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Marcus Allen

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  1. Remind me, this is going to have an attached tower with it, correct? I am just referring to the title of this thread.
  2. Growing up, my generation was promised many things. I most look forward to hover cars ( magnetic or otherwise) and a livable Earthlike planet discovery. I have since added one more bucket list of destiny. I want to see a 90 storey tower in Houston. Completed. Not imagined, not a proposal. But a bona fide 90 storey tower erected in either DT or UT. That's my dream. I am 46 this year. I still have hope.
  3. I hope and pray to the development gods that the SL district along HWY 6 doesn't follow the trend of strip malls aplenty beyond the county line. I take the Hwy 6 route into SL at least 3 times weekly and am hoping for a less generic solution to that areas growth problems. I am specifically talking about the location on the east side of Hwy 6 between the city line and Hwy 90. Anyone in the know regarding how that area is to be filled?
  4. You know, I was definitely part of the supertall clan for years. But, I must admit, I am enjoying seeing the infill in all corridors of HTown. If a 1000 plus footer was announced, of course I would be frothing at the mouth, but I am content with 40/60 storey towers with distinct design merit being built at this time. The older I get, the more I lean toward iconic over height.
  5. Just for clarification, what are the height requirements to classify a development as low, mid or high-rise? As well as super tall? Height can be in feet or storeys.
  6. A rant I am sure, but unless one dines at a decent, newer Lubys, the chicken franchise has declined noticeably. KFC, although having good tasting chicken, skimps on the portions and the biscuits are too bitter ( ease off the baking powder folks).., Hearts is way too greasy along with Popeyes. Churches is decent and the biscuits are good, but sometimes the breading outweighs the chicken. Probably nostalgic, but Tinsleys was wonderful. For me, I applaud any franchise who can still maintain classic tastes and portions. I understand the bottom line is profit in a changing food driven global society, but some franchises are more successful than others. But I digress. Sorry, should be for another thread.
  7. For years, I have often wondered what the best use of this land would be. My wishes for this space are as follows; too bad our commuter transportation is not, say 20 years, ahead of now. This would make an incredible hub for either light rail or that bullet train we keep hearing about which will connect HTown with Big D, Austin and SA. OR, a vast recreational center, ie, pools, gym, tennis and racquetball courts, rock climbing venues, etc., with a parking structure on which a 15 to 20 storey multiuse hotel/ residences would sit. But I do think it prudent to wait until construction is completed, and then perhaps present it to potential buyers as one of the few blank slates left in inner Houston.
  8. We , those of us who are 40 plus, may not see it. But if you all are able to visualize, in 40 to 50 years, I see all of the inner 610 loop connecting. Hermann, Memorial an other assorted parks with alway break the urbanity, but I foresee 20 plus storey Highrises dotting the inner loop that will be reminiscent of 20s 30s New York.
  9. Been looking for it for years now. I read it one summer along with Songs of Distant Earth when I spent a spring break in Galveston, circa 1987. Don't even remember specific details, but it was set in HTown in the future, had a cyborg, super intelligent monkey, and NASA was the end all be all in TX. Would love to find it and read it again.
  10. Absolutely beautiful. Sorry about the marital unbliss. I just bide my time. As great as this rendered shot is, it just begs for developers to add a 1200 ft or higher to the backdrop. Hehe. Excellent, (mr burns like).
  11. Great topic. Am torn on my personal response. If HTown was close knit, say all high-rises within the 610 loop or even DT area, it may add to the urbanity of the city,but what would make us stand out from every other city in the US? Let's be honest, we don't have many 1000 plus footers to stick out above the rest. Personally, I enjoy the unique nature of our multiple skylines. Like another poster said, different angles and such. I have said it in other posts, I am reminded of this book I read in college. It is set in circa 2500 or maybe even 3000. But the cover depicting Houston had linked all of the business centers into one continuous urban landscape. Truly awesome.
  12. Cool rendering, never the less. I am impressed how urban HTown looks in that shot.
  13. Great comments, everyone. I am not sure the EC will rival other more established business centers, but I am excited to see the freeway lined with great projects and I am once again reminded of the movie BrAzil. Houston is going to become one of the most prolific cities of this century. How it redefines itself is yet to be seen. I am still in search of a book I read around the same time I read Songs of Distant Earth. It had HTown spread out like 500 miles with several business centers, incorporating 100 plus storey skyscrapers in random places.
  14. Now you are just being a sadist. How many times must you rip the bandaid off this collective wound?! LoL. Fine fine. In my alternate fantasy reality, this tower exists along with like, 10 others that should have, but never happened.
  15. Sort of glad because if 40 becomes the norm for infill, perhaps it will prompt other builders to blast the 60 storey ceiling to create a signature tower. I am hoping.
  16. Awesome area. Awesome development. Question? Do commercial spaces still have to adhere to the strengent replacing foliage rules as much as residential spaces?
  17. Ok, HAIFers, so I am really pinpointing my location, BUT, here it is. I live in an area in Bear Creek called The Colonies. For safety reasons, I will just say, in my neighborhood, the tenth house in my "hood" has gone up for sale this month, and according to my friend ( who is the prez of the home association) three more go on the market next week. I don't see a significant decline by any means in my neighborhood. SO, why the flight from this place?! Thoughts? We were established in the early 80s and I secured the house in 1988, even though I have just returned to Houston two years ago.
  18. The biggest What IF in HTown History! I try so Hard to get over the fact that it wasn't to be in DT HTown. I think it is, undoubtedly the most remarkable supertall slated for Houston. I was moved away from Houston in 1980 to a small rural community. ( the why isn't important ) thank god my parents continued to watch channel 13 news. My view of Htown's boom was through their lens. I tracked this via Franklins library. So sad it wasn't to be. And yes, like earlier posters, I wonder if the ship has sailed OR if we could revamp the design and have it built when space will allow.
  19. Thanks for the insight into what the hex they are called. I remember when they were wooden posts. Haha. And, I am not even THAT old.
  20. Omg!BEST marketing video for Houston ever! Again, I will say, I wish it was spouting a 60 something storey tower, but am happy when this really becomes a tangible building. You know, Penzoil Place wasn't a supertall, but still was an acclaimed structure, so I am learning HAIFers. Size isn't all there is to architecture. For me and my house (lol) , 609 is going go be a gem in Htown's cap.
  21. Hey HAIFers. So, along HWY 6 from the overpass at I10 all the way to the northern edge of the Addicks Reserve, workers were creating some sort of Hwy divider (don't know what else to call it; but those concrete and steel things to keep us from jumping into the opposite lanes) and had set posts into the road, and began the rebar like frame which, I assume, the concrete will adhere to. Well, they worked like gangbusters for a couple of days to complete maybe a quarter mile of this framing. And then just stopped. That was two weeks ago. Any ideas as to why they would start up at what seemed like exceptional speed and then stop cold turkey?
  22. I like it better when a developer creates several SIMILAR buildings in a grouping like this project and those around Memorial City instead of creating exact duplicates, like those across the fwy.
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