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  1. Went yesterday and it was amazing. Very well done. The architecture, the exhibits, everything. Here are some photos:
  2. I like the new feature where it shows gaps between posts like "2 weeks later" or "1 month later", and the "new posts" line is more visible too. My only complaint is the topic listings are too narrow so most thread titles wrap onto multiple lines. Thankfully I was able to create a Greasemonkey script to resolve this, by widening the thread listing. What I did in my Greasemonkey script was put in a addGlobalStyle method (search Google for an example you can copy and paste) and then call it with this, adding 300 pixels to the default 1340 pixel width: addGlobalStyle(':ro
  3. Maybe it was named after the old programming language. Perhaps their next projects will be called the Cobol and the Ada.
  4. I think having two go up at once like we are seeing now is unusual. Usually Hines builds a tower, holds it until it is pretty much all leased out, and then sells it to an investor, using the proceeds to fund their next project. So usually there is at least a couple years between the completion of one tower and the beginning of the next one. For example, 609 Main was open and leased out before this one was begin, 811 Main was open and leased out before 609 Main began, and 717 Texas was open and leased out before 811 Main began. If Hines follows their normal process, they'll start
  5. That is so cool. Houston needs more creative reuse like this. I sure hope it is built as rendered!
  6. The Final Environmental Impact Statement has been released now: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/final_eis.aspx Also I see they have a brochure that I hadn't noticed before (seems new?) with some interesting material: https://online.flowpaper.com/7afd0778/FactsHighlightsPapersENGLISHclickable/ Houston Chronicle article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/TxDOT-releases-environmental-analysis-on-7B-I-45-15598001.php
  7. Yes. The side facing Wheeler used to be set back a bit with a loading dock, and during this project they extended the building to the property line like on the other sides.
  8. That's a registration sticker, not inspection, and registration requirements have been suspended due to the pandemic (and until 60 days after the governor ends the emergency declaration) so there is no need to spend the money on registration at the moment.
  9. Here's my dream for dealing with access to Memorial Park. It's probably just a dream, but it's a lot more feasible than trying to continue bayou trails along other parts of Buffalo Bayou outside the loop: Widen the existing sidewalk to 8-10 feet or so from Shepherd to just east of the Bayou on the Bend apartments. Acquire bayou-front right-of-way from the owners of the Bayou on the Bend apartments, Left Bank River Oaks apartments, the undeveloped plot just west of there, the one homeowner on Asbury Pl, and from Brenner's on the Bayou to continue the bayou trail along t
  10. All of downtown (inside 45/69/10/Buffalo Bayou) is an opportunity zone, as well as Midtown east of Main. All the opportunity zones are on this map: https://www.houstontx.gov/opportunityzones/houstonOZ.html
  11. I agree that they are privileged; they are doing these things with the expectation that they can get away with it, which is absolutely a sense of being privileged. However, I think what @JBTXwas getting at is that it's totally unfair to just start throwing the word "millennial" around at anyone you don't like who is younger than you are. After all, most millennials are in their 30s, and many have families and mortgages and 401ks to worry about and are not the ones causing problems. I am a millennial myself (albeit on the older end of the spectrum, as I'm almost 40) and just find it disturbi
  12. Lots of really, really interesting information in there. Thanks for finding that and sharing it! However, it's frustrating that the Terminal Subdivision Relocation isn't getting any traction, per that document. In some ways that's one of the most important additions to the plan. It would allow divided neighborhoods in the 6th ward to be reconnected, reduce traffic blockages in the Warehouse District, and make the North Canal feasible.
  13. The opera hall looks really nice, even better than I expected. Despite what the naysayers said, they did a great job with this and it fits in perfectly with the architecture of the rest of the campus. Of course, it will look even better once the trees grow up in a few decades. For those not familiar with the music school, only the first two photos in @hindesky's last post are from the new opera hall. The remainder show older parts of the music school, where the third is the existing Stude Concert Hall (and its lobby after that) and the last is the existing, much smaller, Duncan
  14. The surprising thing to me is they don't even have a good map of the Eastern Glades as it was built yet. The master plan has a design for it but what got built ended up being fairly different, with a much bigger lake. So I wouldn't be surprised if they don't have a map of the upcoming land bridge in detail when they don't even have a map of the already-built Eastern Glades. That said, I believe there was more detail in the original PDF but for some reason they seem to have decided to scrub that from the Internet. Probably incompetence rather than malice though.
  15. It's like they weren't even trying to make the EIFS smooth. Wow. I've seen a lot of bad jobs on that around town but nothing quite that bad.
  16. I find it peculiar that you seem to be willing to die on a hill over calling it Transco (when it's been known as Williams since the last millennium), but then you talk about Burj Khalifa without even mentioning its original name, Burj Dubai.
  17. I thought electric bikes were not considered motor vehicles in Texas, as long as they can't exceed 20 mph and don't weigh more than 100 pounds. They could theoretically be banned from bike trails but I've seen no signs indicating that they aren't allowed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws#Texas
  18. I've mostly only heard it called Bellaire by people in the Vietnamese community. Chinese are more likely to call it Chinatown in my experience. Calling it Bellaire is so misleading and confusing because it's not especially close to the city of Bellaire. But I realize calling it Chinatown is not very inclusive of the large Vietnamese community. I do like the idea of calling it Asiatown, or maybe just calling the Sharpstown part (inside the beltway) as Chinatown and the Alief part (outside the beltway) as Little Saigon, and that divides things up a little more accurately.
  19. I believe plans were shared here earlier that showed the path actually going THROUGH that building, which would be pretty cool.
  20. Looks like they've really scaled this back. Probably for the best, though, because now they won't have to kick out their existing tenants to make this work. No more movie theater, and less street-level interaction, and the rest of the second floor ends up a lot less "open", even keeping several of the tenants in their old locations. It's a lot less of a "reimagining" than they originally had planned, but this still should be very nice, especially with that rooftop patio.
  21. Cool site, but the claim of June 2020 at 50,000 feet is a lie. They haven't even built runway 8L/26R at IAH (built around 2002), or the northeast part of the Sam Houston Tollway (built around 2010), among other things, at that view, despite it claiming June 2020. Those images are probably a lot closer to June 2000!
  22. Couldn't take a photo while driving, but today I saw at the roof level they have an angled roof (not flat) over a higher ceiling than is implied by the roof level in the photos above. It's really quite striking from IH-69.
  23. The crown got value-engineered too unfortunately. Current design (I believe): Original design:
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