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Everything posted by Montrose1100

  1. It's actually the best freeway we have. Lanes are wide enough, it's smooth like butter, and makes visiting friends & family out there a breeze. Compare it to the narrow pot holed mess that is 45 N & S, sharp curve and dump trucks on 59 N, random lane drop offs & merges on 59 S, it's amazing. That being said, I hope this new development brings some fresh restaurants to the area. Tired of going to the same old places in City Centre and the chains scattered along the freeway.
  2. If they consolidate on just the KHOU property, those two huge parcels of land right on the Bayou would be ripe for something spectacular. Hopefully that's the plan, and whatever they build on the KHOU site is taller and better than what they have now.
  3. I read the Texas Monthly link https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/three-gentlemen-one-ghost-and-a-skyscraper/ King Kirby posted on SSC. It's basically about how 601 Travis came to be. They were worried about Main becoming a slum, and adjacent properties closer to City Hall. Also talks about the Tunnel System. Wish they had more pictures, would love to see the models and all of the proposals.
  4. Assume they will be selling their current land/building? The KHOU lot is pretty small. Would imagine with a big garage under a building of similar size to the 2 they have now, would be significant. Do they also own the lot to the west?
  5. Every time a 6 Houston Center rendering shows up on the HAIF, it's a bad omen. The last time we saw oil prices plummet. Before that, the great recession of 2008. How many Houston Centers is too many? 6 apparently. It's the nicest version we've seen of it though.
  6. Editor, you hit the nail on the head. Everything this city does, apart from say a few local TIRZ, gets neglected with time. The only good maintenance I've seen in this city is Uptown/Galleria area. Buffalo Bayou park to, can be said, have done a good job with the continuous floods. Waste of money to build and then let rot. That's why I always complain about the Dallas Street Retail improvement. Why? By the time any retail actually gets built there, all the improvements will be trashed.
  7. Hey Lum, Of course the link to International style is the ribbon windows, which is exactly what this entire topic is about - specifically. As the OP mentioned, it appears in any city, giving several examples. They lack ornamentation, are all very uniform, no culture local to the city. These are exactly the type of buildings post modernism didn't want to be. However, Given they are not just complete rectangular boxes (well, not all of them), postmodernism does come into play. You're literally seeing history in this town as the world moves from pure boxes, to slight shape changes, then on to a solid example of postmodernism like 700 Louisiana. And of course not every building was built with a client in mind. However, to say they were all designed without one is untrue. The first picture in the thread was built for First City Bank. 3 Houston Center/Fulbright/Chevron was rumored to have mocked the Chevron logo at the top step feature. I don't have the time to dig through the history and development of every buildings used as examples on here. The only comparison I made with the style of Art Deco in New York is the given time period and economic boom enabling companies to build them. Look, I'm happy that you studied architecture, and have experienced travel, but that doesn't make you an expert. Or that you prefer to dig into philosophy so much when what I said is more geared towards history as a statement or view. What if New York didn't boom in that time period? Then they wouldn't have so many examples of art deco. Same with Houston. That was it.
  8. Hi Baxter, Welcome to the forum. I wouldn't advise you to showcase your telephone number to the world. Perhaps just tell anyone interested to personally message you. If you need help to edit it out of your post, let us know!
  9. I mean, the pool might have some cool views, on the north corner. Particularly when TMC 3 is fully "blossomed".
  10. This has to do more with time frame these buildings were built - the early 1980s, as you noted. When we were booming growing with our skyline this was the style. I believe it fits more in "International" rather than postmodern, but certainly has elements with the building shape. It would be similar to addressing "stepped" art deco skyscrapers with their abundance and birth in New York. Sure it also became the style in many other cities where there were not ordinances to have the buildings gradually step to avoid blocking sunlight. We own that time frame. You can tell when economic times were great in most cities, because there is usually a style more present than the rest (even in the burbs or outer lying business districts).
  11. I'm guessing this is looking north/west down Rusk? If so, shame whatever to the left is now a parking garage. And the building going up on the right, is currently black glass façade.
  12. I'm still holding on to my pettiness. The stone is nice stone. Just would have preferred something better visually facing Market Square.
  13. Yeah I think anything tourism related should definitely front our "main" park (and the views east/west/south would be spectacular). Otherwise, Other side of 59 from GRB would be good, but limiting. Somewhere in front of Heritage Plaza would also be nice.
  14. Welcome to the forum. Where were you when Meteor closed their doors? Feel like that was a place to save more so than a suburban style grocery store on a major urban thoroughfare.
  15. Sometimes I wonder how an area or building will look in 20 years. Perhaps there won't be a need for affordable apartments in the vicinity, because these will age and unlikely be revamped, and be cheaper than newer builds. Rinse & repeat (which is a good thing - not everything needs to be overpriced). By that time, 45/10 may be done, and they will be torn down for a new development. "Historic Hardy Yards". Or remain an affordable option for those living close to Downtown.
  16. Alright, everyone relax, and get back to the great addition to Downtown. @Luminare if you ever have any issues with anyone, please feel free to discuss with another Mod, or the Editor.
  17. While I agree the foundation people were lying, I'm not finding anything to source the 30,000 feet. There's likely limestone/sedimentary rock not too far down. Although after reading a few PDFs I'm not seeing any confirmations. Anyway, suppose that's another topic.
  18. I know Industrial/shipping is not everyone's cup of tea for décor, but I really love the renders.
  19. I can't help but think how the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th worst high-rises in Houston could be in such a nice view. At least the Hotel looks good at night.
  20. The green dry wall looked more interesting, but at least the housing authority is keeping up with trends around the city to blend in.
  21. The heavy rail train in the rendering almost makes us look legit.
  22. They photoshopped the crown of the tower, and made the deciduous trees BLOOD red. Hermann Park never looks like that.
  23. Wasn't that Andarako's HQ before going to the Woodlands? I work adjacent to Greenspoint (lucky me), and the area was looking well prior to the pandemic. Going to Ichibon - against my will, the area's new patios were filled with people eating lunch outside, multiple buses zipping by, it was kind of pleasant. Greens Road, despite the condition, is a beautiful drive until the Hardy. The mature trees and crape myrtles are gorgeous. Some of the apartments have been repainted and look groovy from the road. There's a handful of decent places to eat, but not much. FM 1960 is a bit of a drive, so anything special like Korean BBQ is a +2hr lunch. When my colleagues come to visit, there isn't much to do in the area. Maybe 1 decent car wash and 2 barbers. 2 good Vietnamese places. Speaking of FM 1960, that area looks worse every time I go there. Personally I'd rather be Downtown or Upper Kirby, but I don't make the decisions. Until then I'll try to not complain about my 21 minute commute on the Hardy and explore more of the small businesses/restaurants in the area.
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