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rechlin last won the day on October 2 2019

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  1. They finally started demolishing the Buffalo Speedway bridge this past week:
  2. Here's the big pile of dirt to the south: It looks like they got the dirt by digging a giant hole, maybe for a lake? Also, a new gravel path just south of this opens on Tuesday. It replaces the sections of the Red Trail and Yellow Trail that were lost to the Big Dig.
  3. With a crane that close to the high voltage power lines, is it possible to set some kind of "lock out" for certain orientations in the crane operator's controls so he doesn't accidentally hit the lines? Or is there no protection so one must always be extra careful there?
  4. Yes, it was a little park. When they built Discovery Green and One Park Place, the park space "moved" a block east to cover up parking lots that used to be where Discovery Green is now. That's why the Shops at Houston Center used to be called the Park Shops because the balcony overlooked the park (now it overlooks Phoenicia).
  5. Lots of new information on TxDOT's site: https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/houston/022521.html Possible construction start in 2027. Three concept routes:
  6. A skybridge between the Marriott Marquis and the new Block 98 apartment tower (seen on early renderings but removed from later renderings) would achieve the same thing too. If neither gets built, I would have to wonder if they are intentionally trying to isolate GRB from the rest of the skywalk/tunnel system.
  7. I just can't see paying $11k/mo yet having the cars still sit outdoors (albeit covered). I don't understand why they didn't enclose that garage.
  8. You may be thinking of the CVS at West Alabama and Shepherd, which was just built in 2015. This was built in 2005.
  9. There is no way a 2000 square foot project costs $350m. There is clearly something missing here, assuming no typos.
  10. I wonder if it would be cheaper for TxDOT to just relocate the rail (rebuilding one bridge and acquiring a small amount of land for the reroute) than to do what is currently planned barring no cooperation from other entities (rebuilding one bridge, building a shoofly bridge, and building two grade-separated crossings). Seems like a no-brainer to me; I'm surprised an agreement hasn't been made yet.
  11. After reading the Record of Decision published yesterday, one thing I am worried about is that they seem to have abandoned the plan to relocate the railroad tracks, necessary for the North Canal project, because it discusses adding grade-separated crossings for the tracks at Providence and Rothwell Street, but those would be completely unnecessary if the tracks are relocated. Also they mention a shoofly for the overpass over IH-45, but I would think that wouldn't be necessary if they built the new bridge with the new alignment necessary for the relocated rail in lieu of a shoofly. If I am re
  12. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but from the map it looks like they WILL require you to get off at the Northwest TC and then take the Silver line to get down into Uptown. This BRT line will not be going to Uptown, per the map -- only to the NW Transit Center and, if the high speed rail is built, continue north to the HSR terminal. But maybe the map is inaccurate and it will actually turn south to Uptown along the ROW put in place for the Silver Line?
  13. Assuming you mean Feast, not Underbelly. That was a cool old building; sad to see it go.
  14. Ten utility poles in a very small area. It's like they are trying to make our city as ugly as possible. If they are too cheap to bury the power lines like first world cities would do, they should at least try to minimize the number of poles.
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