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  1. Apocalypse Houston by J-a-x, on Flickr
    9 points
  2. Williams Tower by russell.hancock by Flickr
    8 points
  3. Construction 2014.05.05 2460-70 2 Cropped by ThirdCoastRyan on Flickr
    8 points
  4. Surprised better pictures haven't been posted yet:
    4 points
  5. They just shifted their construction walls around to reveal the escalators from the tunnel up to the lobby. They are reconfiguring the space in front of Schlotzky's now with new temporary walls up in front of it. The two Asian food places reopened with a more food court-esque design, perhaps they will be adding more slots in where that seating used to be.
    3 points
  6. 3 points
  7. 20140505_192146 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr 20140505_192241 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    3 points
  8. We needed better pics of this: I guess I forgot that they also own the southern lot as well?
    2 points
  9. How are we going to lose anything? The oaks will be there still. North blvd will be there still. The mansions aren't being torn down. You won't see the highrise from North or South blvd. To me it'll be no worse than Maryland Manor. The only difference for me will be that in the future I can take visitors for a bike ride under the oaks and then potentially stop off at a cafe or restaurant at the ground floor of the highrise for a snack.
    2 points
  10. Here are some pictures from my site tour today.
    2 points
  11. They use it to stage stuff from the 2nd floor to be lifted to the 3rd. The crane can't grab it otherwise.
    2 points
  12. The dug some piece of equipment (a boiler or something) out of the basement. I caught the excavator making short work of it.
    2 points
  13. Doing some research for the South Belt history blog, I was rifling through the AIA negatives at the Texas Room in the Julia Ideson building of HPL and couldn't pass up a chance to get a couple of prints of this Googie reminiscent filling station. One sleeve appears to be taken prior to the other. The older of the two, I believe, is the Fina shot, and the later one of the station as a Conoco from the opposing street. Just wanted to share. I shared them (through the magnifying glass) with Tim, the reference librarian who's been such a great help, and he said, "It looks like something just landed
    1 point
  14. That's pretty darned obnoxious on your part. The day our friends were "trapped", it was for more than 8 hours.
    1 point
  15. It would be nice to see this converted into mixed-use retail and residential. A more traditional grocery store (HEB maybe) would be a delightful complement to Phoenicia.
    1 point
  16. They closed off the lot again, this time with chains. The only side with barrels now is the side facing the Marriott Marquis. The billboard there says nothing.
    1 point
  17. This is the only plausible explanation I can think of. But seriously guys, GP has a lot of potential and hopefully we'll see some stuff on the new college moving in. They haven't announced anything but if you search for the right thing on Google, you'll find some juicy info.
    1 point
  18. Kinkaidalum: You have made a number of statements here which tells me that you are passionate about your dislike for this project. But, when you are challenged on some of your points, you sometimes don't respond and just move on to other points. May I ask you to address this one? You made an unequivocal statement that the City of Houston's declaration regarding Bissonnett somehow eviscerated the neighborhood's Deed Restrictions. You might be correct or the poster above might be correct. Please be so kind as to present your facts regarding your very specific and unequivocal statement as I w
    1 point
  19. I think what he meant was, looking down South Blvd, you wouldn't see it. Like this: Can you convert your house in Southampton to a Barber shop with a striped pole the size of an oil drum or pave the yard for parking? They did that years ago right across the street. Scale may be your thing, but what if I liked grass in front of every house like structure I see and the absence of red, white and blue spirals? Restrictive boundaries have to end somewhere, when your property abuts (or is within sight of) that boundary, you take your chances with what might happen with the visual aesthet
    1 point
  20. I guess they could have simply built parking lots - since they have quite a bit of land?
    1 point
  21. Because building a sprawling corporate campus on the prairie complete with surface parking, a massive garage, and multiple low-rise structures and then turning around and replanting some shrubs to show you care about the environment is laughable. If you truly care about rain run off, stop paving the damn prairie.
    1 point
  22. I know, but a huge plot of land right along the bayou by downtown is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (and you know I'm normally not one to get caught up in grandiose development dreams). The idea of using the site for more jails makes me a little nauseous.
    1 point
  23. Weren't they actually relying on the legal system? Isn't the redress of (real or imagined) wrongs why we have a legal system? I've never felt strongly one way or another about the tower, but I've also never felt that the residents were somehow wrong in taking it to the courts.
    1 point
  24. Lots of activity today on the site. I took a photo but don't know how to post from my phone.
    1 point
  25. The Williams Tower is 901 feet tall, of course it is tall! LOL!
    1 point
  26. Thanks so much for posting those pictures. I'm a huge fan of googie and it's nice to see local examples. Fascinating how it looks now, like an example out of "How Buildings Learn".
    1 point
  27. The side of the field closest to the Alexan will have a small park-ish area, with the actual Superblock Park on the end farthest away in the picture above. Camden will be be built in between. See this forum for more info: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/26186-midtown-superblock-park/
    1 point
  28. Let's move the jail to the unsold Astroworld site. ;-) It would free up prime land and occupy that empty field.
    1 point
  29. They had planned that in the eighties and Afton Oaks fought it successfully. Now they will be trapped with all the mid lane commercial etc.
    1 point
  30. FIFY. Though it was kinda cool when they'd get the lights going in a Pac Man pattern. Edit: I'm not throwing rocks - my cronies in Dallas introduced me to the nickname "Mr. Microphone."
    1 point
  31. 1 point
  32. Grumpy old man here. It's fine if they close streets in parks as in SF Golden Gate, but somehow I'm not quite sure I see the point of periodically closing streets to traffic. If the goal is to encourage pedestrians I would suggest things like mandating wider sidewalks and supporting planting trees. This just strikes me as a kind of painless feel-good initiative that doesn't change any fundamentals, like the annual "lights out" campaign. Grumble grumble..
    1 point
  33. 5/4 by o texano on Flickr
    1 point
  34. From that angle it reminds me of the design for new Ford dealership showrooms.
    1 point
  35. IMAG0550 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    1 point
  36. It's a little difficult to see, but it's on the right, just above the AT&T building.
    1 point
  37. Didn't realize it was posted already but I'll just drop this here anyway:
    1 point
  38. Downtown Austin is currently the only area in the city that is zoned for major highrise towers though that will change once the remaining lots open for development are snatched up. There is a series of Capitol View Corridors that radiate from the State Capitol Building. In these areas, buildings are not allowed to be built over 15 floors.However outside of the CVC's there are lots that have no height limit therefore a developer could build as tall as they deem feasible. There are also some other specific height overlays such as the Riverfront Overlay which keeps highrises from being built r
    1 point
  39. It is really good to see these projects going up in the rougher areas of Midtown and the average height seems to be increasing as well.
    1 point
  40. Thats the only info I have atm. Yes, the one for the Fire Museum site is by Trammell Crow Residential. 1/22
    1 point
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