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  1. 5 points
    soil testing today.......or they are drilling for oil.
  2. 3 points
    A close look at the sign shows more detail than I remember on later signs.
  3. 3 points
    wow - this thread certainly has spun out of control - like a car driven too fast by an inattentive, homicidal maniac near a flock of terminally negligent and/or suicidal people trying to cross the road in the middle of the block, undoubtedly following the chicken they're trying to catch 'cause they can't afford to go to the store. Let's break out the Ouija board and see what Gov. Barnett has to say. OK, did I forget anybody?
  4. 3 points
    Hear that? It's the sound of 50 million dollar bills flushed down a toilet.
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    There are now barriers around the entire property where the parking garage and office/hotel will go in. Same barriers you would see at 609 Main, for example. The only side that doesn't have barriers is along the light rail line to the north.
  6. 2 points
    The BisNow article appeared to be referring to the East side of downtown and to Class A space, whereas the Colliers number is both Class A and B and all of downtown.
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    Oh my god.....TxDOT investing in something other than highway expansion??? *Gasp* Well they better hurry because Back to the Future said we would have flying cars by next year!
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    These were the new notches that I was referring to: edit... The progress from one picture to another is AMAZING!
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    Not surprised the nice video is by Steelblue. They do some great work here in the Bay Area. My favorite of their vids:
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    At least a couple of weeks - though my ability to put daily sights into the background is a bit disturbing, too.
  11. 2 points
    The article pointed out that the rendering was conceptual. Whatever brand chooses this location will have their own design.I don't see the Ritz/Mandarin/whatever popping up here.
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    ...wish the rail line continued on to Hobby in that way.
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    I understand that you love your ways and are not changing. I can see that in your posts. Are you related to Ross Barnett?
  15. 1 point
    I had to check the date this thread was started to make sure it wasn't April 1st.
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    http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/2520-the-future-of-downtown/ "SkyHouse Houston's construction cam in 1301 Fannin caught this happenin' corner. Residents started moving into SkyHouse last month—we don't see anyone on that rooftop tennis court just yet, but Novare tells us it's ahead of schedule on leasing and meeting rent projections. (We hear it's asking about $2.50/SF.)"
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    Or one really big one...
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    Except there is a Broadway and it goes straight to Hobby Airport. (And one day, it might even be nice to look at ).
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    They're going to need groceries. The whole swath from MacGregor all the way up to Northside and beyond is regarded as a "food desert", so it could definitely support something along the lines of WinCo, Aldi or Market Basket. Trader Joe's could also make a go of it down there. DC has done a lot with apartment blocks atop grocery stores, so it can work in any urban setting.
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    Lot cleared: http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-lightning-round/2014-08-14/
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    Oh I'm just looking at the big picture lol. 50 mil for any government especially in Texas is chump change! If this is money going into some research groups or even assisting small start ups who are working on this kind of tech then fine, but I mean come on this is TxDOT lol. We complain about these guys all the time who seem to never change at all and then all the sudden they make this knee jerk reaction and do this. I mean it's a pretty huge leap to go from highway highway highway highway highway FLYING CARS highway highway highway. I always appreciate it when gov. invests in science and tech, but I don't know I just don't buy it. There is so much more info that is needed to really back the investment they are putting this money into. I mean it's one thing to say "we have a goal of flying cars. lets go and do that" with no dollar figure on it. I mean what if JFK talked about his goal of going to the moon and said in that speech 'oh yeah and we are dropping immediately 50 mil just because'. It's just silly.
  23. 1 point
    Found this picture trying to discern the orientation of Devons original post- 1910
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    I swear it's like these monkeys do everything possible to avoid real spending of areas of which could actually benefit that isn't highways! I mean I love future tech, but just driving down to work every morning I wouldn't ever trust someone with a flying car much less one that is on the ground. Flying cars.....oh yes a must! Autonomous Cars, Electric Vehicles, High Speed Rail, Commuter Rail, Maglev, Repairing our bridges and existing infrastructure.........pfft who cares about that stuff lol. I mean flying cars has been a pipe dream for almost 60 years......oh wait. That's right Baby Boomers still run the show...oh. That makes sense now >.> If they want a cool pipe dream to chase after, maybe they should chase thats ACTUALLY a pipe dream like that cool tech that was mentioned like a year ago about those high speed pipe travel that actually could exist!
  25. 1 point
    After watching the video I wish it was going to be 100 floors. Even though it's not, it's a beautiful structure and it's simple... not in a bad way.
