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    Texas Tower: The Monolithic H (under development of course) It's gonna connect AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA poor camera phone can't fit the monster close up anymore 😢 Terraces looking pretty good
  4. 19 points
    I'm very wary of words like “landmark” or “game changer”. The bigger a project is, the longer it will take to improve when it turns out to be terrible. I'd much rather see a 250-ft blockface divided into 10 pieces of 25-ft frontage than one single huge building. I mean, how much nicer is this: .... than this:
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    Yep, it's all kinds of different. This is looking the other direction from my picture earlier, but you can tell that the whole area is getting reconfigured. It looks like the sidewalks will be wider and the curb will be farther out from the wall, so all of the drainage and whatnot has to move.
  9. 14 points
    No this is just a sequencing thing since the field crew can't use the tower crane during the day. I work for the company doing the curtain wall on this beast.
  10. 14 points
    The Preston: The Livable Glass Wave (also under development)
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    4-Story Midrise by Pauda Realty & Anderson Canyon at Fruend & Nagle. Was on the planning commission recently- just forgot to post.
  13. 12 points
    Facebook page launched for The Laura at East River https://www.facebook.com/thelauraeastriver/
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    Can't stop saying it, but that garage that used to be in this site was so horrible looking and right at the entrance Of downtown that I would have taken a regular box as a replacement. But to get this beauty is so much more than I expected.
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    Forgive my crude MS Paint job but I hope this helps you visualize. Brown for building, blue for pool. grey for parking, and green for weird wedding lawn in in the rendering.
  19. 9 points
    Correct https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7600224,-95.3400819,3a,75y,11.3h,85.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYUhV2y46Jq_vDdUkbsaPXA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 http://www.paduarealty.com/#our-work
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    A large crawler crane is being assembled on site today.
  23. 8 points
    You asked for opinions so, as unpopular as it will be, I’ll throw mine in. I always love to see an old home being lived in as opposed to being torn down for some tacky townhomes. I like what they have done with that house on Polk. However, many of you are new to the East End. You moved in when the area started getting a ‘buzz’ and started becoming ‘the next big thing in town’. My grandparents came here during the Depression, I was born in the same hospital my father was born in, I live in the same house that my parents bought in 1976- and the lady that sold it to us lived in it when her parents had it built in 1923/1924. It’s run down, needs work but is completely original- from the wood floors and trim to the big attic fan. Restoring a home as opposed to renovating one is always preferable to me. When I was a kid, Montrose (and eventually, the Heights) was an area full of hippies and musicians and artists. My 2nd cousin Billy lived in an old antique store right across the street from Numbers (now it’s a dentist office) so I distinctly remember all the characters that would be wandering the street over there. I thought it was a cool place to be in the 1980’s/1990’s! Sadly, so did the folks we refer to as ‘hipsters’ today. They started moving in, developers tore down lots of old bungalows and other homes to make room for ugly and bland townhomes. Nowadays, all the cool folks that made that area so attractive have moved away, priced out by developers and hipsters buying into the hype. The same thing has happened in the Heights also, now it’s here in the East End. The first sign of encroaching ‘gentrification’ was when developers pushed for an area once just known as East End (or erroneously called Second Ward- before the Gulf Freeway it was part of the Third Ward) to be called EaDo. I’m sure I’m in the minority but I refuse to use that term. It’s ironic that white flight drove middle-class people out to the suburbs and now so many of them are coming back. Frankly, I wish these folks would stay in Kingwood or Sugarland or Woodlands or wherever they’re moving away from. The very things that make this area so awesome are going to end up being changed by rising property taxes/rents, more traffic, a different demographic. To the new residents, I guess you see yourselves as a savior. Maybe akin to a missionary bringing salvation to the savages. Yes, parts of this area are very working-class and run down. Yes, we don’t have a lot of the amenities of the suburbs. But most of us long-term East Enders like our area as it is- not some hipster’s paradise full of trendy bars, $40 barber shops, and no local industry. This area used to have decent industrial jobs (that’s why the East End has more miles of railroad track than the rest of the city combined). We used to build things and live close to where we worked at. Rising land values and other factors have run these businesses out to the suburbs. I hate driving all the way to Channelview for work. Unless you work Downtown, you’re just trading one commute for another. As I stated earlier, my opinion will be unpopular and you have the right to disagree. I will continue to believe what I believe but, if you think about it, you can’t deny there is a lot of truth to what I’ve said. Eventually, the East End will be as boring as the Montrose has become. I see quite a few empty storefronts in the Montrose, I hope we don’t have that problem here as well. I’m sure you recent residents of the East End have your heart in the right place but every person that buys one of those ugly townhomes is a contributor to the very things that will make this area another played-out version of Montrose/Heights. Spend the extra 10k-30k and renovate a beautiful old home and have your own piece of land! There’s no substitute for that. Townhomes are just expensive apartments if you’re sharing a wall with your neighbor. You can probably afford it anyway- just add a little more to your mortgage! 👍🏼
  24. 8 points
    You sound as upbeat as I typically do. I think - to make Downtown a more vibrant place - we don’t need a trophy tower or grand attraction, we need more boring infill of retail and residential.
