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Gary

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  1. The Northwest corner of Gessner and 10 is completely cleared, and has been for some time. They have about 20 acres on which to build.
  2. The curtain wall on the Southwest corner of the building was really torn up by the falling crane. Didnt have time to get a pic, but will try tomorrow.
  3. The campus has a very large (about 2 acres) green space with pond on it's Western side. They've planted about 100 trees around the pond. While it's a nice space, the rest of the campus is almost entirely concrete. There a few small areas to plant, but very little. I echo my sentiments from before about this being a very ugly campus.
  4. Like one of the HAIFers mentioned not long ago, "It's Houston... Let them build. The urban principle will organically happen over time." This city has become to much of a monster (smart monster) to not eventually find it's urbanity. Edit: Damn phone.
  5. With everything built, or not built, don't you guys consider the enviable position Houston is in right now? Most of the recent proposals have gone up, or are in the process. I don't get it. Is the orientation of the building not right? Does it not have retail, or maybe Is it the height of the structure? Is it not East coast enough? While I understand wanting more of an urban environment, we should count our blessings for the position this city is in right now.
  6. If they actually build what's planned, I can't imagine what that will do to traffic on Memorial. The area between the Beltway and Gessner already gets pretty crazy at rush hour.
  7. Am at this campus several times a week, and it is flat horrible. Obviously the view from the Katy freeway is hideous, but just inside of the front gate is terrible as well. On top of that, the only views that are worthwhile from inside the campus is directly west (if your high enough) and directly north (if your in one of the older buildings). Just a terrible design imo.
  8. Correct... I've been a working musician for almost 30 years and have played in every kind of venue there is. live/showcase clubs don't give a rip about what their exterior looks like. Neither do the acts or those that come to see the acts. The club owners are there to make a profit, and in the club business, which can be very volatile, it's very difficult. With a place of this size and scope Fitz' will be investing a ton of money on the interior, equipment, lights, etc, etc. I think it's going to be a great venue, and should be a great addition to the live music community in general.
  9. Ok, I admit it took me a second to get it, but that's flat funny.
  10. The motion of the camera looks like it was shot from an elevator. If not, those are some smooth panning skills.
  11. Building has officially topped out. Pine tree in place. Now we'll see what happens on Macs huge lot across the freeway. There are rumors floating.
  12. Dang computer won't let me paste the link for some reason, but Swamplot is reporting a rumor that Donald Trump is looking at three 55 plus story towers on the Dillards site next to the Galleria. Wondering if anybody has heard about it? Again sorry for the lack of a link.
  13. Agreed. Also, this neighborhood backs up to the dam and is right next to the Eldridge flood gate that actually has some good fishing. There's also hiking etc. Really neat place. Most don't know it's there. As far as the trees being saved? I doubt the street layout will allow many to be saved. There are some oaks that are at least 75 to 100 years old.
  14. Agreed. Also, this neighborhood backs up to the dam and is right next to the Eldridge flood gate that actually has some good fishing. There's also hiking etc. Really neat place. Most don't know it's there. As far as the trees being saved? I doubt the street layout will allow many to be saved. There are some oaks that are at least 75 to 100 years old.
  15. Im kind of bummed about that neighborhood being razed. It's really very charming. Some really neat homes and fantastic Live Oak trees.
  16. You stated the "moniker's" as fact. It's obvious. I'm also not sure what an "instinct classic" is. Not trying to be rude, but maybe the constant attempt at trying to sound poetic in every post through me a little.
  17. Uh, you might want to check your facts. None of those were "instant classics." They took time, effort and planning. Michigan Avenue for instance took a couple of decades to get the Magnificent mile slogan to become a somewhat national name. Liking the names of these streets (districts) is fine, but let's not go overboard. Names mean nothing. It's the substance of the area.
  18. Talked to the foreman at lunch and he confirmed this site will be an eight story midrise apartment complex. Morgan Group is the contractor.
  19. Second crane completed yesterday for tower IV. Let the suburban bashing begin.
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