Who Inspects the City's Buildings? You Do.
After a garage collapse earlier this week near the Galleria area, a local report looked at Houston's policy for building inspections.
If you're wondering what the policy is, well, you're it. That's right, according to Alvin Wright, a city public works spokesman, folks like us and building owners are responsible for judging if a place looks fit or not.
"You can be an individual walking into a building and you see something and you don't know what it is, call us. Have our guys go take a look at it. That's your safety net right there. Pick up a phone, make a call. See something, say something," Wright told KRIV-TV.
We're not worried that all of H-Town's buildings are fit to collapse or anything, but that's a strategy that causes us just a little concern, especially those of us who are bad with architecture. We get the argument presented in the KRIV report, though; it's a question of boots on the ground. Who has the cash to pay people to go around checking out the foundation of every structure?
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Of course, we kind of felt better when we heard the local president of an architects' industry group speak up for the craft in the same report.
"I don't think people should worry. I think people should trust that these buildings are being designed by licensed professionals," said Janis Brackett of the American Institute of Architects.
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