Nate99

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  1. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    The oddly shaped parking lot around the Embassy suites is immediately across Lamar from DG is open, I presumed it was a separate parcel from what the ES owners controlled, but I don't know. The lot diagonally across the Lamar/LaBranch intersection from the park is a surface lot. Fill those in with something tall and you would have a nice "tub" effect.
  2. Future Of The Astrodome

    If this keeps it from being an eyesore, I guess its a step in the right direction. I'm more in the "demolish it" camp, but not strongly so. Letting it rot seemed to be the most expedient alternative to date, so tis is better than that, I hope.
  3. Part of Tin Cup was filmed at Kingwood Country Club.
  4. 1114 Texas Street to Become Hyatt Place Hotel

    They are crawling all over this thing now. Today they had a window cleaner type gondola scaffold on the alley side doing work, and they were passing long pipe like stuff up from the ground floor via guys hanging out the windows.
  5. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    Getting HSR through the NE corridor would be a challenge that isn't going to have a very good analog to HSR in Texas. The tech wouldn't be the issue. I don't know what kind of timetable would be contemplated here, but HSR Texas as a multi-billion dollar R&D concept for possible positive cash flow of a larger venture (after a much larger cash investment) in 20 years doesn't sound like the kind of deal private money is going to chase. Maybe I'm missing something, but I would like to see the math.
  6. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    I'd still love to see the business case around this thing supporting itself. Eminent domain or not, it seems like a long shot that boils down to "I like trains".
  7. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    You have to wonder if they are going to take Crawford down to one lane or just close it altogether. Cramped space construction logistics are pretty amazing to watch. This one will be cool.
  8. 1114 Texas Street to Become Hyatt Place Hotel

    Agree, and I would presume that rehabbing old elevators that have been out of service for a long time is fairly time consuming, specialized work. Putting that in the way of the rest of your critical path could push your schedule significantly.
  9. You're not wrong that the whole area was nasty for a long time, but this particular block didn't get any better when the Texaco and Melrose buildings went under construction and later reopened. Depending on what goes in facing Fannin, that corner around to the Le Meridien could eventually be better, and the 6HC block is right there for clean slate development that might lift up the vicinity. Broadly, the area is getting better, but it's my perception that the rail platform itself seems to generate a lot of the filth with people passed out and/or loitering under and next to its structure. Few areas of downtown sidewalk get the frequent bodily fluid treatment area like this one any more, and it's not like it couldn't be cleaned up now, there are just other priorities, evidently.
  10. If anyone wanted to build anything more attractive (in both senses of the word) immediately next to that particular station, they'd need to throw a lot more taxpayer money at that block to clean up what the light rail did bring. The area around that platform is frequently disgusting, probably the worst one downtown that I have seen. This one is an example of how public transit's critics aren't always wrong. That said, is this garage getting retail spaces facing Fannin? EDIT - looked up above in the thread, looks like it does.
  11. Shades of The Parking District.
  12. 1114 Texas Street to Become Hyatt Place Hotel

    Getting ready for a construction elevator...
  13. 1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    They removed the cover from the rail station...
  14. Camden Conte: 21-Stories x2 (2 Phases) - Downtown

    There's an element of all that going on, sure, but most people don't care enough to be afraid. They're downtown because someone pays them to be there, and they are going to spend as little time there as they possibly can. If people chose a job downtown when they had a choice to be elsewhere, it's as likely that they did so for the park and ride as it was for anything else. They're not there because they want to be. It's no secret that Houston isn't exactly leading the charge on extra exercise, but even putting that tendency aside, most folks are either going to zap a Lean Cuisine in the office microwave or go to whatever Alonti-esque place is in their building and leave 10 minutes earlier than they otherwise would had they strolled around more. People will choose to live downtown more as some price/commuting pain inflection point. That will get things changing, and it's moving that way.