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  1. Why are we talking about walking away on this one?
  2. They are geotechnical crews. They test the makeup and compaction of the soil. This will let the builders know what type of foundation support is required for the type of project.
  3. The Post Oak bus lanes still haven't opened. I doubt this is dead, just very much delayed.
  4. That is a shame. Glad you took these pics. I had an idea in my head what this development looked like and it was way off. I was somewhat interested in checking it out but will hold off for now.
  5. Wow that post-industrial building is amazing. Save it for the beautiful support structure alone. It looks like it is being worked on and could turn out nice. The renderings had me thinking this place looked a lot different then it does but maybe it'll be closer to that in 3-5 years.
  6. The parking podium had a little more detail to them on this angle in the rendering. Looking very RD. I know the West Gray and east side are better but the west side is bland.
  7. Oh man those structures are beautiful. Wish I knew they existed a few years ago when I was living in $1000/month garden apartment. Great location and so unique. Hate to see them go.
  8. Quite a long name. Are they hoping people will call it "The Streets"? I will call it The Streets of Buffalo Bayou Park Near the Corner of Allen Parkway and Shepard, Next to That Other Similar Development That Has a Different Name.
  9. Such agreements are negotiated to ensure that a developer delivers community benefits, like hiring, inclusion of affordable housing or funding for community programs, in exchange for residents’ support of the project and developments in or near their community, according to the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Third Ward Policy and Program Landscape Report. This main thing I could see helping is the hiring part. If this project displaced houses or other community centers then I get it but this is taking away Sears and surface lots. The benefit is pushing out drug dealers. Though who knows where they will chill now. Fiesta would have been seen as a loss but the new HEB in the Third Ward should help offset that for residents.
  10. Looks like they have built 15 floors. Just about a third of the way up. The two Hines towers, plus their last one are really changing the skyline.
  11. I lived by this corner for three years and this is amazing. The corner is a mess and ugly. Went to the Specs and Half Price Books there all the time. Even the emergency center a couple times. It is such an ugly corner and this would really help. Now fix the Valero corner.
  12. I thought the same. Left them with views and blocked the ugly white wall. Win-win.
  13. I've been to that recreational area a few times. Usually I see kids hanging out there during school hours screwing around, once a guy smoking a joint with his toddler, and people just sitting in their cars.
  14. To me Texaco Heritage Plaza is the most iconic skyscraper in Houston. In my opinion, a timeless building is one that is instantly recognizable for a city. If there is a silhouette you know what city it is from. For Austin, it is the Chase tower and Dallas could be Reunion Tower and maybe the slanted glass building.
  15. Straw/fiber logs for stormwater/sediment control. They do look funny though.
  16. The man dresses like his podiums. He really does love white.
  17. But there is no reason to push the poor to the worst areas of town. Many poor people live in this area now and have jobs in this area. To push them away can cause some to no longer be able to access their jobs and assume they could find a new one. There are low paying jobs in this area and they need work staff that can fill those jobs. This allows that to happen. Also, the affordable housing typically has vouchers and they can be lost if tenants aren't following rules of the complex. So fears of it becoming ghetto or some other fear of poor people is often misfounded. Isn't the Hamilton Apartment complex and the 45/59 interchange affordable housing as well? I said this in another thread but it is amazing how the park that was built in the area has attracted so many massive projects. It is sort of like of Discovery Green ended up surrounded by a lot of residential towers. This project looks great and I hope it happens.
  18. I love this development and the other one as well but man traffic is going to get bad. It already backs up on Shepard during rush hour between Allen and West Gray. This area is pretty much a parking lot during peak hours.
  19. And the second crane is coming down now. This one is all inside work now and should be on track to open in the spring or maybe summer.
  20. Start here. You may have to did further into the citation provided to see if it has been updated. This is a city by city comparison from Austin but includes Houston. http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=253779 Section 30-16(5) establishes an affirmative defense for: “the erection, excavation, construction, or demolition of any building or structure, including the use of any necessary tools or equipment, conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., which activity did not produce a sound exceeding 85 dB(A) when measured from the property line of the residential property where the sound is being received. “
  21. Yeah I don't see that happening. There is the Montessori (that just completed a major expansion), a daycare, and many new town homes built in the last three years.
  22. Almost everyone has an entitlement complex. People on here wanted Amazon for all the things it would bring. Entitlement is also ignoring those who don't have access to the things they have and assume they did something special for what they have. When they don't realize where you are born matters. The schools, access to healthcare, food, and jobs aren't the same. Social economic issues are real and most of us will never know what it is like to grow up in extreme poverty. Some make it out but it is the exception, not the rule.
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