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  1. Going from postmodern architecture in Houston to postvernacular now? I wonder what our city would look like, if that were to become a wave as widespread as the earlier ones.
  2. There's not a lot of space to buy low and sell high when a field is already as superheated as life sciences has gotten. This literal field owned by 2ML, can still sell higher, yes; but the industry itself? TMC is great, but as an industry cluster, if you look at the burn rate required of the top ten areas just to stay in the top ten, Houston has almost no shot to ever break into the top six or eight, let alone five. So is rising from third tier to second tier in a currently important prestige niche actually important enough to justify the opportunity cost? The cost of not puttin
  3. I still hope William S Transco doesn't have to hang out on the skyline with such a square.
  4. From other threads, Brookfield is the owner who has been renovating Total Plaza, Allen Center and Heritage Plaza (though that one's not quite along Louisiana & Smith) too.
  5. TMC's monetary orientation (in 2017 the State Senate got upset at them for seeking to extend tax exemption to purely private for-profit land leases) means that the innovation flagship TMC3 is going to be looking to the participating institutions for a whole lot of funding. If TMC3's costs were to go up by the time it opens, would TMC plan on passing some of that increase on to the participating institutions? I don't know, but having McNair Campus next door (across Staffordshire, but broadside for the length of both campuses) means that Baylor St. Luke's will already enjoy close proximity
  6. http://offcite.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2010/03/NeverMindTheBollards_Barna_Cite371.pdf Great title, author, and article, which I found in making a timeline of all Greater Houston mixed-use development
  7. when people need to detour off of Gray to get around something, it really helps to have Webster and Hadley intact. These streets don't go all the way from Fourth Ward over across 288 like it does, but connect almost as well. The city or the management district should recognize, especially if Whole Foods has made this the development epicenter, that they don't need to give up streets here to help Midtown develop anymore. After Rosalie, we'd have only Anita and McGowen for cross-street rights of way to serve as grid distributors. That holds true all the way from Elgin to Hadley-Web
  8. I imagine among the priorities on the list, they just couldn't stand the popcorn ceiling. Not hifalutin enough for their Houston on the world stage. I think it grounds the proceedings more than a timely attempt to be timeless does. That way, unlike the classy new Drawing Institute, they aren't trying so hard to out-Architecture the current anodyne institutional fashion in Los Angeles.
  9. Silly and out of left field is different than being genuinely difficult to piece together. Are you really confused or just being silly back to a post posted in a silly tone? The featured link to the map of the TxDOT project scope for the Elysian Viaduct rebuild shows that it comes down to the corner of Commerce and Crawford from well north of the bayou. This thread is about the block at the corner of Commerce and Crawford and asked "What would you do [with this place]?" Anyone imagining a high speed rail line accessing downtown from Dallas down part of a new multi-level infrastructure corr
  10. Urban economists say that the pay is priced into the region -- firms entering the labor market and recruiting nationally pay less when recruiting to desirable areas. Even if the costs of living are higher and the offers are lower (Austin) or the costs and salaries are both high (New York), the firms are bidding less than they would have to otherwise, because people are amenable to the location and its amenity package. The fact that the bump exists "even at a Senior level" says that the real explanation has to go deeper than a lot of youngsters willing to work for peanuts. Havin
  11. Have to get these details right because TxDOT's favor will be extremely important when it comes time in 2061 to start to build Astrodomain III outside Rosharon.
  12. This block garnered a mention today in the very centrally located Downtown subforum:
  13. Someone over on the Northwest Mall (commonly referred to as either "Levcor's Post Oak Market", "What?", "potential Japanese passenger train terminus," or, "Much too far from downtown") thread on HAIF remarked that there was no viable corridor into downtown for HSR anyway. Something tells me that if our engineering city is really as no-holds-barred as we like to proclaim, someone could have used The Houston Way of opaque negotiations to find a deal that would accommodate the Hardy extension *and* elevated passenger HSR -- or elevated HSR *and* a surface boulevard many stakeholders proposed --
  14. In a year when Dallas became the largest datacenter market other than global leader Northern Virginia, Houston did get an interesting investment. While everyone was watching the Aussies do residential construction in Midtown, a group from Perth has shot for the moon out in the Energy Corridor. Despite some early computation sites like JSC Building 12, Exxon's fourteenth (really thirteenth) floor downtown, and the Welton Becket-designed Shell Information Center, Houston is not one of the Southwest's biggest data center markets, but in the last decade there have at least been m
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