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On 10/18/2021 at 5:07 PM, Houston19514 said:

Yeah, only 25 years ago, those same pictures would have had 2-3 times as much parking lot/vacant land.

Late 1970s... 😲😲😲 ... can't image having to walk blocks to your car in the mid-summer heat and humidity with no trees / shade at all... nothing but baking pavement... ugh what a nightmare! 

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1) Houston Center development tore down a lot. It was going to be much bigger than it ended up.

2) Parking makes more money than most tiny buildings or old houses that were torn down.

3) Zero preservation laws. We are a developer's wet dream and a preservationist's sad tears town.

4) Lots of land speculation that bombed with oil crash. Nothing of note was built in Houston, especially downtown from the time I was 12 until the time I was 25 or so. 

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5) 1970s Houston was much different than today's city. The inner loop, especially the East side, was seeing population loss with a ton of white flight. Most things East of Main was seen as the ghetto. This magnified with the oil bust. 

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10 hours ago, HtownWxBoy said:

Late 1970s... 😲😲😲 ... can't image having to walk blocks to your car in the mid-summer heat and humidity with no trees / shade at all... nothing but baking pavement... ugh what a nightmare! 

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I worked downtown in the late 60's and early 70's and I parked in underground garages and walked in air conditioned tunnels to the office buildings........

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9 minutes ago, hindesky said:

Talked with the guy on the left who was rigging for the tower crane. He said they were on the 37th floor and this will be 44 floors high.

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Haif says 42 floors, Emporis says 43, and this fellow says 44. Anyone know how to find out what the number actually is?

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I wonder if it is 42 residential floors with a maintenance floor above and then a concrete ceiling for the maintenance floor that is basically another floor, i.e. the roof. That's the only was I can square it lol

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6 minutes ago, jmitch94 said:

I wonder if it is 42 residential floors with a maintenance floor above and then a concrete ceiling for the maintenance floor that is basically another floor, i.e. the roof. That's the only was I can square it lol

That is my thinking, the workers don't care about residential floors, just top of the structure.

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