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    I am working on the Hanover Post Oak project. We will begining to pour the 29th floor this Thursday 2/20/14. We still have to pour the 30th floor and the roof. We plan to be topped out by March 7th if weather permits.
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    So you're saying you don't have any new info? Cool.
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    why do we have to be compared to Manhattan, one of the most land-constrained cities on the planet? your comparisons border on the innane. sure i'd prefer a little more cohesion of our urban fabric by implementing more rail (both light and commuter) but what you completely fail to grasp is that the freeway system we have in place in conjuction with our abundance of cheap land is a huge part of why this city's economy has become a true global force. no matter how hard you wish it wasn't so, our ability to move people and products to and from different parts of the city hepl drive this economy, no pun intended. take away houston's economic prowess and your fantasy of dense urban development isn't even an afterthought it becomes entirely meaningless.
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    I clicked like, but know that I don't condone driving and filming. Safety first!
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    Or it tells you that no one knows where to route the 160,000 cars that travel that highway daily if it's not there.
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    Really wish people would stop asking if there is any update .. if you click the link and there is no new info.. them clearly there is no new info.. when people know somthing they will post it.. it like asking are we there yet
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    Attached in the imgur link you will find an album of the eagle, and baby eagle at Hughes Landing. To the best of my knowledge as a broker, these eagles have not affected the particular phase being constructed right now but may later on in the future. Enjoy! http://imgur.com/a/GoljP
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    formerlly located @ the corner of Pierce & Loisiana where the City is currently bldg. a new super {9 bay} fire station. Does anyone have any old photos that they would share? I used to work there in my youth and really enjoyed when a customer would change there order AFTER we had began to make it to something else. Well now don't ja know that ice cream can't be thrown away. The consumtion of ice cream was just 1 of the bennies for a kid back then. And I'm here to tell you that even way back then {50's} when we had to go back to the plant to retreive a new 5 gallon tub of cream is was frozen hard as reinforced concrete 2day.
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    News team should not have been trespassing. What part of "private property" do they not understand.
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    the yellow crane was used to take down the white/red crane.
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    The strip center is still there, and it's easy to identify where the theatre was, due to it's raised roof line behind the entrance. It looked like the one in this picture. The theaters were a spectacular failure, none of them lasted long.
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    Pennzoil Place has 1.4 Million square feet, 406,000 square feet of which is available. So, about 71% occupancy. The "rumor" about renovations was nothing more than idle speculation.
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    Yes, it's actually quite amazing inside: http://www.magnoliahotels.com/houston/hotel-photos.php
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    The reality is the city is gaining population daily and at some point we need an effective alternative to simply driving to handle what's ahead. Even LA figured this out. The longer we wait the more it will cost.
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    What is their definition of "construction"? Right now we have empty apartment buildings, and I know for a fact that it takes them about 3-4 months to take down one of these buildings: obligatory wasting of time, appliance removal, wasting time, asbestos abatement, wasting time, further scrappage/prep, wasting time, and actual demolition.
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    I think he must be seeing the reflection of the Texas Tower in the windows. The Magnolia is open and in good shape.
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    There is the rub mrfootball; clear cutting. I wish they would be more considerate of the flora that's been growing there for decades, and perhaps construct a development to incorporate said flora. Sigh. Like you, I am not happy with cookie cutter industrial parks, but at least keep some of the existing trees if you must build. I was hoping for something along the lines of a Northwest TX Medical center campus.
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    Hopefully one of them will get a historic baseball that could help subsidize their insane rent haha
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    Most Novare projects have exposed concrete; it's kind of their thing.
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    They are busy because they are wide. Narrow them and people will choose other routes, and they'll be no busier than Decatur St in New Orleans is right now.
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    heres a little drive by past campus and around the stadium construction, along with the track & field stadium construction..
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    This is in full swing. Two excavators, multiple dump trucks on site.
