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  3. Yes, the first tower crane is going up and according to a rigger and some Skanska workers, 2 more tower cranes will be going up in the next couple of weeks. The office portion is going up too!!! They are going to add 5 more floors to the existing parking garage and several more parking floors in the rest of the area with a ground level lobby and the office portion above that. I asked if the rumor was true that BOA was the new tenant but they said that was privileged info but the new tenant would be announced in a couple weeks. Keep an eye on the Houston Business Journal for news.
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  6. http://zieglercooper.com/the-midtown-2/ Edit: This is the piazza which was mentioned in the first post. They'll need the city to abandon a stretch of Drew St.
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  8. http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Features/Convention-centers-site-selection-destinations/?platform=hootsuite ^^^ GRB named #2 BEST convention center in the country. well done HOUSTON FIRST!
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  10. I'm not sure why people have a problem with palm trees being planted. While SE/coastal areas of the metro feature the most optimal growing climate (and with the largest varieties of species), everywhere in the Houston has a climate warm enough to support the planting of many types of palms. There are two native palm varieties specifically to the Houston area (sabal minor and sabal brazoria), but even if there weren't, it doesn't matter, since many palms have been shown to do well in Houston's climate, from dates to washingtonias to sabals. No palm is native to coastal California, doesn't stop places like LA from planting loads of them. It really doesn't matter if a plant is native or not; if it can grow well, then there is no problem using it. Crape myrtles aren't native to the US, yet they grow just fine in Houston, and no one throws a fit at their presence.
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  11. 700 block of Milam and the 700 block of Travis between Capitol and Rusk will be closed for the crane construction this weekend from 7pm Friday to 5am Monday according to Baker Concrete. This can only mean they are going ahead with the office portion of the build. Great news. I wonder what company made the decision to move into the new building?
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  13. This is starting in may according to a source..... fence going up....
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  16. I got to see the renderings today...and what I can describe is a 38-40 story building, and 3 other shorter towers ranging between 10-15 stories. From what you saw from previous renderings, the buildings look nothing like that. I would say the main tower is also within the 450-475ft range based on what I saw. There is a lot of glass and it is a very sleek, modern looking building. That's all I can say...there's also this little sky bridge that goes over Allen Pkwy to the park.
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  18. https://houston-texas-us.blogspot.com/2017/03/houston-chronicle-takedown-update.html
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  19. Some photos from the opening celebration...
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  22. Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark by Marc longoria, on Flickr Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark by Marc longoria, on Flickr Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark by Marc longoria, on Flickr Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark by Marc longoria, on Flickr Buffalo Bayou Park by Marc longoria, on Flickr
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  23. http://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/MetroNational-to-break-ground-on-luxury-10988992.php#photo-12517654
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  24. They have been shoring up the sides of the dig.
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  26. Taken Friday 3/17/2017 5:30PM.The construction appears to be on floor 25.
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  28. I hate to beat a dead horse, but why are all smokers so oblivious to putting their butts where they belong. Do they have some theory that after a certain amount of time they will simply disintegrate., or do they think that the cigarette butt fairy will come behind them and suck them all up with her magic vacuum. Is it that they just don't care. Do they not see the growing pile of butts they are adding to. Is it a stigma of smokers or do they just like flicking their butts. They throw them out of their cars, onto the sidewalk, in parks anywhere but in the cans that are provided. They throw them in lakes, ponds gutters and yards. Is it that smokers could care less about themselves, others or the environment. I just don't get it.
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  32. HAIFer SIGHTING: That's me in the hat petting the dog in the above photo haha.
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  33. The view http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/03/02/photos-new-museum-district-apartment-tower-boasts.html#g1
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  35. They started adding glass and the LED "V" on Monday (March 20th). Picture taken by me on March 21st in hellish West Loop South traffic. ALSO! Randall Davis' site updated the floor count by one to 34 (and reduced units by 3) http://www.randalldavis.com/current-developments/single/arabella
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  38. Others could take note that this project proves it IS possible to make a parking podium that doesn't look like a parking podium. . .
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  39. Completed https://www.apartments.com/haven-at-main-houston-tx/1nq6kh4/
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  41. As I have said several times , I think that Ziegler Cooper has done an excellent job of marrying the contemporary glazing and upper level design with the historic base in such a fluid way and the way they have addressed the buildings relationship to Market Square will completely change the feel of this whole;e neighborhood. When it comes alive with people there will be an electricity down here. I can't wait for it to open.
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  45. IDK, jack - the One Market Square logo has a sail component that sure looks a lot like the renderings from a couple years ago...
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  46. jesus dude these places have barely been open 3 weeks... give them a little breathing room before etching their tombstone.
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  48. cant they just shut down all 53,426 Mattress Firms and make this one HUGE location!?
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  49. Thanks. Now, don't get me wrong, it can be quite tacky if palms are the ONLY plants used for landscaping. However, I see nothing wrong with planting them along with other types of flora. In all honesty, I prefer if many landscaping features of the city not shy away from non-native plants. Not only are there obvious aesthetic benefits, it also is another way/mean through which the city can demonstrate its "worldliness." I also have preference for evergreen plants, although deciduous trees are good in certain contexts (i.e. those that are more "semi" in nature, those from subtropical/tropical dry climates, etc).
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