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  1. You also get a very good sense of the growth coming in on 59 north or north on 288 and heading west on I-10 east. Although the view from the west is an impressive grouping of tall buildings it comes off looking flat with no depth or breadth of the whole downtown. Plus you get those very tall buildings on the west as a backdrop on the three route just mentioned.
  2. I count roughly 40 stories from this rendering so its the same height that it was back on page 4 when the first rendering was released.
  3. Midtown Sears

    So this property will include the Sears site, the adjacent parking lots and the Fiesta property. This will be a significant parcel situated right on the rail line. Hopefully this will spur on more revitalization of the surrounding area south of Richmond on both sides of Main and Fannin. I'm thinking you can say goodbye to Sears and everything on the lots. This will be a master planned development and the old Sears building will be a demo project.
  4. Alley Theater Renovation

    My whole point with using the LA canals as an example was that it was man made. No, I didn't do the research on cfs. Sure it would have to hold a lot more water. It would have to be as big as one of our bayous, and that wouldn't solve the whole problem It wouldn't be the total solution but it would be one of many things to help mitigate the amount of water coming into the city. Since no-one is really going to tear down all of the house out on the prairie we need alternatives because this is going to continue to get worse. Sprawl is what causes the quick runoff. I didn't come up with that assumption. Hydrologists and urban planners will tell you the same thing. As a matter of fact there have been multiple articles written this week about our lack of a development plan, and how it exacerbated this problem. Lets be clear about something else. The figure about Lake Conroe, Lake Houston and the amount of water that fell in those two watersheds, was much greater than fell on the west side of town in the Brays, Buffalo Bayous and Cypress creek watersheds. The heaviest rains fell on the east side of town which don't have anything to do with the west side runoff. I also know and stated that the amount of rain that fell in such a short amount of time would cause serious flooding in any city.
  5. Alley Theater Renovation

    Its a tragedy that this happened I really feel sorry for any one who has suffered any problems during Harvey. I agree with the statement that 52" of rain over this area would cause any city to flood. However those first numbers from 1935 were before Houston had Barker and Addicks reservoirs. Thats why they were built. It was one of the worst floods in Houston history. Its worked well for decades until they started building west and north of them. Well Ross, I don't see you even suggesting any solutions. Of course the amount of water was huge, but we have to start trying to come up with some solutions because whether or not people on this site believe in global warming or not the weather patterns for the past ten years show that it is creating more intense and active storms. Our sea level is rising and the coasts are getting closer every year. Unfortunately they have filled in the only protection we had to slowing down the rush of water by building out west to the extent that there isn't a Katy prairie any more. No canal would alleviate the flooding but it would help in diverting a portion of the floods. I don't know what it takes for people to see the forest for the trees but Houston has a development problem that some have been talking about for a while and it only gets worse with every warehouse, freeway, parking lot, shopping center and neighborhood that gets built on the western and northwestern side of town. The highest rainfall totals occurred on the east side of town and if we had seen those totals on the Brays, Buffalo, and Cypress creek watersheds everything would have been flooded and the two reservoirs would have probably been destroyed along with everything in those streams way. All of downtown would have looked like Spaghetti Warehouse and the destruction from a wall of water created by those two reservoirs demise would have been unimaginable. Look at what the runoff has done below Lake Conroe dam again on the east side. So again my point is come up with some solutions or discussions instead of just making light of suggestions. Again I feel terrible for anyone that has faced flooding . My anger is with the developers who continue to ignore nature and city and county officials who keep allowing these developers to make things worse. Greed is a terrible thing. We should be making a smaller footprint instead of sprawl. Thats what the hydrology experts all agree on for Houston. Unfortunately no-one is listening.
  6. Alley Theater Renovation

    If we really want to talk about flooding the real problem is all of the development on the western and northern outlying areas. The city and now the county have never been opposed to development and now it has come back to haunt us. The communities that were built directly behind the two dams should not have been built there. The army corp of engineers did not want those built, but they were allowed to through one of those good ole boys deals. I have heard arguments from people on here about retention ponds that were built to mitigate the concrete but those don't work. They hold a small amount of water and then the rest just is supposed to run off. I attended a lecture sponsored by the R.D.A., several years ago presented by a Texas A&M, hydrology professor, who has written many books about the subject and the affects growth and the concentration of building in the low lying prairies has on metropolitan areas like Houston. The Katy prairie used to help slow the drainage of massive amounts of water. He spoke about how important it was that we develop some kind of controls over outlying growth so we wouldn't be faced with these exact problems. I have lived in Houston for 65 years and the flooding that has occurred in the last 15-20 years has been so much worse than what we use to see. Most of it is from runoff that used to sit on those prairies until it either was absorbed into the ground, ran off, or evaporated. Ever since they built over the Katy prairie and the northwest part of the county things have gone to hell in a bucket. Unfortunately theres not much that can be done to change the current situation except tear down some of those neighborhoods. The city of Houston has no control over growth out there now because its not even happening in our county any more. Its now in Ft. Bend, Waller and Montgomery counties, control and they don't give a dam if we flood or not. it has more of an effect on us than it does those outlying neighborhoods. I think they should be paying a drainage fee, a worker tax, if they live outside the city and work in side the city. Its time that all of the people that take advantage of the economical opportunities that Houston provides but choose to live outside its jurisdiction should pay their share. I did think of something that might be explored. I just don't know what the logistics, costs or government regulations would be. My thought is a very large drainage canal on the order of lets say L.A.'s water canal that brings the city its water from the mountains. Start it out in the northwest with a huge sunken reservoir to hold a large capacity of runoff water. One that would be near the area of flooding along cypress creek, Buffalo Bayou and Brays. Catch the water out there and move it in a straight line directly to the gulf. Run it down through the western side of barker and all the way to the coast. Don't allow drainage from other areas into the canal. It would only be a runoff drain for the northwest and southwest parts of the Waller, Katy, and Ft. Bend watersheds. Your not going to get all of those neighborhoods torn down and I just don't see any other way to mitigate the flooding that has been exacerbated by the huge amount of growth that has spread out all over the counties.
  7. Alley Theater Renovation

