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The advantage of being at work early....

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Good question,

 

I dont know. haha. They look kind of like grade beams. Not too sure though. 

 

Really weird, strangely sized, and oddly placed grade beams... 

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The large rectangular one is for the freight elevator and the other ones were formed to save on the amount of concrete in the mat. That area will not be load bearing and doesn't need to be as thick. The raised areas are where the columns will go and that's why they are thicker. That is essentially what I was told.

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I understand the money situation and general cheapness the city has at times, but Houston could've easily made it so that only people with tickets can board the train.

Actually, I would have loved a train system that was entirely free. Fort Worth's Molly Trolley is an entirely free bus system that anyone can get on and off of at any station. It encourages more ridership and more visits downtown. I can understand a modicum of a need to recover costs, but that can be done so many ways other than extracting fares from passengers.

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Actually, I would have loved a train system that was entirely free. Fort Worth's Molly Trolley is an entirely free bus system that anyone can get on and off of at any station. It encourages more ridership and more visits downtown. I can understand a modicum of a need to recover costs, but that can be done so many ways other than extracting fares from passengers.

 

That's basically Greenlink with added weekend service.

 

With regard to the topic of the thread, I'm curious about the figures tied to the pour when all is said and done. I recall the pours done for the newest MD Anderson Tower on the other side of Brays Bayou set some records... sort of curious how this one will stack up.

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Actually, I would have loved a train system that was entirely free. Fort Worth's Molly Trolley is an entirely free bus system that anyone can get on and off of at any station. It encourages more ridership and more visits downtown. I can understand a modicum of a need to recover costs, but that can be done so many ways other than extracting fares from passengers.

I have not been to north Texas see this Molly Trolley. I just looked it up on the web though. It seems that GreenLink ..... The free bus service in downtown houston .... Does much the same thing, no?

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Bravo good sir, and welcome to HAIF!

 

EDIT: I'm seriously losing count on cranes in downtown now lol. Not to mention there will probably be a crane for the site near 59, one for 609, another one will be set up on main, the new crane at alley, possibly another two at market square. Craziness!

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^ Agreed! This makes crane number 9 up downtown and we still have at least one more for this and 2 more for 609 Main. That's not including all the cranes about to go up for the multifamily highrises about to start!

9 Tower cranes and 4 crawler cranes in the CBD, add 2 more tower cranes for 609, 1 more for Marriott Marquis. If you add the UHD's 1 tower crane and Midtown's 4 tower cranes . Probably 1 to 4 for the 40 story and Hines MFB there will be lots of cranes in the downtown area. 

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Excellent pics! Just some advice, another good location is your parking garage on the top floor. Avoids the window glare.

 

Actually TPeppers if you go to the corner conference room in the afternoon you can get no glare pics.  I take mine from the 8th floor corner.

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After all these years we are just now recovering from the terrible demolition... If recovery is even possible. Years of history, erased

Was the demolition "terrible"?

I can only assume that the building were demolished because they were empty relics. No tenants and a home for thugs of all sorts.

Demolition happens long after PEOPLE make a choice to abandon an area. I am uncertain if having 300 buildings on the eastern side of downtown that had been empty for near 45 years would be a "good" thing.

If they did still stand, Would we not be wrecking them now anyway?

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Was the demolition "terrible"?

I can only assume that the building were demolished because they were empty relics. No tenants and a home for thugs of all sorts.

Demolition happens long after PEOPLE make a choice to abandon an area. I am uncertain if having 300 buildings on the eastern side of downtown that had been empty for near 45 years would be a "good" thing.

If they did still stand, Would we not be wrecking them now anyway?

 

That's not really true. Demolition often happens in preparation for something "better" that never actually happens, or to clear "blight," which was very liberally defined for decades. And in this city in particular, where demolition is so deeply embedded into the culture, buildings are often demoed just to make a property more appealing to potential developers. Look, you can build whatever you want! We already cleared the land for you!

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