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  1. This thing is so wildly ugly its actually pretty funny and strangely endearing. The building would actually be pretty nice if it was reclad to match the addition. Get rid of the stone and turn it all to glass. BUT since that'll never happen I'll stick to laughing at, and loving, this undeniably Houston building. 

  2. On 3/26/2022 at 8:01 PM, hindesky said:

    Damn, was this guy's entire family and everyone he's ever loved raped and killed in Houston or something? The whole thing is noticeably aggressive and consciously ignorant of Houston's role in the Texas/American economy. He paints an image of Houston's economy being as diversified as that of Venezuela. Super strange article. 

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  3. 10 hours ago, Texasota said:

    My oversimplified understanding: Cost of labor vs. cost of materials. 

    In areas where labor is expensive, steel is used. In areas where labor is cheap, concrete is used. Basically because, especially when dealing with formwork, concrete can be much more labor-intensive. 

    Texas is also a major concrete supplier and the northeast is a major supplier of steel. Regional economics and supply chains have a hand in this difference I would assume. 

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  4. WOW this is great for both airports and the timeline seems perfectly aligned to take advantage of post-pandemic passenger traffic. Exciting stuff. We'll essentially have a completely new IAH as compared to ten years ago. I wonder what the future - 2030s and beyond - holds for IAH as it seems that the airport is maxing out its available space for additional gates. Where does the airport expand after this? 

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  5. On 6/30/2021 at 7:45 PM, hindesky said:

    I just drove by this about 30 min. ago on Harold St. and saw a guard at the entrance to the interior parking garage, a car was headed inside. I wished I had asked the guard what was going on but didn't. Cheeto is the one who shut it down I wonder if Biden allowed them to open it back up.

     I don't think there is a geopolitical interest for the current president to allow China to reopen its North American hub for cyber espionage any time soon. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Big E said:

    Austin is no real model to anyone on anything regarding traffic, highways, or transit, considering how bad its own traffic issues are, directly due to its lack of major north-south and east-west routes, how terrible and broken its own street grid is, its persistent suburban sprawl, and lagging transit. I-35 is a mess and probably does need to be rebuilt, especially the double decked portion. But the one thing this article makes supremely clear is that TxDOT is deafly afraid of even attempting to tunnel a highway, and will always throw that idea out first. Which makes the fact that they aren't planning to cap I-45 and I-69 themselves make all the more sense. Also, calling a freeway "racist and toxic" us just stupid. A freeway, by virtue of being a big slab of concrete, can be neither of those things. 

    The majority of American highways in urban settings are inherently racist. Not by their existence, but by their placement. This is highly documented and can be seen in most, if not all, major cities. Developers in the 40s, 50s, and 60s were openly racist and used highways to separate and financially ruin communities of color.

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  7. 3 hours ago, Montrose1100 said:

    My money is on the Mercer for thinnest high-rise in Texas. 

    I'm really happy this tiny block is being developed into a residential tower. Eventually, It will be nice to see what fills in around the historic district's surface lots. Would love to see some smaller and more interesting residential/hotel there.

    Oh man, how could I forget about the Mercer. I'm hoping downtown gets a lot less glass and a lot more brick/classic architecture.

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