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  1. Awnings completely gone from the Wheeler-facing side:
  2. Figured I'd take some photos of the carnage inside, too, because everything so far has been from street level.
  3. Crazy how they leave what I assume to be a perfectly good fire extinguisher and trash can in the building, soon to be rubble. I'd have salvaged some of that stuff...
  4. Wow, what a total transformation. I'm not sure how I feel about the clashing architectural styles between old and new, but this should be great for downtown. I like how they are taking away parts of the 4HC parking garage to improve street presence with GFR, and the addition of extra outdoor patios will be great. So many times I want to eat outside, only to find that all the tables on the existing 2HC rooftop deck are taken. I'm really liking how vast areas of useless concrete in the existing site plan are being replaced with greenery, buildings, or dining areas. Mobility appears to be vastly improved too, with better walkways and more stairs/escalators in ideal locations. Another small grocer is great for downtown, too; hopefully it can fill in gaps left by the existing Phoenicia across the street. The site plans show 8 rooms in the Entertainment area marked as "theaters". They are relatively small, though, with only a couple dozen seats per theater -- I wonder if this is going to be some kind of small upscale niche movie theater like iPic? My only real disappointment is the dominance of "concepts" and "laboratories" in the food hall. People downtown don't want "concepts" (which to me implies something that's not fully thought out and probably will close in a few months), they want consistent, reliable places to eat, especially where they can get something quick and cheap (there's no shortage of fancier places). Seems like there's no room for a place like Doozo anymore, which is far more than just a concept, and instead just a very popular place for affordable food.
  5. Actually that is used by all the buses that stop at the Wheeler Transit Center (5, 25 Westbound, 65, 152, 153) to get back onto Main to continue their routes. Without Blodgett they would have to drive all the way down to Arbor Place, adding additional lights and delays to all those routes (though 5 and 65 would be less affected). Most of those are heavily used routes; Metro would not be happy about that. With Blodgett being removed here, I wonder what Metro will do. From the renderings it seems the Wheeler Transit Center will be reconfigured, so maybe they will have the bus depot curve to the west to exit onto Main instead of Fannin? But that would be an awfully tight hairpin turn for the buses, consider the cap park doesn't extend all the way to Main. I really wonder if TxDOT thought this through. Here's the current bus routes (25 is red, 152/153 is green, 65 is blue): And here's what they would have to do if Blodgett is removed:
  6. Honestly, with just a good pressure washing it would probably look better than an unfortunate number of the hotels/apartments being built nowadays will look after the same 45 years.
  7. Could you please stop giving him attention? It will only encourage him if he sees this.
  8. If that's the "value-engineered" version of The Allen, I'm happy. Still looks unique and fairly interesting. While a partially cantilevered building would be even cooler, we all know Houston can't support anything too architecturally daunting, so I'm pleased if this is what we can get. Still wish they could have added the pedestrian bridge over Allen Parkway, though.
  9. Exterior is getting very close:
  10. Yes, and I'd guess it was probably from October given that the Caydon tower still has the cranes up and isn't quite topped out yet.
  11. I've been very happy with the Amcrest 4 megapixel (halfway between full HD and 4K resolution) camera. I use it with Blue Iris software which supports YouTube live streaming; I haven't checked to see whether you can do live streaming with cheaper/free software. Best thing is they are designed in Houston (but built in China by Dahua); Amcrest is based out of the Energy Corridor. This is the model I've used but they have both cheaper and more expensive models too. It's currently $92.54 shipped including tax, after the 10% new customer discount: https://amcrest.com/amcrest-ultrahd-4mp-dual-band-wifi-video-security-ip-camera-pt-black-ip4m-1051b.html As an alternative, if you have an old cell phone you can set one up to stream to YouTube too. That won't cost you anything, but the picture quality will be significantly worse. Another alternative is what I did for my construction webcam. It's also an old cell phone, but it takes still 3-megapixel photos every 5 minutes and uploads them to my server. That has the added cost of needing to configure and maintain a server (or I suppose you could use your PC if you leave it on 24/7), and won't give you live video, but even cell phones as old as the 7-year-old Galaxy S2 that I use can take decent photos. You can see its results here: http://webcam.rechlin.net/811main/
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