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    Oh I see the disconnect now. No, I am not talking about people, I am talking about the store's origin geographically. Right now the huge rave is all about these chains coming directly over from Asia... Tom N Toms, 7 Leaves, Ding Tea, Bing Su, etc. etc.. These places are opening their SECOND LOCATIONS near Kirby or in the Galleria area. That's why there is so much buzz when these places open in Chinatown and Katy Asian Market... they are established big name brands coming over directly from the Asian market. Look at the huge amount of buzz when word hit that the Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo is coming to the Galleria. There are already places that you mentioned that have opened... I'm just saying, I think it would be exciting if we got more of those places closer into town. I'm over using the word "buzz", but I really do think it would definitely generate a lot of buzz for the Lower Heights District if they secured some of these places.
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    Thanks for that explanation! I live next door and the crane lights are a new night light Was wondering what was going on. I walk the dog at 5 a.m. and work is going on, come home at 7 and still working, look out the window -- they're still at it
  27. 7 points
    Looks like there’s a greenspace proposal for a park next to this site that would take the place of the portion of Spur 527 currently being demolished. I’d think that’d make this site more attractive for this project: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MnIu3acL-PwYxH565hOtX9EDuWFUy7q-/view
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    Auto shop is about 3/4's demolished, will post a picture when I can. Had a crew out there really going at that demo earlier this morning. Seems like the next phase is under way, which is nutty since the first phase is maybe a little more than half done (I'm guessing at that part). 2020/2021 gonna be a hell of a year for midtown.
  29. 7 points
    I-10 needs to be widened all the way out to 71, it is hell out there Fridays- Sundays.
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    I used to love making skylines with the diagrams, and no other websites had the same kind of visuals. I stopped posting after the great SSP & SSC wars but still visit it to see people's comments on the Houston Dev Thread. Hope it comes back. In honor of it, here's one of my mashups.
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    UH College of Medicine, New Law Building and Hilton Hotel Expansion breaking ground this summer: http://thedailycougar.com/2020/03/04/college-of-medicine-campus-construction-projects/
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    The "Montrose Collective" incorporates Uchi, Hue, Rosemont, Southside Espresso, etc...
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    New driving strategy...instead of going around buses stay right behind them to take advantage of the signal preference.
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    No good can possibly come from continuing this discussion beyond this point.
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    New tenants: Moreau Paris Zadig + Voltaire Zimmeermann Chopard has vacated, and The Avant Garden (florist) bowed out from its corner space across from Toulouse. Unsurprisingly, the test-store didn't pan out. https://www.riveroaksdistrict.com/map The always-empty East Hampton must be getting a sweetheart deal from ROD. I'm surprised they're still around given how fast they exited their montrose location.
  40. 6 points
    A *real* aquarium, with at least a vaguely scientific mission, would be fantastic. Maybe a partnership between the Museum of Natural Science and some other entity. Or almost a "teaching" aquarium with a university association?
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    The rendering of the residential bathroom looks like the tub is positioned in an elevator lobby. Great for both exhibitionists and voyeurs.
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    I noticed that too! from 40 to 39? also i am so excited to announce i will be moving into this development!....with whoever decides to move into here and needs a roommate that is able to live rent free! yay me!
  43. 5 points
    I am glad to see that at least some developers are choosing designs that prevent otherwise-hideous parking structures from overwhelming the appearance of their projects. My local poster child for the opposite approach is the Aloft Hotel on Westheimer. Perhaps there are worse examples, but I drove by it again today and was still annoyed by it - the ugliest Aloft I've seen.
