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  1. 1. HAIF is an architectural forum, a place where people are encouraged to obsess over buildings and the effect they have on Houston. 2. Yes, it is ethical, and I cannot imagine why it wouldn't be.
  2. The new streetlights are finally in service. Well, some of them. Don't want to rush things....
  3. This is one of the most drastic improvements brought about by covering a dingy yellow paint job since the University of Houston - Downtown (formerly the Merchants and Manufacturers) Building renovation a few years ago.
  4. Shall we guess? Hmm... not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. Is it actually cerulean?
  5. Just to clarify things, if you're looking askance at the name of the website on the pen (DONOTBLOW.COM) it's for a lawyer who specializes in DUI cases.
  6. IIRC, Wonton (2902 Caroline) was designed by the same architect who designed the Rich's (now Space) building at 2401 San Jacinto. There's certainly a resemblance between the two buildings.
  7. I thought a city ordinance was passed a few years ago that forbids developers from cutting down mature trees on the ROW. Of course, if it was on private property there's probably little or no action the city could have taken.
  8. What makes a taco "street"? That elusive touch of asphalt.
  9. Squash it with what - a monster truck? A steam roller? I think the developer would quash any efforts to do such an unlikely thing.
  10. To me, that Chase Bank across the street looks like one of those buildings that somehow remain intact after being toppled by an earthquake.
  11. I notice that 1927 W Gray (same block, formerly Pier 1) has had a construction fence around it for the past couple of weeks.
  12. Perhaps all three could run. They could call it "The KKK Ticket". (I'm not suggesting that any of the potential candidates listed is sympathetic to the Klan, only that the name would appeal to a certain faction of the GOP. A disturbingly large faction.)
  13. Also, it's unlikely that any housing will be built in the foreseeable future that will be as affordable as those little garden apartments.
  14. The 2 1/2 story building to the west of the demolished bungalow (1509 Westheimer?) has an unusual narrow third story running from the front to the rear of the house. Was this building previously used for some other purpose? Could this have been part of some primitive cooling system? I've always been puzzled as to what purpose it served.
  15. Just curious - was St. Joseph buried upside down and facing the house? And do you know how long the house had been on the market? (not that I'm a believer in this stuff, but....)
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