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  1. Alltmont Building @ 311 Travis Street

    I would add Mkt Bar on the other side of DT in One Market Place. I see kids in there with their parents quite a bit (even during happy hour, fwiw).
  2. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    That's my point. Every school design in the HISD bond is based on stakeholder input/preferences--The HSPVA design is largely based on what the school community wanted. And the new HISD school designs are not "good/bad" based on zip code. The quality of design is no better for 77002 (HSPVA) than schools in less affluent areas.
  3. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    I'm off South MacGregor.
  4. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    We're neighbors (I'm off MacGregor). Have lived in the neighborhood for years. My kids went to school at the Energy Institute High School site when it was Lockhart Elem and graduated from Carnegie Vanguard HS, which also has a more interesting design that HSPVA, imo.
  5. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    Not quite how this works. I'm speaking as a former HISD administrator who has had a school built w/ bond funds. The bond elections to fund these schools was held as a largely separate measure from funding for school repairs. The school design is largely based on a committee of school stakeholders that meets with the architect to give input on the design. The amount per school was also pre-determined as part of the bond vote. So for example, the new Energy Institute High School (see below), which is also currently being built, has a somewhat more dynamic design, and was funded along the same cycle as HSPVA.
  6. I've stayed at the W in Uptown Atlanta and attended a conference there. It was a bit "cheesy" feeling to me, but maybe I'm just getting old (lol)...
  7. On a related note...Hubby and I had lunch at Kulture today and were remarking that we hadn't noticed the Avenida De Las Americas actually connects Toyota Center with Minute Maid Park (although it's hard to tell). I believe this hotel will help create more to connect the Convention District, MMP, Discovery Green and Toyota Center.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 1300 Capitol Street---New HSPVA campus

    HSPVA adding to the transformation of DT.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).