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  1. I've been torn as well, but I think its wise to leave it and reinvent it. I like cities that tell stories of their past. The Pierce Elevated should stand as a monument to what was seen as trial blazing for a time, and an achievement, to the next generation who look upon it with disgust, but then reinvent it to what they perceive as the next best way, and I'm sure in 20-30 years we will be doing the same thing again, but with something else. When something is completely scrubbed then we lose that piece of our history, and unfortunately it might mean it gets repeated again. I really enjoyed Berlin in Germany for the same thing. Its really interesting just how many different interventions and interpretations of the Berlin Wall there are. Some areas only mark it with one line of bricks, other sections remain as it were, but have been converted to art pieces, and one section is exactly as it was before the wall fell to show the scale and it lends perspective of those from that time, and a reminder to those in the future of what not to do. I'm really curious about our interpretation of Pierce. At the end of the day its about execution. Will the city pick a firm that knows what its doing and make this definitively Houston. Remains to be seen.
  2. I don't see the issue. If some see it as an issue its only like this on high profile, large projects. I'd say keep it how it is.
  3. Absolutely. Bullish on that whole area going forward. Not optimistic as a whole on real estate next few years, but long term, if I have money on the sidelines I would definitely throw some into East End.
  4. Much needed too. I've hiked that trail to at least Marron Park. It gets so spotty in a few areas. Would definitely be a lasting transformation if implemented.
  5. Luminare

