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  1. Does anyone have any information on the Arches over 59 lighting. It seems that they have all but let them go and it is beginning to look very tacky tacky at night. They are starting to have the resemblance of that old neon tavern sign that is half lit and blinking like it is ready to go out. For a while, Post 2017 and pre-covid, Houston seemed like it had invested in itself on more monuments and appearance. Well, it seems like they have given up now. If anyone has any intel on this or if there are plans to improve this, it would be much appreciated.
  2. You sound like the safety police πŸ˜„, but ok. I see what you're saying. Maybe it will be overall for better for the city of Houston, but that view coming into downtown from 45 will be severely diminished by paralleling it with 59.
  3. I am kind of with Ross, but I'm kind of not. Tearing down Pierce will take away one of the most majestic views in the entire state, which will be a major loss for the city of Houston. But i'm all for burying or capping parts of the 59, more specificially by George R. Brown which will connect downtown with the rest of East downtown (Eado).
  4. So no one else is noticing that this is appearing to be another B.S. suburban style development for Midttown🀒? Please tell me I'm missing something.
  5. Being semi-envious and semi- dirty, I keep checking this thread with some hopes of an announcement that there have been some kind of changes to the proposed height of this building that finds it unattainable.😁 But oh well. Wishful thinking. I just have to accept that Houston's days of being the Texas's tallest city are numbered. ..
  6. Whats the plan for the willy Wonka chocolate river? I don't see the ugly brown bayou being in any postcards or views that aren't strictly photoshopped.
  7. Any chance that this might get scaled down? πŸ˜„ Or does that only happen in Houston's projects? ( Hello Embassy Suites Downtown, Memorial Herman Tower memorial city, Dallas street,, Regent Square). J/K. Congratulations to Austin. Austin will take the crown from Houston on this one, just like they did when the State capitol moved there.
  8. The return of the popular show College Hill is being filmed at TSU this season which is now out for streaming. This season it features popular artists like Ray J, Stacy Dash, Lamar Odom, Slim Thug, and more. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18747980/
  9. Any tricks on how to read these articles??? Houston chron figured out how all angles on how to block unsubscribed readers
  10. It's not even about the niceness of the hotel that I was speaking of. It was the fact that they messed up the urban continuity of Discovery Green by having the butt end of that blank back wall facing the park. That was bad planning to have the back of the structure facing an urban park. This Skanska development seems to be minimizing the whole E/S development and all of the design flaws that came with it.
  11. I hate to sound like the downer here, but is Houston ever going to get any developments near downtown that are more centered and catered to entertainment for the masses? Not saying that a golf course is not entertainment, but it serves a certain demographic. From what I see, It just seems like the main tenants are a dentistry and a lickem' ice cream parlor. It's just hard to get too excited about that. The golf course will be a good addition, but I guess I just want to see a little bit more. It would be great to see more on plans on how they can better utilize the Bayou. Like some talks of some boat tours or water taxi connections between ER and downtown. Maybe throw in a comedy club in there somewhere somewhere. On a positive note, Midway usually has a good reputation. This place was being advertised as being Houston's version of a Riverwalk but right now, It still feels so.... business oriented!
  12. This is probably one of the projects that is really set to really transform downtown. And most of all, the best part of it, we finally get a chance to hand the Embassy Suites hotel's ass back to them. Literally! 😁
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 πŸ˜” 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?
  19. 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.
  20. Sorry guys. I'm super late and had been out of town not realizing this topic has been discussed. My bad.
  21. 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
  22. 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:
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