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  1. 4 points
  2. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/sarnoff/article/Want-to-boost-your-property-s-value-Send-in-the-5689608.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=5cf09a0517
    3 points
  3. They're still working 7 days a week on this, starting at 7:30am or so. When I walked by this afternoon (a Sunday!) I counted 36 people on the site. It's astonishing how thick the rebar is -- if you look closely, you can see workers walking around underneath/inside the rebar. Looks like they are getting close to finishing the rebar placement, so I'd think the mat pour can't be far away. It's going to be an insanely long pour, I am sure. (click for higher resolution)
    3 points
  4. That stone/square tile southern facade was the best thing about this building. I really hate to have lost that.
    2 points
  5. Man, I thought this would be something involving the late sci-fi series starring Nathan Fillion. Bummer.
    2 points
  6. I wasn't familiar with this particular bank so went to google maps to take a look. Really hate to hear that they took this one down. It will be interesting to see what they put up in its place because this was a very nice building in my opinion.
    2 points
  7. Oddly enough, the people who are suing to stop the highrises because of the traffic they cause don't want the bus lanes to the rail line.
    2 points
  8. It wasn't this one on the corner of 71st and Sherman? http://goo.gl/maps/YRghb It also used to be Stokleys, Schades, and also Simmons Food Mart over the years (nothing I see lists Wu's, but that doesn't mean much).
    1 point
  9. ^Yep, the taqueria at 902 Telephone was a Rettig's. The jewelry store (at 704 Telephone) was McNeel's in the 1950s and 1960s and later Hart's in the 1970s. And of course the famous Felix Mexican Restaurant arches can still be seen at 719 Telephone. Oh, and John's Broiler Burger used to be Brittain's.
    1 point
  10. Rode my bicycle by there on Sunday morning and talked to a supervisor, he said the pour will happen Saturday morning and it will have 3 tower cranes.
    1 point
  11. Best part about the article is that they are adding so much restaurant space. The patio views looking across discovery green towards the growing skyline is gonna be sweet.
    1 point
  12. http://www.conconow.com/breaking-guinness-world-record-largest-continuous-mat-pour/ Here's a pretty big placement that occured in LA a few months ago... some nice pictures. Lots of pump trucks! But make note, " Then came 18 miles of cooling pipes for thermal control"
    1 point
  13. You can control mix design temperatures a multitude of ways. But if that is in fact a monolithic pour...the time of day won't matter much. That pour will push 140 degrees at night. The day time pour will reduce their working time due to heat, but at the bottom of the form, that won't matter. I would opine that theyre timing the start of their pour, so that the end is at night, thus maximizing working time for the crews finishing at the top. Hope we get some good photos of the pour... Thats a massive one. My biggest concrete pour is 500 cubic yards. This looks like 15,000.
    1 point
  14. I'm not against tollways. I think its a better way to speed up road development in places that would probably have to wait 20 years to secure funding. I am against it being used a way to get around a ridiculous anti-tax ideology that ignores the fact that taxes are needed for public works. I'm against it's use when an a project that would normally be non-tolled is developed as a toll so TxDot can use can secure a revenue stream. i'm against an incoherent tolling strategy where for no rhyme or reason, one highway gets tolled expressways and others don't. I'm against building a tollway in the mi
    1 point
  15. They are very nearly done with the stone work on the Main side. I did not look down Rusk to see what was left. I'd guess that the scaffolding will come down soon and we'll get a look at this thing for real.
    1 point
  16. It's not a bad design in itself, but to me it does lean a little too close to the point where modern, unadorned design starts to come off as cheap. For some reason the exterior makes me think of college dorms.
    1 point
  17. If I recall correctly there was a Post Office in that little center. It seems like somewhere on this site there was a discussion about the jewelers but I don't remember where it is.
    1 point
  18. Feeder roads aren't as necessary as you think.
    1 point
  19. interesting thing happened over the weekend...i went to the kirby Whole Foods and when checking out i mentioned to the clerk, "wow is the whole foods post oak ever going to open? i have been waiting years for that place it seems like as live a block away!" and his comment was "yeah its supposed to now open in november which cant come soon enough since our manager is transferring to that location and he is so evil we all cant wait to have him gone!" DOH!
