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  1. They can't do that... homeless people sleep around that building. Lol that BBQ place will be right across from it. It's funny how the area is getting all these urban building when just a few years ago they were building drive through restaurants across the street.
  2. Haven't they been gutting it for months now? Hopefully the Reno will start soon
  3. So pieces fall, big whoop. People are saying here that these buildings have to come down. No that don't have to. Buildings have been crumbling around the world for centuries. I am not saying all buildings need to stand, but done masonry falling off doesn't mean the building isn't structurally sound. I think it's just an excuse developers use.
  4. I kinda like the tenants at that strip. I hope they work something out to return after construction
  5. We are not talking about the rest of the city, we are talking about downtown. I can't see these low rise residentials surviving long if land prices increase awhile availability shrinks. If availability of land doesn't shrink, well then thank God we got something over that darn parking lot.
  6. This looks like it could be in a quite spot in the woodlands, funny that it is a stones throw away from the busiest arterial road intersection in Texas
  7. Arche you and I think alike. I think a midget wooden apartment complex in our concrete jungle does sound silly. I would rather ever last one of those little squares have a 15 floor (or more) concrete building. On the other hand if I way my interests I would also like a hefty downtown population. Now waiting for park places and sky houses to develop we may get two each decade. I would rather fill up the lots with the cheaper apts and replace them as the area warrants more space than to sit there waiting years between new residential towers. I think a quickly growing residential population is priority one with me. I think there is more room for error with the towers. You build a bunch of expensive towers that serve one use and then find its costly to serve the growing population properly. If you build more cheaply and the population demands are observed more quickly then it is easier to adjust. Throw a couple more of these 200 and 300 unit low rises downtown and you will see more of an interest from retaillers looking to the area.
  8. I was thinking along the same lines as cloud. I think they are just going to throw something up, make a quick buck of of rents and in about 30 years sell the land for the inflated value. It's the same thing happening to all these garden apartments in the loop.
  9. Houston needs to make better use of street trolleys. We (the city) are almost the exact same size of the greater London area with just about a fifth of the population. Traditional rail would be tricky to implement here. I think we should look to the area as a collection of smaller cities (as is actually the case in London as the actual city of London is quite tiny) and grant some of these cities a stop and connect that stop with trolleys. The city is already divided into 88 superneighborhoods. We can grant about 40 of them a rail stop. For example we can have a university line running from the 3rd ward super neighborhood/ city to the uptown SN/ city. I guess the Highland Village would be in the Greenway Super Neighborhood. Once you get off at the greenway stop you can catch the trolley which should circulate around the points of interest. Of course certain SN/ cities will have more than one stop.
  10. There comes a time when we need to accept that Houston is a multimodal city in a multimodal metro. The Energy Corridor isn't going away soon, Uptown isn't going anywhere, other areas are not going anywhere. Yes, I would rather a more developed core, but Houston will never be a single business district city and I have accepted that. As for the location, it looks fine to me. It not being downtown can't be the only reason it is bad.
  11. Why not just continue to call the area Highland Village?? It seems less forced than an EaDo or other geographical name like Midwest. River Oaks district sounds good too. I know that HLV and ROD do not cover the entire area, but people refer to all of uptown as the galleria area, why not do the same for the area surrounding Highland Village? Cloud we already have an area called West Oaks.
  12. No it still falls short.Memorial is already included in the EC figure. The energy corridor takes into account a huge stretch of I10. Westchase only adds 12M sq feet of space putting the tital at less than 35M sq feet. But why would you compare the 200 sq mile westside to the 2sq miles downtown area? Putting it that way you can say that Houston rivals midtown Manhattan if...... you add Downtown + TMc+ greenway + greenspoint+ Uptown+Energy corridor + Las Colinas+ Fort Worth+..... Pound for pound there is no way the energy corridor confess close to rivaling downtown
  13. I can assure you I am. I am still hoping the building isn't greatly altered, and share your optimism that a reversion is possible, but I was being realistic.
  14. The energy corridor at 20M sq feet doesn't even rival Uptown (30M) or TMC (40M+) , let alone Downtown which has aboyt 50M sq feet.
  15. Traffic will be reduced as people will have much shorter commutes to work and thus spend less time on the highways. Many people will, walk, ride bikes, public transit to work. The only problem will be traffic passing through on their way past downtown. I see increased traffic problems if 69 is ever completed. They should build a bypass and circle 69 farther away bypassing downtown. That would open up downtown even more than what I mentioned earlier with I45.
