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  1. I love classic design, but I agree that this was not that good. I admire the attempt, but the lack of skill set is apparent. We need some builders/developers to sponsor some scholarships to the American College of Building Arts. Cough..cough..Randall Davis...cough...cough.
  2. Exactly. I was wondering if a worksite is left idle for 2,3,4.. months (due to the virus) does there come a point that the building site degrades to a point where the repair costs rise and the project is no longer financially feasible. If they are exempt, then it's a moot point. If I was building a home I would be a little upset if it sat in the rain for 2-3 months, half built and exposed to the elements. I'm not any kind of expert on big commercial buildings, so I was asking.
  3. Does anyone know if leaving a construction project like this unfinished begin to cause damage to it? Standing water? Rotting forms? Rust?
  4. Here's my plan. City puts a sign out front that says anyone who sprays graffiti on the building has to take a brick or chunk of concrete home with them or they go to jail. It will be gone by summer.
  5. I do like Quoins. Were you thinking at the corners or along the windowed arches? Right now they give off that Kroger Signature Store from the 90s vibe to me. Some more interest on the arches would have broken up the sameness of the floating section.
  6. Has the city ever considered a Parking variance ordinance that would cut the required spots by, say 50%, within 1,000 feet of train stop? Effectively, it's a deregulation, so both the pro-transit and pro-business people may like it?
  7. You can't expect a non-profit group to just recklessly barge ahead with a plan that started a mere...check notes...11 years ago.
  8. I feel your pain. I joked with a friend recently that we need to start a real estate business where we ask cheapskates (like he and I) where they like to eat and where they live. Those kinds of places seem to get redeveloped every time I turn around. I feel your pain. I joked with a friend recently that we need to start a real estate business where we ask cheapskates (like he and I) where they like to eat and where they live. Those kinds of places seem to get redeveloped every time I turn around.
  9. I'm not an architect, so I wondered if anyone can answer this question. When the developer says, "Architecturally, it would be significant. The buildings would be timeless, not ready to be torn down in 30 years." ...and then I look at the render and there isn't a single design element from more than 5-10 years ago (to my eyes). What confidence can he have that this building will be timeless? Is it quality of materials? Notoriety of the designer? The only 30-year+ office building in Houston that I hear people note is the 700 Louisiana building which is an obvious homage to much older eleme
  10. Am I the only one who tries to rotate the camera a-la-google-street-view on every ground level photo on HAIF?
  11. No picture, but the crane tower was up yesterday afternoon when I drove by.
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