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  1. I'm not sure I've seen the colored led roof outlines mentioned on this thread before. I was surprised to see that when driving by downtown the other night.. one building was lit red, the other in blue. Sorry for the terrible drive by picture.
  2. "Near campus", as in like a cluster of student housing/amenities around a rail stop/intersection in East Downtown?
  3. Less Zaha Hadid..? Thats blasphemy!
  4. I don't mean to further sidetrack this thread.. but those LEDs are color changeable, to keep with the downtown lighting theme. Note the other blue building lighting.. I'm right there with you on including the whole crown though. I'm not sure why they didn't carry the led lighting down the full sides of the fins, where the mechanical floors are. Ah well.. Aria is looking great. The more it comes along, the more I appreciate how it's style is respectful to the surrounding Market Sqaure neighborhood.
  5. Did they ever release estimates from the visitor count over the Super Bowl Live event? They were originally anticipating close to a million people I believe, which is almost as many visitors as the park typically averages over the course of an entire year.
  6. Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has informed the University of Houston that it will close a significant portion of Spur 5 northbound from the University of Houston campus to downtown destinations beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, March 3. It will be closed for the next seven to nine months. All traffic that travels Spur 5 northbound (the fully elevated portion from UH to downtown exits) will be immediately detoured to the Scott St. exit ramp. Drivers will loop around and turn right to access the I-45 northbound frontage road to reach downtown. Only the elevated portion of Spur 5 northbound to downtown destinations is affected in the first phase of the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project. Drivers will still be able to access the I-45 northbound lanes from Spur 5. Drivers traveling from UH to downtown are encouraged to find alternative routes and avoid Spur 5 northbound to downtown destinations. Additionally, all commuters should avoid the area of Scott St. at I-45 or expect delays. The work is part of the first phase of a construction project that will build a direct connector from I-45 north to I-69/US 59/SH 288 southbound and a second connector to I-69/US 59 northbound alleviating the bottleneck at the current I-45/US 59 split just south of downtown. Road construction is expected in this area until 2019. For more information visit for a complete list of closures related to this construction project. The University of Houston will post updates on construction as they become available at
  7. I find this hard to believe... Beaver lives in the same neighborhood that my parents live in. He's not that rich.
  8. Why would they bring a separate crane in for the crown when they already have a tower crane..? Me thinks it's to dismantle the office tower crane?
  9. Interesting.. I didn't notice the sail silhouette. I wonder if they're still pushing for that office tower then? If so, that half of the block will likely be vacant for a few years at least.. I hoped they would try to land a high end hotel with condos on top. True on the developer wanting to keep their aesthetic options open. I mentioned the "blank slate" theory earlier in the week. Hopefully that's the case, but I agree that it would be nice to do something temporary to spruce it up in the meantime.
  10. I would love to see a tower that's respectful to the historical district too (International Tower looked awesome, but it would of been out of place on Market Square Park IMO), but since this block is outside the district, and from the garage proposal, I don't have high hopes. I wish the garage was brick with vines growing up trellises for screening over the open sections.
  11. Ugh.. scratch that haif pool party suggestion I made yesterday.
  12. Damn. So we dressing up in suits and having a haif pool party up there?
  13. Haha, it took me a minute to figure that one out too.. I haven't heard that term in years.
  14. Yep. Hopefully they're just leaving a blank slate so that when the tower is built, they can cover it in a matching facade.
  15. When I read the title I wasn't expecting much, but that's a great design.