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  1. Looks like they added a black box. That’s great, we will know what the hell happened in the event it plummets back to earth.
  2. You never know. Everyone starts somewhere. Hines started with low rise office buildings. Maybe this will be a larger (their largest) development?
  3. @H-Town Man, @houstontexasjack, I can certainly see what both of you are saying. I don’t think this is such a big deal, but that’s my opinion, and you each are entitled to your own. I think what should be discussed is codifying development guidelines for the Museum District. That would be advantageous for all, but we know that’s not likely. At least not any real toothy codes that would force any future development to plan better for its locale. @H-Town Man I honestly do not consider the area literally past two blocks north of Binz to be the Museum District. To me the district is about 2 blocks each side of Binz, and the “L” at Montrose for a couple blocks. Hopefully this can be expanded through thoughtful development, and some gentle guidance from the City. That’s my opinion.
  4. This is such an odd hill to die on. What is Fannin? It isn’t a great street that is for certain, if anything it ought to be reduced from the lanes it has to something more pedestrian friendly. Putting in a skybridge or not putting one in will not make or break the street. Do I want the Med Center to extend further north and consume the quasi district we call “The Museum District”? I don’t know? Maybe; the MD is such a hodge-podge of buildings, I mean, isn’t The Menil considered a part of it? Several miles away. That’s ludicrous. I would have rather seen a greater push for museum district uniform development - like building the new HSPVA in the place of any of the newer apartments that have been constructed along the periphery. Since we are talking wishfully here. We have some great museums, but maybe we ought to focus on Binz and turning it into a great street before we get upset that a few blocks north just beyond what we would consider the actual district there is a sky bridge for a medical development. What then do you think of the tunnels under Fannin and Main? Those were made more interesting by an artist, but they’re still tunnels for the sake of being tunnels to allow people to transit between museum buildings without having to engage the street. I realize it is partially for security reasons, as it allows a central entry point and then you can have guests move freely through your properties, but they are still tunnels. In a city where tunnels killed off any semblance of normal urban development in the 1970s-1990s downtown. If anything, @H-Town Man you might want to hang your hat on the fact the architecture isn’t very good for such a large development. I get the issue with tunnels and sky bridges, I do, but again, not with regard to anything medical. The precedent for being upset with that passed over a decade ago when the TMC built a loop of skybridges all over the area.
  5. I can see everyone’s point, but I doubt most people will use the skybridge (if provided) in lieu of walking at a ground level that looks engaging. I type with my own experience as the basis for my decision. I’ve got 2 young children and while I do often pick the path of least resistance, that often times does not involve me seeking out a skybridge and then either 1-2 escalator and/or elevator trips. I really do suspect this is being done solely for medical patients. At the end of the day it looks like this project (as a whole) will move forward and create a better urban environment than what was there before. Skybridge or not.
  6. Understood. There have to be exceptions to any ordinance though, and medical facilities would be that exception. I am guessing the designers went through multiple approaches to best accommodating their clients goals on this project. I could be wrong? Again, I do understand where you are coming from and agree with much of your assessment/opinion.
  7. @H-Town Man I think the point you’re making is certainly valid, but I think you’re missing the fact this is an eye doctor building a campus complete with hotel for his patients first, everyone else second.
  8. The skybridge so they can move patients easily from one building to the hotel. Unless I am mistaken in where the skybridge is to be built. That would, in my opinion, be an acceptable reasoning for any skybridge. Hopefully the streetscape is still energetic with walkers and gawkers. **I just dealt with my father-in-law having eye surgery, folks who’ve had eye procedures typically cannot drive. The clinic where this took place was absolutely slam packed, and the traffic driving in/out to both drop off and pick up was crazy. I can see where if you’ve got the financing why not build a little more convenience into everything for patients. I don’t mind skybridges. It’s our terrible sidewalk culture here that’s the root of the problem, not the dozen or so skybridges around town.
