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  1. I know. Knowing how things operate in Houston, the 59 arches are going to be said to be too expensive and they will eventually cease lighting them. Look at the iconic spires in the Texas Medical Center! I hope I'm wrong, but that was pretty discouraging and disappointing.
  2. I noticed that. Around 2017-2020, the lighting and downtown action seemed like it had really gotten it together. The old continential building had started doing a lightshow, then january 2021, here comes the Allen buildings all with the same beige rooftop lining. 600 jefferson joined them with the same scheme bringing us back to circa 2005. Wells Fargo stopped lighting its white rooftop at night completely sometime after May. I knew they were all participating in that nocturnal bird and natural lighting of the stars thing until May 19, 2021. Wells Fargo went completely black after that, but all the Allen Towers, Heritage plaza, and Jefferson stayed on. I got a chance to visit San Antonio last weekend, and while they may not have the best skyline out of the big 4, i was quite impressed with their downtown at night.
  3. I see what you're saying. But look at Dallas? That's about as business as it gets. But there's no denying that a little bit of flash helps that city stand out. Look at Austin? It doesn't even have the skyline Houston has, yet it doesn't use bland lighting. TMC and Uptown/ Galleria Houston even do well, but when it comes to our largest skyline, it looks a dim when you compare it to other major cities (except maybe Ft. Worth) Specwriter, i'm glad you see my point. It just seems like Houston is plagued with business owners that don't even try or take time. 609 Main was a huge disappointment and missed oppprtunity. But i guess that doesn't matter now anyway since it's now overlapped by Texas Tower coming from North.
  4. Then why even bother replying? This forum is dedicated to topics involving buildings, architecture, and projects. I would say the issue of lighting would classify. Whether you care or not, if one can't address the question on here, where can they? I would just suggest that if you don't have anything noteworthy to contribute, then just stay out the thread. Your problems are solved.
  5. I don't understand why a freeze that happened over 6 months ago is still having an impact on our skyline. Wells Fargo building went completely dark after May and hasn't come back on. It's a shame because that is one of Houston's tallest towers. And as far as the freeze, That hasn't stopped the Heritage Plaza (with it's ugly beige Christmas lighting) and 600 Jefferson and Allen Centers from continuing the blandness of the lighting.
  6. I was hoping someone with an inside scoop could answer this, and I know it's been asked before. I saw someone had posted this question on another forum but there didn't appear to be much knowledge on the subject. But what is the problem with downtown Houston at night? It seems very dark, bland, and underwhelming to be the State's largest city's largest skyline. It seems that the new lights installed on the Allen Tower buildings and 601 Jefferson have all joined to start the bland monotone scheme that dominated Houston's skyline during most of the aughts. The problem too is in Uptown/Galleria and Medical Center (Even Minus the Spires 😔 all are better lit). But downtown literally looks like it's lit up with candles compared to everywhere else? What's with that? And what happened to the Wells Fargo tower's lighting on it's downtown? Did it just decide to go dark altogether?
  7. It is a bummer that TX Tower had to go up so close to 609 Main. It was more of a distinctive addition to the downtown Houston skyline when it wasn't being overshadowed by the Texas Tower. Now it just looks like another hump AKA Penzoil Place Part II.
  8. Sorry guys. I'm super late and had been out of town not realizing this topic has been discussed. My bad.
  9. Nooo!!! Please tell me this isn't happening!!! Everything architecturally inspiring and sound in Houston ends up ceasing. The spires in the Medical Center (Texas Children's Hospital) made an architectural statement, especially on the nightscape of Texas Medical Center skyline. It made a statement at night. Why is it when it comes to Houston's case, cost becomes a big issue and it doesn't seem to affect other big cities? For example, Dallas's BOA and Reunion tower continue to iconically light their buildings, but when it comes to building owners in Houston, they all decide to go CHEAPO and talk about cost. Not enough of our buildings have spires or crowns. Our downtown skyline literally goes dark and bland at night. I bet the lighted arches over 59 heading toward downtown are going to stop next. Apologies for the rant post and mods, I didn't mean to drag Dallas in the mix, it's just hell of frustrating that this has to keep happening in Houston. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/houston-spires-missing-texas-medical-center-16326367.php
  10. I noticed a few years ago that the Heritage Plaza lighting went back to the old looking beige Christmas lights on the shoulders of the building. I always thought the building could stand to do more on the top of the building than just light the shoulders, but that's a different topic. But Whatever happened to the new "white" neon lights they had installed back in 2012 as shown in the picture below? Photo courtesy of Triton:
  11. That's what the lady was trying to tell me in our discussion the other day. I was confused because Simplicity tells me to just call it all main st from N. 610, downtown, museum district, TMC, Astrodome all the way down to about Murphy road in stafford. It's all the same road and didn't quite understand her adamant need to make Main Street (STAFFORD) so distinctly different from Main Street (HOUSTON)
  12. Now the city just needs to work on some mass transit plan to connect Chinatown (westside) to downtown. And transit, I'm talking about LRT or BRT. (Preferably LRT)
  13. Thanks for that response. My confusion is, The lady I got in the discussion with was trying to tell me that section of the US90A stretch where its called " MAIN STREET "in Stafford (south of Present Street until Murphy rd/1092) is different from the "MAIN STREET " just north of Beltway 8 into Houston where it runs along the same US Hwy 90 stretch.