  16. I think that the high density development inside the loop will continue to increase as the west side continues to fill in and the east side becomes more popular. I think the density west of 288/59 in the loop will average out to about 10k ppsm while the East side will climb to 7000 ppsm which would eventually put the inner loop population at about 750,000 people. The east side of midtown and East Downtown will have the biggest transformations. One by one surface lots will turn into midrise residences and towers shorter than 15 floors. 45 will be re ran underground and midtown and Allen parkway will be considered part of downtown as more development springs up around the parks to the west of downtown. UHD will break off from the UH system and build a name for itself based on developing rigorous criminal justice, business and science programs. They will join with South T school if Law to beef up their post graduate programs, and will start adding dorm rooms north of I10 (Hardy Dorms???) Their resident popukation will increase the near DT numbers by 5000. By then the resident population inside the highways will be 22,000. The south/East part of midtown will become so popular that the midtown population will push passed 50,0000. The Mayor will push for more downtown development. To encourage that a large square and a large park will be built on the South east side of downtown. The square will be surrounded by retail, new hotel developments as an extention of the convention district and also a few offices. It will also feature a variety of entertainment options, bars, clubs... The park will be mainly surrounded by hirise residences similar to Park Place. The square will be a simple concreted open air square with sculptures, fountains, trees etc, but wuth enough room for concerts, plays, rallies, etc. The park will be similar to the promenade proposed for East Downtown a few years ago. The two miles radius around downtown will become so popular that start ups and smaller corporate transfers will cluster here instead of out west or north. Both Chevron and Exxon will have relocated to Houston by then giving Houston the 2nd, 3rd and 4th largest companies in the US. Houston currently ranks 7th in downtown office space behind NY, Chicago, DC, Boston, SF, and Philadelphia. The current proposed buildings will already push it passed Philly. After downtown reunifies with its neighbors it will griw to become the 4th largest downtown in terms of office space. It will far surpass Sf and Boston and put it on par with DC. Houston will continue its march to be the undisputed big boy in the south. ATL snd Miami will continue its slower pace of growth. DFW will IMPLODE on itself as the services they provide will move to Houston. The Port of Houston will ensure that Houston's economy and population keeps growing. More warehouses will develop in the east lessoning the need for processing centers in DFW. In terms of education, UH while surpass A&M and become the second highest ranked public university in the state. The medical center will continue to expand; eventually it will join with Binz which will join with midtown which will join with downtown forming a power arc of employment only surpassed by NY. Over 400,000 office jobs will be held along this route. Traffic will greatly be reduced on the highways but the concentration of people in the core will warrant at least three new rail lines. The university line will be developed but as a hibred. It will run from UH, to TSU to Rice from whence it will hop unto 59 and exit in Greenway. It will revert to a light rail system along westheimer and travel on to uptown. A second rail will service Montrose, 4th ward, the heights and loop around towards 5th ward. The 3rd rail would be nice going west on Dallas but because of space constraints it will go underground. It may turn northward when it gets to downtown, ending at the aquarium.
  17. Some places don't count antennae in height counts it would have to be a spire or crown.
  18. I would add a nice hat atop the building with disco lights that spin around. But the building itself I would leave as is.
  19. Its odd how the chase tower looks so much less significant from the east. Its too glaringly prominent from the north and still strong from the west. It would be nice if the tallest didn't ask shoulder west. A nice group of 800+ footers along main, fannin and San Jac would have been nice. Our skyline looks so much more sparce than it really is because a wall of tall buildings block out the rest of the skyline. A hefty tower at 609 main would fill in nicely, but building more of a wall to join shell and BOA... I dunno
  20. although I share your optimism, it is highly unlikely that they will turn a perfectly upgraded building back into a significantly smaller (7.1%) building that a lot of people didn't like in the first place.I can imagine the effort it would take the architect to convince the owners to spend all that money to decrease lessable space in an effort to make the building look outdated. Ruining a historic building to increase leasing potential makes financial sense. Messing with a modern building by making it smaller in an attempt to recreate a not so popular style makes no sense whatsoever. I would love it, but there would be no way to justify it
  21. If I can remember correctly, With the medical center space included Houston was at about 200M sq feet while the metroplex was at about 170M Last I checked DTD had only about 25Msq ft of space. For some reason market reports combine DTD with the office Space of DTFW so while it may show up as Downtown Dallas -37M sq ft you have to keep in mind that that includes two downtown. Uptown and TMC are both large than DTD, and DTH is almost twice as large as DTD
  22. It's funny cause I am getting the exact opposite feeling. I looked at the building at first and I immediately liked it. But more and more I am looking at it and thinking is just another glass box. I think the building as is is one of the five buildings that I can't picture downtown without. I am thankful that they are not blowing it up, and I do understand that the need for making it more marketable, but that still won't stop me from clinging to prominent fixtures in our skylines. Together with BOA, Heritage, Pennzoil and The former Continental building, the Humble/Exxon building stands out as the most representative of the buildings I associate with downtown
  23. If I remember correctly both Macys and the city wanted the store to stay. Owners of Foleys wanted a different use of the space. As for not renewing, I don't think the lease was even up yet. I trunk Macys was in the middle of a ten year lease
  24. It doesn't matter when they knew Macys was closing or how much the mayor supports the Dallas corridor. The project was anchored by Macys and isnt much without it. Corridors like these need major tenants to pull it together. A couple of small clothing retailers, a deli and coffee shop will do nothing to build a string retail district. It doesn't matter what hilcorp does, unless they can pull of a Macys or even something lesser like a Target, the area isn't going to evolve as planned. Parker can support the area till she is blue in the face but she cant dictate where the market heads. Undoubtedly she will improve the area, but I don't think the reality will be anywhere near what was planned. MACY'S is gone, Sarcowitz (sp) will remain a parking garage. Don't mean to sound like a downer but I don't think the project can be anchored by greenstreet. To me, too much depends on commitments from other parties. Like I said, I do believe that downtown will develop a strong retail component, I just don't think it's going to be on Dallas. I think it's going to be in a newer area of downtown. Walking around Dallas up to the shops at Houston center is rather depressing. So many concrete walks instead of store fronts. Conversions are going to be expensive, parking is a problem... I just think that newer developments will build wiser and incorporate retail components at ground level and that will be the area that retail will make a resurgence
  25. Ha ha, they are right side up in my phone, I guess I need to knock them over before I post
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