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  1. You mean the old YMCA lot? If so then I can do without that grass field. That old yellow and red brick building was cute.
  2. Idk. An active construction site puts more of a smile on my face than a vacant lot covered in grass. That Chevron lot still hurts my heart. Depending on what's going up, I would prefer an active construction site over the plaza and park too. Construction sites are fun to follow
  3. Not only the intersection, but that particular block is the best one on one of the best intersections. Lincoln Street bisects the block immediately across Westheimer. The Aladdin block is irregularly shaped and about half the size. The smoothie King block across Montrose it's bigger and would probably be better suited to the open renderings we saw a few pages back. But the south West corner of that intersection is a perfect parcel on one of the more popular intersections in town. I just think archiphiles would expect greatness here. It's not going to be hard to di
  4. These pics are everything. Hines should have a holiday in Houston.
  5. I love these mid rise buildings. They are not as costly as a hirise They usually are cheaper to rent because of this. They can be filled up quicker They look a lot better than a surface lot They contribute more to building up the critical density than a surface lot. To be honest my eyes are usually between ground level and 6 levels or so. Anything higher than that for me is just icing. Filling up vacant or surface lots is more exciting than the number of floors just as long as I'm not looking at blank walls or exposed parking levels.
  6. Midtown still has sooooo much empty. This is soooooo much better than the waste of space across the street. Signature towers will come one the area improves. The original would have been nice but even the new design is still a plus going off of how empty and crappy the area is. The homeless engage in Drugs and Prostitution a block in every direction from this development so still getting a neat tower in a not so neat area that may cause the area to improve is still a win for me
  7. The French quarter streets were built by the French. That's why it was called the French Quarter. The buildings however are mainly Spanish. The quarter was under Spanish control when a fire broke out so the buildings that were rebuilt were rebuilt in the Spanish style. Anyway, esplanade and Elysian are out of downtown so it doesn't matter. Canal, Polydras, Rampart etc are better examples as they are downtown/Uptown and have great transit options. Anyway, like I keep saying all the strawman arguments are not selling. Someone suggested taking rail and the excuse is that the rai
  8. I agree with you mollusk. But doing nothing isn't going change anything. Improving the urban environment means less cars on the streets downtown so that bike ride it's less intimidating. It means better connections to the nearby neighborhoods so it doesn't take 30 mins to come in from 10 mins away. There's no reason why there isn't a good street car connection to the heights and Montrose.
  9. Aww that's the problem. We are lazy and entitled. Progress will never come if we continue thinking on an individual level instead of the collective. I mean do you really have to drive from your door step to the ballpark? I mean a short walk from a nearbye garage wouldn't hurt. Or as @dbigtex56 suggested take the rail. I did not ignore the fact that downtown has tons of commuters. I stated that that alternatives can be looked into that doesn't involve driving right into the building that we work. You think Houston is the only city with 100,000 workers driving into work? Cities hand
  10. Renovations revealed for Houston's 600 Travis, the tallest tower in Texas, along with major deal https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/texas-inc/amp/Renovations-for-tallest-tower-in-Texas-revealed-15407411.php
  11. I 110% agree. Downtown is a neighborhood and should be treated as such. The needs of residents is front and center in all neighborhood development. Assessments are done to calculate the effect of traffic in the area. Furthermore, the goal of downtown should not be how fast we can get people through the core. It should be the other way around. Slow down, look around. In fact, don't even leave. It's the past through nature of downtown that makes it less lively. The French Quarter/ Downtown in New Orleans is already not that car friendly with far narrower stre
  12. If it's almost as high as 609Main that's going to make quite an impression on the skyline in terms of softening chase. There are many who hate the chase tower. They mainly live 100s of miles to the north and hate it because it's the takest in Texas and not in their city. I like Chase. I like that it is different, I like materials, it adds something different to downtown. What I didn't like was how much it sticks out over everything else. This wouldn't be so jarring if the building was tiered or if it had a massive crown. But the sheer wall from ground to top makes it
  13. I love how this softens the monolithic rise of the chase tower. About how far up it's going to go?
  14. Plus at fiesta you get a good selection of international ingredients that you wouldn't typically get at regular grocery stores. Jamaican Soda, Puerto Rican seasonings, Curry from Trinidad, British Cookies, lots of African, Indian and other Asian foods. All from a store with a Latin edge. That store was a cultural experience. I hope Houston doesn't lose it completely. It is very representative of the diversity of the city.
  15. I shopped there regularly when I lived in Riverside Terrace, and I used to still stop there on the way to work to pick up a few things prior to cover work from home. The homeless never affected my shopping. However, I would see how people who are uncomfortable with them would avoid the area because of the sheer number of them. Especially after the fence was put up, you wouldn't see many actually on the fiesta property, but there would be a sea of them around it. They never asked me for money or bothered my shopping experience so I didn't care like I said, but walking
  16. Although I agree with what you are saying, I would like to point out that this is Houston and plopping down tall buildings in random areas are what we do. The Williams tower, AIG building and others. But like I said, I do agree with you. This will help transform the area which will hopefully result in taller and taller buildings. My dream for midtown has always been a sea of 12 storey buildings with a string of 30 to 50 storey buildings along main from downtown to Herman Park. There's so much empty or decay around this project. Hopefully more d
  17. I think I'm more excited about the potential for this area that the collective project may bring than this particular building itself. Yes the Sears building may have stood crumbling for the next 30 years so I'm glad that it is being made use of but personally I think the Reno is underwelming. It is quite different but to me not all that great. For me Texas Tower, the Preston and a handful of other projects around town are my favorite. With over a dozen blocks flanking a transit center WITH a rail way stop this project should be grand. Hopefully it doesn't go the way of
  18. I know they are still being built but I hadn't heard the term garden style apartments in a while. I guess I have been wowed by all the new condo towers and midrise apartment buildings that garden style sounds so much like a blast from the past
  19. Nope. Was actually looking up something on Google and this thread popped up
  20. Can't wait for this to open. As each of these are built and fill up the activity in the area increases. Hopefully we stay getting more than restaurants, bars and CVSes in this area. I am not even gonna touch the stone vs glass discussion because I am still so happy that the garage that used to be there is gone. Geez that thing was hideous
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