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    These guys are from Melbourne. Them's shooting words.
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    199' tall tower crane application approved by the FAA on Tuesday this week. I would guess we will see the crane go up by next week. letter_434486880.pdf
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    Crane went up today. Guess they didn’t have to wait for the weekend since there’s no traffic right now EDIT: ugh sorry sideways
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    Untitled by Houston Midtown, on Flickr
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    And then what? There would be fewer residents in the area. Fewer residents means less demand for park space. It would reduce the number of affordable apartments in Montrose, which are increasingly difficult to find. Even more of the people who made this neighborhood interesting to begin with will be forced out. That's some mighty expensive dirt under those apartments - and the owners know it. I can't imagine the city spending millions to buy and demolish taxable property for the sake of tiny parks that will serve a handful of people. OTOH, the greens space that will replace the Spur is land that we already own. In addition to the excellent points made by @Texasota (see above) it will also provide pedestrians a safe and enjoyable connection between Lower Westheimer/Elgin and the eastern end of W Alabama (an area which hasn't been given much love). We've grown so used to the ugliness and inconvenience caused by the Spur that it's difficult to picture the neighborhood without it. Its elimination will be a vast improvement.
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    as I have been venturing out of my home and just driving around in an effort to change the scenery a little bit, I am struck by how absolutely empty freeways are. It frustrates me to no end that our state is not willing to embrace public transportation, but I still want to see that idea happen, and this freeway expansion not happen. as we all sit here working from our homes, rather than traveling into offices, another thought sticks out like the cliche'd elephant in the room. why not spend the money that would go towards this freeway on programs that encourage working from home? I have referenced a study previously in this thread from Belgium that a reduction in 10% of cars results in a 40% reduction in traffic. surely we are seeing an even greater reduction in cars for a 100% reduction in traffic. the benefits are obvious, lower pollution, fewer accidents, less traffic. this city could reduce traffic ALL OVER TOWN (not just on this freeway) it could reduce road/highway maintenance costs, it would reduce road closures for projects like this. it would remove the need to remove people from their homes and communities, the cost savings alone is reason to choose this instead of more construction. I have a hunch that even if the government doesn't offer incentives for WFH that a lot of companies that had resisted will probably start to adjust. even if that adjustment is only to allow 3 days WFH, and 2 days in the office, we are going to see a change naturally as a result of this pandemic.
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    Correct me if im wrong, but doesn't this project also remove multiple back to back billboards along i45? Thats a HUGE plus in my opinion because its literally the most hideous site I've ever laid my eyes on. It's actually embarrassing driving down i45 from the airport with guests visiting Houston, and this is the first thing they see.
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    Soil sample crews are back on site again. Interestingly, the Midway signs have been taken down.
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    Love how the official website takes you to this page lol
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    Just to give people insight into the plight of the 25-35 year old crew, a mix of professionals and non-professionals in my extended group of friends/acquaintances: A 200,000 move-in ready suburban home with a decent yard, big enough to house a family of 4, and a good school district doesn't really exist in the Burbs anymore. 300,000, yes, but a true 200k home is a fantasy unless you are in the far, far out burbs or the house is in a mid-level, or lower, floodplain. For example, speaking to you guys talking about passing on the buck in terms of infrastructure, I've helped some clients with their issues with their kingwood/atascocita flooding. Moving to the burbs, an easy assumption for where people move to in Houston, still comes with these types of traps, where developers hurt the floodplain and the residents don't know. When a cheaper house occasionally does pop up in Pearland/Sugarland/Tomball my friends are losing out to people putting down 60% + cash on the homes, which should tell people that the people buying those homes are investors looking to lease or flip the house. My dad lives in a suburban home inside of the beltway but outside of 610, and was in talks with people to have it bought for 140k, mostly cash. It is not in a good school district (I went to it), and it was built in the 70s. There are some underlying assumptions in this thread that I believe doesn't reflect what younger people are seeing in the market. I actually have been doing the research on HAR and Zillow for myself for a year or so, if you want to be in the loop and have at least two of the kid's schools you're automatically zoned to be B or better on Greatschools (not a great metric, but alot of people use it) you're looking at 650k+. There is clear demand for that area. Growth will happen in the burbs, which is normal for Houston. But it wont be as dominant as before because it is more expensive to live in the burbs than some of you make it out to be.
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    2019 metro area population estimates were released yesterday: July 1, 2019 population: 7,066,141 July 1, 2018 population: 6,976,147 2017 population: 6,900,090 2016 population: 6,806,503 (they revise each year's estimates) 1 year increase: 89,994 Growth rate: 1.3% July 1, 2010 population: 5,947,236 9-year increase: 1,118,905 Percentage growth since July 1, 2010: 18.8%
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    I have a tiny repair project at a hotel. They are Howling about price for the repairs and trying to equivocate whether the repairs are needed. I imagine this is related.
