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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?

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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