Houston’s Baby Boomer Housing Shortage; Cooking Up a Third Coast Thanksgiving

Home at 502 Archer St. by Homeowners & Architects, Brooke Smith, Houston

Photo of home at 502 Archer St. (on AIA Home Tour this weekend): Ben Hill


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  • It makes zero sense to keep the Exxon/Mobil Heaquarters in Las Colinas. Dallas is no longer a leader in energy and Las Colinas has seen better days. Exxon is spending hundreds of millions on this Taj here in Houston and Houston is without question the energy capital of the world, so why not just move! It’s ridiculous how a CEO can move or keep a company in a certain place. The CEO of AT&T moved the company out of SA, where it has been for decades simply because his wife prefered the shopping in Dallas (I’m serous, that really was the reason).
    As for Frank Gehry, he has a nerve, considering that 90 percent of his designs are computer generated crap. His house in Santa Monica is the biggest pile of shit this side of Cy Twombly. I think Mr. Gehry needs to do take a long drive on a short road.

  • Re 3rd Coast Thanksgiving:
    If the Pilgrims had landed on the Island of Doom (Cabeza de Vaca’s name for Galveston) the Karankawas may well have simply eaten them. So the first Thanksgiving would consist of long pig festooned with buckle hats.

  • At any (all?) point(s) in time I’m sure at least 98% of what is built and designed is “pure sh*t”. Money cannot buy taste, but it can definitely buy an architect who will build whatever you want, or who can cow you into building whatever *he* wants.

  • So aging boomers livin’ large in the ‘burbs want to buy small and urban now–so do the succeeding generations like Millenials who they helped screw over by thinking of themselves first at every turn . . .

  • “Exxon Mobil’s CEO on Thursday dashed any hopes that the multinational oil and gas giant would relocate its headquarters to Houston, saying he plans to continue to honor the company’s “foundational” principles to keep separate its executive suites from its operations.”

    So he wants to carry on the tradition of making sure the executives who are in charge of the company are nowhere near any of the work that actually gets done.

    That’s a terrible way to run a business. It mostly says that they are more interested in plausible deniability than operational awareness.