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  1. Good deal - its a nice location - hope they can make it
  2. Glad that they put this out - I actually sent it to co-workers and neighbors. Hopefully some of the ideas will be implemented
  3. Yes, they reopened there a while ago - was at Brewey Tap a couple nights ago and people where in and out of there
  4. Well, there is that Subway located next to the Shipley Donuts underneath the IBC at MckInney and Main
  5. The Houston Chronicle's article on it - for those who don't have a subscription to the paid articles: Landmark Store Leaves Rich Legacy By David Kaplan January 4, 2013 Traveling by car and bus, people rich and poor came to visit the department store at 1110 Main. They'd shop, eat, explore and take in the buzz of a city. But Houston's way of life has changed and the store - originally Foley's and now Macy's - is no longer a hub of activity. The city's vast retail landscape now includes malls, shopping centers and big-box stores scattered everywhere. Other Macy's around town do far better business. Now, the once-celebrated downtown department store may meet the wrecking ball. Its parent company announced Thursday that it will shutter the store and five others nationwide. If the building is demolished, it will leave behind a rich legacy. In decades past, "retail shopping was the glue that held downtown together," said Bruce C. Webb, professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. National attention Going to a downtown department store was "a bigger deal" than shopping in a mall is today, Webb said. It involved "seeing everything in the world" in the store, eating, possibly taking in a movie nearby, walking around downtown and looking in other store windows, he said. And Webb recalls that the Foley's windows "were wonderful at Christmas." Micheal Boddy, HP Staff Houston Post files 11/19/1984 - Foley's brings back animated windows for the Christmas season. Pedestrians pass by the "Land of Snow" scene from the Nutcracker Ballet. Each of the four windows on Main Street displays a different stage set with animated characters from the Nutcracker Ballet. Micheal Boddy / Houston Post "The thought of it being torn down is scandalous to me, considering the quality of the building and its cultural history," Webb said. Noted architect Kenneth Franzheim designed the building and worked with legendary designer Raymond Loewy. When it opened in 1947, the downtown Foley's got the nation's attention. Some 200,000 people showed up for the grand opening, an event covered by national media from the New Yorker to Popular Science. "The downtown Foley's was considered a futuristic store that would reshape downtown retail merchandising," said Rice University history professor John Boles. A modern marvel People marveled at a windowless, air- conditioned structure with conveyer belts running throughout the store and into the parking garage, he said. "It was so large and innovative and people were stunned it would be built in a city they didn't know much about," Boles said. "It was Houston's first big iconic building and helped shape an image of Houston as a bigger, bolder, futuristic kind of city." The Shamrock Hotel and Astrodome would reinforce that image, he said. Beginning in 1950, Santa would land at Union Station and ride his sleigh to the downtown Foley's building to kick off the Foley's Thanksgiving Parade, a 44-year-long tradition. The downtown store, like the city around it, would be affected by social change. For example, in 1970 a group of women marched to Foley's to protest its male-only Men's Grill, one of several eateries in the store. 'It's terrible' On Thursday, customers were disappointed to hear of the store's closing. "It's terrible," said Sherry Gross, an executive assistant who lives in the suburbs but works downtown. "I think it's sad a city this large is losing its only big retail store downtown - the only place for the downtown worker to shop, unless you're Forever 21." Retiree Gladys Redmond began shopping in Foley's decades ago when she'd ride to downtown to transfer buses for her job. She is still a customer. "This is where I go," she said. "I'll just find it in Macy's." Redmond uses MetroLift for transportation now, and isn't sure which Macy's she'll try next. She was at the store looking out the window with her great-granddaughter. "I used to take her father here, too," Redmond recalled. Lost landmarks Five Houston landmarks that fell to the wrecking ball: Metropolitan Theater, 1973: One of downtown's grand, 1920s-style movie houses, the Metropolitan had an Egyptian theme. Shamrock Hotel, 1987: Oilman Glenn McCarthy's hotel brought Hollywood star power to the city, but financial problems proved insurmountable. Fourth Ward, 1990s: Shotgun-style houses in this traditionally African-American neighborhood west of downtown yielded to upscale townhomes and apartments over a period of time. AstroWorld, 2005: Houstonians of a certain age still lament the demolition of this amusement park that operated off the South Loop for 37 years. Prudential Building, 2012: Stylish 1950s-era office building featured curved walls paneled with tropical wood, copious amounts of Chiaro marble and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Source: Chronicle archives, architectural historian Stephen Fox, Greater Houston Preservation Alliance's book, "Houston Deco" Read more: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Landmark-store-leaves-rich-legacy-4166138.php#ixzz2H1H6fUY2
  6. Apparently they want to put an office building there http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2013/01/downtown-macys-to-close/ Sorry if you all knew that - I didn't remember reading that the first time
  7. Hopefully they will stick to downtown proper, but for some reason I doubt that they will. And if they do, I really, really hope they do not neglect the new store like they have done with this Macy's - it's sad to think that they thought they will be able to meet any sort of expectations by neglecting the store
  8. Even more of a bummer: http://swamplot.com/macys-announces-it-will-close-downtown-houston-store/2013-01-03/
  9. Here is one that I took immediately after the dust cleared. I meant to take some yesterday but forgot on my way home. I can try and get some if you want - I walk past it every morning/afternoon on the way to and from work. And Purdueenginerd - I think that it may be because Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski merged to create a very huge law firm. Only specualtion but that is the only reason I can think as to why the Mail would cover it
