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  1. There is a May 2015 satellite imagery update on Google Earth for most of the Houston area (adjust the timeline to select 5/15). However there is alot of cloud coverage and its pretty dark. Its not quite the image quality we're used to seeing from Google. There is also a "coming soon" layer on the left hinting at something yet to come, and the blog at the link below indicates that this Sunday (6/28) is Google Earth's 10th anniversary. Hopefully something "Earth"-Shattering will be released??? http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/06/new-google-earth-layers-coming-soon.html Edit: This imagery is from May 27, 2015, approximately a day and half after the heavy rain/flooding on Memorial Day. You can slide the timeline one notch to the left to view March 2015 imagery for the eastern half of the metro area (approximately from the Med center to the Bay). This imagery is alot clearer.
  2. Looks like most of the satellite imagery of the area on the west side has reverted back to atleast 2 years ago (Palladium barely has a foundation poured). I hope this means Google is working on rolling out an update.... Edit: my statement above applies to the Google Maps website. The Android app still shows the same imagery from last year.
  3. Link: http://www.fortbendstar.com/2014/06/04/t-i-property-redevelopment-unveiled/ The search page shows a date of June 2014 so I don't know how accurate this is.
  4. The latest Chase App login screen has a shot of Houston. Seems to be a bridge crossing Buffalo Bayou. I'm not sure if I got this image because I am in the Houston area of if it is for everybody who uses the app.
  5. 610 north for a short time to 610 east to 610 south to 610 west to 288 also works
  6. Mason opened between FM359 and 99. This article states that northward expansion to Beechnut will happen with 5 years. http://m.fbherald.com/article_3729edd7-9840-523a-b266-5c3feeaad6f0.html?mode=jqm
  7. Southwest Fwy is also titled Lloyd Bensten highway. I'm not sure how long this has been the case but I recently noticed brown signs indicating this designation. Personally I'm not a fan of naming highways after people because the name is arbitrary to the direction. In a huge fan of naming based of direction or major city/town in the path (I.e. Katy). Naming after senators and the like seems very chicagoish
  8. I believe it will be named Aggie Expressway once after upcoming expansions.
  9. That's a different development. Looks like BW8 northbound feeder between Westpark and Richmond.
  10. There is a foundation poured in the lot next to my office that has been sitting idle for over 5 years. I assume its a hotel. Over the past few months and especially past few weeks work has started to progress. Here is a picture from earlier today. Any idea which hotel this will be? Southeast corner of Harwin and Rogerdale on the southbound feeder for BW8.
  11. I time mine such that they are due in the same month. I wonder when I have to re up my inspection. I'm sure the fine print will be available in the next few months
  12. Not quite development but rather a byproduct of it.... New phone area code for Houston set to activate July 1, http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/New-phone-area-code-for-Houston-set-to-activate-5539874.php Starting July 1, Houston area residents might see phone numbers that begin with 346, when a new area code comes to town. The Public Utility Commission of Texas last year announced a new area code was being added and this week cell phone companies are texting their customers as a reminder. The new area code will create possibilities for about 8 million new numbers. Long-time locals have no reason to grumble-they will get to keep their original area codes The new area code will be the fourth for the nation's fourth largest city.
  13. Gallery Furniture breaks ground on its largest store http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/06/gallery-furniture-breaks-ground-on-its-largest.html
  14. I wish i worked in Williams. The view is amazing in all angles, especially around half way up. I was just visiting someone on 40 and they have a nice conference room on the east side that I was able to take a few shots from. I also went up to the top (64?) and was able to walk up to the westward facing window to take shots on that side. I was asked to leave about 5 minutes later as it was a private office. Wikipedia said there was an observation deck on 51, but that floor has been converted to private offices. Sorry to get off topic.
  15. Took this a few days ago from Williams Tower
  16. I'm a transplant that loves and appreciates feeders. I grew up on the Westbank of New Orleans where we had a completely elevated US90 (Westbank Expressway) with a grade level "frontage road". I currently live in the Katy area and hate exits such as Fry @ Grand Pkwy where you have to turn onto the cross street to enter the parking lot. It seems the same to me whether the shopping centers face the main highway or the cross street -- they are still there. So I feel that if you have the land, why not have feeders to allow merging with local traffic and easier access to the shopping centers.
  17. I just noticed that Google Maps satellite was updated west of Peek Rd across Grand Pkwy and all the way through the western part of Cinco. I can see it on my Android phone but haven't confirmed on a computer. Imagery looks to be around January, some time before the overpasses at Bellaire or 1093 were completed. 99/10 and 99/290 interchanges are now shown as nearly complete.
  18. Just got the following in an email from my neighborhood talking about nearby road completions. Not quite a news flash but its good to know the timeline.
  19. 1. DT on I-10 eastbound just before Yale. All of the larger buildings that line the Louisiana St face this direction and are spread out. 2. DT on the connector ramp from 288 NB to 59 SB. I like the density from this side. 3. 610 west loop with the buildings close to the freeway on both sides.
  20. That's the future Peek Rd overpass location that I was talking about. There is a U-turn lane where Peek Rd will cross 99 and continue to the other side near Long Meadow Farms. I assume that the work will start soon after the equipment is removed and the land is cleared. And after that I assume is when Peek will be extended.
  21. Any idea if/when an overpass will be built at the (future) Peek Rd crossing?
  22. I noticed 3 Life Flight helipads ontop of the new building. The 4 existing ones are not shown on top of the Childrens building. I wonder if the 3 new ones will be in addition to the existing.
  23. It will be next to MH Childrens -- Cambridge side overlooking Hermann Park.
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