    1 point
  20. Don't have much knowledge about the Capitan in Pasadena, but I imagine at some point it indeed was referred to by its occupants as "El Capitan". I know for a fact that its sister on Old Humble/Jensen was called "La Granada" once it began showing peliculas, and would assume Capitan showed Mexican movies towards the end of its life as a theater as well. This may be why Sootycat referred to it with the "El". The Cat is likely younger than us graybeards, which would make him correct in calling it El Capitan, even though we more advanced age Houstonians know better. Or should I call you El Gato de
    1 point
  21. Got to have a thick slab for a 102 storey tower
    1 point
  22. Notice how HInes chooses locations along the Main St. rail line for both its 811 & 609 Main buildings; surely they're an affirmation for rail as a transit option for the workforce. The recent momentum for both residential development and expansion of Metro's rail lines must help the chances for additional highrise construction downtown. Unlike NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc., for a city with few topographic obstacles to inhibit high-density office areas it's already remarkable for downtown Houston to have the skyline that it does. In lieu of earthly features, it's vehicle traffic and severel
    1 point
  23. Just about all the Utotems looked alike. I can tell you for a fact the one pictured above is on San Felipe. I had a relative that owned the Shell station in the back ground.
    1 point
  24. Interesting to hear how the meeting turned out. I think it illustrates how people that (at least appear to) have a common interest can actually be quite diverse. The lesson I would take from that is that it is good to be careful about painting people with a broad brush. Even smart humans are still vulnerable to buying into the tribal impulse to punish those who don't appear to be sufficiently loyal to their own tribe. I am a lifelong atheist (well, since age 10-12 or so). the few times i went to formal "atheist" meetings when i was young, i didn't meet many people i could relate to. i w
    1 point
  25. 1 point
  26. Thanks, JM. That makes me feel much better. I did see the Falcon Landing wording on the site plan and it just didn't register in my mind. Also, I sent you a PM on another topic.
    1 point
  27. Is this where the Ecclesia Church was located? I wonder if the potential buyers know what horrible condition the streets and sidewalks are in.
    1 point
  28. I think that's intended, as is the line to Intercontinental. How soon depends on John Culberson getting removed from office.
    1 point
  29. Texas has 6 or 7 different climate zones. Before you decide to plant anything, you should do some research on the Texas A&M website to see what trees, etc., are best for your purposes in the part of Texas where you live.
    1 point
  30. it is unlikely that kirby between rice village and upper kirby will remain craptastic. also, regarding kirby/allen parkway becoming like broadway: good luck getting towers or high density anything built from shepherd to san felipe; not gonna happen.
    1 point
  31. Really Marksu? How would they even know BBLLC's political leaning unless he was wearing an elephant lapel button. You are jesting, right?
    1 point
  32. Sorry this is a day late but this was from yesterday: 20140812_125525[1] by brijonmang, on Flickr
    1 point
  33. Italian cypress planted closely together is another possibility. We planted 5 close together to screen a side patio from the neighbors yard. It's not a 100% view block but it's pretty good. The do need full sun to grow the fastest, though.
    1 point
  34. Most of the articles I've seen state it as a "more than 30 story tower" so maybe the final count isn't solidified yet?
    1 point
  35. The biggest What IF in HTown History! I try so Hard to get over the fact that it wasn't to be in DT HTown. I think it is, undoubtedly the most remarkable supertall slated for Houston. I was moved away from Houston in 1980 to a small rural community. ( the why isn't important ) thank god my parents continued to watch channel 13 news. My view of Htown's boom was through their lens. I tracked this via Franklins library. So sad it wasn't to be. And yes, like earlier posters, I wonder if the ship has sailed OR if we could revamp the design and have it built when space will allow.
    1 point
  36. HAIF has eyes and ears everywhere....it's only a matter of time before exciting things come to light. Way to go Triton!
    1 point
  37. These boxes are entrances to the garage.
    1 point
  38. Can anyone identify the location of this Lewis & Coker? LInk to higher resolution image http://oscarmail.net/photos/lewis_coker.jpg The sign in the distance might say Tanglewood Pharmacy. That could place this on Woodway maybe?
    1 point
  39. Perfect location for highrise residential.
    1 point
  40. Agreed. Bamboo is a beautiful choice.
    1 point
  41. Sorry, but it's not a highrise. You'll have to be content with referring to it as The Mid-rise of Madness rather than the tower of terror. The good news is that the domain name "midriseofmadness.com" is still available. Better snap to it.
    1 point
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