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    Camden McGowen Station + New Park (Midtown Superblock)

    So...we're looking at a 2035 completion date?
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    Capitol Tower by Skanska, formerly Houston Club Building

    "Lyndon LaRouche people"....lol. They're what telemarketers look like in person. I know nothing about the guy, but his goons' antics have given me little reason to inquire.
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    BLVD Place / Hanover Towers / Apache HQ News & Pictures

    To each his own, but I can't comment since I've never had those sopapillas from Panchos. This is the only picture I could find of what they once called the chocolate banana at Ninfas, but it's different than I remember and it doesn't do it justice. It used to come with whip cream and vanilla ice cream and chocolate both melted inside the empanada w/ the banana and drizzled on top of the empanada.
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    Capitol Tower by Skanska, formerly Houston Club Building

    The tunnel system serves a legit purpose. Overall, I'm glad we have it. I've used it during inclement weather myself, and it's a great option to have. I just think that 80% of the retail down there would have created an entirely different atmosphere downtown if it was on street level instead. Fortunately, the street level landscape downtown is changing despite the tunnel system. There are a lot of developments and renovations with more street level retail on the horizon.
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    BLVD Place / Hanover Towers / Apache HQ News & Pictures

    Last time I was at the Original Ninfa's on Navigation, they didn't have the deep fried chocolate banana in the pastry shell w/ the ice cream. Not sure how long ago it happened, but how that "disappeared" from their dessert menu is beyond me.
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    Capitol Tower by Skanska, formerly Houston Club Building

    Our tunnels are not unlike our domed/retractable roof stadiums that we keep closed when it's 65 degrees and sunny.
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    Midtown Sears to Become Houston's Innovation District

    Agree 100%. On a side note, I've always wondered why they place so many pipes directly under our streets, rather than the sidewalks. Any time something goes wrong, we have to tear up the street, and almost every time, the street is in much worse condition than it was before the work. I'm sure there's a good explanation...
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    Midtown Sears to Become Houston's Innovation District

    LOL just got back home after literally sitting on Franklin St for 25 minutes trying to get to 59 North this evening. Not that I won't vote for Metro's plan, and it will absolutely help considering the lack of alternatives, but I know I'm not the only Houstonian who would like to see a less intrusive, faster service transit system here that can really move people. It would have to be either elevated or submerged to be that efficient, and I'm not sure how feasible a subway network around, say, the inner loop area would work, but we do already have a mini-sized one at IAH, plus lots of other underground development in downtown and of course the Galleria. Is that "as far as we can dig?" I'm all for more light rail, I just hate how much our version of it interferes with street/pedestrian traffic. It creates almost as much automobile traffic as it alleviates. If subways aren't feasible, then elevate it. There's going to be 8 million people here in the next 7-8 years and 10 million by 2040....and I really don't want to imagine what traffic is going to be like if we still don't have these kinds of alternatives by then, much less moving forward. Sorry for staying off topic.
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    Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    In that case, we might be soulmates. All those years and I thought I was the only one... I remember the building height stopped at 450 feet for Houston, but other cities had buildings listed at 400 ft. Not sure if it's still the case, but I always felt like despite Houston having the 3rd largest "list," we were being somewhat shafted by their seemingly subjective criteria. Then again, I was like 12.
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    Midtown Sears to Become Houston's Innovation District

    Commie....😀 The one area Houston needs to improve is transportation. From the way we handle our road "repairs" and construction to mass transit, this is the only thing left standing in the way of that "world class" image some say we're lacking. And I guess after driving down Richmond Ave for 10 seconds, it's hard not to agree with that....but overall, we have made progress even in these areas over the last couple of decades. It's amazing to think we didn't even have light rail here until 2004. SMFH....
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    Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    Damn, I like your list more than mine now. I can't believe Post HTX and KBR/East River sites didn't come to mind for me, but you're right....there are so many justifiable candidates for this list. It's a very exciting time for our city, no doubt. I love how Houston has invested more and more into downtown over the last couple of decades. It's already a sea change in atmosphere since then, and it's only going to get better over time (at least for those of us who want a more urban atmosphere). Could not agree more with your take on McNair, KBR and Allen Pkwy developments, as well as HSPVA and Capital Tower. They made my list because I like their individual impacts downtown (again, hoping that the street/tunnel interaction is as good as advertised for the Capital Tower). I made my list based on the "criteria" of projects that have their own thread on this site, but I like how you alluded to lumping certain areas together. That allows for more room elsewhere for a seemingly more and more prestigious list by the day. Again....lots of deserving candidates. The 59 reconstruction project might have the biggest impact of all outside of TMC Research. It's going to have an enormous "trickle-down" impact on future development around the upcoming Innovation District and the Convention Center areas. Is the Pierce Elevated scheduled to be demolished? I sure hope so....excited to watch all of these projects unfold.
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    Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    LOL I knew I was forgetting at least one. Good catch!
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    Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    Great question....so many to choose from. My favorites would be: 1 - TMC Research Campus 2 - Sears building conversion to Houston's Innovation District 3 - MFAH expansion project 4 - Cayden's 3 towers for midtown 5 - McNair mixed use at Post Oak & Richmond (former design by Munoz + Albin) 6 - Hanover mixed use at 3540 W. Dallas 7 - Block 58 - Hines 47 story office building on old Houston Chronicle site 8 - The Allen mixed use at Allen Pkwy & Gillette 9 - Capital Tower (hoping street interaction will be as good as advertised) 10 - HSPVA Honorable mentions: 3300 Main Block 42 - Hines 46 story residential tower The RO at West Alabama & Buffalo Speedway Equinox Hotel and the residential tower in ROD Medistar 48 story mixed use tower in the med center The Driscoll (Hanover) Hanover Post Oak 40 story residential at 1660 Post Oak Hanover River Oaks La Colombe d'Or Hotel in Montrose * Would love to see the Grocers Supply, 7200 Main and Kingwood Herons projects happen.....but unless I'm missing something (which is quite possible, if not straight up "probable"), it seems like none of these are realistic in terms of happening this year. That's my "10."
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    Ivy Lofts, 28-Story Residential High-Rise East of Downtown

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    Post at Afton Oaks - Richmond/610

    I always wondered why they bury power lines below the streets...why not below the sidewalks instead? Unless I'm missing something, "wasteful" would be an understatement. It also seems less likely that they would be subject to the conditions of their surroundings if they were buried properly. I could be wrong on that...just thinking out loud.