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Listen: The Astrodome's $105 million future — Does the latest Astrodome proposal have legs, and why are Houstonians are so passionate about the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World?"

Downtown's Aloft hotel goes modern for millennials — The national hotel brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which has been acquired by Marriott International, aims to attract the millennial set with amenities like live music in the lobbies, laptop work areas, a bar and billiards table and furniture inspired by mid-century modern designs.

Washington Avenue building trades hands — Local realty shops Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises have teamed up to buy one of Washington Avenue's historic properties. The two-story brick building from 1920 is in the 1900 block of Washington at White Street. It fills 17,000 square feet and has close to 13,000 square feet available for lease.

Namesake tenant departing One Shell Plaza — Shell Oil Co., the energy giant that in the 1970s led a movement of major corporations into downtown Houston, is moving out of the city center, leaving its namesake tower after 45 years.

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas adds to Houston's sublease office glut — The local oil and gas subsidiary of Freeport-McMoran has put 474,000 square feet of downtown office space up for sublease, the latest blow to an already struggling office market.

The Millennial Complex (Plus the other TMC) — The Texas Medical Center is an imposing complex of some of the most prestigious facilities in the world. But it's lacking in private development, the hip new restaurants, high-end apartment complexes and hotels. In this wandering episode of Looped In, Nancy and Erin discuss why this is and preview an upcoming story on the subject planned for Sunday's paper.

Halliburton lists 48-acre west Houston campus — Halliburton, the Houston-based oilfield services company that was recently ordered to pay $3.5 billion related to a failed merger with competitor Baker Hughes, has put a sprawling west Houston office property up for sale amid a deep retrenchment in the global energy industry. [...]

July housing decline makes an about-face in August — Houston-area home sales got a late-summer boost fueled by a growing supply of homes on the market and perhaps a last-minute push to buy before the start of the school year. Buyers closed on 7,914 single-family homes during August, an 8.2 percent increase over the same month a year ago, the Houston Association of Realtors reported Wednesday.

Home sales hit record in August — Houston-area home sales hit a record high last month, a late-summer rebound fueled by a growing supply of homes, the Houston Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. Buyers closed on 7,914 single-family homes during August in what was perhaps part of a last-minute push to purchase homes before the start of the school year.

Iconic tower in Medical Center sold — The decision to create that clinic led to the historic 2005 split between the medical school and Houston Methodist Hospital, its longtime partner. Baylor and the Colorado-based Catholic system subsequently formed a joint venture to complete the medical school's long-shelved medical complex and make it the replacement for St.
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Sep 29, 2016

There's talk of rebuilding @BellaireHigh on the recently vacated Chevron property on Fournace at the West Loop 

Sep 28, 2016

Bissonnet & Newcastle. Anyone know the story with this long-vacant corner?

Sep 28, 2016

One of the existing buildings on Midway's "East River" site is an iteresting barrel-shaped structure. Here's a video 

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