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  1. Swiping more news from /r/houston: https://www.texascentral.com/posts/design-build-contract-signed-with-salini-impreglio/ Some excerpts: Also from the PDF press release: EDIT: @102IAHexpress and I posted the news simultaneously 😁
  2. Sharing some content from /r/houston: The above links to a cached ABC13 article: Associated video: https://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=2311749 And TCR Press Release regarding the news: https://www.texascentral.com/posts/another-major-milestone-for-your-high-speed-train/ Another post also shared this Japan Railway Journal episode about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw41m2pE60U Rather dull but learned about the various Shinkansen design iterations with a perfect safety rating for over 50 years.
  3. Another editorial against the TxDOT plan in the Houston Chronicle: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Widening-I-45-will-be-a-disaster-for-Houston-14417614.php
  4. Took this over Labor Day weekend. I haven't seen many shots from this angle.
  5. Earth moving equipment on the site of City Centre North (along I-10 Frontage Rd) spotted yesterday. Something in the works?
  6. New Houston Chronicle article yesterday: Houston’s long-range transit plan could go to voters without some specifics
  7. New article in the Houston Chronicle that I haven't seen posted yet: Massive I-45 rebuild has big opposition to overcome, from air quality to flooding to low-income housing displacements It is a $7 billion plan aimed at easing traffic by adding managed lanes and redesigning I-45, but worries of further displacement, flooding and air quality linger as the project moves ahead. EDIT: Try this link instead: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Massive-I-45-project-will-remake-Houston-freeway-13999092.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HC_TexasTake&utm_term=news&utm_content=briefing
  8. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-13/why-america-s-new-apartment-buildings-all-look-the-same?srnd=businessweek-v2 Details the history and reasons for the proliferation of apartment mid-rises with five stick-built floors over one concrete podium (five-over-one) and the apartment wrap known as the "Texas doughnut." And of course these buildings are a high fire risk before walls and sprinklers are installed, as we saw with the total loss of the unfinished mid-rise at W. Dallas and Montrose. Thought HAIF would appreciate the article.
  9. While chatting with Bob at Imparali Tailor today, I learned that all tenants in his building were given a 6 month notice to vacate. He said the building would be torn down in order to build a 15 story office tower. This is basically just hearsay, but I thought HAIF would like to know. The building is across Richmond from Midway's Kirby Grove. I didn't find a previous thread for this address in a search. Apologies if this is old news.
  10. Good find! Exciting news. I hope Khun Kay Thai finds a new home in those 2 stories of ground floor retail.
  11. And finally the last building comes down... Taken earlier this evening.
  12. There goes the next one... Sorry the photo isn't better.
  13. Snapped this from Katy Freeway today.
  14. They are now tearing down the buildings in the block described in my previous post. Phase 3 coming soon? I'll try to snag a pic.
  15. I visited CityCentre yesterday early afternoon and noticed chain-link fencing surrounding the entire block of old office buildings just north of the development. The tenant signage had been mostly removed and the buildings looked vacant. It is the block identified as Phase III in the plan below. Anyone have news on this going forward?
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