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Here's a little perspective on how far we've come. Photo taken August 2001. Minute Maid Park (then Enron Field) is in its first season, 5 Houston Center and 1000 Main are under construction. Enron, th

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From reddit u/ifyouknowwhatImeme, from probably the last time till fall with the roof open. This was from about 6 days ago.

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I took several of my own downtown skyline shots from different angles.

First up under Elysian St bridge.

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Next from near the Sovereign.

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UHD & MKT trail.

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Reddit u/Hijack32 posted this pic of a guy that caught a huge gar fish with the skyline in the background. Others have posted pics of alligators here. I guess that is why the UHD mascot is a gator.

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I continue to be made crazy by the blank concrete exterior of that parking garage.  Throw a mural on it or something, anything FFS.  

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On 5/3/2021 at 6:30 PM, hindesky said:

From 6 days ago, reddit u/stichlover.

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This view has changed only a little since 2001!  A shame Ballpark Place never was realized 😂 😂 

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6 minutes ago, arche_757 said:

This view has changed only a little since 2001!  A shame Ballpark Place never was realized 😂 😂 

Everything in that picture is new since 2001 (except for the building across the street and the defunct square concrete jail)?

Plus all the beautiful additional advertisements in the ballpark. 

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I was half-kidding 😏.  That said, one would have hoped that in the 20+ years since opening there would be 8-10 new residential high rises within that view.  There are not.

I would never consider advertising within the ballpark to be a change to the city scape.

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On 7/2/2021 at 10:46 AM, arche_757 said:

This view has changed only a little since 2001!  A shame Ballpark Place never was realized 😂 😂 

I thought I was the only one that remembered that lol. I tried finding the rendering again a while back with no luck. 

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35 minutes ago, nate4l1f3 said:

I thought I was the only one that remembered that lol. I tried finding the rendering again a while back with no luck. 

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1 hour ago, hindesky said:

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I fully remember. I was worried block 98 was going to be a repeat. It all worked out well. The site occupied by 609 Main advertised a high rise apartment which never happened, but look what is there now.

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Is it just me or does downtown seem dead? A lot of the tenants at the Rice Hotel are all gone. Minuti Coffee seems to be the only place aside from the pub around the corner. A lot of the bars have been closing early. Local Foods is still closed. Finn Hall and Understory don’t seem to be running very well either. And just about all of Bayou Place is a desert now. Discovery Green is dead. Just feels like the pandemic sucked all the life out of everything. 

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5 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Is it just me or does downtown seem dead? A lot of the tenants at the Rice Hotel are all gone. Minuti Coffee seems to be the only place aside from the pub around the corner. A lot of the bars have been closing early. Local Foods is still closed. Finn Hall and Understory don’t seem to be running very well either. And just about all of Bayou Place is a desert now. Discovery Green is dead. Just feels like the pandemic sucked all the life out of everything. 

Bayou Place has been dead for at least 5 years now 😂. I'll respectfully disagree with Discovery Green tho, weekends its crazy already and weekdays the scooter rentals keep that place alive. Tbh, our parks have been the fastest things to pop back after the pandemic. Everything else you described is indeed operating at a lower capacity than pre-pandemic.

Having been to Austin two weeks ago and Atlanta for a few days now, I gotta say its kind of a theme. Downtowns and the city area haven't been popping off like they were pre-pandemic. Just give it a bit of time, all economic signs point to people spending money on vacations and travel and food/drink again so we'll be back sooner than later.

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Many of the Mole People are still working remotely all or part of the time, but the beginning of each of the last couple months seems to have brought more people coming back in.  My guess is that we're at ~50 - 60% of the usual commuter population, based on how full the parking garage is.  It's growing, though... we now often have to look before jaywalking, some places are reopening, and there are now lines at some of the more popular lunch places.

Part of the issue with bars and restaurants is that the people who worked there have generally gone on to other jobs, and frequently the pay and conditions are better in the new gig. 

