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  1. I thought this whole project was an expansion of Frank's. No?
  2. The full text of the Costar article says early 2020 for Phase II. 200 hotel and 200 multi-family units.
  3. The fact that he drove to Pasadena was made possible by Pasadena and the gasoline that it produces. Tell him next time he can walk to Pasadena.
  4. I don't think it is deep enough though. And we have the Battleship Texas out by the San Jacinto monument, which is an appropriate location for it. I like the idea of docking a boat here for tourism, but I'm not sure what we could get here that could handle the shallow water, and aren't there some bridges in the way? The one boat that is historically appropriate and also interesting to tourists would be a riverboat steamer. Of course the M/V Sam Houston has been the Port of Houston's public tour vessel since 1958 (I just read on their website). There might be some elbowing from the other boat tours in the area. Isn't the BBP trying to make this area canoe-friendly?
  5. I have not seen the museum in Seattle, but your description reminds me of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, which highlights Chicago's own history but does not limit itself to that. Of course, my idea has long been a Museum of Modern Technology in the Astrodome, which would be a wide-ranging science and tech museum with aviation and aerospace exhibits, as well as a focus on Houston's contributions to this history. It is possible this maritime museum is not specifically focused on Houston but just calls itself the Houston Maritime Museum because it is located in Houston. Has anyone been to it?
  6. Looks good, more open and cold than some of the other downtown food halls but it is also functioning as a gateway from the tunnels. Seems like it will probably lack the intimacy of some of its competitors for this reason. But it probably won't need it to be successful due to the sheer volume of traffic. Michael Hsu did a similar food hall in Austin that was below-grade in a downtown office building, opening up to the first floor lobby above. Like there he has used a lot of wood to soften the corporate atmosphere. This one feels more successful because the surrounding architecture of the building is contemporary versus the 80's architecture of the Austin building, but in both cases you get the feeling that he doesn't really enjoy the office tower environment and wants to collect his fee and move to the next project.
  7. No more grass stairway to heaven. Ah well, didn't think that was going to work.
  8. I am skeptical about them achieving the funds given the level of interest in Houston's maritime history, which as far as I know is not very high. We are located 48 miles inland and connected to the sea via a heavily engineered bayou. No three-mast ships ever came to Houston. No brass spyglasses turning up in our antique shops. If an overall Houston history museum had a budget of $45 million, or even a third that much, that would make more sense to me.
  9. Looks like someone used their noodle on these. Good stuff. Seems like there was the Marquette apartment tower north of the ballpark and also an apartment midrise.
  10. You don't have to look very far to see a bad way to do it. Glad things are improving in Midtown.
  11. Do we know what Midtown Arcade is? I know they are trying to renovate the Greenstreet building there.
  12. Well yeah, it's possible in lots of places in Houston. People in Gulfton were walking places back in the 80's, as are some folks in our eastside neighborhoods. When I say "walkable," I mean, "pleasant to walk around." Where life is easy enough on foot that it makes sense to people who aren't determined urban trendsetters. This requires good sidewalks, residences and buildings that are congenial to pedestrian life, abundant shade whether from trees or awnings, most things you need within a 10 block radius (grocer, pharmacy, basic dry goods, some restaurants, laundromat, florist, transit stop, maybe hardware), mixture of uses and fine-grained development to keep it interesting, things to slow down and limit the intrusion of cars (2-3 lane 30 mph max streets, parallel parking as buffer, stops at every intersection), and last but not least, other people walking.
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