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  1. Apparently when this was broadcast they actually had "Na Ga Da" written on the cue card.
  2. To those neighborhoods that have not, even what they have will be taken away. Hope it turns around soon, esp. before inflation, interest rates, and possible recession make new construction unfeasible.
  3. Just when you thought Montrose Blvd was turning into Post Oak Blvd, you see it's actually turning into North Shepherd.
  4. The point is, what is the effect on Montrose Blvd? If you care about Montrose Blvd being a great boulevard, then the end result facing the street is all you care about. If you can put a detached garage away from the street, that is always better than a parking podium on the street. Would the Rice Hotel look better if it had ten levels of parking between floors 1 and 2? No, it looks better with the parking in a separate garage facing Travis and Prairie. Most people on this forum just want to see Houston have as many tall shiny buildings as possible. Some of us have come to the realization that Houston has a ton of tall shiny buildings (fourth most in the U.S.) and yet we're not a city that many people want to visit, or that has many neighborhoods where lots of people are outside walking around. So something besides tall shiny buildings is needed. We've got the tall building ingredient. We need some other ingredients. Montrose is one of the most aesthetically pleasing streets in the city, and yet it's dead to pedestrian life. What is the problem? How do we fix it? Do we fix it by building highrises with stacks of parking looming over the street and cars zipping in and out of curb cuts all day?
  5. Strake Jesuit, St. Thomas, etc. don't seem like such bad places, esp. compared to the public schools around them. Clamor of families trying to get in.
  6. I said there was no modern precedent for "new residential construction downtown." The Randall Davis stuff was renovations of older buildings, which is much easier to pull off financially, and it did pave the way in a sense. But the two proposed high rises that died before breaking ground - Ballpark Place and The Shamrock (the one you're referring to) - were basically blood in the water that served as a warning for developers trying to build new residential downtown.
  7. At the time, there was no modern precedent for new residential construction downtown. Marvy Finger's One Park Place was in process of development in a much better location, and even Gerald Hines gave Finger credit for "creating a market" where few thought one could exist.
  8. I tried to make this same point in regard to hotel vs. residential a few months ago and the chorus of respondents said that residents would have better taste in where to eat out than hotel guests. Shrug. I agree, a mix of both.
  9. I do have high hopes for those developments and for Westheimer in general. I don't have much hope for the ground floor of this. Maybe a 2,000 SF retail space would be par.
  10. Do you see it becoming more comfortable anytime soon with what's being built on/proposed for it? Fortress-like towers/garages and afterthought retail...
  11. Thought Question: As Montrose Boulevard transforms into Post Oak Boulevard II, will there be any net increase in pedestrian activity?
  12. Cool shot. I still don't know how I feel about the diagonal orientation. It looks like it's photobombing the rest of the buildings.
  13. Possibly high-rise apartments? I would certainly think so...
  14. Starts off pretty well but I can't believe they really want to keep the Pierce Elevated structure. Thinking of cities around the world, I can't think of any great neighborhood where multiple levels are anything but detrimental, whether they be transportation levels, park levels, etc. You invariably ruin the ground level when you build levels above it, and you may or may not get something nice above it (usually not). Something thin like the Highline (NY) or the Katy Trail (Dallas) is one thing, but a large structure that casts a shadow below it is a whole different animal. It has proven so difficult for Houston to learn how to just activate the street level environment that it boggles my mind that they think they're going to activate the street and also activate an old freeway structure above it and somehow integrate the two in a vibrant way. That is like trying to do quantum mechanics before you have mastered Newton's laws of motion. Also, the plans for Buffalo Bayou on the West side seem similarly misguided. Building a signature bridge for the downtown connector should be a no-brainer. Expecting people to go to a market plaza underneath the downtown connector with all its traffic noise... I just can't believe it.
  15. In my last post I mentioned that I thought the grass was indeed named after the city in Florida. Also the city of Austin, Texas, is named after Stephen F. Austin, whose distant ancestor probably got his name from being raised in an orphanage run by Austin monks, otherwise known as Augustinian monks, who took their name from St. Augustine (of Hippo).
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