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  1. I would say the opposite. Rather than being like the other Mala Sichuan restaurants (which are excellent, or at least the Chinatown location was), they had a greatly reduced menu that had too much American Chinese food and very few of the offerings that made their other locations great. There were only like 2-3 traditional dishes on the menu. I was really looking forward to them opening, because downtown had no proper Chinese food, meaning they had the potential to fill a very valuable niche, but instead all we ended up with was basically another American Chinese place but with prices far too high to compete with the others downtown. Look around town and fairly authentic Sichuan-style places are opening up everywhere -- Cooking Girl, Pepper Twins, Spicy Girl, etc -- so there is clearly a lot of demand, but so far nobody has attempted this downtown. Now that the middleman has been removed at Finn Hall we might finally see prices adjust to be more reasonable, because despite working across the street from it, I very rarely went because their prices just weren't competitive.
  2. There is no lockdown in Harris County anyway, and even in counties that have more strict shelter-in-place rules than the very light ones effective for us today, construction is generally still allowed. So I wouldn't see that as a concern just yet.
  3. I have reinstated it. I don't know why it was removed.
  4. Here's the thread on it with some more recent updates:
  5. Yep, this spot has been vacant for about a decade so it's nice to see something finally going on. I took a photo of it on the 28th but never got around to finding the thread for the Walker@Main garage where I thought it belonged, so I guess this new thread works!
  6. I know the opera hall is getting a lot of hate on here, but I think it fits the architecture of the rest of the campus perfectly. Can't wait to see all the landscaping finished.
  7. Amazing how they managed to spell his name wrong every time (it's Liu, not Lui). I guess we'll have to see how POST Houston turns out, which could potentially be a major development (even though I realize it's been cut back a bit from the original design), but if he does a good job with that, maybe we can have better hopes for the Coca-Cola facility.
  8. I did the IAH-PEK trip last year, and it was definitely a disappointment. The IFE system was worse than what Turkish was using way back in 2013, and the food was mediocre at best (no better than United, and that says a lot). I wish we had a different nonstop option to China. The only good thing is Air China still does 9 across in coach on a 777 instead of 10 across like some of the penny-pinching carriers. The only other time I flew to PEK was on a 747 via Northwest so that's too long ago to be comparable. Hopefully we'll see a nonstop route to Shanghai in the future as an alternative, as I would take that next time I go to China.
  9. I used a webcam to record the construction of the existing tower, along with the other buildings nearby, from 2015 to the present. I still haven't gotten around to making the timelapse video (over 200,000 three-megapixel images). Now the Hampton/Homewood blocks most of my view of the roof of the tower, but I am expecting to relocate 3 floors higher in July, which should give a better view, so if the construction doesn't start until then I should be able to get the construction progress of the roof preparations for the hotel in my webcam.
  10. The rendering pretty clearly shows the W hotel on top of the tower, not the garage. The amenities deck is on top of the front part of the tower and the W hotel is on top of the back part of the tower. None appears to be on top of the garage. And I watched them build that garage; there is no way that garage is supporting a hotel like that. So no, I am pretty sure you are incorrect. Yes, a little bit of the garage is incorporated into the existing tower, but I'm not counting that since that's well below the beginning of the hotel.
  11. No, the article is misleading. The Houston First building is attached to a parking garage. The hotel will be on top of the Houston First building, not its attached parking garage.
  12. Scaffolding is now down and the sidewalk is reopened, though the slipcover is still removed from much of the "north" side:
  13. You're not accounting for unexpectedly high HVAC costs. It will probably look something like this when it's done:
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