    Queer Us Folk

    For better or for worse. This is what happens when cultures are integrated into mainstream culture. Their are tradeoffs. In the effort to be treated like everyone else, which I believe to be the right course, it does mean that something will be sacrificed and that is the homogenous culture built to shelter those within that culture from those who didn't want them. Gays no longer have only Montrose to go. They can go and feel comfortable anywhere they want. That will lead to what has been happening in Montrose now. People like to talk about how they want progress, but forget that the only way we know how to make progress is by leaving something behind. In this case what used to be Montrose will not be Montrose in the future. Just how I've observed everything from the outside looking in.
  6. Like I've done with my edit. I'll say in response to this. It is what it is. If someone wants to waste time implying intent then thats their business. I can't control that. We've had our differences in other threads. To me that doesn't matter. Each discussion is a new discussion. Same applies to who my meme was aimed at.
  7. It is what it is. If the conversation changes then I'm open to listening.
  8. Exactly this. If this was a thread on the theoretical, I'm all game to have fun spit-balling ideas, even far reaching that could only be achieved with top-down control (play Cities Skylines maybe?), but its just that a thought experiment. Implementation and execution is another story, and in this thread we are talking about a project that requires actual execution. Not to mention anytime I see anyone talk about these types of ideas in the theoretical, one seems to always forget that at the end of the day the execution is going to be done by a human being. We are fallible, we can be easily corrupted, and easily lose control over ideas and systems we propose, construct, or run. Any time I see this play out I remember in my teens and 20's when I thought I knew everything, and my response in my head would be "well you failed because its you, but when I get power I'll know better." Talk about a recipe for disaster. From living in Germany then coming back to Houston, and then now living in Salt Lake City and revisiting Houston recently our highway system is actually really great. The problem isn't organization, its just the load its subjected too, as you pointed, in peak hours. Banning, replacing, or taking away isn't the answer. The answer is multiplicity. Each transport has its use, right? Can Houston become more flexible, and precise in its transportation structure? I think so, but we need to move away from these two radial "do or die" factions. I guess you can call one MassTransitstan, and Autostan? haha. There is a compromise in the middle, and we can get there without thinking the world is a zero-sum game.
  9. Well this certainly wouldn't classify as a Rehabilitation. If anyone wants to know what I mean: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/treatment-guidelines-2017.pdf Its the Secratary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. I don't think this house is listed as a "historic" building, but these standards can be applied to ones not listed Federal, State, or local. What shocks me is the the elimination of windows on the front facade. One can understand eliminating windows on a secondary or rear facade for the sake of whatever new use you are incorporating, but whether one is redoing anything historical or not, to do what they are doing on the front facade is straight up dumb. Look I don't have the as-builts, or whatever drawings they had to create during field measurements, but there is no way this was the best and only option.
  10. Is that portal up top Jesus's personal entry haha. Who needs the sports car in the rendering when you can go through the portal via god rays.
  11. I work in this industry and trust me I don't like how long things take either. I think I posted in another thread about a job I know about where the punch list items, basically the wrapping up of the project, has taken around 1-2 years! Not a complicated job either. This is also currently a contractors market, many are slammed or fully booked. Sometimes windows to squeeze a project in no matter how small or easy it might seem, and when that time window shuts it drag things for awhile. This project might have been done 3 years ago, but the testing of the BRT was only done 1-2 years ago, and probably any punch list items with that project I'd imagine have only been recently completed with the past year or so. I certainly missed the rings when I was driving do the Boulevard in April when I revisited Houston. Hopefully they can get them done. Maybe call some people related to this for an update? Make yourself vocal? You'd be surprised what happens when you are thorn in someone's side.
  12. If I had to guess, maybe some coordination issues? Its a private installation over a public right-of-way and now over public transit infrastructure, so it might be a discussion regarding that. I have no clue btw. Just a hunch.
  13. Thanks my friend. Help me bring in more meme's haha. I've been trying to invest in more meme's and bringing them to the forum for a couple years now. I need help! Simple ways of communicating are often the best, right?
  14. This is actually even better news, because its the really really big lot south of where you think it is. "But wait, there's more!"
  15. By the way if anyone wants to actually learn something today you can buy the textbook which a lot of Architects have used to study for the ARE Exams (Including myself) https://www.amazon.com/PPI-Exam-Review-Divisions-Comprehensive/dp/1591266807/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1KFZ28KGF87PC&keywords=ballast+are+review+manual&qid=1664402865&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIwLjAwIiwicXNhIjoiMC4wMCIsInFzcCI6IjAuMDAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=ballast+are%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-4 Hope you are interested, and I hope you learn something from it. My answers to numbers above: 1) About the only thing we probably agree on, but for probably different reasons. 2) This isn't how projects are ever proposed, or discussed. This isn't academia where you can do whatever you want based on some abstract hypothetical. Every architect with experience in the field, ARE literature, and even material on sustainability would say that you are wrong. People build for what they need when they need it. Period. 3) I don't like highway expansion as much as the next person, but putting a moratorium on anything just like previous moratorium on multi-family inside the loop is going to cause exactly the opposite you want. You might convince your loyal followers to stay, but everyone else will leave. Also you eliminate options and in business and development eliminating options ends the discussion because it goes from a negotiation to compulsion. Which do you think has more success? 4) Again depends on context and situation. This isn't something you just look on google maps and think you know where everything goes. Different places have different traffic patterns and different needs. 5) I'm fine with closing up parking lot entrances close or immediately next to an intersection. That is something I will always present as a compromise. Most textbooks on the subject recommend not putting any entrance within 150' of an intersection. Who's going to close them all down though? You? We don't have zoning in Houston. The city can't do squat about this. This can only happen per client at a time. Do you know how many parking lot entrances their are in the city? 6) I don't understand. Houston already has a lot of trees. Certainly more than parking lots, and if you were to merely take the time to look around and appreciate what is there already then you would see that. Anyway I'm done with this discussion for now. Lots of work to do. I'll look back in on this thread when the full demo of those apartments is complete.
  16. That straight on view of the crown of this building now shows the mechanical penthouse being reduced in size? I'm I seeing that right because while I like the building, it has a balance to it, that metal hat in previous renders was a bit tall and awkward. If this latest rendering is what is recent then that is a much better size than previous. Otherwise now I'm just confused.
  17. Or the fact that there was a moratorium on multi-family development within the loop which was government imposed, or that highways were built and designed and imposed by the government, or that cities until recently as far back as even a few decades ago were a dump and were a result of terrible management by government. People will naturally chose the avenue of least resistance, and it will reflect the times in which they live, and what is readily available to them. I'm tired of people endlessly abstracting these things without understanding context, because this will just result in the same kind of bad development imposed in the past. The same institutions that created these messes are the same institutions that are trying to fix them today, with the same people who think they will be the solution. I've been studying this stuff going on 10 years, some ideas are genuinely good and can be applied here, but most of the people professing these ideas have zero clue what they are doing just like those in decades past who though the highway would solve everything. Its the same people just possessed by a new idea. Someone I typically follow once said a great quote and I use it every chance I get, and its to this effect, "The idealism of every age is a cover story for its greatest thefts." Something to think about.
  18. I don't know this person, but I always recommend spending a few years in one of these places preached about so often before they are used as an example. I actually gained a greater appreciation of this country, Texas, and Houston after a couple years away. Now Houston can certainly learn something from the Dutch regarding flood prevention, but other than that the two cultures can't be anymore different. A culture can't be imposed top down. It can only grow from bottom up. If you want the culture to change which then eventually changes everything from habits, to politics then start local. In a generation you might see the change you desire, but practice what you preach right? I don't go running around talking about how much I want things to change. Instead I try my best to do things the way I would like them to be. If people follow me then they will if they don't then they don't. There are days when work gets really grindy that I prefer to drive to work, but most days I've started biking again. Do I walk into the office and talk about how superior I think I am because I choose for myself a different way to get to work?...No. I go to my seat and do my work. If @004n063 wants change then making odd comparisons to cultures that aren't like Houston isn't going to do anything. What might do something is you put what you want into practice. Then get a friend involved, and then they get their friend involved. Otherwise I should just post that Simpsons meme "Old man yells at clouds." How does that change anything?
  19. Here is the discussion I've learned its not best to think you can mindread people or organizations, so until I don't see it in a proposal then its happening. Unless you want to roll dice and make bets on odds of it happening that is another matter. Nothing is ever a sure thing until its built. Just like I can never provide a client a "guarantee" for virtually anything especially what's not laid out in a contract. Same with planners.
  20. My guess is none of these blocks get developed until the NHHIP gets moving, and we get further along with details and construction of the cap park. Once that triggers then that will trigger development along that. Until then we should leave this block dead. Rather wait for something better than revive a dead project that honestly aesthetically is okay.
  21. Fulshear is basically what Cypress was like 30-40 years ago. At least from looking at old Satellite images and talking with family members.
  22. Luminare

    Block 114

    This thread is a blast from the past. Remember when that Development Map from Downtown was all we looked forward too? This city, in particular downtown, has come a long way.
  23. I believe that's an eventual phase to this. Lets just say I'm familiar with the original RFP that was sent out to design firms.
  24. Of course its ominous...I foresee *looks into crystal ball* terrible grindlock traffic for years ahead... haha
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