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  1. Amazon HQ2

    Mods may need to peel off this subthread into a new thread for HQ2. But, with the degree of prior need in our city for infrastructure improvements, gearing infrastructure for other "nice to haves" like HQ2 is probably a real non-starter unless a direct "Olympics-style case" can be made for how the two projects are intertwined. Anyway, Seattle is overdue for tectonic slippage, and it's highly likely they're low-key not really looking to build their headquarters redundancy in a place that's vulnerable to anything with devastation longer-lasting than a blizzard.
  2. Thanks plumber2 -- needed that name, Sealy County, just now.
  3. Not so much taking the torch as stepping into the void left behind by our last one; how soon we forget them!
  4. "Jeff Lindner, meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District, which covers the city of Houston, said Friday that Harvey flooded an estimated 136,000 structures in Harris County, or 10 percent of all structures in the county database. He called it a conservative estimate. . . Seventy percent of Harris County’s land mass, or about 1,300 square miles, was submerged by at least 1½ feet of water, Lindner said." --David Tarrant today in the Dallas Morning News
  5. Harvey impact on real estate?

    Of your several questions, I'd start with the collective national effort one. It's a good line of thinking, but of the estimated $121 billion that the second Bush administration spent on Katrina recovery, I read that $75 billion or two-thirds went to emergency relief only, not to rebuilding. People all over America will be paying for our rescue whether they like it or not, but I don't think we can count on America falling in love with Houston and trying to overhaul it. Houston has been racking up the #1 rankings so fast for so long that it comes naturally to us to ask your first question, "Can we get back to growing now?" But that question is tied closely to your idea of learning from Harvey, and in fact shows the temptation not to learn much if it stands in the way of rising back to #1 ASAP. Being the fastest riser in the national economy, and getting those pats on the back, is nice, short-term, but if we don't reimagine Houston -- instead of just more of the same -- the only people who will join us in locating here are those who will say, "Hey, okay, let's sign my kids up for Harvey Part II..."
  6. Like all economic bubbles in which real risk is mismanaged and resources are misallocated, the opportunity to grow here has been underpriced for decades. People were getting a good deal and kept coming to Harris County because, for all the jokes about swamplots, they didn't truly comprehend that their livelihoods were being lined up as cannon fodder. The physical footprint of Houston has already expanded hundreds of square miles beyond what a couple of new reservoirs and channelizations would compensate for. Rather than tearing down the last twenty years of housing "progress," returning it to pervious cover, and increasing the density of the remaining corridors, it would be much cheaper to agree on a Texan version of a Saudi style solution -- create a sustainable new economic city somewhere north along the Texas Central High Speed Rail and let Houston's economic sphere of influence expand there. People who hadn't gotten to sell out to developers yet on the Katy Prairie will scream and yell - but if we are truly all Texans all in this together, we have no business trying to get the endless real estate supply bubble blowing in our area anymore.
  7. 2027 GDP-PPP adjusted major urban region rankings, by percentage 100 JJJ (Beijing-Tianjin-Baoding) (#1) 86.1 NYC - N.NJ - Bridgeport (#2) 85.7 metro Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi (#3) 79.0 Greater Tokyo (#4) 69.6 Shenzhen-HK (#5) 63.6 Guangzhou-Foshan (#6) 58.6 L.A./Orange/Riverside/Oxnard (#7) 52.3 Greater London (#8) 51.5 Jakarta Raya (#9) 50.5 Московская агломерация (#10) … 27.3 Greater Houston-Brazos Valley (#24) 26.9 Greater DFW-Denton-Sherman (#25) 26.2 Mumbai Metropolitan Region (#26)
  8. 2016 GDP-PPP adjusted major urban region rankings, by percentage 100 Greater Tokyo (#1) 99.3 NYC - N.NJ - Bridgeport Tri-State (#2) 68.4 JJJ (China) (#3) 66.1 L.A./Orange/Riverside/Oxnard (#4) 63.6 metro Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi (#5) 60.2 Greater London (#6) 57.6 Greater Moscow (#7) 54.9 Shenzhen - HK (#8) 53.7 Seoul (Sudogwon) (#9) 46.7 Île-de-France (#10) … 30.3 Eastern Marmara Megaplex (#20) 29.8 Greater Houston-Galveston (#21) 29.1 The DFW Metroplex (#22)
  9. Maybe negative environmentalism presuming to guilt and scold people's inaction is itself part of the problem but... still, the fact that this close-to-top-of-site subforum has not seen a single reply for 280 days, since a time when people had been watching it due to a thread on killing mosquitos? That's, hmm, potentially a good piece of diagnostic information concerning care of our natural world in a pro-breakneck-expansion city bursting with engineers. As we see a metro population of seven million approaching in the headlights, a population that the previous American city to attain it, Chicagoland, attained 55 years ago (calcs if you want 'em), we begin to see ten million on the highway signs. I think our easy growth period is actually soon to be gone; Chicago at that point thought their previous trends' population surge would continue, too. Nevertheless, as part of a masters' thesis, I have gotten to consult some of these business intelligence databases whose subscriptions are more than I make in a year, and, while I can't reprint their forecasts, I think it will be permissible to share some stats if I change enough of the metro groupings and report only percentage rankings with no estimate numbers attached. See posts below.
  10. Frenchy's Chicken "...we recently chose to terminate our agreement with a non-compliant franchisee. The four locations owned and operated by this franchisee will be closed as a result on Monday, July 31." No one posting in the article's comments added anything to that.
  11. Odd Chirping Sounds At Night (not Crickets?)

    Many forum posters agree it is the Rio Grande Chirping Frog. Two videos above to verify.
  12. Park West Apartments

    In-depth new coverage on this 2.2 million square foot complex:
  13. New Dallas Development

    While it could mean that, I think there's ample reason the study went down seventy degrees below room temp, but a fraction of that above it. People don't like having to wash their clothes for the day after ten or fifteen minutes outside -- and for all of the Texas Triangle cities, there's a bit more than a third of each calendar year that the average daily high temperature is above 88 degrees...
  14. New Dallas Development

    Reminds me of the way areas along I-66 have been built out in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lots of commuter townhomes. But what is walking distance when summer trips home occur at 95+ degrees? Do they mean the homes will have subterranean ped-tunnels like downtown? If a Real Walking City like San Francisco or London were to have a week of 95+ degree temperatures, even their people in white collars would only walk up to about 250 feet between air-conditioned enclosures (Summer afternoons there are often about 70 degrees).