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  1. I thought residency requirements were set by the state,  and not individual schools.

    Also, I established residency in Texas for a year and paid instate tuition the following year. 

    If Foreign students go home for summers they will pay out of state tuition the entire time.  

    If they own property for the first year of school, the remaining years they will pay instate tuition. 

    It is only relevant to be claimed as a dependent if and only if they are claiming residency through their parents. 

    In schools with huge differences between instate and out of state tuition it is well worth it to buy as the money that would have gone to tuition would be generating equity instead.

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  2. That thing is a roller coaster of emotions. 

    A monster of a thing compared to the aerial shots higher up I get the Ashby hirise monster feeling.

    But I know how cheap builders go here when it comes to parking and I convince myself that it could be worse 🙃 

    The old Houston way would be:

    Knock down all the surrounding homes for parking 

    Or

    Knock down less homes and build a fully exposed garage.

    I make myself content by the thought of more height along Richmond.

     

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  3. On 4/9/2021 at 8:29 AM, ljchou said:

    Why does every affordable housing complex look the exact same?

    I'm just happy for the infill.

    Houston has so much ground to cover in just happy for the density.

    I am more disappointed when crap goes in more prime areas. 

    Like when I'm expecting a trophy tower to go up next to Market Square and I get a parking garage.

    But those rubber stamped affordable housing that are popping up all over the place??? Bring them on.  We don't have enough of them 

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  4. On 8/25/2020 at 12:10 PM, Texasota said:

    Man I would seriously not object to UHD somehow ending up with the Harris County Jail buildings. Even just 600 and 810 N San Jacinto. They're both (especially 600) nice, well-scaled buildings, and it would be nice to see them used for non-jail purposes. Help diversify that stretch of San Jacinto as well.

    UHD used to own the jail building. It was vacant for a while because it needed a lot of repairs. UHD figured it would be cheaper to build a new building than repair that one, so they sold it and built the Academic building. The 701 San Jacinto Jail building was also owned by a company called the Houston Terminal Warehouse and cold Storage company. 

     

    Also, there was talk of changing the name of the University for over 20 years now. Allen University and City University were major contenders. 

    One of the higher ups said that although they wanted a new name, most of the push for the name changed was from the main campus and board of regents. Seems UHD was in their opinion a detractor from what they saw the UH brand as. 

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  5. On 2/24/2021 at 4:51 PM, HOUCAJUN said:

    How many floors are left until they start working on the crown?

    It would look great with 5 more abs and then the crown. That way we would still still see a good bit of Chase from the north but it wouldn't look so much like A middle finger sticking up at us 

    This building looks really classy. No extreme curves or over the top shapes.

    This one looks like something that would age well. 

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  6. On 2/24/2021 at 10:57 PM, democide said:

    So will this office building be connected to the tunnel system via a tunnel or skywalk? 

    I hope not. I know of all the convenience of the tunnels (weather and all that)  but I am hoping for less of a reliance on all that. 

    Would be nice if they were used only for times of bad weather but people use those things all time making downtown seem like it has 20 employees instead of hundreds of thousands. And we demand street level retail when three tunnels make it so that 95% of the people never have to walk at street level.

    Houston employee base is huge. Having that many people walking around would definitely improve the street level retail. Especially if tenants had to cross the street or exit the building to get to their cars.

    Again I understand the reluctance to EVER leave our climate controlled bubbles, or God forbid, run into a homeless person

     

     

     

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  7. 1 hour ago, Texasota said:

    Eh, this is one of the most important intersections in the city. I'm hoping for something genuinely great (like the Montrose Collective + 500 apartments or something) rather than just good enough.

    Not only the intersection, but that particular block is the best one on one of the best intersections.

     

    Lincoln Street bisects the block immediately across Westheimer. The Aladdin block is irregularly shaped and about half the size. 

     

    The smoothie King block across Montrose it's bigger and would probably be better suited to the open renderings we saw a few pages back.

    But the south West corner of that intersection is a perfect parcel on one of the more popular intersections in town. I just think archiphiles would expect greatness here. It's not going to be hard to disappoint us on this one. Hopes are high.

     

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  8. 26 minutes ago, West Timer said:

    Whatever. This will be the best looking and tallest tower ever built. (...in Midtown) (...so far). Curves aren't everything. It still looks pretty classy to me.

    Midtown still has sooooo much empty.

    This is soooooo much better than the waste of space across the street.

    Signature towers will come one the area improves.

     

    The original would have been nice but even the new design is still a plus going off of how empty and crappy the area is.

     

    The homeless engage in Drugs and Prostitution a block in every direction from this development so still getting a neat tower in a not so neat area that may cause the area to improve is still a win for me

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  9. The French quarter streets were built by the French. That's why it was called the French Quarter. The buildings however are mainly Spanish. The quarter was under Spanish control when a fire broke out so the buildings that were rebuilt were rebuilt in the Spanish style. Anyway, esplanade and Elysian are out of downtown so it doesn't matter.

    Canal, Polydras, Rampart etc are better examples as they are downtown/Uptown and have great transit options. 

     

    Anyway, like I keep saying all the strawman arguments are not selling. Someone suggested taking rail and the excuse is that the rail doesn't run late enough? Really? So we can't improve downtown because it's absolutely impossible to have have the rail run later? Other cities are going to leave us in the dust off we don't learn to walk and chew at the same time. 

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  10. I agree with you mollusk. But doing nothing isn't going change anything.

     

    Improving the urban environment means less cars on the streets downtown so that bike ride it's less intimidating. It means better connections to the nearby neighborhoods so it doesn't take 30 mins to come in from 10 mins away. There's no reason why there isn't a good street car connection to the heights and Montrose. 

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