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  1. We can resolve this now. I've seen the plans drafted by the city regarding the Ritz and W...it's all still being negotiated. If for some reason they don't go up (which is unlikely now as the Houston economy is a winner and ripe for them), Houston wouldn't miss a beat. It's as simple as that.
    4 points
  2. You guys don't get it. The number one city where Dallas' hotel visitors come from is Houston. We demand excellent hotels. The number one city where Houston's visitors come from is Dallas -- they're fine with lesser hotels. case closed
    3 points
  3. Anyone know the exact location or more information? http://www.andersoncanyon.net/four-story-mixed-use-development.html
    2 points
  4. Fascinating http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/10/what-old-transit-maps-can-teach-us-about-a-citys-future/381149/
    2 points
  5. Here is the pic from Friday. Same as I have seen for last couple of months, at least on the main structure. I do know the cranes are moving as they are in different positions from morning time until I get off work.
    2 points
  6. Soon after Hotel Alessandra gets going. That is a major part of the catalyst that will begin another wave of announcements of transformative developments downtown. A lot of delay centers around parking and the current boom which has driven the price of lots/sites downtown sky high. Most of that should be resolved by the end of the year. So by the end of the year or 1stQ 2015.
    2 points
  7. http://youtu.be/_Qp9FBl9fuM?t=3m31s Ground breaking Nov 12
    2 points
  8. Wasn't the Ritz going to BLVD Place prior to the recession? With renderings released and all ? So why now is it so hard to believe that they will come to Houston ? Why could they make the numbers work then but not now ?
    1 point
  9. Looks like the garage is done and it's all tower going up now
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  11. Here is what I hope hapens, the W and Ritz keep ignoring Houston, Houston brings in its own highend brands (already happening) and other highend brands, W and Ritz start to notice and want in so they build something here to top them all. How does Atlanta make 3 Ritz Hotels and 3 W Hotels work? If they can have 6 total, Houston can surely make the numbers work for 1 or 2.
    1 point
  12. But cities like St. Louis, Charlotte, and Cleveland have a Ritz Carlton.
    1 point
  13. (htown live) Those hotels are definitely coming, and both will have to be very impressive, as the rich here are filthy rich and the economy is now demanding they come...which means their Houston locations will be off the charts luxurious. (swtsig) I'll repeat what I have been told very matter of factly - ritz isn't happening. The issue isn't reveue per room it's the rate they need to achieve to make the project feasible. Even with the addition of condos they are struggling to make it work. ok, so this is the strange little conundrum that i am having as per this particular, and yet highly
    1 point
  14. And I'll repeat, Ritz not happening is not a problem. Houston has been there, done that...the St. Regis trumped Ritz in Houston. The St. Regis trumps Ritz everywhere. The Ritz is not the standard. Having stayed at several Ritz hotels around the world I assure you that many of their properties are not up to par. Several hotels in Houston surpass them. As for the South, their property in Dallas, and all 3 in Atlanta are weak traditional granny-looking bores. There are a couple in South Florida that Houston couldn't top, but otherwise the Ritz has lost a lot of luster. As for W, again, Houston ha
    1 point
  15. At least EaDo is in an urban area, where most neighborhood acronyms come from. SOWO is suburbia, thus making way more of a reach than EaDo.
    1 point
  16. Why stop with just a ski slope? How about a year-round "Igloo Hotel" made completely of ice, complete with an ice bar. Or maybe a frozen distant outer space-themed futuristic Ski Lodge to accompany the ski slope. Either hotel concept could be cross-marketed as an NRG Park Convention Center hotel to benefit the complex and all tenants.
    1 point
  17. The highest RevPAR I can find in any Dallas hotel is the Ritz-Carlton (not surprising). The highest I can find in Houston is the St. Regis (a flag, by the way, not present in the DFW market). Dallas Ritz-Carlton 1st Q 2014 RevPAR: $231.71 Houston St. Regis 1st Q 2014 RevPAR: $216.09 Dallas Ritz-Carlton 2nd Q 2014 RevPAR: $268.12 Houston St. Regis 2nd Q 2014 RevPAR: $230.38 There are several hotels in Houston that match or exceed the RevPAR numbers of the W Dallas.
    1 point
  18. (thinking as i type, don't shoot me) dallas has a huge fashion marketplace, and lots of good PR. many buyers for interior design, clothing and accessories go to dallas for shows and to buy merchandise for their stores. http://dallasmarketcenter.com/ over 200,000 buyers from around the world visit dallas market center annually. that said, houston's panache is on a high-speed upward trajectory that, i fear, will surpass dallas eventually. are we ready for a "keep houston down-to-earth" campaign anyone? if landing W hotels and Ritz hotels require that houston have a different personalit
    1 point
  19. Howard Huge agrees with this entire post. Every word.
    1 point
  20. preach elseed preach! now this is what i want in this debate... passion!
    1 point
  21. Thats cause we got lame developers and too many backwards people in this city plus so many people in this city has had a anti urban and anti 24hr street life attitude for such a long time....finally we're actually starting to see houston actually be somewhat vibrant and forward thinking...its depressing to go to cities like chicago which is not that much bigger than us population wise and there is so much life in the heart of the city streets at all times...I mean look at the stupid tunnels downtown they've literally ruined streetlife downtown......vibrancy at the streetlevel is so important h
    1 point
  22. Beyoncé: Thuggish and trashy... I think I've heard it ALL now. I guess KROI could've went back to the endlessly annoying construction noise used prior to the launch of News 92. That was quite the reason for someone to stick around at 92-1 to see what was to come. I guess my definition of trashy is a bit different. Kid Rock, Skrillex, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love would make my list, Beyoncé doesn't even make it to the same table.
    1 point
  23. See page 3. It's the block bounded by main/travis/francis/holman. 2016 completion. F977AF91-29BB-4C0D-A78C-9FE941D4A23D.PDF
    1 point
  24. Speaking solely in relation to Cloud's suggestion of a downtown skyline view corridor to greet HSR arrivals. No doubt about it he's right that something should be incorporated onto the top of the GRB whether it be a HSR station, Top Golf, soccer fields, helicopter tours, or something else. Houston doesn't have too many views to take in, we should take advantage of those we do have. Wouldn't it be something to add on to the cruise ship theme and add an entertainment deck on top--we do everything bigger here in Texas, why not "make" the world's largest cruise ship. But I digress, getting off top
    1 point
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