  26. 1 point
    Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it's not pretty. I think our hope would have to be that self-driving cars really do 3x the carrying capacity of freeways, and maybe more if uber/lyft-like services can create instantaneous car pools - for example 3 people in Midtown can instantly share a single car to work on the west side in the Energy Corridor.
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    When a lot of people think of 600 Travis's plaza, they think only of the giant expanse of granite with the Mirò - but it's more. There is a big chunk on the Capitol side with a water feature, trees, and benches, and it gets used even during the height of summer (mmmm - shade from trees... what a concept... ). Market Square used to be the site of the Houston City Hall and Market. After the current City Hall opened in the late '30s it became a bus station for a while, and ultimately was torn down in the early '60s. It was replaced by - wait for it - surface parking. Around 1980 or so, the asphalt was ripped out and the oaks and some grass planted, with berms here and there that were known as the "wino mounds," after the primary users of the park at that time. This was replaced by an X of sidewalks crossing from the corners and meeting in the middle with the Surls piece that is still there (albeit moved off of dead center), sunk in between linear benches and a water feature or two around the edges. Again, the primary users were the people who lived there. Finally, it was redeveloped in its current form a few years ago, and finally took off. What's really given downtown life is residential. It wasn't that long ago that it completely emptied out after 6.30. But yes, more plazas, with shade trees and benches that are situated so that people feel safe, would definitely be A Good Thing.
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    Why don't they pour that 50 million into a think tank for realistic public transportation? This isn't the 50's, and we won't be the Jetsons in 30 years. There is existing technology that could put any other public transportation into the stone age.
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    Anymore news on this one? I actually like the design of it. Would be nice to see it built.
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    I think that this is Correct. In my opinion, This will likely be a "business class" hotel if the primary market is conventions.
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    One word friend....politics! What I'm talking about: http://swamplot.com/how-metro-let-an-international-design-competition-for-houstons-new-central-station-go-down-the-drain/2013-11-22/ You can also go to ArchDaily and get the same story. The city of Houston has a long history of failing to execute on public competitions. In this example they had a great showing of different architects wanting to contribute something unique, but politics ensued and it took months and months for them to put forth any action on anything and then the competition simply died! It's pretty sad, but when you have people in power who have no idea how competitions like this are suppose to be run or how to properly treat those who are in the competition itself then this is what happens. Just in my short time in the architecture field, politics rears it's ugly head very often. You wish that it didn't when the effort should go to coming up with the best design, but nope! You have people that will use architecture as a way to throw their weight around, or sneak stuff in, simply halt things for the sake of attention, throw in completely unattainable goals at any point during the process, or they simply just think it's fun to be in a position of power over others. It's a sad thing to see, but like in anything or any kind of industry it's there. The best example of late of a city that knows how to do fantastic architecture competitions is London. Say what you may about their crazy Mayor, but holy crap does he know how to initiate awesome competitions. From the highly theoretical, to the entertaining, to the serious possibility of getting built it's been fun going on places like ArchDaily everyday to almost always find something new going on across the pond. It will take a new generation of leadership in City Council, Metro, and other organizations before we see a change in this. I mean it's a great principle to be fiscally conservative, but it's an absolute MUST that in those kinds of jobs you are essentially architecturally progressive! Which in my view.....I don't see any. There has to be some kind of balance for all this stuff to work. For the current stations we have....they actually aren't to bad! They just need to freakin finish these projects so they can move onto the next one!!!
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    Miami | One Brickell CityCentre | 1102 Ft Seattle | 820 2nd Ave | 1300-1400 Ft Chicago has a couple supertalls proposed as well. Regarding Dallas, I suppose it would be the proposed "landmark tower" to be build by Ross Perot Jr. sometime in the future. This one bothers me the most. Because we have no reason to stop building, there's also no reason to not build supertalls. I'm patiently waiting to hear about all the mixed-use and condo high-rises in the pipeline for Uptown and Downtown. I hope a supertall or two is included in the mix.
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    Unfortunately I don't have a cool and crisp camera so I was 'that guy' using a tablet to take a panoramic photo from the sky lobby...however, I think it came out looking pretty good considering. There are a few places where the stitching is a little off but overall I'm really impressed with the camera on this tablet. Downtown Houston Panoramic from Chase Tower by brijonmang, on Flickr
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    One thing for sure. Of all of the TIRZ's Upper Kirby district along with Midtown is the most dominant and progressive organizations in the city. They definitely have a concise plan and have consistently worked to improve the area. They are growing the brand to extend from Westheimer to Bissonnet. They also seem to be pro rail. I don't think we'll see a rail down Kirby but they are in favor of the University line. I do think that Kirby will be one of the most important streets in the inner city along with Montrose, which in my opinion is way overdue for a total make over. I'm sure within time, might be 25 years, but that Kirby will be a canyon of highrise towers from 59 to Westheimer. It will happen.
