There are some strange new lights piercing the night downtown near where Dallas intersects with Fannin and San Jacinto.
They're the "sky rings" that are to be a signature of the new Houston Pavilions development, which will begin opening next Thursday.
The lights were supposed to be unveiled in a grand-opening ceremony that night, but things didn't turn out that way.
"We had this big idea that it was supposed to happen with a big ceremony, and then the construction crews said 'What about the fact that we have to burn those lights in?'" says Pavilions spokesman Phil Hudson.
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So in order for the lights to be fully operational on the opening night, they have to be lit up a bit in advance.
Not all the stores and restaurants will open on October 11, by the way; it's a "soft opening."
But soon enough we'll have some idea of how big a gamble this project is.
-- Richard Connelly