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  1. CQ are designed for basic business travel. I've stayed at three: Financial District SF - modern clean decor, compact rooms DT Boston - clean, comfortable, small rooms, fairly modern, clean decor Center City Philly - larger rooms, but not very well-maintained *all of them were in older/historic buildings...the one here is in an older building (I think). I'm not sure about the quality of the Houston CQ.
  2. Frank's Backyard @ 413 Travis Street

    Agree...nothing "cool" about standing in line in the heat and humidity when we have so many great food options.
  3. Color me a bit cynical about this project being successful in Houston. I love all of Texas' cities, but each is so unique...like very different members of the same family...fwiw my daughter just landed her first job in Dallas and lives in Uptown, and the vibe couldn't be more "opposite" Houston. While The Rustic has done well in Uptown Dallas, I'm not so sure it's larger than life, everything's bigger in Texas, honkey tonk vibe will do well in Houston's more laid back, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Not wanting it to fail by any means, but just not sure.
  4. 1300 Capitol Street---New HSPVA campus

    HSPVA adding to the transformation of DT.
  5. Catalyst: New 28-Story Residential High-Rise for Downtown

    Catalyst, Great Southwest, HSPVA... 1) Apt Tower 2) Repurposed Bldg 3) High School...unthinkable for DT Houston a few years ago.
  6. I actually think it will be ok if downtown Houston doesn't develop significant retail. What I've found that distinguishes Houston from places like NYC, Chicago and SF in terms of retail is our lack of public transportation and street grid in our retail district (Uptown). My visitors mistakenly think 'Uptown' (Galleria Area) is Houston's CBD. In my view, the Galleria Area is similar to 5th Ave, Michigan Ave, or Union Square in terms of retail options. If downtown develops into a significant entertainment district to compliment the growing residential and existing corporate sector and developed better transit options to Uptown that would be something. While the Galleria itself is certainly 'walkable', the greater Uptown district has a ways to go in terms of overall mobility and access.
  7. What 'grocery stores' are you referring to? If you're speaking of Byrd Market (Georgia's), (1) that was a specialty store and not a traditional grocer, (2) the absence of said specialty store does not negate the businesses that have opened in the area since to DT living initiative (e.g., Local Foods).
  8. Main Street, Phoenicia and even Green Street were busy; but since much of downtown is comprised of singular buildings on whole blocks (i.e., BoA, Chase) with no ground floor retail, I expect downtown will continue to have weekend and after 5 pm "dead zones" outside of Discovery Green, Market Square, Main St, Theater District, etc. If street vendor ordinances are changed, it may help somewhat. We will also have to see what, if any, activity builds around the new residential, HSPVA, etc.
  9. Having been in Austin for school in the late 80's/early 90's and with a daughter there now, Houston's DT (dead zones notwithstanding) "feels" more settled and "grown-up". Don't get me wrong, I love Austin's energy and San Antonio's history, and even Dallas' "bling", but imo, the planning (this time) involving downtown incorporates what Houston is about--diversity, industry, good food, and a southern urbanity that is unique to the Bayou City. It doesn't feel like we're trying to copy or compete with other cities, but rather build/create something that is unique and befitting the 4th and soon to be 3rd largest city in the nation.
  10. I believe that we are reaching a critical mass of activity around Discovery Green/Avenida Houston and Market Square Park that will eventually move to Dallas if thoughtful big box retail alternatives are offered (i.e., pop-up shops, farmers markets, art fairs, flea markets, etc.). These were all taken tonight. This type of activity on a Wednesday night in DT Houston would have been unimaginable a few years ago. There was a great mix of programmed activities (live music in front of GRB, movie at Market Square Park) alongside organic urban activity with folks walking, eating, reading, and just enjoying the night. We are getting there....
  11. Broadstone Tinsley Park: By Alliance Residential

    The view of DT from W. Dallas is one of my favorite (sans the power lines).
  12. Nice compliment to the Rice (Lofts)...
  13. Catalyst: New 28-Story Residential High-Rise for Downtown

    Still a lot of activity/cranes in the area.