  9. There I fixed it for you! But to your point, yes, architectural websites are often either overly artistic with difficult to figure out graphic interfaces, or they are oddly outdated with regard to projects they feature. Many firms even seemingly hide their actual work, which is odd, particularly since that IS what an architect does. First, second and third. HOK (for example) has oodles of info about some “place making,” or their take on “the future of workplaces” before you can get to what it is they have done. Some firms even have people listed ahead of projects. Of course, the target audience isn’t other Architect’s.
  10. Shame on you @Montrose1100 for not posting pics of this versus discussing it and the neighboring buildings architectural merit. Tisk-tisk! I think the issue could be addressed if the Fed sold the land to this developer and then they built another 1-2 high rises and additional walkable low/mid rises. I’ll keep looking for my rose colored glasses in the interim! I don’t see how the Fed could have drastically reduced its footprint given the nature of what it is.
  11. When the Federal Reserve Bank was constructed there was little in the way of new development along Allen Parkway. Now, this is the point where some make the argument that “…if Houston had proper city planning/zoning controls…” Of course then we would also be looking at the ridiculous obstacles often created by the well intentioned, but heavy hand of city planners with regard to zoning.
  12. Wow! Indeed that will be a nightmare for those fine European imports to navigate. Particularly the first spaces each side of the gate. This is a nice infill though, and it’s great to see a building get reused even if it is being reused in this manner.
  13. Seems more logical to relocate the FRB of Dallas some years down the line. I doubt Houston Housing Authority (HHA) would be open to selling unless there were a package of fantastic incentive$$$$ given to them.
  14. And those are on the national register. Which I’m not sure if that protects them?
  15. I didn’t mean to imply that the public housing was bad, or shabby. It’s just these three pieces of land with their respective complexes/buildings make strange bedfellows. So to speak.
  16. @Ross that’s true, but there is a big reason all the other plots developed (or were purchased) prior to this. Anyway, I hope it’s not so isolated in the future.
  17. Great pictures as always, @cityliving This is such an “only in Houston” shot. To the left federally subsidized housing; to the right a fortress of a bank vault. And in the middle a high-end residential, commercial and hospitality development. I like this project, I just don’t like the location. Imagine the synergy if this were closer to the developments further west? I don’t see either of the federal properties on either side going away for years/decades.
  18. Wow! Did they really provide a realistic estimate on costs? Developers always try to skimp on the fees to the city, can’t believe it’s listed as $150,000,000! Of course, maybe that cost is yesterdays $30,000,000?! 🤷‍♂️ Maybe I’ve just missed these on here (don’t think so - not entirely) because I’m actually dumbfounded that the cost is listed so high.
  19. I remember very vividly the 1989 freeze. I was still a child, and recall putting on this puffy ski jacket and those LaCrosse “waterproof” boots. I quickly found out if you shuffle your feet into snow/ice those boots tend to lose some of their waterproofing by way of seams and shoe laces.
  20. Of course we are talking about a city which has grown from a metro area of ~2.5 million to 7.2 million in 40 years? So, just in my own life the metro area has grown by over 4million. So 1/3 of folks here today were either born here or lived here back in the early 1980s. The other 66% are either younger or moved here or both. Also, people generally do not know much geography or history.
  21. @Houston19514, right. What I meant was “most of the lower income/subsidized/HUD supported housing within the County has been constructed on Galveston Island.”
  22. Ok. Thanks @TylerW. I was just curious if there is any 10-20 year plan for that site.
  23. I forget the statistic exactly but I think almost ALL of Galveston County’s government subsidized housing is in Galveston, this despite the fact the vast majority of people who reside in the county live on the mainland. League City is by far the largest city within the county (population north of 100K), with Texas City also being a big population center. These two also have greater access to a larger base of jobs than what is solely on Galveston Island, which, aside from the port and UTMB is highly dependent upon tourism.
  24. Any estimate on start of construction for the next high rise within this development? Also, and this may be a “dumb” question, but is there any idea on whether the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas would sell that land in the next 10-15 years? I wonder if the developers know something we don’t? (Probably not, but just asking anyway.) *edit for clarity
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