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    Hotel occupancy has collapsed:
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    Since we are discussing this, i just want to wish every single person on this board well and hope you are all taking good care of yourself...wash your dang hands because i need you here to entertain me and inform me xo
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    View from above. Went inside HRO today!
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    Certainly part of the reduction in traffic is for people who aren't working from home. Either they've been laid off or they're not going to school. Or perhaps they're just not going shopping or to other non-work locations. That part is somewhat hard to quantify. i'm sure this period of history is going to get extensive study in the future and maybe we'll eventually find out. But regardless, that portion of the traffic is certain to return. What I'm curious about is how this event changes the perception of WFH as a viable option. I've been working from home for many years now and the biggest block I've seen in the corporate world is from managers who like to physically see their subordinates in their cubicles, regardless of whether the jobs can actually be performed remotely or not. Time will tell if this will be the tipping point against that type of corporate culture.
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    Late to this topic, but just realized my birth certificate shows home address as Rossmoyne. I knew my parents lived in a garage apartment at the time, and my mom used to say we were driving where the apartment was, anytime I drove on 59. Never knew the spelling until I noticed it today. June 1957, btw. Name change must have been later.
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    This may be a solidarity thing with the mother church in Canterbury.
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    Based on the Houston Chron article I read the other day, this will actually speed up transportation projects across Houston since they have less traffic to worry about now. They can shut down an entire highway and have minimal issues.
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    There is no lockdown in Harris County anyway, and even in counties that have more strict shelter-in-place rules than the very light ones effective for us today, construction is generally still allowed. So I wouldn't see that as a concern just yet.
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    My specialty isnt bridges, but it is important to note that the code that governs the structural engineering of bridges (AASHTO) is generally more stringent than the code(s) that cover buildings. The statement in the news article is alarming but sort of vague. A brief explainer on load combinations. In both the building code and bridge codes, the predominant system of design today is Load Resistant factored design. (In Wood, Masonry, Soils and some steel structures - the old system is still used sometimes,). Long Story short, the engineers classify different types of loads. I'll just use 3 for example, but there are a lot more. Dead Load(DL) - Self weight of the building/structure Live Load(LL)- typically a transient load/mobile load ie, people. Wind load(W)- Pretty self explanatory. The engineer takes those loads and applies factors to them. Then puts them in different combinations! For example, in the building code here are 4 combinations that you'll likely see. 1.4 * D = Factored Load 1 1.2 *D +1.6L = Factored load 2 1.2*D+1.0W+0.5L =factored load 3 0.9*D+1.0W = factored load 4 Then for each member in a building, the engineer will compare all the load combinations with the capacity. I'm only showing you 4 load combinations, but the structures I work on, its not unrealistic to have 20 to 30. Accounting for wind directions, uplift etc. This system results in "more efficiently" designed structures. A brief example fictitious example: I have two buildings that weigh 2000 lbs: 1 building has to hold up a 1000 lb statue. The 2nd building has to hold up a dance floor with for 1000 lbs of people. Building 1, per code, would have to be designed for 1.4*(3000lbs) = 4200lbs Building 2, per code, would have to be designed for 1.2*2000lbs +1.6(1000lbs) =4000 lbs The reason i'm goign through this giant explanation is that the bridge code, has even more load combinations. Including load combinations on specific lanes loaded, and other lanes unloaded. They got load combos that include vehicle braking force, thermal force, wind, seismic, ice, rain, snow, the list goes on. What this sounds like to me: They missed a load combo. Does it mean it will fail? Not necessarily. It sounds like theres a potential for damage during a load imbalance. Which may get remedied by restricting the amount of lanes in the south bound span until the other span is complete. This is the more concerning to me. The soils part is a bit alarming, because I would presume a pretty substantial geotechnical report was performed for this test. I would imagine they have cut into a bit of their factor of safety for one of the load combinations. Without knowing what exactly is wrong regarding the stability, I cant imagine a full demolition and start over is cheaper than trying to make modifications to the existing structure. I could see it being done out of an abundance of caution, mostly because things went south very badly with the FIU bridge. Anyway, apologies for the wall of text.
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    True that. And FFS, stop throwing neighborhood cookouts (even if they smell dank), that's not how this thing works!
