Sandwiched between billion-dollar transportation projects and high-end apartments, commercial development in Seattle’s downtown core is skyrocketing.
But given the inevitability of a seismic event in the Puget Sound region, the towers that make up Seattle’s skyline need to withstand shakes and quakes of all magnitudes.
For the 44-story F5 Tower — where the networking company will move in 2019 — on Fifth Avenue and Columbia Street, engineers and architects pushed the boundaries of design — six degrees, to be exact — to prove a new way of building towers in seismic regions.
Continue reading Seattle’s newest skyscraper is a towering achievement
Yasuko Connor doesn’t really want to talk about why her teriyaki shop on Broadway closed after more than twenty years.
“Employees were not honest,” she said, “business was declining so I sold the building.”
Continue reading Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs
SCHROEDER – Long heralded as one of the greatest dance halls in Texas – where Merle Haggard, George Strait and Tammy Wynette have entertained crowds – Schroeder Hall is getting a new dance partner.
Having survived decades of brutal Texas weather and rock ‘n’ roll music, the dance hall is trading hands. Doug Guller, who owns the Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill chain and ATX Brands, and new manager and booking agent Stephen Dean have purchased the iconic venue from the Kleinecke family.
Dean, the co-founder of Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc., prides himself on nostalgia.
“I really feel that it’s important that these dance halls remain alive – it’s family,” Dean said. “I want to help this place stay alive.”
He was pivotal in reviving Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg and others across Central Texas. He’s up to the task of breathing new life into Schroeder Hall, 12516 Farm-to-Market Road 622. Continue reading New Schroeder Dance Hall owner to preserve historic integrity
Development in San Antonio and a lack of resources at the state-level reshaped one of Texas’ largest rivers, resulting in flooding, log jams and the loss of ranch land.
Continue reading Landowners urge river authority to maintain rivers
VICTORIA – Spiced with intriguing ideas and a laid-back atmosphere, formal business meetings and casual lunches live in harmony at Huvar’s Artisan Market.
The restaurant, sandwiched between city hall, a furniture shop and the skeleton of a former wine bar, offers a breath of fresh, albeit eclectic, air to downtowners looking for good eats.
Under the direction of Sean Fanelli, executive chef and general manager, Huvar’s new menu features salads loaded with organic greens, hot-pressed sandwiches, gourmet burgers and a selection of in-house-pecan- smoked bacon, in-house corned beef, homemade pimento cheese and other goodies for sale by the pint or by the pound. Continue reading Stuff Your Face: Market merges upscale with down-home