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  1. soil testing today.......or they are drilling for oil.
    5 points
  2. A close look at the sign shows more detail than I remember on later signs.
    3 points
  3. 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?
    3 points
  4. Hear that? It's the sound of 50 million dollar bills flushed down a toilet.
    3 points
  5. 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.
    3 points
  6. 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.
    2 points
  7. 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!
    2 points
  8. These were the new notches that I was referring to: edit... The progress from one picture to another is AMAZING!
    2 points
  9. Not surprised the nice video is by Steelblue. They do some great work here in the Bay Area. My favorite of their vids:
    2 points
  10. At least a couple of weeks - though my ability to put daily sights into the background is a bit disturbing, too.
    2 points
  11. 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.
    2 points
  12. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/08/texas-wants-to-use-public-funds-to-develop-hovercars-and-jetpacks/375884/
    1 point
  13. Downtown is 96% occupied, not the tower.
    1 point
  14. Maybe he got one in NYC?
    1 point
  15. I understand that you love your ways and are not changing. I can see that in your posts. Are you related to Ross Barnett?
    1 point
  16. When I drove by the other day I didn't see any changes to the exterior on Dallas. Probably the most important change necessary is probably not happening it seems
    1 point
  17. I had to check the date this thread was started to make sure it wasn't April 1st.
    1 point
  18. 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.)"
    1 point
  19. Or one really big one...
    1 point
  20. Phoenica is generally packed to the gills.
    1 point
  21. Except there is a Broadway and it goes straight to Hobby Airport. (And one day, it might even be nice to look at ).
    1 point
  22. 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.
    1 point
  23. Lot cleared: http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-lightning-round/2014-08-14/
    1 point
  24. 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 te
    1 point
  25. Found this picture trying to discern the orientation of Devons original post- 1910
    1 point
  26. 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 s
    1 point
  27. 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.
    1 point
  28. 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
    1 point
  29. 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.
    1 point
  30. Anymore news on this one? I actually like the design of it. Would be nice to see it built.
    1 point
  31. Alternate modes are already under study (commuter rail) or underway (light rail and BRT). I'm sure they will keep developing far into the future. However, I suspect much of the new population will end up spread out in the edge cities so while the core will certainly densify, as it has been doing, it won't be like every one or even nearly every one of those new residents will be living inside the loop. I know some may hate to hear this, but what's going to be important in the future is efficient interconnectivity of the edge cities and downtown. That above all, is going to mean more and bet
    1 point
  32. 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.
    1 point
  33. Q ship? Are you talking about my avatar? If so that's one of my pieces of light art. That's a pic of it at night with the lights on. It hangs on the wall like a painting and it's 58in x 58in x 2in.
    1 point
  34. 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
    1 point
  35. 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,
    1 point
  36. 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 wo
    1 point
  37. I wasn't aware there was a Radio Disney. Of course, being at least 35 years or more outside of their demographic and having no kids of my own might have a little to do with that...
    1 point
  38. 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 al
    1 point
  39. I do not live in a designated historic district, though I am close to several and was up close and personal with the formation of one. I also served in a land use management capacity for my voluntary HOA until the Director of Domestic Bliss informed me that I would no longer do so. The problem with deed restrictions in older neighborhoods is that you have to have someone to enforce them. In theory, the city attorney's office can; however, my personal experience is that unless it's something truly out there like opening up a rave club in your garage, they just don't have the resources, an
    1 point
  40. Thanks Nate! Looks like we got some whacky shaped cores goin on again.
    1 point
  41. If all goes as planned 609 should be just under 130 taller than BG Group.
    1 point
  42. IMG_1038 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    1 point
  43. IMG_1047 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr IMG_1048 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    1 point
  44. IMG_1041 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr IMG_1044 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    1 point
  45. IMAG0085 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr IMAG0086 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr
    1 point
  46. 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 enhanc
    1 point
  47. 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.
    1 point
  48. 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 con
    1 point
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