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  1. 4 points
    Haha, I see that gif on Clutchfans all the time, I wonder how many ppl here are on other local forums...
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    Just a topic on any good ideas you guys might have on how Houston should design their metro rail. For one I'd love to see grass instead of concrete where the rail is installed like this one from Spain. Let's go Green.
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    I don't know that they've made that decision yet. What I do know - they have the Bell plot of land earmarked for another tower in the (near) future.
  6. 3 points
    Looks like this project has started. Fence is up and dirt work has begun.
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    http://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/Mercer-Arboretum-and-Botanical-Gardens/20078/
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    An important thing to note from the article for this tower is With so much other office construction downtown, it should be a challenge to get this off the ground with prelease commitments. I really hate the location of this tower though. There are many other spots of downtown that need development. I actually wish this one was shorter, even half it's size just because of the location it's in, but I'm all for anything that adds to our skyline.
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    Weird, that is what his sig says to us longtime posters, as well.
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    The fitness center is listed in today's Daily Demolition Report: http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-out-of-fashion/2013-08-16/#more-68369
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    full disclosure, I saw it on clutchfans originally.Thought it fit well here.
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    The intolerable neighbors are now in the process of being evicted. This is about a 180 degree turn from last week, when I was told by the actual manager they had a lease until March 2014, after having being lied to by the crappy front office staff who claimed that the neighbors had just a "short term lease" for a "summer internship". A day after I got that news, land surveyors were seen. They seemed to be determining a line exactly between my building and the adjacent building. Somehow I feel that my douchebag neighbors' eviction has less to do with their behavior, and more to do with a convenient and adequate excuse to get them out of the building sooner. People have been moving out, slowly - I can verify that there are several empty 1 bedroom apartments, yet no one has moved in to any of them. My hypothesis is that there may be some significant interest in the building, since it has frontage on San Felipe. I pay my rent on time every month and I don't cause my neighbors' walls to vibrate, so I don't think they have any solid grounds on which to evict me. The lease I signed lacks a "redevelopment clause" which was apparently included in all of the 4444 Westheimer leases. Without the clause, or grounds to evict me for a legitimate reason, I'm not sure how they could get me out of the lease before the term ends in May 2014, other than some kind of mutually agreeable financial incentive. I guess I was one of the last ones to sign a 1 year lease here. Might be kind of cool to live in a building like this, right up until the end, kind of abandoned, as time goes on and it empties out. Maybe I'd get to know the (non-douchebag) neighbors a little better. Probably the last chance I'll ever get to have a southern/western exposure corner top floor apartment with a great view of Uptown for less than $1/sq ft. The utility bill sucks in the summer, but the amazing breeze you could get going those few months from November to March made up for it. I'd just leave the windows open 24/7, except on those few really cold nights. I ran the heat maybe 10 days out of the year - otherwise, the sun took care of it. The fresh air for those months, except on a bad smog day or something, it was great. You get tired of the same recycled AC air day in and day out. I just think it was -- it is, a neat apartment. I'll take one last winter here, I'll settle for a financial incentive, but my next place just won't be the same. I'll find another place, but it won't have a view of uptown, it probably won't be as big, or have such an interesting history. It'll just be some place to live for now, until I can buy a house, or move out of town.
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    you shouldn't be surprised at all.
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    does anyone think Houston will ever get a legit botanical gardens? the ones in San Antonio are very nice and it would be a great addition to things to do/see around town. i know there are some smaller gardens, but why dont we have a full fledged botanical garden like many major cities?
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    I don't know if this was posted but here is the levy park leasing package http://midwaycompanies.com/img/leasing/leasing-packages/130723_Levy_Park_Package_-_Updated_CFC__eversion-low.pdf
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    is there any room for towers on the plot in the future or are they developing the whole thing? this area needs some towers to start connecting uptown to downtown.
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    I've posted this before but each time I see these renderings I wonder why the notion of a Shakespeare Garden never came to anyone's mind? I have been to the New York Botanical Garden when they did Mark Twain's, Emily Dickensons, and Monet's Garden as special events--they were so lovely.
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    Well before we say yay, lets just see how it looks when it's finished.
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    For those of us who hate the ugly mustard siding, I just snapped this pic. The first 3 floors will be covered in brick, as high up as the Tyvek insulation goes. Yay?
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    I think Centennial Park next to Herman Park is going to be a nice botanical garden. Also its right next to the proposed helix tower.
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    i always assumed the Mercer place was more Arboretum and less gardens. it looks to be worth checking out though. i always wished they had one scattered amongst cool architecture in Hermann Park or something.
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    I love how the buildings are going all around Hermann Park to almost forming a "Central Park".
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    Don't blame the Doubletree for that parking garage. It was built for the Heritage Plaza office building.
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    A bit more about this project here, two small office towers are also possible: http://www.transwestern.net/Flyers/Houston/retail/flyers/KingwoodParc/KingwoodParc_Brochure.pdf
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    When The Parklane was originally built, the plan was for three towers. However, the 80s oil glut happened and only one building was built. No idea whether or not a third tower is planned at this point, but there is room for one.
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    "Pretty lame... and that giant grassy driveway (which can't be accurate) makes it seem like the building is out in the exurbs." - that perspective is as if you were standing at St Anne's looking across their driveway and Westheimer.
