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  1. So I haven't been following this thread at all and jumping in the middle of the convo here, would somebody be willing to sum up where we are here? The only thing I know is that they'll be: -widening it by one lane from the beltway into downtown -reroute the 45 around the east side of downtown -bury the freeway near GRB -add 24/7 express/toll lanes in each direction like the katy freeway Is the gist of it? When is this supposed to break ground? The north freeway clear out to The Woodlands needs about 5 lanes added in each direction. That freeway is a death trap. Way too small for the volume it's trying to carry.
  2. I wonder if this will be the 'Heritage Plaza' of today's times--as in the last major office skyscraper downtown for the forseeable future. With the pandemic and so many people working from home, it seems things may 'never' go back to normal and many people will continue working from home. It was a forced experiment that seems to have worked in that people working from their living rooms are equally, if not more, productive than when at the office. Translation: no need for abundant office space. I'm only talking office skyscrapers, not condo or apartment towers.
  3. Did I, at any point, mention the new concrete or trees? No. The new pavement and trees is quite the improvement actually. Buses are not sexy and giving them a designated lane is nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig. A bus is a bus is a bus and I highly doubt these BRT lanes will move the numbers of people being projected. Most people don't ride buses -- especially in a city built for the car. Why we don't focus our attention on commuter rail is beyond me. I'm really not even a fan of light rail. God knows the one from downtown to the dome will shake the dirt from your shoes. I realize it's not financially savvy to sell commuter rail but putting in a useless lane for a rolling eyesore is a shame. Of course, many of you won't agree and that's okay. Personally, they should stop why they're ahead and transition these designated lanes into bikes and foot traffic areas.
  4. Those BRT lines are a waste and a blight. The end.
  5. I may be going out on a limb here but I don't think the developers of these buildings are looking to make a statement. They have a certain amount of needed space with a certain budget cap and they build the best they can with what best meets their needs. I'm fairly sure the idea of a landmark trophy tower never crossed the minds of those building this or designing it.
  6. It'll still be a fairly nice addition to the TMC skyline and will be a signature tower for that area--even at 35-stories. It's a good looking building.
  7. Bottom right by far outshines the others but it’s a moot point. The building, despite being 42-stories, won’t even reach the height of Hess Tower next door which itself is hardly noticeable on the skyline. It’ll be good for infill but that’s about the extent of it. It’ll hardly be a staple of the skyline. Welcome addition tho!
  8. Who was going to build this building anyway? Was it a Hines product? I wish there was something we could do to get them to build this building. It NEEDS to be here. For as large as Houston is, our tallest building is a squatty 1,000 feet and it's not even a pretty building.
  9. Looking at that, 830,000 sq feet doesn't go as far as it used to -- that or they stuffed 10 lbs of shit into a 5 lbs bag. Either way, this development is pretty underwhelming
  10. I heard today that Norwegian is done and will only exist in the history books along with a smaller Australian carrier. I would imagine IAH is trying as hard as it can to keep what it has, much less add any new flags.
  11. I'm sure it'll look so good when it's done. I wish they'd do something with the Marriott. That thing looks old and decrepit. The 'futuristic' space ship/space port look is tired. Has anybody ever been in there? Is it nice?
  12. I think this just ended up being a low-rise doctors office, less than 10 stories if I remember correctly. Hate to be the bearer of bad news.
  13. Is work on all these high rises still going on as scheduled or are they stalled with the quarantine?
  14. Exactly as it does now with no new towers for years to come if the Corona crap hype and the downturn in oil have any say in the matter. It could be a gloomy, gloomy decade for Houston.
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