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I also got to thinking about the continued progress downtown. We have 3 residential buildings in progress along with Texas Tower, 1550 on the Green, PostHTX, Frost Town Brewery, Wyatt Square, and Trebly Park. So we still have a lot pending to help bring more people downtown. 

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On 7/2/2021 at 1:13 PM, arche_757 said:

I was half-kidding 😏.  That said, one would have hoped that in the 20+ years since opening there would be 8-10 new residential high rises within that view.  There are not.

I would never consider advertising within the ballpark to be a change to the city scape.

I'm glad that building didn't happen, it would have loomed over the field and blocked off the view of most of the skyline. Instead we got a midrise there that will protect the view of the historic district from the upper levels. True no highrises from that angle, but if you were sitting further down the right field line, you would see 4 new residential highrises in your view (Catalyst, Aris, Brava, Market Square Tower).

 

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Is it just me or does downtown seem dead? A lot of the tenants at the Rice Hotel are all gone. Minuti Coffee seems to be the only place aside from the pub around the corner. A lot of the bars have been closing early. Local Foods is still closed. Finn Hall and Understory don’t seem to be running very well either. And just about all of Bayou Place is a desert now. Discovery Green is dead. Just feels like the pandemic sucked all the life out of everything. 

This is a bummer. Does not bode well for the post office redo.

 

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15 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Is it just me or does downtown seem dead? A lot of the tenants at the Rice Hotel are all gone. Minuti Coffee seems to be the only place aside from the pub around the corner. A lot of the bars have been closing early. Local Foods is still closed. Finn Hall and Understory don’t seem to be running very well either. And just about all of Bayou Place is a desert now. Discovery Green is dead. Just feels like the pandemic sucked all the life out of everything. 

Local Foods basically died before the pandemic hit. Their hours never made any sense to me and I thought it was going to be the death of them when they first opened.  Finn Hall has had issues with crap food. Downtown is definitely still slower than it should be by a lot but most of the places that you mentioned have/has more issues that the pandemic just made more obvious.

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Oh, I know!  I was for it at the time because it would be a positive to have any high rise residential tower in downtown - almost regardless of location!  The fact it never came to be did bode well for MMP and the skyline view in the long run; and yes, sitting further East does afford a better view of newer buildings.  The other place @Twinsanity02 mentioned resembled something you would have expected to see in Vegas at a King Arthur themed casino-hotel.  If I am remembering correctly there were some on here that expressed some level of discontent at lone freestanding McDonalds getting demolished to make way for it…?

As for downtown being “dead”… I guess several things are in play.

 1) The pandemic is not over.  People are still getting sick, and only 1/2 are vaccinated, so many are likely hesitant to go and venture out into the world. 2). There are still a lot of people who are working from home I will wager.

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Yeah and people are just now getting back to normal. It’s going to take some time to see the regular businesses back up and running at full strength. The Local Foods isn’t permanently closed. I think they haven’t decided when to reopen just yet. Either way I don’t see downtown slowing down any time soon. 

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On 7/10/2021 at 7:40 PM, twisterhunt said:

Sharing a time lapse of Brava and TX Tower going up since late 2019, viewed from Woodland Heights. Unfortunately the view of 609 Main gets blocked, but it's been fun to watch these two go up at the same time!

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It is a bummer that TX Tower had to go up so close to 609 Main. It was more of a distinctive addition to the downtown Houston skyline when it wasn't being overshadowed by the Texas Tower. Now it just looks like another hump AKA Penzoil Place Part II.

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I think what @scarface is saying that it would have been better for the skyline -at least from the north approach- if Texas Tower had been built in a location that didn’t completely hide 609 Main.

Conversely, the skyline from the south approach is much more interesting than just a few years ago.

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Agreed @scarface....coming in from the north side the same holds true for Brava, it looks like an extension of Market Square. Fortunately, both buildings make a huge difference on the skyline viewed from the west side! Much more balance to the north of Chase Tower....

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