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    Some others will disagree, but the overgrown green on the walls is part of what makes that section of freeway so attractive, especially climbing up the light posts. I imagine when the trees grow in on i10 it will be a nice looking freeway to drive as well. I'm big on green though. I think Houston would have a hard time covering any freeway with a part mainly cause there's 4 lanes of feeder on each freeway. so you'd have no parking, and still need to cross 4 lanes of traffic to access the park. it's not very inviting. As an aside... When I was a kid I always thought the huge slabs of concrete used for the train crossing just inside the Washington overpass were tennis courts on top of the freeway and thought "how cool is that". Then we drove under it when a train was crossing and I thought "I hope no one is playing tennis up there right now" followed shortly by "oh".
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    Didn't Metro Select Steven Holl Architects to design Central Station, Downtown, for the new Line? Is this rendering still the design that we can anticipate? Holl is also working on the new mfaH wing...which is very exciting.
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    I think the western-most site is actually pretty good for residential. Right by the parks, right by downtown, right by the nightlife in midtown, and convenient freeway/parkway access. The only obvious problem is it's proximity to the highway but for the most part it's submerged under W. Dallas St. This leads me to think that it could be a good site for a mixed use tower with office on the first 40 storeys and a hotel/residential portion above for about 10 to 20 storeys. Pipe dreams... I am curious exactly why they are planning on development this site versus the tower atop the parking garage/metro racketball complex. I guess it's just a matter of structural costs and project complexity.
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    Unfortunately, removing his sig wouldn't really solve anything since he continues to post.
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    Im on a mobile version of the forum and signatures are not displayed. Dont take them seriously. They were put up when several other forumers said silly things e.g. texasvines etc. Relax. It's the internet.
  35. 1 point
    LOL, it's all that was posted during the Dwightmare as soon as the barber confirmed he was coming...
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    In short...no. Downtown (where I work) is a little better at around 2%...
  37. 1 point
    Pull out your lighters my friends, we might have a big Weezer fan on our hands
  38. 1 point
    Or woman. Let's not be sexist Kenny lol Obama said equal opportunity. Not sure what he meant by that but whatever
  39. 1 point
    dibs on the 8th floor parking garage at the Pavilions... A coworker and I will be there, drinks and cameras in hand... LOL
  40. 1 point
    My thoughts exactly. We are already gobbling up land like no tomorrow, and then imagine a world where all this land is now filled with a density equal to NYC or Shanghai or Tokyo. I am not saying I am wishing for this, I am just conjecturing.
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    I think you are in the majority. Since there are no towers anymore, interest has waned.
  42. 1 point
    Hopefully that tower has the signature look at the top that we all want.
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    I would encourage everyone to participate in local politics--by that I mean district level. Maps and renderings aside, entities like the east end mgmt district do not have the money or taxing authority to fund projects like this on their own. I am continually amazed by the " this is cool why isn't it built yet" crowd. I would like to see it too, but transit and other quality of life issues especially for the working classes is hyper- local. At the neighborhood level, sidewalks, sewers and bus stops trump streetcar visions. It's tough to get people, especially broke people, to see a bigger picture, but you just need to keep chipping away. Not online; in person.
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    probably very out of date, but interesting none the less. i've never seen this detailed before http://www.theplansource.org/images/projects/morris_project_1_image_2.pdf Also out of date but one rendering that I don't remember seeing that shows two pools on the roof of the small building planned for the middle of the development - would be very cool. Hoping they stick close to the original game plan. http://naberkowitz.com/Regent_Square_Brochure.pdf
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    I thought it was the one Urbanizer posted, also bizjournals used the same one. I going with the one posted above.
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    u[ Somebody get some vines from the top of the Greenstreet parking garage
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    Amen to that! I find it strange that Houston hasn't already addressed this situation, since we already have so many visitors (domestic and international) staying at hotels in this area and who have to do death-defying treks to get from points on one side of 610 to the other. My walk there a few days ago was typical: had to navigate around submerged sections of the sidewalk while cars and busses zoomed 2 feet to my left at 50 MPH. Avoided the 5-foot-high splashes from busses and trucks whizzing by, but didn't avoid the muddy mist floating in the air. Worried a bit about someone throwing something, if not actually hitting me with their vehicle. Trying to cross N-S across Westheimer, it actually seems safer to cross in mid-block rather than at intersections. Honestly, do even 1% of drivers there notice (or agree to honor) "walk" signs for pedestrians? I see a lot of walkers making mad dashes between the Galleria and the Weingarten Realty property across the street, despite having to clamber a bit over the landscaped median. I do appreciate the Uptown District's sidewalk improvements outside of 610. But ... while very nice, they are essentially cosmetic and I wish they would make it significantly safer to be a pedestrian in the area. I think back to the incident in which 2 visiting "Animal Planet" directors were walking on a sidewalk there and were sent flying by a hit-and-run driver. In closing, I hope that development of the River Oaks District will spur similar cosmetic improvement inside of 610. I also wish that more thought would be put into how to design things to keep humans from being run over.
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    Is this true? phase two has begun??? Regent Square, a mixed-use development in the midtown submarket, has started construction on its second phase. Upon completion, the master planned development will have a total of 240,000 SF of Class A office space. o Phase I will have an 11 story, 165,000 SF building. http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2013-08-14/2013-2Q_-_Cassidy_Turley.pdf
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    Chevrons even newer tower housing their yet to be announce headquarters relocation? heh, i wish. i wonder what is being planned there though. Chevron currently owns the land i thought? dont they have a day care on that site?
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    Five Allen Center briefly mentioned. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2013/08/more-than-rumor-brookfield-makes.html
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