Some employees love working in an open workspace and are energized by the impromptu chats and collaboration that goes with it. Others wear headphones all day, a sign to their co-workers to stay away. Nancy and Allyn talk to Brian Malarkey of the Kirksey architecture firm about a recent study, which found that open offices may lead to less, not more, communication.
Last summer the Houston Chronicle's Managing Editor Vernon Loeb came on Looped In to share his observations about Montrose, the iconic and eclectic neighborhood he'd called home since moving to town almost four years earlier. Loeb recently took a new job in Washington D.C. But before he left, he again joined the Chronicle's Nancy Sarnoff and Allyn West, this time for a look back at some of the biggest news stories that happened under his editorial watch. From Hurricane Harvey to the Astrodome, each story reveals something important -- be it a shortcoming or an advantage -- about Houston real estate and the city's explosive growth.
The Astrodome has been named a state antiquities landmark. Houston has hosted a national historic preservation conference. Downtown towers are being converted into hotels and apartments. It seems Houston is starting to take preservation more seriously. But there are still more losses than wins when it comes to saving our old buildings. Nancy and Allyn continue their conversation on the Kirby Mansion and historic preservation with David Bush and Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston. (David speaks first!)