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Quite a presence from the street  

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Thanks to beerNut I found this thread. As I was mentioning on another thread this thing is close to topping out and its nice to see a steel structure for a change instead of reinforced concrete. I remember back in the big building boom in the late 70's early eighties there were several skyscrapers that went up built out of steel, including the 70 story Wells Fargo building. Something about steel construction always seemed more interesting, at least to me.

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19 hours ago, zaphod said:

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.

It makes it look more like individual townhouses than a large apartment complex; I agree it really improves the facade

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15 hours ago, iah77 said:

Maybe because it's name was changed illegally without the consent of property owners lol. 

Do property owners get to decide what the street is named? The name was removed because it was named after a losing officer from the conquered confederate army. The confederacy lost the war to hold slaves and this is a largely black neighborhood, I think they should have a choice in the name of their streets vs. some racists rednecks from the suburbs. Since when do losers get to have stuff named after them? 

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According to the city, there's two ways to change a street name - either a citizen petition with 75% of the property owners on the street, or by city council passing an ordinance after notifying the owners.  Notably, the council don't need to get consent from the owners; the check on it is public pressure on council members to vote against it if it is too out there

 

https://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Forms/devregs/StreetNameChangeProcedures-Standards.pdf

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39 minutes ago, cspwal said:

According to the city, there's two ways to change a street name - either a citizen petition with 75% of the property owners on the street, or by city council passing an ordinance after notifying the owners.  Notably, the council don't need to get consent from the owners; the check on it is public pressure on council members to vote against it if it is too out there

 

https://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Forms/devregs/StreetNameChangeProcedures-Standards.pdf

I own two properties on the street and no one wanted it renamed that I know along the street. I don't care, I'm just mentioning on how the city does whatever it wants anyways in the end. 

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2 hours ago, hindesky said:

Do property owners get to decide what the street is named? The name was removed because it was named after a losing officer from the conquered confederate army. The confederacy lost the war to hold slaves and this is a largely black neighborhood, I think they should have a choice in the name of their streets vs. some racists rednecks from the suburbs. Since when do losers get to have stuff named after them? Lol, back at you racists POS.

I'm racist being a person of color and actually living in 3rd ward?

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6 hours ago, hindesky said:

Do property owners get to decide what the street is named? The name was removed because it was named after a losing officer from the conquered confederate army. The confederacy lost the war to hold slaves and this is a largely black neighborhood, I think they should have a choice in the name of their streets vs. some racists rednecks from the suburbs. Since when do losers get to have stuff named after them? Lol, back at you racists POS.

 

Let's be careful on using terms like "racist". That is going to start fights pretty quickly.

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Are they planning to and/or did they consider renaming Tuam street, also?  Below is the entry from wikipedia.  Apparently, Tuam was named at the same time in 1892 for Dowling's place of birth in Ireland.

 

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Dowling Street (1892)

In 1892, the Houston City Council renamed East Broadway to Dowling Street.[13] On 11 January 2017, Houston City Council approved a plan to rename Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue.[14]

Tuam Street (1892)

In 1892, the Houston City Council renamed a street, which is perpendicular to Dowling Street (now Emancipation Avenue), to Tuam Street, the namesake of Dowling's birthplace Tuam, Ireland.

 

 

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1 hour ago, august948 said:

Are they planning to and/or did they consider renaming Tuam street, also?  Below is the entry from wikipedia.  Apparently, Tuam was named at the same time in 1892 for Dowling's place of birth in Ireland.

 

 


I hadn't heard anything about it, I would have assumed it would have happened with the name change of Emancipation. I guess it just flew under the radar.

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