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  1. forgive my ignorance but it seems like i recall people talking in the past about a potential redevelopment of the Post Office site? is there a thread on this? i tried searching but couldnt find anything on it. are there plans for the post office site to be redeveloped? if so what are the plans? i came across this site somehow and thought it was kind of interesting. i never knew the Post Office site sits on top of what used to be Central Station and Hotel for the rail road and the city of Houston back in the day. it makes me wonder if the site could be redeveloped into an Intermodal Terminal type site with mixed use Transit Oriended Development. http://www.epperts.com/lfa/BB67.html
  2. Article today on a development in east Montrose from the Montrose management district http://montrosedistrict.org/new-redevelopment-project-planned-for-east-montrose/
  3. I was checking out some other areas of Houston today and focused on the Greenspoint Mall. 1. Huge Plot of Land smack right next to I-45 and Beltway 8 - Airport is close by 2. Mall is a has been, most of the anchor stores have bailed 3. Not great demographics - over 63 percent renters, low home values $125K 4. Seems like lots of old malls in Houston on are on valuable real-estate that could be torn down and redeveloped. If this was the best spot in 1977 for a mall, it has to be a great spot for something today even if that something is a Trammell Crow Business Park. 5. Does anyone else have a vision for what should be done with all the old malls that has happened anyplace else? There must be hundreds of malls in this condition across the country as shopping patterns have changed. 6. What malls in the Houston area would you like to see torn down or renovated and what would you like to see in their place?
  4. Noticed both notice of variance signs, and reasonably sized plots of land being cleared along the northwestern edge of the East End, mainly near Kennedy St. There is one lot on the corner of Jensen and Kennedy, Just south of the Buffalo Bayou and across from Guadalupe Park (currently being renovated), which is being cleared, along with the stretch of Kennedy St. between McAlpine and St. Charles being removed. Wonder if multiple decent sized lots could be connected for some form of multifamily development? Not a lot of info on this one that I am aware of. Anyone have a clue? Further along Kennedy St., 2 blocks, first one bounded by Kennedy, Live Oak, and Nagle (To the north are the Silos), and the second one bounded by Nagle, Kennedy, Middle, and Freund, have variances signs up. Both of them are referred to as "East End by the Bayou", with Asakura Robinson as the point of contact. Any idea what this is? I imagine townhome communities, just didn't know Asakura Robinson did that kind of projects. Further down on Nagle (near Fox St.), 2 lots have Urban living signs up. While not extremely shocking, it is a bit surprising given that there isn't much there quite yet. Finally, where Kennedy dead ends, there is another relatively large lot being cleared, just south of one being sold by Pinto. Does anyone know anything about these developments?
  5. Maybe this kind of question has already been asked before, but just curious to see what architects some of you really like and what you want them to do for Houston. By the way this is anywhere! Houston, Texas, USA, the world. You could even split it up into dream architects and ones you think could be possible if that helps some of you xD. What are some top architecture firms that you like? What are some up in coming architecture firms/ architects on your radar? What architect/firm would you really like to design buildings in Houston? If this firm did design something, what would you like them to design? (from a single building to even a full community) (this can be new construction, adaptive reuse, preservation, or redevelopment) Where would you want this design to be located in Houston?
  6. I was raised in 5th ward and it has gone down terribly. I remember when the street sweepers came around twice a week to clean the streets in 5th ward. I-10 ran right in front of the apartment I grew up in. I saw them tear down the old neighborhood to make way for the I-10 freeway. The freeway stopped at Gregg street and it took years for them to complete the rest. There was a place bordered by Clinton Drive (south), 59 freeway (west), Collingsworth (north) and Gregg St (east). This area was called "French Town". This is where my grand parents lived. My grandfather was a carpenter and was the builder for many of the rent houses that was located within this area of 5th ward. My parents had businesses in that area also. It was a very vibrant fun place to be. Once you get there, you never wanted to leave. It just sucked you in, embraced you, and accepted you as one of them. My grandfather worked hard Mon thru Friday and Friday night, it was Zydeco time. They played just as hard as they worked. There was my grandfather & grandmother, their five sons and five daughters. Needless to say, there was a lot of grandchildren, which I was one of them. Sometime my grand parents would have a barrel in the yard and they would put wood in it and start a fire. It was so nice because we kids would sit on the steps and listen to the adults tell stories of their lives and about things that happened in their lives. It was so interesting. I learned a lot about family just by listening to their stories. Other times, my grand father, his sons, and his cousin would grab some musical instruments and begin playing the zydeco while we kids would commence dancing to the music. One person would get a rub board, one would get the accordion, one would get an old bucket that had a hole in it, and they would put a knot in a string, thread it into the hole of the bucket, attach the other end of the string to the top of a broom stick and that would be the bass. Another one would have two spoons playing them together to make a tune. They played while sitting on the porch and we kids would dance in the streets. This was in the 1950 - 1960 before the 1964 civil rights act bill was passed. We had fun! We were family, all of us! If you came to French Town, you were one of us and that is all there was to it. That is why nobody every wanted to leave. Now, I visited Houston a few years ago and the area that I grew up in is completely demolished. Nothing could I see that I remembered. All the houses are gone, the lots are overgrown with weeds and trash, the City of Houston does not clean up it's streets any more. It used to be so pretty and green. Now, it looks like a large slum with a few roses (new homes) trying to grow amongst the weeds. What has happened to "French Town" and the Historical Society of Houston, TX?