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#1 Triton

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Posted Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Transformation of the Heights

 

 

I enjoy riding my bike throughout Houston and this weekend I targeted the area I live near, the Heights, and I'll later post the even greater change occurring in the First Ward.

Most people that don't live in the city do not realize just how transformative the past 5 to 10 years have been to the area and how it certainly continues to change today.

 

Just some disclaimers:

  • To cut back time on making this thread, instead of doing my usual resizing of the photos, I'm going to leave them the size that they are.
  • I'm going to mark a few general areas that I was at but none of it will be 100% accurate and I'll even take a few streets that aren't listed in red.
  • I'm not even getting half of the developments because there are simply too many to cover.

 

 

Going to start in the northern area of the Heights, near 610.

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A better view of that area....and all the available land for new development.

 

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New office along Yale.

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Close to "downtown" Heights... renovations and a lively scene.

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Heading south.

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Heading down the Heights Bike Trail

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We then come to an end on our journey in this section of the Heights.

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And then for the final houses... This bike trail takes me to my next stop: the First Ward.

The roofline is actually slanted.

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I'll post the Transformation of the First Ward soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 LarryDierker

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Posted Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Great job! haif needs more threads like this.



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Posted Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Awesome work! Thank you for taking the time get these photos and posting them.  There are so many cool projects going on around town that don't often get put on here.  This one thread had tons those kind of projects.  Thanks again.


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Posted Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Very nice! Only problem I have is the streets! That make everything very disjointed (ditches etc).



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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Good GOD! Outstanding post. Thank you very much. Two things immediately spring into my mind. 1. Uhhh, Marcus, it's been a while since you visited this area. Shame on you. AND 2. Why oh why isn't this sort of renaissance in HTown, along with all the other stellar development a matter of national (or at least YOU, TX Monthly) attention? I mean when places like Portland, OR, Seattle, Miami, Phoenix and LV transformed we had to endure those accolades (not begrudgingly on my part) via, Time, Newsweekly, and US News etc., as well as other media venues. Where is Houston's recorded renaissance gonna rear it's potential laden head? Sigh, but I blather on. Great post. Great pictures. Thank you again.

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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Wonderful post! It is so odd to me how some of the new construction is so tastefully done. Looks clean, classy, and just the right amount of ornamentation. And then you have these hideous multi-colored, plastic side panel, mish-mashed messes.


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#7 Triton

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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

 

Although it's not as big of a change as the Heights, the next area I planned on targeting is the East End. Maybe I can do Midtown if people are curious about that change too.


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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

 

Although it's not as big of a change as the Heights, the next area I planned on targeting is the East End. Maybe I can do Midtown if people are curious about that change too.

Thanks you you have armed us Houstoines with much ammo the next time we find ourselves in a Vs thread and someone says houston s not denifying..lol

 

But seriouly this shows how Houston is starting to knit itself together.  Slowly but we are still doing it...I keep telling people if we maintain a strong market by 2025 your not going to reconize Houston


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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I agree with the above post. Also, Triton, I would love to see, in the next few years, your chronicle of the change along the North Line, via Fulton to Crosstimbers. I would love to see a reincarnation of that area.

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Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Wonderful post! It is so odd to me how some of the new construction is so tastefully done. Looks clean, classy, and just the right amount of ornamentation. And then you have these hideous multi-colored, plastic side panel, mish-mashed messes.

 

 

This.  It seems like about 65% of new Heights residents appreciate beauty, and about 35% just appreciate garage doors.


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Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I agree with the above post. Also, Triton, I would love to see, in the next few years, your chronicle of the change along the North Line, via Fulton to Crosstimbers. I would love to see a reincarnation of that area.

Absolutely. There actually are some massive school renovations going on in the area plus all of the new sidewalks and light rail are sure to change the area. There actually is a new townhome being built near the rail. We'll have to see if that leads to anything.

 

 

I guess I'm giving away where I live but I'm fairly close to the light rail (3 blocks away) in the Glen Park neighborhood which used to be the Woodland Heights before I-45 was built. Anyway, my point is that they are building a 3-story home in the neighborhood now and started building it the same day the light rail opened. My neighbors are split half and half. Half welcome the new development and are glad the dilapidated building that existed is long gone. The other half are lower income families and know this means their property taxes are going to rise. I guess it's just a sign of the gentrification that is coming to the area!


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Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

This is a great thread.  Thank you Triton.

 

 



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Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Nice work, Triton. I even though I thought I was somewhat immune from the gentrification of the Heights, I was quite taken back by all the construction behind Home Depot on 26th. Thought I was in Rice Military for a few seconds. With all of the "upgrades", will our streets be gentrified some day? I don't expect the @sshole construction crews who don't care where or how they park will ever practice courtesy, but neighbors need to practice civility on the roads. Why aren't developers expected to assist with street improvements on a residential level?

PS I can see my neighbor's bed through the large picture window in the room. Should prove to provide interesting views.

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Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

BTW, would love to see a rendering of EADO. The developers have realized the potential, just hope original Wilson homes don't succumb to that neighborhood's gentrification.

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Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:03 PM

good stuff triton!  posting on the haif facebook page.


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Posted Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Triton. Was about to move back to my roots, and a fantastic opportunity rose for me in the Sugar Land area. But I still admire, visit and stalk the area because of my roots. My current crowd questions what the heck I am doing in THAT place. I just smile and say wait and see. I lived in NoHo CA for awhile and saw it's reincarnation. I feel the same about the Wards, The Heights and dismissed points beyond. Keep giving us hope via photos. Bravo to your compilation of photos.