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The Great Hizzy!

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  1. One compelling phenomena is the ongoing construction of the nearby Westin. It's progressing now to the point where it is distracting you from Robot Tower. I actually think the Westin's superior design might be such that it actually improves Robot Tower's overall appearance, the crown not withstanding.
  2. I've accepted it for what it is: it's a useful and popular place for lunchtime crowds and convenience shopping but it's not a "destination". It's not meant to be the talk of the town or any other town. I'm sure that it can evolve as downtown evolves but right now, it seems to work pretty well for what it is.
  3. Great. Now all we need is for Bill White to adopt a fake, snotty British accent.
  4. Isn't part of DFW's vacancy rate due to the presence of numerous midrise office properties in competing suburbs that may not necessarily serve the needs of certain medium to large size firms in the area (or that will come to the area)? Also, within markets, there is competition, and even though suburban office market vacancies seem to be high (and DT Dallas' vacancy rate is relatively high), that doesn't mean that certain submarkets within the region won't still be hot for new construction due to their specific amenities and the individual needs of a particular firm. Just really playing devil's advocate, even though I basically agree with the premise that high office vacancy rates make it less feasible to build new office structures.
  5. I actually find the comments from that website funny. What the hell do I care if someone in New York (or Boston or Phoenix or wherever) doesn't like some place else (including Houston)? What I enjoy most are the exaggerations and/or misrepresentations that they spew to give credence to their opinions. Now that's entertainment!
  6. OTOH, NPR reported that the rate of inflation is at its highest since 1983. Just goes to show you...
  7. Man, so did I. I was thinking, "Apartment explosion? Not just a fire? An explosion? Well, hell's bells, man, what's happening?" Instead...
  8. I've been impressed with most of the images of Recent Square I've come across. The mid-rise buildings look very attractive along with the sidewalks and green spaces. In this last image, the tower is obviously vague, although it seems to suggest that glass will be the primary surface. In this case, the mostly glass surfaces would seem to be out of place with the rest of the project, IMO.
  9. I think Vertigo's gone from having fallen in love to becoming Glen Close. I'm just joking around. I agree that it really looks great in both photos and in person.
  10. Absolutely. But not only that. The building has also had occasional trouble with pieces of the fascia's panelling falling to the ground. They've not had the area roped off in months but for a while there it was constantly roped off. And I agree about Central Plaza. I am also still hopefull of a remake of the old Savoy Houston.
  11. I believe that there has been some level of "work" being done to that building, even before the recent transaction, just nothing of any major note (mostly removing recyclable scraps and that sort of stuff). But to actually--finall--be doing some legitimate interior breakdowns is very intriguing.
  12. The Washington Avenue Corridor (West End/Rice Military) seems to be the hottest urban market right now but Midtown has plenty of options. Western Midtown is further along in its evolution than eastern Midtown but both have a good number of townhomes available. More in the way of apartments can be found in western Midtown and 4th Ward, though.
  13. I'm not an Inner-looper but I've seen the baseball field on several occasions. Would this be the same case for TC Jester Park outside the loop and just south of W. 43rd?
  14. I think more to the point is that it is clear that asthetics is subjective and the more one group demands to be pleased in one fashion, another groups revolts against them. It's kind of like politics.
  15. In all fairness, the Calais was built before the LRT opened. But I do agree with your other point: property values along the LRT are such that many developers are prefering to develop elsewhere while waiting the current property owners out to see if/when prices fall further to where they prefer. The other side of that, however, is that the first group that goes ahead and develops along the LRT could reap a bigger benefit because a resident would certainly prefer to live closer to the line than away and may be willing to pay a bit more to do so.
  16. I do agree that the lanes are a bit narrow but nothing as extreme as what's on Westheimer. And while they're repaving Allen Parkway, they can do the same for Memorial.
  17. It's best assets, geographically speaking, are that it's only a block away from the DT Transit Center rail station and that it's a reasonable walk to Midtown's more burgeoning area. Regardless, it'll be nice to no longer see that big eyesore dominating the southern end of DT's skyline.
  18. Well, there are four official bedrooms and then other rooms that could serve as a bedroom if the occupants so choose. There's also a guest quarters aside from the official bedrooms. Still, 9 bathrooms are really something.
  19. The West End/Rice Millitary is moving closer to what everyone wants Midtown to be. Just goes to show... Houston has a mind of its own and is extremely unpredictable.
  20. The problem you run into is how much of it is speculative? A lot of the new condos that went up in Miami between 2004 and 2007 were bought by foreigners who were merely speculating. They drove the market price up until they priced longterm buyers out, causing the market to burst. Now you have fancy new highrises that are only a 1/3 filled (or even less). I realize that Houston's high-rise construction isn't that extreme but still...
  21. rsb320 owns himself! LOL! j/k I actually didn't realize the relationship between the two terms either--at least, as far as construction goes.
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