  44. 5 points
    Yep, this spot has been vacant for about a decade so it's nice to see something finally going on. I took a photo of it on the 28th but never got around to finding the thread for the Walker@Main garage where I thought it belonged, so I guess this new thread works!
  45. 5 points
    Agreed. We need a real aquarium, not a restaurant that confuses tourists into thinking it is one.
  46. 5 points
    I didn't say anything about "modernism" broadly speaking; I was specifically referring to post WWII traffic planing that frequently resulted in "upgrading" city streets into one-way couplets to accommodate the number of lanes that were believed necessary. And you're not talking about "using a large boulevard." Lower Westheimer was built as a residential street (Hathaway) that was gradually expanded to its current, bursting-at-the seams condition. And that's part of why it has remained *relatively* walkable - its scale. But my larger issue with your suggestion is the prospect of transforming a nearby neighborhood street (like Hawthorne) into a thoroughfare. And just that it solves a problem that doesnt really exist. Cutting down to one lane and moving to dedicated 2-way transit lanes would massively increase the street's capacity through one of the areas in the city best able to take advantage of it. One of the things people really need to get used to: driving through good neighborhoods is slow. It has to be. Speed destroys neighborhoods.
  47. 5 points
    I ride the 82 as well, and its actually a good route and is pretty busy, it just needs to be given priority. It goes straight from Downtown, to Midtown, to Montrose, and then to Uptown. The problem child for that route is Lower Westheimer. They can't keep kicking that can down the road. That road is bad, really bad. While I don't think bringing this part of Westheimer down to 1 lane each with a turn in the middle is the best idea, it is better than nothing, and at least the streets and sidewalks will be built to todays standards and work structurally with buses. Houston also has a bad problem with traffic light syncing. With this town its always the little things which then add up to bigger structural problems. In my opinion they need to just rip the bandaid off and fix this area so that Westheimer works as an actual Major thoroughfare that its suppose to be. I would give that area the Commonwealth / Waugh treatment. Designate another road for one direction of track and make Westheimer another. Preferably Westheimer would be West traffic only until you reach Yupon, and then you make Lovett Blvd for East bound traffic. 1 lane going either way just on Westheimer is just not going to cut it with this road effectively becoming a major urban transit route. If you could implement what I've said above then you could bring in dedicated lines for a BRT or LRT. As far as what happens west of Yupon...Man I've been thinking about this one for ages. There would be a lot of disruption either way you do it, but I think finding a way to either use Hawthorne or Missouri St's would be the best bet until you get to Shepherd, and then you would merge them back into a single 4 lane road. Until something like this is done you will never see something robust transit wise for this area because there is just not enough space with current Westheimer ROW unless you go underground.
  48. 4 points
    I disagree with some of your complaints stated in your original post, but I agree 100% on your comment about schools. In my experience, people that call schools "sketchy" in this area is just people that they do not want their kids to go to school with mostly brown and blacks kids. I am not here shame anyone, to each their own. I learned a long time ago you cannot force integration onto people. I love the diversity and fairness of Houston overall. But if there one area we are still stuck in the 1950's segregation mentality is school zoning. For K-12 I attended mostly schools with other brown people. All schools I attended had a lot of economic shortages, yet full of supportive staff and eager students. I was fortunate enough to get financial aid to attend a private university, mostly white, to experience the other side. Many of my suburban classmates in college experienced what you stated above. High drug use (Zanax and other prescribed stuff) and they also had a high rate of depression and anxiety. I don't want my kids to get used to overdosing on whatever trendy drug is popular at the "better" school districts or to become depress when things don't go their way or face obstacles. Mrs. and I are products of inner-city public schools and plan for our kids to do the same.
  49. 4 points
    This sounds very similar to if not identical to) the discontinued 53 Westheimer. I often ride the 82 Westheimer and it's not unusual to wait 20 (or more) minutes for a bus, then have three show up. METRO drivers have told me that the delay is caused by traffic around 610/Galleria area. A welcome addition would be a Local that runs from downtown down Elgin/Westheimer and turns around inside the Loop (perhaps at Highland Village), which would avoid that bottleneck and provide service that runs on a more regular basis.
  50. 4 points
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