  35. 1 point
    At the most-recent growth rate (2012-2013) (2.2%), the Houston metro would pass 10 Million in 2035 and would hit 14.1 MIllion in 2050. Extrapolating D-FW's growth rate (1.6%) forward, it would pass 11 Million in 2044. DFW would not pass 10 Million until 2038 (3 years after Houston). Houston metro would pass the population of DFW metro in 2026. DFW's 2050 population would only be 12.25 Million. Using 2010-2013 growth rates (6.13% for Houston; 5.55% for DFW), the results are as follows: Houston would pass 10 Million in approximately 2037. DFW in approximately 2036. 2050 populations would be about 13.1 Million for Houston and about 13.2 Million for DFW. I'm curious what the study based its projections on. In order to achieve the projections in the article, Houston would have to increase its growth rate to 2.35% per year. DFW would have to increase their growth rate from its current 1.6% per year to 2.47%
  36. 1 point
    A hotel needs to achieve its rating based on quality/services/performance. They simply do not "build" a hotel - and say "this is 5-Star." Kind of like a restaurant earning its ratings based on the quality of the foods and service. This is my assumption. I'd assume this hotel would tend to end up being a "typical" upper-middle scale hotel. Doubtful its a luxury hotel or even more doubtful it being a 5-star hotel. I would also assume *most* convention goers would rather simply have a nice hotel - to an ultra luxury 5-star hotel (and its prices). Also, I'm under the impression this is almost a "stock" image of what they assume the hotel will look like? Is that not right? I don't think that's the final design, that would be dependant upon the hotel that elects to occupy this space and their requirements. Perhaps I'm wrong on all accounts.
  37. 1 point
    Thanks Nate! Looks like we got some whacky shaped cores goin on again.
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    ^^One of those angles that makes me swoon at the beauty of the Embassy Suites. Just now realized how they made it an homage to the AT&T building... simply stunning.
  40. 1 point
    If all goes as planned 609 should be just under 130 taller than BG Group.
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    IMG_1038 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
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    IMG_1041 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr IMG_1044 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
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    IMAG0085 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr IMAG0086 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
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    Sorry, how foolish of me to think that I might know about what my neighbors have talked about for the last 30 years. It's only been a major topic of discussion at my voluntary HOA that worked its patootie off reinstating and renewing and modifying deed restrictions, and signing up for minimum lot size and prevailing setbacks, and yes, even put in historic designation in a couple corners of the neighborhood (all of which require super majorities to be put in place), beginning in the mid 1980s. You might even be surprised to learn that among the reasons for doing all those things was to enhance our property values. Just because some of y'all think that some brand new giant McMansion with glue on stone and fiberglass bathtubs and a really big price tag are the be all and end all, doesn't mean that everybody does, or even a majority of any group other than you and your cronies. For the record, I'm not too nuts about how the commission deals with things, either. I'd rather have clear regulations, fairly and consistently applied. Let's make a deal. I won't try to tell you what you're thinking, if you allow the rest of us the same courtesy.
  45. 1 point
    Neat pictures. Everytime I see a Sherwin-Williams sign with a can of red paint coating the world I think "global environmental disaster". I didn't realize the logo was that old.
  46. 1 point
    Right, I never said rail isn't the end all, be all. In fact I've said as much in any of my transit posts on here. Semi-autonomous cars... so that's the answer? Computer controlled cars? That will be the end of congestion? Doubtful.
  47. 1 point
    The Katy Freeway isn't going to be widened. The next step will probably be semi-autonomous vehicles that will be able to detect traffic situations and communicate with other cars and systems. (I have a friend who's in civil engineering) You see, congestion isn't solely based on the number of cars on the road. When an impatient jackass decides to cut through three lanes to get to an exit and cars start braking (thus, causing a "shockwave"). If we all drove better, congestion would be less of an issue, which is why smarter cars will actually help. Rail isn't the silver bullet in traffic congestion, and in all situations it's cost-effective only in dense environments (Eastern Seaboard, India, NYC, Great Britain).
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    It's the architectural equivalent of a mid-level exception NBA player. Not terrible, but nothing one is going to remember.
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