Sky-High Dining Downtown; Eco Firm Hired for Houston-Dallas Bullet Train; Common Bond Becoming More Common

Photo of 317 W. 19th St.: Marc Longoria via Swamplot Flickr Pool


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  • Re: 46 story downtown apartment tower
    Ever notice that, when possible, new construction projects ALWAYS mentions it it close to the rail lines? That doesn’t happen with RBT, and THAT speaks volumes…..

  • Re: Common Bond Expansions
    While I wish Mr. Joseph well, I’d ask him to cool his jets on all of these “big, big, big” expansion plans. Businesses run one or two locations well then think it is nothing to add five more. Problems and costs grow exponentially. Slow and steady wins the race.

  • That bullet train is looking more and more like something that might happen. Common, you still think those guys are going to leave town with dollar sign bags?

  • So the highest viewpoint that a common pleb can get to in Houston is the top of the Wedge International building. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  • Why the picture of the empty lot on 19th?

  • “Ever notice that, when possible, new construction projects ALWAYS mentions it it close to the rail lines? That doesn’t happen with RBT, and THAT speaks volumes…..”
    ….about the type of people who can afford to buy places like this and how ignorant/uninterested they are in regards to a comprehensive and usable mass transit system.

  • Carraba dumbed down Common Bond after buying it from Roy Shvartzapel. Chef Roy would come up with some sublime dishes for weekend brunch when he was still at the helm. I hope the expansion plans don’t mean that it will turn into La Madeleine 2.0.

    Fun fact: Chef Roy now has a famous panettone bakery.

  • “The route largely follows existing rights-of-way corridors, resulting in the fewest possible impacts to socioeconomic, natural, physical and cultural environments.”

    I dont think think it really even comes close to checking this box.

  • The whole bullet train deal amazes me. It’s fascinating how a foreign company can come to Texas and basically use US eminent domain lawns to seize property and then create a monopoly over “fast transit” between Dallas and Houston. I would put my money on Branson instead. The Japanese are like the Jeb Bush campaign. They think their project “win” is inevitable and they have an army of high priced lawyers, PR firms, lobbyists, consultants, etc. Their weakness is that their product is dated, not crashworthy, not that fast actually compared to Maglev or hyperloop, and expensive to build, and to MAINTAIN. Oh, and JR Central committed atrocities against US POWs in WW II and now wants Federal loans from US taxpayers so they can sell an obsolete but fairly reliable system overseas to improve their current account deficit. Its not only obsolete, but it’s the Betamax version of high speed rail. Most everyone else uses the TGV platform which can withstand a collision against a hog on a berm. Shinkansen will collapse its fiberglass nosecone and will derail. It is not an infrastructure corridor alignment either – much of the Houston area entry path is greenfield. Lost economic potential from the bisections of thousands of potentially productive acres is much greater than any benefit from a terminus with low paying service jobs and a giant parking garage. It’s a scam and should be stopped.