  10. I was to the left of you near the intersection. Were you the one with the tripod?
  11. Northbound Traffic is closed on Crawford to Preston and Southbound traffic is closed on LaBranch starting at Congress. In front of the white builiding (forgot the name) in betwen Crawford and LaBranch on Preston is where I will be to watch
  12. I see that a few cops have been outside the Inn at the Ballpark since this morning. I'm going to walk my dog around there in about half an hour and see if they will let me know what the perimeter will be. I'll be heading out there around 1215-ish, probably wearing an old Eagles shirt and some shorts
  13. I might be with dog in tow or by with some friends. I was thinking of the same parking lot sevfiv, though I was thinking off of Crawford since MMP area mught be accessible (the diamond with the statues of Bagwell and Biggio) As for identifying markers for us, I might be game
  14. I will be there too! *Edit* just saw the Chronicle article stating the time
  15. I was thinking that it would have to be early as well so that it doesn't disrupt any of the sermons. Would be nice to know the time so I can walk over and see it come down
  16. For those without a subscription, here is the entire article [quote name= Redrawn incentive boundaries may lure downtown developers Premium content from Houston Business Journal by Shaina Zucker, Reporter Date: Friday, November 16, 2012, 5:00am CST SkyHouse, a $65-million project at 1625 Main St., is the first recipient in the Downtown Living Initiative Chapter 380 Program. Shaina Zucker Reporter- Houston Business Journal Email | Twitter After years of planting the seeds to spur downtown residential projects, the Downtown Redevelopment Authority is finally seeing some sprouts. Although the Downtown Living Initiative Chapter 380 Program, through which the incentives are funneled, was conceived with specific borders limited to the easternmost portion of the Central Business District, the first recipient in the program is not located within that area, yet will still reap the benefits. That’s because of an important extension of the program’s boundaries that was quietly decided on Oct. 9. The new boundary, which doubles the original area, runs from U.S. Highway 59 on the east to Interstate 45 on the south and west, and up nearly to Interstate 10 on the north. It includes everything within the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 3, which has its own incentive, the Downtown Living Program. If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is. Sources at the authority said they plan to re-evaluate the wordiness of the program to make it easier for developers to navigate. “If you’re a developer, you just need to know which way to go,” said Bob Eury, executive director of the Houston Downtown Management District. “We can get them to the right entity. The city basically said, ‘Yes, do the program, but we want the cap over both these pieces of geography.’” At the authority’s Nov. 13 meeting, the joint venture developing the project — made up of Atlanta companies Novare Group Inc. and Batson-Cook Development Co., along with local partner Pete Dienna — not only became the first to use the tax payer-based incentive program, but also the first to take advantage of the program’s new borders. The $65 million project, dubbed SkyHouse, will be at 1625 Main St. and will have 336 units on 24 stories. For the JV, this change doesn’t necessarily mean much more than signing a separate document — the tax cap remains the same and the cap per unit does not change. But for other developers, this means more opportunities under the incentive plan’s expanded boundaries. If there are portions of land that fall within the TIRZ No. 3 district, then it’s likely those parcels will be eligible for the $15,000-per-unit taxpayer-based incentive plan. Laura Van Ness, director of business development with Central Houston, said there is obviously not much land available in the area around the tall skyscrapers, but throughout the TIRZ No. 3 and the original boundaries of the plan, there could be more land to develop into rooftops. Houston First Corp. said this week it would market a prime block of land near the George R. Brown for residential and retail development. The local government corporation, which manages the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center and several other downtown properties owned by the city of Houston, controls the 110,000-square-foot tract bounded by Capitol, Rusk and Crawford streets and Avenida de las Americas. Two historic houses sat on the property until November 2011, when they were moved across the street to become part of the recently announced Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage. The Downtown Living Initiative Chapter 380 Program, which the city passed Aug. 22, is intended to double the number of residences downtown and spur development throughout the area by 2016.
  17. Austin @ Texas and Caroline @ Prarie (across from the outreach center)
  18. Will be a lunch time place - hours on the door read Mon - Fri 11 AM - 4 PM
  19. Hopefully they can get some of the pre-existing dilapidated buildings like the old dry goods building on Austin and the one down the street at Caroline as mid-rises and then start construction on newer buildings near the ball park/GRB
  20. Not going to lie, I wouldn't like to see a giant advertisement on the Chase Tower trying to get me to buy the new LeBron shoes or a pair of Calvin Klein boxers... If we celebrated local artists that might be cool, but not Houston is not NYC or any other city and I kind of want to keep it that way and want it to find its own distinguishable identity
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