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  1. Rice done took over the neighborhood. But look at the size of that surface parking that that church has right on Main. This is soon to be one of the most primestest (it's a word, look it up on the urban dictionary) intersection in Texas. There should be stipulations to Tax exempt statuses.
  2. Yes. Yes it does. I mean if I'm going there I can just look up the address. But in haif if someone says Chase, BOA, Wells Fargo, I know exactly what building they are taking about. Tell me 600 Travis and I have to break out the Google maps
  3. The trees in Rechlin's pic make this area look more aged and beautiful. Love it. But can we have one street downtown lined with beautiful flowering non natives. I vote for Jatropha trees. Mine survived last winters harsh cold. And it's covered in red flowers almost every day. Thryallis are always covered in flowers too.
  4. They need to stop with those numbered names. So many buildings downtown are now referred to by numbers and now I'm completely lost
  5. The Red line is going to be even more popular. It's a shame TMC is not on the same axis as the Blue line. That intersection (red and blue if it crossed in TMC) would be something. I still think McGowan is going to need done transportation upgrades very soon
  6. Kinda reminds me of the crime stoppers building in midtown. Maybe it's the color? I dunno
  7. Randalls is cheaper than whole Foods and A bit closer to all the new downtown residents than whole foods. When I worked downtown I went to Randalls a few times a week because it was a convenient walk. I doubt I would have bothered to go to WF if the Randalls was not there. Whole Foods is a start; I welcome the addition, but it's just not my thing and I doubt Randalls will lose much if any business due to whole foods. I doubt fiesta would either. Now a full service HEB would be a different story. Whole foods, Central Market would put a nearby Phoenicia out of business but not a Randalls.
  8. Ross you have to admit That comments such as the building can be replaced with empty lot adds little (more like nothing) to an Architecture forum. The "it's up to the owner" argument is also rather lacking. It's not like we are in court trying to decide what to do with the lot and you bring up it's up to the owner. We know that. But I'm discussing architecture in an Architecture site saying it is up to the owner adds nothing. Please don't use it anymore. It adds nothing that we don't already know. Avossos stated that he likes this building and ti him it can't be replaced. I like the building also and would be sad to see it torn down. My opinion had no bearing on whether it goes out stays, but it does add to the discussion of styles of architecture that people like. At least you could say that you absolutely detest the building. That would further the discussion more than simply stating it's not our land. Architecture students are often given projects where they are assigned plots in various cities and asked to come up with a design. Would your best argument to the professor be that since it is not your land you cannot comment on what would look nice there?
  9. This ^^^ My Dad for example. He lives in Sugarland. Absolutely hates driving to downtown. But would work downtown in a heartbeat if the other option was to commute or move to or near The Woodlands. Moving from another city to a suburban location in Houston is ok I guess. There are always good affordable housing stock that workers would move to. But like the poster said, moving established workers from a central area to a more polarized location of the metro is extremely lame. How would you like an extra 45 minutes added to your commute?
  10. I always envisioned Midtown to be a more midrise area than hirises. Looks like there will be corridors but mainly envisioned a sea of 10 to 25 floor buildings
  11. That would actually be awesome. You find cool stuff in abandoned lockers.i would be there every weekend
  12. I'm not concerned about skylines merging. Midtown is a pretty large area and merging might take decades. Especially if developers keep building midrises and low rises along major corridors in prime areas Such as the Mega block. What interest me is the Tale of Two cities that is East and West of Main in midtown. East of Caroline has quite a few single family and lower density residences. I highly doubt that that area will change much in the next 30 years or so. That is quite fine as the neighborhood feel in that area appeals to me. So that leaves the area west of Caroline. I think Caroline to Bagby is going to be the area to watch out for the higher density hirises that we will be talking about for the next couple of decades. Major thoroughfares run through this area ( Main, Fannin, Travis, Louisiana, Smith, Bagby, San Jacinto, etc) yet this is the are that seems more derelict with more empty lots or unused buildings. I'm just hoping that this development will kick start more projects or revitalize developments along Fannin, San Jacinto and Caroline in Midtown. For a community college that large, HCC to me is rather sleepy. I think it can be an asset that makes that area more lively. I remember how the Main Campus of UH was pretty much the same but that is changing so I have hopes for HCC. Especially if they work closely with the proposed Tech District.
  13. Lol. It does look like my old dorms in San Antonio
  14. I think more often than not developers would still build with excessively large parking areas; but it's nice to have the option not to.
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