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  1. Back in the late 80s I had a '73 Karmann Ghia. Spent a lot of time in the Mahan Volkswagen parts department.
  2. I wish I could be as optimistic. I tend to believe, however, that a market correction was coming anyway and COVID-19 just accelerated it. But more worrying to me is the damage done not just to the "market," but to the real economy. To businesses large and small and to actual people, especially people in the vulnerable "gig economy." I really fear this will be a huge all-around disruption.
  3. Well, maybe Russia will relent and things can go back to their pre-apocalyptic norms? Then again, a Saudi-Russian hot war might be fun! šŸ˜± Oil plunges near $30 a barrel as Saudi-Russia price fight erupts https://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Oil-in-Freefall-After-Saudis-Slash-Prices-in-15115465.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=twitter&utm_source=twitter.com
  4. Then again, with lower gasoline prices, it'll be easier to drive around the country searching for pockets of population unaffected by Coronavirus. šŸ˜
  5. Saudi Arabia Stuns World With Massive Discount In Oil Sold To Asia, Europe And U.S. Oil prices are down more than 30% this year. Oil prices are poised to drop dramatically after Saudi Arabia announced a stunning discount in oil prices ā€” of $6 to $8 per barrel ā€” to its customers in Asia, the United States and Europe. The world's second-largest producer this weekend also said it will actually boost oil production instead of cutting it to stem falling prices, in a stunning reversal in policy from just two days ago. The benchmark Brent oil price already plunged 9.4%, to $45.27 per barrel, on Friday. The drop came after Saudi Arabia, the rest of OPEC and Russia failed to agree on production cuts to combat falling prices due to fears that the coronavirus epidemic will halt world economic growth. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/08/813439501/saudi-arabia-stuns-world-with-massive-discount-in-oil-sold-to-asia-europe-and-u-
  6. Skyscraperpage.com is back up. Iā€™m wondering why their Wikipedia page said what it did.
  7. Cool! I like that. I remember when the Helmut Jahn and KPF buildings were announced. Nice to see them in context.
  8. Yep. I just found a thread about it Skyscrapercity. https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=167013932#post167013932 And just last night I posted something like 80 photos I had taken of downtown. šŸ˜«
  9. As of 6:17pm Wednesday the Skyscraperpage website is back up. Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this. I am unable to connect to Skyscraperpage.com. I get a "403 Access Denied" error. I noticed their entry on Wikipedia refers to it as "was a website for skyscraper hobbyists and enthusiasts," key word being "was." Their Wikipedia page also includes "Current status defunct (2020)." Anybody know if it has, indeed, gone offline, or am I just banned or suspended for some unknown reason?
  10. The days are numbered for this particular view. Going to miss it, actually.
  11. I didn't even notice that all those buildings around "Texas Commerce Tower"* are new. * I, on the other hand, am not new!
  12. https://www.flickr.com/photos/23333264@N00/with/49594271026/
  13. This MetroNext video shows a future BRT line running along I-10.
  14. Well, if you think about it, the parking garage for JP Morgan Chase Tower (or whatever it's called now) also takes up a whole block. It just doesn't have a skyscraper built on top of it. It has one across the street.
  15. From the 1978 map, it looks like there are apartments on the Mandell end of the block. That is what I thought I remembered.
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