5-10 years time when they start planning for this route again, it won't just be HV, or AO, all of everything west of the midtown spur will be against it going through. As a casual observer, it sure as hell looks like this tiny bit of America is ruled not by one person/one vote, but who's got the bigger pockets? But I guess, how is this different than any other time in American history?
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    Right next to the Continental Club. http://houston.bcycle.com I might never use it because I have an awesome bike but it'll be great when people visit me and want to go for a ride with me.
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    I tend to question whether it's worth doing anything. Road capacity can only be expanded so much at a reasonable cost, and it might not make sense to design with a view to the occasional gridlock event such as this. After all, drivers should reasonably expect that the West Loop will be clogged most of the time, and plan routes (the beltway is often a good alternative) and drive times accordingly. It's painful, but there probably just isn't that much extra capacity to be had in the area.
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    It doesnt really look like the renderings yet... I also dont understand why they bothered preserving the two brick walls (I'm skeptical it saved much manpower/cost in relation to total project). The difference brick colors are kind of... ugly. Hopefully, they paint them to match or something...
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