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This is the view from the crane. By Kyle Tse on Flickr  

BHP Billiton Tower by Bryan Malloch, on Flickr

Look at how the Randal Davis Parking garages scar this view. A shame. He couldn't even put plants over it.

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skybridge of death, LOL.. just a cut out/side view of the interior i would assume. any idea when Belfiore is supposed to start swtsig? i knew there was a 5th building supposed to go up somewhere around there.

this picture makes it look a good bit taller than the other Oaks..

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I never understood why they always have to leave that 6 inches of grass between the sidewalk and the street.  Looks so weird. 

i prefer it over concrete sidewalk right on the edge of a concrete street curb. why are they moving the sidewalk closer to the street? a) isnt that awfully close to the street, especially a busy street like Post Oak? and b ) arent they widening Post Oak some for the BRT?

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here is a quote from the BRT plans.. so this sidewalk will have to be rebuilt again in the near future?

"The exclusive bus lanes are accommodated by acquiring additional right-of-way. The existing 120’ right-of-way will be expanded to 136’ by acquiring approximately 8’ on each side of Post Oak Boulevard. (See illustrations.)"

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i prefer it over concrete sidewalk right on the edge of a concrete street curb. why are they moving the sidewalk closer to the street? a) isnt that awfully close to the street, especially a busy street like Post Oak? and b ) arent they widening Post Oak some for the BRT?

 

That's interesting.  I prefer a nice, wide sidewalk all the way to the street, like this.

 

Kinda wish every sidewalk in Houston were standardized like this, it'd make the city a lot more walkable.

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That's interesting.  I prefer a nice, wide sidewalk all the way to the street, like this.

 

Kinda wish every sidewalk in Houston were standardized like this, it'd make the city a lot more walkable.

 

 

I agree with you on that, I really hate those thin sidewalks, especially in a real urban area. 

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here is a quote from the BRT plans.. so this sidewalk will have to be rebuilt again in the near future?

"The exclusive bus lanes are accommodated by acquiring additional right-of-way. The existing 120’ right-of-way will be expanded to 136’ by acquiring approximately 8’ on each side of Post Oak Boulevard. (See illustrations.)"

 

 

Yeah, I walked by yesterday and wondered about that, too.  Personally, I've started to feel kind of uncomfortable walking on sidewalks that put me just a few inches from the speed demons on Post Oak.  I once saw a red Lamborghini that must've been pushing 70 on the curve right by the construction site.  In turn, that reminded me of the two Animal Planet TV producers who were sent flying by a doped-up driver who went up over the curb nearby a few years ago.  At least they're alive, but one of them was said to be damaged for life.

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That's interesting.  I prefer a nice, wide sidewalk all the way to the street, like this.

 

Kinda wish every sidewalk in Houston were standardized like this, it'd make the city a lot more walkable.

 

While I prefer wide side walks (min 8ft) that invite walking, there really should be a grass and tree buffer between the sidewalk and the street curb for pedestrians - especially on major thoroughfares or higher speed traffic streets like Post Oak.

 

Sidewalks should NEVER be placed right up against the street curb. Sure this makes for easy landscape maintenance since there's no little strip to maintain but the grass and tree buffer provide a perceived safety zone for pedestrians. That's Urban Planning 101!

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While I prefer wide side walks (min 8ft) that invite walking, there really should be a grass and tree buffer between the sidewalk and the street curb for pedestrians - especially on major thoroughfares or higher speed traffic streets like Post Oak.

 

Sidewalks should NEVER be placed right up against the street curb. Sure this makes for easy landscape maintenance since there's no little strip to maintain but the grass and tree buffer provide a perceived safety zone for pedestrians. That's Urban Planning 101!

 

Well I guess all the urban cities in the world are doing it wrong then.  If you're going to have something between the street and sidewalk, actually do something with it.  Don't put a cheap strip of grass.  That doesn't make pedestrians feel any more comfortable that putting it right up against the street.

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I've walked on major thoroughfares in many urban cities in the world ... in N and S America, Europe, and Asia.  Living and working in the Galleria/Uptown area, I see people, for example, that exit 610 and seem to yearn to continue driving as fast off the freeway as on.  I understand the psychology, its frustrating driving here.  I know it's a subjective reaction, but I have never seen drivers as inconsiderate or careless in those other places.

 

OK, so as to not be too far off-topic, I appreciate the increased density this development and others nearby will contribute to.  And, I appreciate the efforts the Uptown District is making toward improving pedestrian amenities.  But ... I would like us to be more proactive about pedestrian safety.  People get hit crossing streets here because drivers are careless.  It happened recently to the daughter of a colleague of mine, fortunately they were lucky.

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I walk in the Galleria area on Post Oak daily. I cross it on foot daily. I came within inches of being hit by someone going 40+ because they were texting and ran a red light. If I had been 1 step ahead I don't think I'd be alive right now. I stay several feet back from the curb when I'm waiting to cross Post Oak. One of the hazards of using public transportation daily is that you are going to be crossing busy streets on foot. I think on my route to work I'm much safer in my own car than I am on the bus. I still take the bus everyday but I try to stay vigilant when I'm walking in the Galleria or Downtown.

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I noticed yesterday as I was leaving work that they were installing metal polls in concrete alongside the sidewalk of the shorter 12 story Four Oaks Place, as if they were going to install a chain link fence or something on the side facing the new construction site. 

 

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this might be? Seemed a little strange to me.

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I noticed yesterday as I was leaving work that they were installing metal polls in concrete alongside the sidewalk of the shorter 12 story Four Oaks Place, as if they were going to install a chain link fence or something on the side facing the new construction site. 

 

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this might be? Seemed a little strange to me.

Surely it's the construction fence.

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I'm not sure what the project is, but they have been working on the base of the 4-oaks building closest to post oak (taking out concrete, utility stuff etc...).  Kind of looks like they may try to beautify they space or replace the slab with something else.  It appears to be unrelated to the BHP building.

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I'm not sure what the project is, but they have been working on the base of the 4-oaks building closest to post oak (taking out concrete, utility stuff etc...).  Kind of looks like they may try to beautify they space or replace the slab with something else.  It appears to be unrelated to the BHP building.

 

The past few weeks they have been replacing the slabs in front of 1330 Post Oak Blvd and replacing them. May be the same for the Wells Fargo Tower there on Post Oak.

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