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  1. I do love a majestic live oak, but they take so long to mature that I hope they rely on a wide variety of trees, including other Oaks. Sends like they plant these Oaks that are already 4, 5 years old and you come back in 5 years and the are not much bigger. In my back yard, squirrels bury Red Oak and Water Oak and the ones I leave alone are 15 to 20 feet tall in about 4-5 years. Sycamores, Ash and Elm turn into sizable trees in just a few years too. A native tree that I just love that should be used more is the Yaupon holly. Again, I don't think they should skip live Oaks altogether, someday they will be majestic, but there are tons of other trees that will give you quick shade and once the live Oaks get bigger these other trees can be thinned out. Native Persimmon, Sweet Gum and Pistache usually have brilliant fall colors.
  2. Houston needs more of this type of destinations. Yeah it's a Biomedical complex but it has a sense of place. Too often we focus on the building itself and not with the interaction with the area. We have beautiful buildings but then we have to be artful in the way we snap it because it is next to a delapidated strip mall, an old apartment complex or a dated drive through. Even in downtown or Uptown you don't get that sense of continuity because a lot of buildings have blank walls or are car garages so the interaction doesn't give off the sense of being a cohesive place. TMC is sort of different in that the landscaping does sort of unify the area. But TMC Helix park is all cohesive. I do hope it all ends up as shown and future improvements pay homage to the original plan.
  3. This is the heart of the city. Is between two huge employment centers. The entire area between the park and the 59 and 288 and Montrose should be filled with these types of developments. We turn a blind eye when historic neighborhoods get reaped apart. We say, if you wanted to preserve that building why didn't you buy it or spend money to save it? We say, you can't tell people what to build on their land. But when its next door to us, all of a sudden we have concerns. I hate to see people's enjoyment of their homes be diminished, but we make adjustments for progress. And a big old building near other big old buildings in the heart of the city is definitely properly situated.
  4. I can't wait to see what sort of amenities this project attracts. Would be nice if the World Cup hosting would resurrect the university line and we get a grander station at Wheeler. Who owns that Greenspace next to the Station?
  5. I love it. Perfect size building for Midtown. We need 50 more this size. Keep the taller ones on main
  6. I thought residency requirements were set by the state, and not individual schools. Also, I established residency in Texas for a year and paid instate tuition the following year. If Foreign students go home for summers they will pay out of state tuition the entire time. If they own property for the first year of school, the remaining years they will pay instate tuition. It is only relevant to be claimed as a dependent if and only if they are claiming residency through their parents. In schools with huge differences between instate and out of state tuition it is well worth it to buy as the money that would have gone to tuition would be generating equity instead.
  7. That thing is a roller coaster of emotions. A monster of a thing compared to the aerial shots higher up I get the Ashby hirise monster feeling. But I know how cheap builders go here when it comes to parking and I convince myself that it could be worse 🙃 The old Houston way would be: Knock down all the surrounding homes for parking Or Knock down less homes and build a fully exposed garage. I make myself content by the thought of more height along Richmond.
  8. Omg. The change in that area over the last 20 years is amazing. Can't wait to see what goes on those empty blocks
  9. I'm just happy for the infill. Houston has so much ground to cover in just happy for the density. I am more disappointed when crap goes in more prime areas. Like when I'm expecting a trophy tower to go up next to Market Square and I get a parking garage. But those rubber stamped affordable housing that are popping up all over the place??? Bring them on. We don't have enough of them
  10. I mean, for Houston its nice compared to what we usually get, but there are lots left to be desired. Happy for it I am. Love it... I wouldn't go that far.
  11. Looks awesome. Houston seems to be getting saturated in medical schools. I think Houston has 5 of Texas's 15
  12. UHD used to own the jail building. It was vacant for a while because it needed a lot of repairs. UHD figured it would be cheaper to build a new building than repair that one, so they sold it and built the Academic building. The 701 San Jacinto Jail building was also owned by a company called the Houston Terminal Warehouse and cold Storage company. Also, there was talk of changing the name of the University for over 20 years now. Allen University and City University were major contenders. One of the higher ups said that although they wanted a new name, most of the push for the name changed was from the main campus and board of regents. Seems UHD was in their opinion a detractor from what they saw the UH brand as.
  13. Squeeze a 1400 footer behind Esperson in that shot and the symmetry will be perfect
  14. It would look great with 5 more abs and then the crown. That way we would still still see a good bit of Chase from the north but it wouldn't look so much like A middle finger sticking up at us This building looks really classy. No extreme curves or over the top shapes. This one looks like something that would age well.
  15. I hope not. I know of all the convenience of the tunnels (weather and all that) but I am hoping for less of a reliance on all that. Would be nice if they were used only for times of bad weather but people use those things all time making downtown seem like it has 20 employees instead of hundreds of thousands. And we demand street level retail when three tunnels make it so that 95% of the people never have to walk at street level. Houston employee base is huge. Having that many people walking around would definitely improve the street level retail. Especially if tenants had to cross the street or exit the building to get to their cars. Again I understand the reluctance to EVER leave our climate controlled bubbles, or God forbid, run into a homeless person
  16. Any chance that it gets scaled down? Austin has been pretty hot the last few decades but that's a ton of huge buildings going up or in the works
  17. It's awesome that this areas is getting more facelifts than just the Ion/ Rice developments Rice should donate some big art installment/ improvement to Peggy Point Plaza Park
  18. This building is so interesting. Then I look at Market Square Tower and my first thought is its still a decent building building because its not on a podium and from this angle of blocks that huge garage.
  19. I totally agree. I mean what does eyesore mean? I really don't like that word, it's overuse, and the theory that if some people don't like looking at things it must be torn down. I do agree that safety is another issue
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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 disappoint us on this one. Hopes are high.
  23. These pics are everything. Hines should have a holiday in Houston.
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