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Old Posted Nov 23, 2019, 1:22 AM
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^^^Politics are not allowed on this site.
Not political at all. Just curious, but don’t really care if it was done or not.
Never heard of the “curse” story.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2019, 2:04 PM
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The Alamo Hotel once existed on this site. The following is the last paragraph of the story quoted below. Kevin's story has the curses sprinkle concoctions ingredients listed. Thank You Kevin, Its an interesting bit of "history". Sorry about the political comment enragegcamel.

"Opened in 1925, the Alamo Hotel slowly declined from respectability to seediness during its storied six-decade existence on the western side of downtown. It was home to many characters, none more famous than Sam Houston Johnson, the hard-living brother of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Despite protests, it was demolished in 1984, after which a street minister named Tony Hearn laid a curse on the property where he had wanted to plant a homeless mission."

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Old Posted Nov 23, 2019, 9:34 PM
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Not political at all. Just curious, but don’t really care if it was done or not.
Never heard of the “curse” story.
I totally missed the context of that line of posts. I didn't realize he was referring to your Sam Houston post, which is an interesting question. If that's the case, then I'd hope they did do a little poking around to see what they could find.
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Old Posted Dec 5, 2019, 8:11 AM
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Anyone have an update of the site prep? It's seems like we have already moved on from our next new tallest, and it just barely started.
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Old Posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:46 PM
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What's even crazier is that photo doesn't include *a lot* of buildings that will likely be under construction/complete by then.
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Old Posted Dec 5, 2019, 5:38 PM
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What's even crazier is that photo doesn't include *a lot* of buildings that will likely be under construction/complete by then.
Like everything going up on Rainey/East Ave
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GREAT image! Did Block 185 get lowered to 589'? I thought it was to be 594'!?!
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Old Posted Dec 6, 2019, 1:31 AM
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GREAT image! Did Block 185 get lowered to 589'? I thought it was to be 594'!?!
That's an old photo. Henry posted it here back in February I believe when we thought the height was 589'.
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Old Posted Dec 7, 2019, 8:56 PM
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Anyone have an update of the site prep? It's seems like we have already moved on from our next new tallest, and it just barely started.
Site work progress 12-7-19. Any one know if this is going to be a Pier job or are they doing a mat foundation?

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Site work progress 12-7-19. Any one know if this is going to be a Pier job or are they doing a mat foundation?
Yay, an update! I don't ever recall a reference to the type of foundation in the permits. But I would think it would be referenced in at least one of the two site plans for this project.
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2019, 12:41 AM
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Site work progress 12-7-19. Any one know if this is going to be a Pier job or are they doing a mat foundation?


Rumor is they are going to be very large diameter piers. Greater than 6'
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2019, 3:44 AM
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This is an Extended Stay demo photo from TOWERS and an Alamo Hotel demo photo that Kevin posted in the historical thread.

Two hotel demos on the same site, a generation apart.

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Old Posted Dec 8, 2019, 3:40 PM
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It looks like in 1984 one could just walk onto an active demolition site in Texas. It does not look secured at all.
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2019, 4:10 PM
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It looks like in 1984 one could just walk onto an active demolition site in Texas. It does not look secured at all.
In 1984, you could smoke in HEB and put your cig out on the floor. Actually, you could smoke just about anywhere. I think you could even drive without wearing a seatbelt. Point is...safety and health regulations were pretty lax just 35 years ago.
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In 1984, you could smoke in HEB and put your cig out on the floor. Actually, you could smoke just about anywhere. I think you could even drive without wearing a seatbelt. Point is...safety and health regulations were pretty lax just 35 years ago.
Not to mention smoking in planes and even schools (our HS had a smoking area). Difficult to imagine how different things were. Every square foot of public space had discarded cigarette butts and those old-style soft drink pull tabs. Before the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign, there was a whole lot of messing with Texas.
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People used to smoke and discard the butts virtually everywhere back then. It was gross by today's standards. In fact it was considered rude not to offer an ash tray to someone who came into YOUR HOME and started smoking.
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Oh my lord... off topic, but that Alamo hotel was glorious and the last of it's kind for the city RIP.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2019, 1:47 PM
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Alamo Hotel - last residence of Sam Houston Johnson..... brother of LBJ.
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2019, 6:46 AM
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This is moving pretty quickly, already a sizable hole that's being dug.
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