  14. Hello, It's been a long time since I posted on HAIF, but i have what might seem like a silly question, so i apologize in advance. I was involved in a discussion with a lady about Main Street and if the entire stretch of Main, all the way until where it becomes a freeway, all the way past the beltway is all the same (MAIN). Her claim was that the Main st in Stafford is a different Main that runs through the downtown core of Houston, even though it is technically the same roadway. My question is: Is it still Main St south past 610? Because I noticed that once you cross BW8 heading south into Missouri city, the signs just say US90 for a few miles, then once you enter Stafford (such as @ 1092/Murphy rd), it splits and the signs say N. MAIN on one side and then S. MAIN on the other. So my ultimate question Is this all the same Main? ( main st stafford and same one that main st downtown?) Because its weird that people refer to it as just 90 along the freeway stretch like it's not still Main, then in Stafford, it picks back up and becomes "Main" again until you pass Murphy road. Just need some clarity. Thanks
  15. Okay then how about a giant blue one that changes colors to pink and green? I don't see what the point of having a W hotel if it can't be known that we have one. Besides, W signage is tasteful and elegant, not gaudy. Now the Central market below residential in your statement, I agree with.
  16. Who do you report it to? Because it looks as if they've already started slacking no more than 1 month into the relighting. I;ve notice that one of the arches (the 1st one you pass under traveling southwest on 59) is completely out, and the 2nd one already has a bulb out. I thought they were going to do it different this time around. Didn't they spend 4 million on installation of these lights which were supposed to be LED? Would they do all of this if it were just going to go neglected again? Was this just a temporary effort? Extremely disappointed.
  17. I agree. I was bummed when they decided to put it in the northwest mall area, but it seems like Uptown/Galleria area is getting more and more massive every other month. It is starting to feel like a city center of its own with its skyline. Perhaps that will spill over to the Northwest Mall area in the not too distant future. Plus, they can possibly think about a split track at the station that will allow you to take a route to downtown or straight in to Uptown. I personally think there's a way to make this work. Plus, they have cleared a lot of land over off Dacoma (north of 290) and I was told Northwest Mall is getting ready to get completely leveled. That whole Dacoma/290 corridor is in the process of making way for new development and retail. Sorry, no verifiable source here, I learned this by talking with a client who works for the construction company that told me what the plans were. But he wasn't knowledgeable about the HSR plans and how it would be incorporated in to the new developments unfortunately.
  18. Sorry to rain on the parade. This is a gorgeous park and all but does anyone feel as if this park takes away from the uniqueness of discovery green and creates a redundancy in Houston's urban fabric? Or do i have alot to learn? LOL
  19. WOW!!! Greystone08! I haven't seen you on here in a loonng time. It's been like a decade!!! Can I say "Welcome back"?
  20. Why? I want my dream of a nice observation tower in a architecturally designed rocket to symbolize space city shooting into the air.
  21. ^^^ EXACTLY. And I'm surprised hearing someone who claims to be from 3rd ward talk like that. Almost sounded a little bougie. So what? Known Hood spots don't deserve to be on this corner? Is it going to cheapen/tarnish the area? Is it Only for the upscale, glitzy establishments? Well who says they can't make a nice Timmy Chans or a nice Frenchy's? Avenida Houston is meant to showcase Houston's eateries into a walkable area. Not just those restaurants who's Chefs have gained national spotlight.
  22. AHHH. I LOVE AVENIDAS. Getting a taste of Houston's elite restaurants in walking distance. A true Houston experience. All we need is a Frenchy's and a Timmy Chans on the Avenida and we will be rocking and rolling.
  23. Does this area remind any of you a little of Victory Plza /Park in Dallas?
  24. I don't know if this topic has already been discussed. But they have been leveling and tearing down buildings at the site just west of Dacoma Street just north of 290. I talked to a pretty trustworthy source just yesterday, a construction worker, who said they are totaling leveling the entire area and Northwest Mall will be torn down. I asked him what they were planning on building in its place and they he said there will be some time of mini-malls being built (whatever that means). I'm thinking that this must be related to the Houston-Dallas bullet train site. Could they be building a some sort of TOD? I asked him if it was related to the Bullet train proposal and he said he did not know anything about that.
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