H-Town Man

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  1. 609 Main at Texas: Hines Next Downtown Tower

    Damn son. That is some nice clickery.
  2. This is a shame. I remember when the split happened and the Antone's Famous came out around 2000 and it basically amounted to a stripping down of everything that made Antone's great - the variety of imports, the old world atmosphere - all in an attempt to turn it into a generic, Schlotzky's-type experience. The Rice Village location carried the flag awhile for the Original restaurants but is now gone. I will say that, in addition to Paulie's and Angelo'z, there is Anthonie's Deli on FM 1960 at Stuebner, which was another scion of the original family that had to change its name. They have been there about 40 years, crossing the street at one point. And last but not least, Antoine's Foods on Harry Hines in Dallas is also connected and has been in its same location for over 50 years. These, along with Prince's Hamburgers and maybe Someburger, are as legit as anything Houston ever came up with for lunch places. Seek them out and reward them with loyalty. They have been loyal to you.
  3. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    Any freeway creates blight extending beyond its immediate ROW, and whatever has managed to be developed there is a pale shadow of would could otherwise have been. But I fully share your concerns about the impact of the reroute to the East End, and I am really not sure if I am for the plan or not at this point, given that there's still such a massive concrete presence planned for the west end due to everyone complaining and getting what they want.
  4. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    Good morning! http://www.costar.com/News/Article/Exclusive-Long-Awaited-30-Story-Midtown-Tower-Breaks-Ground/201230
  5. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    Picture Lamar Street in downtown Austin. Lots of really nice development. Now picture if they had built a freeway where Lamar Street is. Would you still have all that nice development?
  6. Albeit a submerged freeway there. Although this will be a submerged freeway in a decade if current plans go through.
  7. Fortune 500

    What happened to Baker Hughes?
  8. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    I think there's more to do in downtown Houston than in downtown Austin (full disclosure: I live in Austin). You have legit performing arts and major league sports, in addition to the restaurants, parks, and conventions. You can get on the train and go to the museums or Hermann Park. I guess it depends on taste. I like hearing a Respighi symphony more than another band trying to sound like Willie Nelson. And Houston's downtown manages more of a big city, New York feel, whereas downtown Austin seems to have more of a casual, recreational feel. Also, since this is an architecture forum, I would be remiss not to mention the architecture. You can either have internationally significant examples of nearly every movement in high rise architecture since the 1920's, or you can have a bunch of postmodern glass with balconies.
  9. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    Main Street Coalition. That's who commissioned the plan back in 2000. https://www.downtownhouston.org/news/article/main-street-reimagined/
  10. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    I was not referring to a design submission but an overall master plan that was done professionally. I forget who sponsored it. It called for the tallest building in the world north of downtown, a "Cathedral Square" near the Catholic cathedral in south downtown with a diagonal boulevard running to the George R. Brown, Spur 527 to be turned into an at-grade, tree-lined boulevard, and more stuff that I forget. Those that pushed for change in Midtown and who risked money in doing so should be applauded. Those who were a stick in the mud, who ruined great opportunities like a larger or better-sited Superblock park, or who stubbornly believed that "mixed-use doesn't work in Houston" when it was working in Austin and Dallas and even at Post Midtown Square should be, well, certainly not applauded.
  11. 3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 336-unit high-rise

    I remember that Main Street Master Plan. It called for the tallest building in the world to be built somewhere near UH-Downtown, and for Midtown to essentially be a sea of mixed-use midrises with GFR along Main. Then we got ten years of strip centers in Midtown and fortress-like apartment wraps that looked urban from a distance but just had parking decks when you got close to them. I think Mid-Main is the first thing to be built along Main that is anything like what the plan envisioned. Did the plan help get people thinking in the right direction? Maybe so. It still took 15 years of kicking and screaming for us to be dragged into the 21st century.
  12. It seems like some of the lower stucco panels are a different shade than the rest. Pitfalls of not having Home Depot mix all your paint in the same batch.
  13. The Pierce Elevated/I-59 Redesign Thread

    It looks like, at 3 lanes each direction, the downtown connector is just as big as the current freeway where it crosses the bayou. I'm not sure I understand, from a quality of life perspective, why we are doubling the freeway on the east side of downtown with only marginal benefit to the west side of downtown. Do they really need as many lanes for their downtown connector as they formerly did for the entire freeway? The only winner in this is Midtown.
  14. Hampton Heights: New Condo Building @1800 W. 15th

    I actually like the first rendering better.