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  1. Marlowe: 20-floors, Downtown Condo Tower

    Yep, I saw them this morning and thought the same. The marketing was going for a vintage 40's feel and the stripes kinda remind me a pin stripes on a suit...pretty clever touch. Glad you got a pic.
  2. Marlowe: 20-floors, Downtown Condo Tower

    From that viewpoint it does look squat, but from street level, and viewing from near DG, the scale "feels" right to me.
  3. Petition to Change the Downtown Forum's Description

    I vote "everyone's neighborhood" too. While everyone obviously won't live there, DT is increasingly becoming a place for all Houstonians. From Discovery Green and the Convention District to Market Square and the plans for HPL and the Theater District...there is definitely more to see and do, DT.
  4. Alltmont Building @ 311 Travis Street

    I would add Mkt Bar on the other side of DT in One Market Place. I see kids in there with their parents quite a bit (even during happy hour, fwiw).
  5. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    That's my point. Every school design in the HISD bond is based on stakeholder input/preferences--The HSPVA design is largely based on what the school community wanted. And the new HISD school designs are not "good/bad" based on zip code. The quality of design is no better for 77002 (HSPVA) than schools in less affluent areas.
  6. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    I'm off South MacGregor.
  7. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    We're neighbors (I'm off MacGregor). Have lived in the neighborhood for years. My kids went to school at the Energy Institute High School site when it was Lockhart Elem and graduated from Carnegie Vanguard HS, which also has a more interesting design that HSPVA, imo.
  8. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    Not quite how this works. I'm speaking as a former HISD administrator who has had a school built w/ bond funds. The bond elections to fund these schools was held as a largely separate measure from funding for school repairs. The school design is largely based on a committee of school stakeholders that meets with the architect to give input on the design. The amount per school was also pre-determined as part of the bond vote. So for example, the new Energy Institute High School (see below), which is also currently being built, has a somewhat more dynamic design, and was funded along the same cycle as HSPVA.
  9. I've stayed at the W in Uptown Atlanta and attended a conference there. It was a bit "cheesy" feeling to me, but maybe I'm just getting old (lol)...
  10. On a related note...Hubby and I had lunch at Kulture today and were remarking that we hadn't noticed the Avenida De Las Americas actually connects Toyota Center with Minute Maid Park (although it's hard to tell). I believe this hotel will help create more to connect the Convention District, MMP, Discovery Green and Toyota Center.
  11. CQ are designed for basic business travel. I've stayed at three: Financial District SF - modern clean decor, compact rooms DT Boston - clean, comfortable, small rooms, fairly modern, clean decor Center City Philly - larger rooms, but not very well-maintained *all of them were in older/historic buildings...the one here is in an older building (I think). I'm not sure about the quality of the Houston CQ.
  12. Frank's Backyard @ 413 Travis Street

    Agree...nothing "cool" about standing in line in the heat and humidity when we have so many great food options.
  13. Color me a bit cynical about this project being successful in Houston. I love all of Texas' cities, but each is so unique...like very different members of the same family...fwiw my daughter just landed her first job in Dallas and lives in Uptown, and the vibe couldn't be more "opposite" Houston. While The Rustic has done well in Uptown Dallas, I'm not so sure it's larger than life, everything's bigger in Texas, honkey tonk vibe will do well in Houston's more laid back, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Not wanting it to fail by any means, but just not sure.