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    I work at a major refinery/chemical complex and they had a large lay off on Thursday which included hundreds of people. All those let go were contractors which is what I am too. Lots of those projects were new construction projects that were postponed. Many more hundreds are going to be let go next week. I'm lucky so far and have survived the first round of layoffs but with oil prices tanking on top of the virus, who knows how much longer I might survive.
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    Anecdotal, but I have one renovation project in San Antonio so far has been put on hold. For my projects that are under construction, most of the contractors are implementing cleaning regimes, spreading out the workers, and then one project of mine split their workforce into 3rds and put them on day shift, evening shift and night shift.
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    Since this is an extraordinary event, I am going to pin it to the top of this forum for a while so we can have an open discussion about the effected Going Up projects. Eventually, this will be moved to another subforum.
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    All the projects I rode by today except one had workers on site on Saturday.
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    Then why do the townhouses sell quickly and the midrise apartment buildings keep raising their rents?
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    Do you really think that Midtown will end up being an area that people only go to, not through? That's stupidly ridiculous. It's fast growing because for decades no one lived there. In the 1990 census, there were less than 1000 people in Midtown. It started growing in the late 90's. You haven't said what the 65,000 cars per day that use the Spur should do if it is closed. They still need to get to Downtown. Personally, I don't give a crap what the residents of Midtown think. They live in Houston, and have to understand it ain't just about them.
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    This is ridiculous and the flow in those illustrations looks like a disaster. This area is so selfish, they should be obligated to take down their gates if this happens to open up "their" greenspace as well.
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    And the hits...keep...on...coming. Its like every week thus far in 2020 we get an major announcement.
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    "Bagby doesn’t have that much traffic." LOL. This creates a private Spur on-ramp for Westmoreland? No wonder they're in favor. If I could get the government to close the streets by my house to the public and only let me use them, I'd probably be in favor of that too. Doesn't mean it makes any real sense.
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    From someone who has been through the hazing portion of trying to join in and contribute to HAIF over the years - just a few words of advice: When you comment on here, just know that there are several "blogging police" (self appointed vigilantes in a way) on HAIF that think it's okay to call out others, no matter if there's a valid point or not, and this even comes from higher ups within the forum (so much for expecting an inkling or even appearance of neutrality.) I guess just take it in stride and contribute, like I do, as you see fit, especially in order to correct the many wrong perceptions people bring into this forum about Houston and our architecture. This includes, believe it or not, many locals that have been here for decades. I would expect nothing less if and when I speak up and my assertions are veritably wrong. Don't take it too personally. It's just some of the longer surviving HAIF members "peeing" to mark their territory as it were, and to enforce their superiority over us peons. On the flip side, there are actually many other fair HAIF members that are pretty awesome and will compliment or recognize your contributions that have real merit. Just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when that happens. Of course, there must be the possibility of a small group of fake little dallas-type "bots" on here as well LOL !
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    I'm not sure I agree that the Atlanta design is better. I actually like how the "Bowen River Oaks" design is more broken up. Giant superblock buildings like the Atlanta design are not generally my favorite. And as to ARCs - I think the form-based regulations to be (hopefully) associated with the Walkable Places and Transit Corridor ordinances are a better, more predictable, consistent, and speedy approach than individual architectural reviews for every new building.
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    Its their first design here. Its not bad. Is it a masterpiece no. I actually expected a lot worse. I would also say yes to ARC's if I didn't know the reality which is the fact that it slows development and puts to many cooks into the kitchen when it comes to design. I rather give companies more freedom to design what they want. The only time I'm all for design committees is when it comes to infrastructure as that is something that needs the extra time and care to get right. Other than that more power to those who have a stake in the actual project. An ARC has zero stake in the project and in the end it keeps more projects from being built than it should.
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    Straight TRASH design - reminds me of M5250 on Westheimer across from the Galleria (ONLY WORSE). This is why Houston needs some sort of Architectural Review Committee. Compare this design to what Lennar is currently building in Atlanta’s Buckhead area (which is very similar to Houston’s Uptown) to see why this sickens me!
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    More urban than the one on Washington with office and multi-family?
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    I’m curious about this project, could be HEB’s most urban concept? It is becoming such a dense area, maybe they will replicate Pearl and Whole Foods in midtown, hopefully even more. Love HEB
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    Nothing shall halt the march of progress comrade! Triple B's days are numbered!
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    Is the writing on the wall for the Bed, Bath and Beyond?
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    oh wow, that's where this is! I've been confused for a week Project seems to go a long with the expanding Upper Kirby.
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    I just don't see how there is enough space for the parking etc. And the luxury mid-rise "Giorgetti" will now be facing this. Wonder what effect that will have on the sales.
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