    There's been talk of rebuilding Jones Hall, which has flooded in the past. The Wortham, the Hobby, and the Alley have suffered several serious flooding events and now Harvey has left its mark on them all again. We will see more flooding in the future. Its just a matter of how long before the next. Houston First has been working on a plan to reshape the theater district with landscaping, signage, and lighting. Perhaps they should consider a move to the southeastern side of downtown farther from the flood zone. Somewhere between the Marlowe and the Catholic Cathedral, and not far from Root Park. It could be designed around a large public plaza. All great cities need a plaza or mall. It would be a great use of the east side parking district. Not only would it alleviate the stress and trauma of having to deal with flooding every other year, but it would give Houston First a clean slate to create a new theater district with all new concert halls designed by world class architects. This would create a buzz for Houston's performing arts groups. Houston would garner all kinds international press, the east side would get a huge shot in the arm, and downtown would have an opportunity to reconsider the area the Jones, Hobby, Wortham, and Alley have sat for the last fifty odd years. The Buffalo Bayou is not going to go away. The old location could become part of a new park that would help to alleviate and create a little more retention for the bayou somehow. Don't get me wrong, I love the theatre district and its proximity to the historic district but sometimes you just have to do something bold. Just a thought.
  8. This is impressive.
  9. 1300 Capitol Street---New HSPVA campus

    Several points. They have a lot of performances at the school so there are many concert goers. Yes it is easier for buses and parents to drop the kids off without blocking the streets and under cover and there is a need to be able to pull instruments and art projects out without getting soaked. Naive Houstonian, I believe the property was already owned by the school district and this is the perfect place for a performing arts school. It makes a lot more sense for the students to be able to walk over to the rehearsal halls or dance studios downtown than being over in the east end.
  10. HEB - Upper Kirby

    I stay away on Sundays after 9:00a.m. I made that mistake once to often and learned. You feel lucky if you can find a parking place. Get to the front of the store only to find there are no carts. Have to walk back to the shopping cart corrals to lasso a cart hoping that the back wheels don't lock up halfway back. As you walk in you realize the lines are already engorged with groceries and you aint getting out fast or easy. You patiently wait while the lady with the motorized shopping cart tries a 360 in the chips and soda aisle, maneuver through the overcrowded aisles searching for one of the things you really need only to find that the space where it normally rests is empty. As you pass the beans and rice section you suddenly feel the emergency brakes go on as an errant pinto lodges under your front wheel and almost causes whiplash. Once finding almost everything on your list and making your way back to the front of the store you find yourself standing at the end of a long line that stretches all the way back to beer and wine. Its the end of an express line and it only takes 22 minutes to make it to the front. Add some ice to your bill and you get to the ice bin to pick up your ice only to find a bunch of water soaked empty bags piled in an unsightly mass of old frosted ice, water and dirty bags. Never on a Sunday
  11. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    We are about to see density levels for residential in the Minute Maid area reach historic proportions and if this gets built I think we will start seeing some serious retail and service oriented GFR in the area. This is truly a remarkable turn around from five years ago when virtually a handful of people lived in this quadrant. My wife and I being one of them. What a difference five years make.
  12. HEB - Upper Kirby

    We could sure use the new H.E.B. planned for 288 and N. McGregor. It cant come soon enough.
  13. HEB - Upper Kirby

    They've adopted the Mattress Firm business plan. H.it E.very B.lock Kirby would have been a great choice if it was going in between Rice and Sunset. Seriously, they should consider a Central Market somewhere in the middle of the Montrose, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Museum district. Im sure theres a location in the middle of that very fertile area that would serve a huge high end market.
  14. Check out the spire in the original rendering from Urbannizer's post on the first page of this thread. Check out the nod to modernism at the top with the curve, fins and spire.
  15. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    No, this is great news and I hope that some of my letters and emails to all city office holders and Bob Eury helped stir the city into a more aggressive approach. I saw images of it in swamplot today. Its going to improve the skyline view from the Pierce elevated going north. It won't be quite the eyesore thats its been for far too long.