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    It's not population density, which is WAY lower, but the fact that road density is all WAY lower. In a suburban area you have vast tracts of developed residential land developed along what is typically only 1 major artery. The neighborhoods, in general, don't want to have streets cutting through them, so there are a limited number of entrances, and everybody gets a cul-de-sac lot on the interior streets which go nowhere. There is usually one major road or maybe two in the area, so basically the decision literally EVERYONE who lives in the entire area makes when they need to go somewhere is "How do I get to the major rd and which way do I turn on it" An area like the Greater Heights/Timbergrove/Lazybrook area is bounded by major interstate highways 610, 45, and 10. It contains major cross streets cutting through it particularly in the N/S direction (Yale, Shepherd, TC Jester, etc) plus many smaller streets that cut through the entire area without ending (streets like the E/W numbered streets in the Heights). So basically one can get on a major freeway at any boundary, and in addition the location is such that people within the area might all be going different directions, different people may choose to go West on 10, East on 10, North on 45 south on 45, northwest on 290, traffic is funneled many directions whereas in a suburban space which is the same size as the Heights/TG/LB area all traffic is funneled to just a handful of major streets where you can go one way or the other that everybody has to use. The area bounded by Louetta, Champions Forest Dr, Kuykendahl, and 1960 is basically the same size as the are bounded by the North Loop, West Loop, I-10, and I-45, but the transportation options are basically limited to those streets on the boundaries, plus Cypresswood Dr which cuts through. You have a large land area with low density, but also very few real roads or highways (and the highways that do exists get farther apart as you go outward from town whereas they are very close where they meet in the cities). So basically, although the inner loop has higher density, it also has many more roads to take people many more possible directions. As an added bonus, much of the infrastructure around the area is designed to handle rush hour through traffic, which means at non-peak times there are many ways to get where you are going on arteries designed to handle a lot more traffic. Getting to the department store by getting on the freeway and driving 5 miles on I-10 is a lot easier than getting to the department store by getting on FM 1960 and driving 5 miles.
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    I hear you...we are so spread out that there is nothing close to a "perfect" solution to any of this. I'd just like for us to implement a rail/subway system like that to build on and around for the future...and then hope we are wise enough to base future development around it and the extent of future development itself.
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    You could say the same regarding freeway expansions, also. The Eastex Freeway expansion hasn't really led to any new development over there...and other places like Pearland and League City have grown by leaps and bounds with little to no freeway expansion. A lot of development has to do with a number of factors ranging from location to feasibility to economics and where developers/businesses want to build. I mentioned earlier that I'm pretty sure I've heard the rail line on Main Street being a factor with some of this new development...but it's most likely not the "end all-be all" of reasoning for it. I don't think that most people think they're "too good" for the bus...maybe some (and some of those people may consider it more of a safety issue, right or wrong), but rail is generally cleaner and more efficient, and it doesn't have to interfere and/or be a part of our street traffic situation. I wish our "only choice" was by train when we starting building our cities...that way we may not be in this position in the first place. Now everything is much more of a challenge and millions of people are "comfortable" with their ways of life (not that there's anything "wrong" with that in itself). Think of how much smaller and differently Houston would be laid out without roads, parking lots, parking garages, driveways, auto dealerships, parts stores, repair shops, gas stations, etc.
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    LRT is a more efficient and cleaner source of transportation than buses. I just wish we would have built our current line without the interference with street traffic. I largely agree. What do you think about having a subway network servicing those areas?
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    That's been my point all along. I heard the cab lobby has been against the rail to the airports thinking less people would ride cabs when the opposite is true. People could take a cab to the rail or from it. That's what we do in Chicago, DC, NYC etc. Houston needs to step up to the plate. I wonder who our next Mayor will be. Maybe they will be "for" rail solutions.
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    It isn't hostility, it is critical thinking. You have set out certain stringent criteria for a town square. Too stringent, in my view. Chase Bank, St. Germain Lofts, Capitol Lofts, and the Binz Building are not going to blow up their parking garages so you can realize your ideal town square. I'll comment on whatever posts I want to comment on.
