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  1. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    @JJxvi, and also the section of the bayou (narrow upstream vs wider downstream).
  2. Again, looking in from the west or the north? The northside bayou view isn't perfect yet, but it has some BIG TIME potential: natural frame along the waterfront, combined with clear visage of both historic buildings (allowing one to see the true age of this city) and cool modern buildings (Market Square Tower, 609 Main, etc). A few new buildings, and it will become the signature skyline shot (with the south view coming in at a close second). On the other hand, the west side bayou view puts too much focus on the ugly 80s boxes, which are spaced out in a way that makes the city look suburban.
  3. The western, right?
  4. Yep. But recently, I've been feeling that the skyline is sort of a lost cause from the western shot. On the other hand, the northern shot has much better attractive potential: better framing, along with good orientation of building geometry.
  5. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    East side has more natural desirability than west side ever will have. There, I said it.
  6. Hotel RL & Residences @ 1005 St Emanuel Street

    @bobruss I personally have no issue with EaDo (and Houston in general) exploding with high rises like one of those Asian cities, so I couldn't see that much of an issue with this project. But I can see why you'd dislike this project given your views of EaDo's vibe. So it's a fair point on your part.
  7. Hotel RL & Residences @ 1005 St Emanuel Street

    Same difference.
  8. Hotel RL & Residences @ 1005 St Emanuel Street

    "Doesn't fit the character of EaDo." Maybe this is simply initiation of a new character?
  9. As for the whole Amazon thing, the failure of HERO back in 2015 is likely what killed Houston's chances, especially in conjunction with other factors. LGBT friendliness is a huge (but unspoken) factor regarding Amazon's HQ2 search: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-headquarters-gay-rights-20180427-story.html No city in a red state will get picked.
  10. KP Plaza Mixed-Use Project, Beltway 8 & Beechnut

    @ArtNsf It's all about gaining broader perspective on what can be grown here, while leaving behind the fables and misconceptions. And with the upcoming botanical garden upcoming, there will be ripe opportunity to learn a thing or two.
  11. Yep, there's an art deco construct hidden behind the facade:
  12. KP Plaza Mixed-Use Project, Beltway 8 & Beechnut

    @dbigtex56, that issue is due specifically to choice of palm they used, the washingtonia. Other palm species like the sabal don't retain their fronds like that. But with that said, the pest argument isn't a very good case against washingtonia. They may be shelter for pests, but its all outdoors, so it's not as if the vermin are crawling inside your house. The real issue with them is how overused they are compared to sabals and other humid climate palms better suited for the climate here; as good as they grow here, washingtonia are desert palms, and thus won't gel with the landscape as well.
  13. KP Plaza Mixed-Use Project, Beltway 8 & Beechnut

    @ArtNsf Galveston and the coast definitely have the most ideal palm growing conditions, as winter temperatures are mildest. But Houston still is mild enough for many palm species/genera to thrive, as are some other areas further inland. Just to name a few, you have the sabals, pindos, and windmills that @Twinsanity02 mentioned, as well as washingtonia, dates, and livistona. And yes, they thrive, to the point that they sprout through freeway cracks. That boundary of yours is meaningless as far as these species are concerned. Evergreens are precisely the kind of flora that blend well with palms. Like butter and bread. Matter of fact, there are palms as native to Houston/Texas as the loblolly pines of Memorial are. But many non-native plants still thrive here, given the suitable climate, so there's no issue with their presence. As far as "beards," that specifically applies to palms of the washingtonia genus, especially the filifera. That is actually their normal behavior, retaining dead fronds as a "skirt" to provide habitat for many organisms. The washingtonia genus originates from the deserts of the SW US/Baja Mexico, so drought will be the least of their worries. Same goes for date palms, which can be found in the Arabian desert, and other dry regions in Afro-Eurasia. And even the sabals, livistonias, etc and other humid climate palms still are highly tolerant of drought, and some other extremes (flooding, high salinity, wind, etc). Therefore, many palm species are fantastic plants for Houston, and can easily fill all over the city, whether in our parks like Memorial and Hermann, in our new botanical garden, or all along the bayous. Nice company for all the loblollies pines, live oaks, bald cypress, and magnolias.
  14. Grand Texas Theme Park - New Caney

    Way too far away from Houston. What a big miss on the development.
  15. KP Plaza Mixed-Use Project, Beltway 8 & Beechnut

    So what? Palms grow just fine in Houston.