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  1. Am I remembering wrong, or wasn't the IH-610 southbound to IH-69 northbound ramp formerly 2 lanes? Cutting it from 2 lanes to 1 lane seems like very backwards thinking. Though I guess that goes with the views of many here who think that roads should be made smaller to encourage public transit. And yes, I too have now found that exiting to Westheimer and getting back on to get from 610 south to 69 north is quicker. I'm pretty sure that's not something that TxDOT wanted to have happen with this project. i doubt there is a conspiracy here, though; I think it is just incompetence. Th
  2. The BRT line is not planned to go through Afton Oaks. It would drop down from Richmond in the Greenway Plaza area to follow Westpark. Even the last designs for the LRT line weren't even planned to go go through Afton Oaks. After the neighborhood made a big stink about it, Metro moved the planned route from Richmond to Westpark. The biggest difference I am seeing between the proposed BRT route and the formerly proposed LRT route, in the Wheeler to Uptown section, is that it now appears to cross IH-69 at Edloe instead of just west of Edloe (Timmons maybe?). Also, if they are only
  3. That looks amazing. Houston could never get anything this cool. It would get value-engineered into a box covered in fake stucco. I could see something like this being built in a more innovative place like China, though.
  4. Those don't look very dead to me. Look closely -- there is lots of green hiding behind the dead branches. If they clear out the dead vines on top, they will grow back.
  5. And another building with cohesive architectural style made incohesive in the name of modernization. Looks as silly as 811 Louisiana and 2 Houston Center. Pity.
  6. Yes, the new fa├žade has gone up to match the renderings:
  7. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard Abercrombie was being torn down. So glad the art is being saved.
  8. Looking good at night from Wheeler Station, all lit up:
  9. This bridge is also being replaced. They are doing a single bridge, not a double bridge, and I believe they are taking out the trees because the new bridge will go down the middle. The same is being done at South Rice. New Chimney Rock bridge: New South Rice bridge:
  10. That two-tone glass really has a 1980s feel to it. I get that feeling even more seeing it in person than in these photos, too. Not saying it's bad, just surprising.
  11. They finally started demolishing the Buffalo Speedway bridge this past week:
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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).
  15. 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:
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. You may be thinking of the CVS at West Alabama and Shepherd, which was just built in 2015. This was built in 2005.
  19. There is no way a 2000 square foot project costs $350m. There is clearly something missing here, assuming no typos.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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?
  23. Assuming you mean Feast, not Underbelly. That was a cool old building; sad to see it go.
  24. 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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