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  1. The Starbucks was open for special guests today and will be open to the public tomorrow, December 14.
  2. LEDs are good but not that good. With equal brightness on lights that you'd typically see for lighting (the equivalent of 15 to 150 watt incandescent bulbs), you normally see about 1/6 to 1/7 the electricity usage for LEDs. Not "almost nothing", but still a large savings. That's because incandescent bulbs are typically around 15 lumens per watt, whereas LEDs are typically closer to 100 lumens per watt. Now, I realize you are talking about lower wattage decorative lights, which can be a bit more efficient in LED form, but in my experience, bulbs like the 0.1 watt C9 ones you linked are quite a bit dimmer than the 7 watt incandescent C9s when you get the wattage that low. C9 LED bulbs of brightness comparable to that of 7 watt incandescents still use over half a watt and sometimes closer to a watt, which is again approaching 1/7 (but perhaps a bit better) of what incandescents use.
  3. No, construction hasn't started yet on Buffalo Speedway. This is Greenbriar.
  4. Pre-construction contract signed with Kiewit. Price has now jumped up to $20 billion. https://www.constructiondive.com/news/texas-central-signs-preconstruction-contract-with-kiewit-firm-for-20b-bull/568072/
  5. Looks almost done. All the shelves are in there, too, but nothing is on them yet:
  6. I think the concern is the cost of collecting the fares. As the article said, fares only cover 11% of the operating costs of Metro (and an even lower percentage, as I recall in the 7%-9% range, of total costs). And spending $100m on a fare collection system (probably with a lifespan of no more than 20 years given past experience) seems like a lot if they are only collecting $70m per year. That said, I acknowledge the need to prevent homeless from camping out on the buses and trains, which would be much harder if fares were eliminated. Surely there is a solution, but I can't think of a good one. And the issue of needing to make the Metro Lift service free also to prevent violating federal law poses an additional problem. Our transit system is already one of the cheapest in the country (less than $1.14 effective price for 3 hours of unlimited rides, after amortizing the free rides on the Q card, for full fare, and something like half that for discounted fares), so its cost is not a barrier to entry for many other than the homeless.
  7. I'm pretty sure that's just a rough approximation; that whole line on that map seems to be shifted from reality along the whole route. I'm almost certain the BRT lane would follow existing ROW on/along existing roads and not go straight through the middle of all those lots. For example, there is no way it will follow a path one block north of IH-10; it surely will be right along the freeway, either at grade or elevated.
  8. The Chronicle's link to the agenda is broken, because the username and password were dropped from the URL, but the full link is ftp://PlatViewer:Viewer4DRC@edrc.houstontx.gov//2019/2019-23_DraftAgenda.pdf Note that the username is PlatViewer and the password is Viewer4DRC, in case HAIF breaks the URL too. The information about the Ion is on pages 140 through 160, and there are a bunch of images not in the article. Here is the full set of images:
  9. I agree too. Looking at this particular forum now, we have a thread for "Coca Cola plant on Bissonnet closing". But that's not even in an enclave, that's in Houston proper. It's included here because it's near West U. But in that case, shouldn't things in the Rice Village be alongside it since those are also near West U? But then that just shows the deficiency in having a separate "Enclaves" forum like this that combines so many disparate cities. I agree with @CrockpotandGravel that it would make more sense to geographically cluster things. One possibility might be to have a forum for West U, Rice Village, Southside Place, Bellaire, and nearby areas. A separate forum for the Memorial Villages area would have everything in those enclave cities plus anything happening in Houston nearby them. If we are trying to keep forums at a minimum, as one potential example, we could combine the Texas Medical Center and Museum District forums, and allow discussion of Hermann Park too. Rice University discussions could fit in either with the forum covering the Rice Village or the forum containing the TMC. Or for that matter, judging by how few posts are in any of those forums, especially compared to highly active ones like the ones for the Heights, Midtown, and Montrose, maybe just combine all the "southwest loop" neighborhoods (TMC, Rice, Rice Village, Greenway Plaza, Boulevard Oaks, Linkwood/Braeswood Place, Astrodomain, inner loop enclave cities) into one "Southwest Loop" forum.
  10. Hard to see because I photographed this from a moving train, but they've dug a fairly large hole on the "north" side of the building. I'd guess at least 6-8 feet deep:
  11. The bus was moving too fast to get good photos, but the tilt walls have been up for a couple weeks and work continues:
  12. rechlin

    Skyline update

    No. It works on Windows too (confirmed with Firefox at least; I'm sure Chrome also works too).
  13. Here's what the finished ballroom looks like. The "Sonokrete" doesn't look too terrible:
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