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  1. Only a matter of time before buildings like this east of Main Street become popular the way such buildings west of Main Street have. Of course, someone could do something like what happened to 517-519 Louisiana and tear it down two years before the turnaround happens.
  2. I suspect that BIG would not want to put their name on anything with a skybridge.
  3. Yeah, and I'm glad they didn't go with this. Looks like Dallas tbh. But then, so does the one we're getting. Still better though.
  4. But because they looked cool, Hines was able to charge more for rent throughout the building and make more money. This was his innovation in high-rise office development in the 70's. He realized that a less efficient building could be more profitable because of the aesthetic appeal.
  5. Some developers are more daring, others are more safe. Architectural enthusiasts are going to applaud the daring ones and groan at the safe ones. Just the way it is. Part of the reward for taking risks is winning the gratitude of the public.
  6. But there have been plenty of buildings in Houston that were cool and cutting edge rather than boxy, and that brought profit to their investors. How do you know that a boxy building is the only building that can be profitable? Have you seen the cost sheets and revenue projections?
  7. I think "open space" probably means open park space. If it just meant that it was "open" to the freeway below, it would say "open space" in all the places where there is a sunken freeway.
  8. If the cap park is built - big if - it might not be so bad for St. Emanuel. If there is no cap park, I don't have much hope for a street that fronts one of the world's largest freeways. Businesses along frontage roads almost always tend to be seedy, just like businesses around train stations or bus stations in most places in the world. There's something about transportation that brings the seediness out.
  9. More historic storefront buildings destroyed downtown, an unfortunate trend that has slowed but not stopped over the past two decades. For most of us, bars/restaurants in little old storefront buildings are more interesting than bars/restaurants in new construction, and fine-grained development (multiple smaller-footprint buildings) is more interesting than huge buildings that fill up a whole block. The few times I went there, these places had a Wrigleyville-type atmosphere. Now there will be no food or drink options around Minute Maid that aren't in new/recent construction.
  10. That is a sobering report, especially the employment expansion that "just hasn't happened." It is good that things like the Ion and TMC3 are located along the Red Line so that they can benefit the downtown and Midtown markets which are struggling. Also some hope in the fact that oil is headed up to $60. If it continues to rise past $60, that will lead to expansion of the industry in Houston. Either way, the vaccine needs to work on new virus strains or else the inner-Houston apartment market is pretty much toast.
  11. Says it's a joint project between the three of them. Would this be the Collaborative Building?
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