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  1. Want to give a shout out to China Stix! They’ve been there for decades now, and have been serving solid Chinese food without missing a beat. They may not be the most entirely authentic Chinese food in town, but I don’t think you can go wrong ordering from them if you’re nearby. Quick turnaround & solid to-go game!
  2. Looks like a scene straight from “The Crows Have Eyes III - The Crowening”
  3. It’s probably just there because the renderer added it - but there is a residential looking high rise just to the left of the Marriott that doesn’t seem to exist yet?
  4. I’d say there has most certainly been a slowdown. It’s not like the city was experiencing a boom prior to the pandemic. Perhaps it’s just from my experience within my own office, which has seen layoffs and countless projects either canceled or postponed. There were a number of foreign backed preliminary developments that just vanished. Future work getting pulled out from under you is doom for an architectural office. Maybe you’ve been busy? I have not. I know that is the case for a large number of design firms. Seeing these bigger projects that were paused for almost a year com
  5. I’m glad to see big projects kicking off. Been a reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally long time since last March with very little actually starting up here in town. Here is hoping we continue to see proposed projects start-up!
  6. Then I misunderstood you. To your other point then - it is interesting that work continued for architects. Things didn’t get dicey, or even bad. Go back in time just on this board and you’ll see that while there was a slow down (certainly Houston was in a boom cycle for 4 years) nothing stopped. In the 1980s things stopped. Oil & Gas was a much larger percentage of the economy than it is currently. The fact the city did not stop - even a little - is to me, interesting. And projects of any scale take years. Literally. Years to come to fruition. I can name 6 I’
  7. But not all construction financing for a office space requires 250,000 SF from one company to work. If you’re saying - and I believe you are - that we won’t see another 609 Main or the likes till we see some additional office vacancy rates drop, then yes, you’re right. A lot of projects going up right now are infill projects. We have 1 trophy tower under construction. The rest aren’t all dependent upon oil and gas. If they were then they wouldn’t have begun construction, or secured financing 12-24 months ago as it is. Considering how long it takes to put these sort of projects together (
  8. All of this is pure speculation by everyone. How many of the 75,000+ who were let go in ‘15-‘17 have been rehires in the oil industry? A continued downturn will hurt, but it won’t be the end of the city. Of course the depth and size of the global recession we are seeing signs of will ultimately determine how bad things get all over. Interestingly this is all occurring in an Presidential election year here in the States. the TMC and tech incubator projects aren’t going away, and they have funding regardless of what oil does. If anything this virus may spur investors
  9. We have it now! The office markets are a shell of what they were. Big oil has contracted. That is why we’ve seen so many empty older (circa 70s/80s era) being renovated and updated. If these companies go under - then yes, yes we will see trouble. I’m trying to be optimistic and reason that many of the companies are already lean and mean, there will be losses but does it get as bad as 5-6 years ago? I’ll wager it will not. SA and Russia can’t sustain a price war for the sake of their own already shrunken economies. It’s not like oil rebounded and they’re both flush with money
  10. We used to be tied to the hip, I would say we are more or less connected at the knee now. Which is a big improvement. The oil business hasn’t exactly recovered from its previous slump. What current growth is from oil related companies? And I realize I’m oversimplifying things a tad - but we haven’t seen any developments locally in years from O&G companies.
  11. Its starting to look like a pretty terrible time to be any business in Midland, Texas! I think overall the Houston economy will be ok - not great, but not destroyed like the bust of the 1980s either. I hope! It is always a puzzlement to me that the medical and oil booms in this town don’t occur together. We are all watching as the TMC is about to pop with development while O&G is about to tank...again.
  12. I’ll imagine it made plenty of others on the job site nervous too! Architects on here can probably attest to plenty of moments in their careers where they were reaffirmed in their choice to be the architect and not the builder.
  13. Additionally, observation towers that have been successful are also typically landmarks associated with something akin to a Worlds Fair. Think Space Needle, Hemisphere Tower etc. Now I’ve been to the Hemisphere Tower and it isn’t a great experience, and frankly spending time riding up to the top is wasteful when one could easily walk the streets of San Antonio and get a better feel for the city.
  14. You sound as upbeat as I typically do. I think - to make Downtown a more vibrant place - we don’t need a trophy tower or grand attraction, we need more boring infill of retail and residential.
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