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  1. Flagship retail would certainly be great... I'd still love to see a City Target put in, right along the curved edge of Discovery Green: https://www.bostonherald.com/2015/07/21/opening-day-is-right-on-target/ Back over on Dallas St.: A monumental Lego Store, w/ a Legoland Discovery Center (on the 2nd level of mixed-use, would stretch above other ground-level retail). https://dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/whats-inside/a-visit-to-the-ultimate-indoor-lego-playground/ An M&Ms store: https://www.mms.com/en-us/experience-mms/mms-world-stores And maybe even a Crayola Experience (maybe the 2nd level of mixed-use on the other development block): https://www.crayolaexperience.com/plano _____ Other urban diversion centers: Chicago - https://navypier.org/ St. Louis - https://www.stlouisunionstation.com/ Seattle - https://visitseattle.org/neighborhoods/waterfront/ San Francisco - https://www.pier39.com/ San Antonio - http://www.shoprivercenter.com/shops/?genre=fun ^Loaded with observation wheels, flying theaters, Lego experiences, aquariums, mirror mazes, miniature golf, etc... _____
  2. If I were Skanska, I'd try to bring back some of the spirit of the originally-proposed Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, and get some tourism-related attractions in, there along the edge of Discovery Green: I'd put in a heavily-Texas-themed Flying Theater: https://www.super78.com/flying-theaters http://dynamicattractions.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Dynamic-Flying-Theater.pdf (See also Seattle's "Wings Over Washington:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaMiqp3Y9kc ) And a put in a large/exploratory, adventure Mirror Maze, showcasing Houston's history: http://mirrormazesint.com/mirror-mazes-international-floor-plans/#infinit1200 (or even better, something more largely experiential like "Nat Geo's Encounter: Ocean Odyssey" in NYC: https://natgeoencounter.com/experience )
  3. Loads of info. in the following Dropbox links, as provided on a Grand Texas Development .pdf, which I found on LinkedIn: Grand Texas - General https://www.dropbox.com/sh/09mhlgabeuu0k7s/AAD4VgIO3aQXlWFL0BgaH59Na?dl=0 Big Rivers Waterpark https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eyomug9a1ry189r/AAASUo5qhCFvGny6HS7lv957a?dl=0 Grove Factory Outlets https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4ol0latnncd3he6/AAC-_Cebt8CXPM1Dn69zpD7ua?dl=0 Grand Texas Theme Park Development https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2m1uf5ii4snalpy/AAABLPQ1j1qsGBX5MDZcRsFHa?dl=0
  4. I'd still kill for a destination observation experience of some kind downtown, and something with real kinetics would be the kicker. I'd demo Avenida de las Americas between Capitol and Texas (at the old, proposed Nau Center lot), and center a tower or wheel attraction on the pedestrian Avenida. Dopey me would group it with a flying theater attraction ( a la "Wings over Washington": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTVVuin0VTw&list=PLZ4DzRrHWnmIzJZvn4MEUY2myD9LzMNwO&index=4 ), and a large, adventure mirror maze showcasing Houston history ( http://mirrormazesint.com/ ). I'd otherwise love for Houston to get the first SkySpire: http://www.usthrillrides.com/products/skyspire/. (or, via ThrillCorp, whose Thrillocity is intriguing: http://www.thrillcorp.com/products/ ) Years back, a sorta-French Quarter-themed one was proposed for New Orleans: https://www.cladglobal.com/CLADnews/architecture-design/Skyspire-and-Conrad-Hotel-touted-for-New-Orleans-World-Trade-Center-redevelopment/314620?source=grid And not surprisingly, a developer has been trying to get a "Skyplex" going in Orlando: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2017/12/14/skyplex-developer-look-to-2018-for-lots-of.html .
  5. Ah, gotcha. (My mind kept adding ‘full city block’ instead of ‘parcel’ after each of those notes, in-series.)
  6. ^The phrase "wrapping around the Embassy Suites…" is a key thing to acknowledge. With that verbiage, suggests the electrical yard will be re-developed/re-incorporated elsewhere, or maybe somehow on the top of new construction? Regardless, yes: that's such a prime block to be wasted on ground-level utility. I still wish downtown would receive some sort of an indoor, ticketed attraction, or series of attractions, like our own Nickelodeon Universe (a-la the new one opening up in NY at the Meadowlands - https://www.americandream.com ), or at a smaller scale: a Legoland Discovery Center, Crayola Experience, and/or even a KidZania ( https://kidzania.com/en - the first of which in the States is of course going to the Dallas area, instead). How neat would a conditioned, indoor park - something like Galaxy Station, but Gulf Coast Texas-themed - be? - https://berjayatimessquarethemeparkkl.com/galaxy-station/ Proper attraction(s) aside… at minimum, I hope a City Target concept gets developed somewhere soon 'round there.
  7. Threw this together briefly… Setting aside museums, zoos, family entertainment centers, family-owned amusement parks, and also setting aside touristy areas like Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, and Branson, here's a bit of a breakdown of Houston's standing amongst other metro areas and the "chain" attractions they host. (Attraction cities like Orlando and Las Vegas are not included.) Interesting that almost no franchises, or other stand-alone diversions (other than escape rooms) have set up shop in our area.
  8. Big Rivers Water park is finally represented on WhiteWater West's website: https://www.whitewaterwest.com/global-projects/houstons-coolest-destination/ (Interesting that the 'AquaLoop' and 'AquaDrop' products are noted as installed…. Those particular slides are master-planned to be added to the speed slide tower in the future. Hopefully by next season?)
  9. Some good updates from this recent Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-Zoo-eyes-big-changes-in-advance-of-2022-14401938.php
  10. The new Texas Wetlands exhibit opened earlier this year at the Houston Zoo... (May be worth an Admin merging that 'Wetlands' exhibit thread into this one, somehow.) Found some high-res images of the forthcoming 'South America's Pantanal' (opening next year) and 'Galapagos Islands' exhibits (opening in 2022) at a designer's website. Scroll down a bit, here, for those: http://www.studio-hansonroberts.com/on-the-boards
  11. txtiger

    Skyline Update

    Some photos of the city/skyline from Strato 550:
  12. Was able to go to one of the few soft opening events for Strato 550. Food is tasty. Chef(s) and staff, very friendly. Some snapshots, below. (Views from Strato 550 of the city can be found in the Skyline thread).
  13. AECOM's Themed Entertainment Index for 2018 is now available: https://www.aecom.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Theme-Index-Museum-Index-2018-2.pdf (^Houston Museum of Natural Science attendance showed meager growth, but still dropped to 10th place amongst museums in the US, and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island remains a decently-attended regional attraction. Worldwide Observation Experiences have been added to this year's report.)
  14. This is news to me…: https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownAquariumHouston/promos/new-tiger-exhibit/ Am at least glad the animals will be able to get some vitamin D.
  15. The existing La Toretta Resort on Lake Conroe is being renovated to become Texas' first Margaritaville Resort: https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/conroe/news/article/New-Margaritaville-Resort-planned-for-Lake-Conroe-13744316.php https://blog.margaritaville.com/2019/04/margaritaville-resort-houston/
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