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  1. Unfortunately, no. That is absolutely astonishing, and, quite frankly, completely unacceptable. If the administrators of this site are so incompetent that they can't even be bothered to occasionally make a backup of the site, we should not be wasting our time commenting on it. Computers crash or get hacked all the time, or things get wiped out by human error (as appears to have happened here), and it would be a travesty if that were all lost because of stupidity. We should start a new site that is actually backed up, rather than relying on irresponsible administrators. Perhaps the site admins should make a complete copy of the site available as a torrent that we can all download, to distribute the backup around the world, so in a worst case scenario someone else could bring it online again. That's what I do with my most important (tens of thousands of unique visitors per week) web site -- if I get hit by a bus, I don't want all that user-created content to vanish. In the meantime, someone should volunteer (preferably the administrator responsible for wiping out your content) to go through archive.org to find all posts by you that were archived there, and manually load them back into the forum with the right dates and everything. This whole thing is making me reconsider participating on this forum, unless the administrators can apologize and explain the actions they are taking to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Back in the days of Usenet we never had this problem, but now with forums being centralized under individual control it makes us realize how much better things were in the 80s and 90s.
  2. I'm not sure which you are referring to, but I can say that on the Holy Cross Chapel, the limestone/sandstone is fake. On the JW Marriott, everything above the first three floors is fake except for some panels immediately below the windows on a couple floors.
  3. It may well be brick on the upper floors, but what looks like limestone on the ground floor is an EIFS re-creation like the upper floors of the JW Marriott. There are places where the paint-like coating has broken off on the relief, exposing the Styrofoam underneath.
  4. I think with this building we are uncertain whether the façade is a slipcover or if it replaced the original façade. Though now that flames are coming out of the roof, the building may be too heavily damaged for it to matter (HFD is flying a drone overhead to inspect, too). Here's the best photo I can come up with of the original 1929 appearance:
  5. Now a 4-alarm fire (this photo was taken an hour after the previous one):
  6. There's a pretty big fire in this building right now (11 units responding), and I just realized I'd never posted a photo of the latest art:
  7. I believe the façade at 901 Main is heavily damaged, so it may need to be recreated out of Styrofoam like they did at 905 Main. But I hope to be proven wrong.
  8. Now the ragged edges make more sense. They were just roughing-in the holes, and now they've cut much more accurately to the full final size on the 2nd floor. They are still hacking away at the roof of the 3rd floor, though:
  9. Found on reddit today from /u/creation88, it looks like the original façade is largely intact under the cladding, at least on the second floor. Let's hope they are taking the cladding off to restore the original appearance, rather than to put it back up again:
  10. The roof of MMP is open now, so it looks like the watch party today will be semi-outdoors.
  11. Are there backups where the removed posts can be restored from?
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    Skyline update

    From my LAS-HOU flight last week:
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