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    I was referring to Main St.'s ridership when I talked about its accomplishments. BRT wouldn't be able to duplicate this line's success when it comes to moving large groups of people as the LRT cars allow a larger capacity of people. How many buses and space would it take to transport, load and unload two train full of people at METRO's most busiest stations? For me, Main St, Uptown, and University Line would form a great backbone for our transit network, while the rest should have been BRT and P&R feeding into it.. As far as development is concerned, there has been steady growth in a 1/2 to 1/4 mile radius of the Main St Line (north of the TMC) and the planned University and Uptown line over the past decade.
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    I went for a little stumble today that turned into a stroll.... I swung by 4 construction projects- Sky House was the last. Corner of Leeland and Main, note facade up two floors, they'll do something different above that.
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    Winning and losing comes in cycles my friend. Hopefully we are coming out of a losing cycle and into a winning one perfect timing for these residents seeking Astro HR balls Marvy is a genius ;p
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    I'm pretty sure I've read some quotes from the developers mentioning the rail line down Main Street in regards to their choice for location. I wish it wouldn't interfere with the streets like it does, but that corridor was a great choice for light rail IMO.
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    I don't think it'll happen, either. I just want to connect the city to the suburbs with more options than driving. Like we were talking about earlier, a lot of people seem to care more about their community or their personal space than what's best for the masses, and "harsh" or not, that (and having 6 million of us) has largely brought us to this point. We can't keep going like this forever, and like I said the other day...it's a hell of a lot easier to manage this issue now while there are "only" 6 million, 300 million and 7 billion of us than when there are 10-20 million, 500-700 million and 20-50 billion of us. Future generations are being left with a bigger "load" (so to speak) every day we continue to look the other way.
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    I'd rather be "overbuilt" if it means we're moving than "under built" if it means we're sitting in traffic. You're right, though that even some of the best mass transit systems we have are "massively crowded" during rush hour, too. That demonstrates their demand if they're planned and built right. I'm not saying or advocating moving people from the suburbs closer in. I just want us to stop building any further out than we already have and build smarter in all phases of our transportation system.
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    If it was up to me, we would have subways all over this town and lots of covered moving walkways in the busier districts. A 100 mile network could make Houston the world-class city we aspire to be. We could have subway lines connecting areas such as: - Hobby Airport, U of H, Downtown, Greenspoint, IAH and The Woodlands - Reliant Park, TMC, Rice U/Hermann Park, Midtown, Downtown - TMC, Rice Village, GWP, Galleria area - Midtown, Montrose, Upper Kirby/River Oaks, Galleria area, Westchase, Terry Hershey Park, Energy Corridor - Energy Corridor, City Centre/Memorial City, Memorial Park, Allen Pkwy/Regent Square/Eleanor Tinsley Park, Downtown I think that would be a great start to a new era in Houston. Add in a bullet train to D/FW and/or ATX/SA and we've got even more sustainable growth management over time. *** I agree that the I-10 expansion helped the growth we are seeing out there today, but I'm not sure that the same kind of growth wouldn't have happened elsewhere in town if we didn't do I-10 the way we did. I wonder if it came down to "the Energy Corridor, or OKC/SA" for some of these companies. That's a very interesting take.
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    Rush hour both starts and finishes early on Fridays. The Katy Freeway is still in the red (according to Houston Transtar) both inbound and outbound during hour, and "not in the green" for a large chunk of the average day. The population density of the Heights is listed at 5,722 per square mile. I know "Katy" technically only applies to the city limits...but I'm inclined to think that Katy's "official" density of 1,248 per square mile isn't more than two or three times that when you factor in "the entire Katy area." I agree that we need to come up with an "optimum growth pattern" for sure. There's no doubt that the "inner loop" would be much more crowded if people didn't move to the suburbs...but traffic wouldn't necessarily be worse. In fact, it may be better because if we would be more likely to have a real mass transit system (and one that wouldn't "require" going 25 or 30 miles outside the city).
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