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  1. To be fair, what function does the Boston office, as a physical brick-and-mortar place, actually have given the present trend towards remote work nowadays? A lot of the administrative stuff this organization does is probably not anchored to a specific city. After all, if you wanted access to the best experts you'd by necessity have a team scattered around the country and perhaps worldwide. And the floor space dedicated to startup work that needs physical presence is probably pretty plain. The room or building in that picture looks like a glorified event venue for startups to pitch things to investors. It probably remains empty most of the time. A legit science lab full of prototypes and instruments and test benches would probably employ far more people who might be inclined to live nearby in the city. And it would be an opportunity for creative new startups to take off, some of which may remain in the city and create networks that benefit Houston as a whole for decades to come.
  2. I had a part time job at a Target and I distinctly remember having to go on an internal website through a PC in the office to do training, schedule changes, etc, and there was a part where you had to select your store out of a list The list had the store's name and its number, and the store numbers are generally sequential so the older the store the lower the number. At least that's what somebody told me. Anyways this is memorable because there was a store in Dallas that was very low numbered, 008 I think, I believe the one by the old Valley View Mall and present day Dallas Galleria. From the outside it doesn't look too old but from Google Maps it has an unusual footprint and a substantial attic or loft in the center of the building which makes it look a bit different. Could it be from way back then? It seems to still be open. I wonder what the oldest Target in operation is? For that matter I wonder where the oldest Wal-mart is.
  3. It's very unusual to see a Target in a building that wasn't always a Target. The exterior doesn't really match their brand/look either, but then I hope long term the shopping center owners keep that brick and never try to cover over it. I've always liked the 1990s trend where shopping centers had that eclectic brick/masonry exterior. Nowadays new shopping centers all tend to be modern, gray boxes.
  4. At least it's something to make that part of town feel full besides just the medical center buildings. That area to the southeast of the core part of the med center around the future TMC3 is such a wasteland.
  5. It would be a shame if the crane operator had to sneeze and those porta potties took a tumble...
  6. Well, it looks like Galveston dodged a bullet. So we'll start seeing these rolling eventually!
  7. Are they standard gauge? Maybe they could hitch them to the back of a freight train and take them out of town to a siding somewhere.
  8. Awesome news. Just in time for another hurricane... But yeah it will be neat to see these return. Maybe by the summer of 2021 we'll be free again and those will be rolling. Seems like good timing.
  9. That's rather frightening... It looks this thing is still higher up than that though, so it should be okay?
  10. The training buses are having to go far and wide to avoid the construction I guess Westpark and S. Rice (all pictures by me) They are parking in the westpark transit center now. I wonder if they are going to put paint or finish on that exposed concrete?
  11. River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge is south of 59 on Kirby. I couldn't tell you when they adopted that name of its always been called that but its been around a while from what I can tell. But yeah, they should have kept the Sonic name as seen in the property flyer hotlinked above. Sonic the Porsh-ah has a better ring to it.
  12. Who knows. The idea of building a lot of small units gave me the idea that they could turn it into a dorm for the homeless. They'd have an efficiency unit and there would be onsite security guards. Eligibility would be based on history of involuntary institutionalization, substance abuse, etc. Get them off the street, that would go way further in de-trashing that area than anything else proposed thusfar.
  13. I don't like the EaDo cap. Where is the money going to come from if the city is so fiscally spread thin? Are they going to close down or stop funding other parks or parks services? Why are so many neighborhoods in the city under-served with parks and why are various activities lacking? This would be really expensive project to build a patch of grass next to some "visionary" development locations and put on it a gym and other facilities that could be built at 1/10th the cost elsewhere in town that needs them and leave money over for 100 other things. I like how the 59 trench is proposed. They put in extra wide sidewalks with landscaping to join the two sides together, they went with an aesthetically pleasing decorative molded concrete for the walls, and where a mini tunnel is necessary due to the oblique angles a couple streets cross at they'll put some grass on top and line it with bushes. Why not just do that for EaDo and be done with it? They could set up the trench walls to support a roof at a later date if private funds come from developers who are interested in building adjacent.
  14. That would be seriously wild if 2020 was the year they redeveloped this thing.
  15. It all looks very slick, especially the residential portion. The titled roof sections are better than the typical flat top apartment donut you see built most of the time here.
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