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On 8/2/2013 at 10:24 AM, brijonmang said:

Well done Channel2...I was going to do something similar but it looks like you covered it for me.

 

Here is a before and after shot using one of the photos cloud713 provided.  

 

http://s7.photobucket.com/user/brijonmang/media/Dtownbefore_zps176f9fba.jpg.html'>Dtownbefore_zps176f9fba.jpg

 

http://s7.photobucket.com/user/brijonmang/media/DtownSkyline2_zps30b547b0.jpg.html'>DtownSkyline2_zps30b547b0.jpg

 

The perspectives don't exactly line up correctly and I had to try and compensate despite buildings being flipped around but hopefully this gives another idea to the possibility for the future.

 

Someone took a recent shot from the same spot. No International Tower, 5AC, or Texaco expansion yet, but the others are joining the crowd. :)

 

26604941190_8aebd14ed2_h.jpgIMG_6168 by George Zimzores, on Flickr

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46 minutes ago, Triton said:

I don't know... I actually kind of dislike this view of Houston. Terrible description but it just looks old, boxy, and boring.

 

I quite like it, looks quite dense.  It would be better if is was taken later in the year from that angle. There's a lot of brown trees due to the time of year it was taken!

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11 hours ago, HoustonSpurs said:

 

There's a lot of brown trees due to the time of year it was taken!

Yea, definitely looks dense. That could be it too about the time of year. Just looks dreary... brown and gray. Although there's tons of more modern glass structures in this pic, it just screams 70s box buildings to me.

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Two ways that will happened (1) Dubai style mall built over it ( after dumping tons of sodium bicarbonate or a similar de-stinker) or (2) Hope the astronomers who claim a mini-ice age is arriving due to very low solar activity are correct. I hope the astronomers are way off. I love the tropical and near tropical  vegetation in my yard and around Houston.

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They built Wildcat  golf course on top of the old Holmes rd. dump. I'm sure at some point they'll design something for Mt. Trash. 

We were at the Hilton Americas the other day and you can really see it very clearly from that location. Its amazing how tall it is.

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20 minutes ago, bobruss said:

They built Wildcat  golf course on top of the old Holmes rd. dump. I'm sure at some point they'll design something for Mt. Trash. 

We were at the Hilton Americas the other day and you can really see it very clearly from that location. Its amazing how tall it is.

I remember seeing it just barely from the ramp from US 59 N to I-10W and the 9th floor of the M&M/UHD building back when I was an undergrad student at UHD from 2005 to 2009. I'm back at UHD as a grad student now and can easily see it from the ramp. It's amazing what 8-12 years of additional garbage can do. :lol:

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1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

I remember seeing it just barely from the ramp from US 59 N to I-10W and the 9th floor of the M&M/UHD building back when I was an undergrad student at UHD from 2005 to 2009. I'm back at UHD as a grad student now and can easily see it from the ramp. It's amazing what 8-12 years of additional garbage can do. :lol:

It is also amazingly smelly. I drove up there once out of curiosity. Never will do that again. The stink molecules were trapped in my nasal epithelia for hours.

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9 hours ago, Twinsanity02 said:

It is also amazingly smelly. I drove up there once out of curiosity. Never will do that again. The stink molecules were trapped in my nasal epithelia for hours.

I thought the stink of the landfill out in Pearland near Shadow Creek Ranch was bad, but I doubt it's as large as the landfill out on Beaumont Hwy.

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I didn't see any flooding in the Midway Development area (which is now labeled as East River development).  The bayou thankfully held up and was able to absorb most of the rain without flooding in that area.  My question is whether the city of Houston will step in and force a purchase of the land in order for some creative solution of flood control for the city.  Or if this pressures/forces Midway to build more green space parks in the area.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in those discussion rooms.  Interesting times ahead for Htown.

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1 hour ago, hindesky said:

More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

HTGBAFg.jpg

Current Google Earth

0d5Eg72.jpg

I can't believe I'm saying this but Pennzoil looked so out of place 45 (45 . . . almost half a century!!) years ago, and not nearly as pretty.

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The Western Union building can be seen at the base of Pennzoil in the '70s photo.
This is the building that is finally being demolished after spending 35 years walled off in the BOA (Republic Bank) banking hall.

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3 hours ago, hindesky said:

More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

HTGBAFg.jpg

Current Google Earth

0d5Eg72.jpg

 

Hope Google is working on an update ;)

 

1 hour ago, dbigtex56 said:

The Western Union building can be seen at the base of Pennzoil in the '70s photo.
This is the building that is finally being demolished after spending 35 years walled off in the BOA (Republic Bank) banking hall.

 

No demo occurring for the Western Union Building, its being restored back to use.

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There's more buildings in the "modern" shot, but I'm a bit surprised how relatively-filled out downtown Houston was in the 1970s and how few relatively few buildings have been demolished, with the only really noticeable ones are the ones at the bottom of the picture, north of Washington.

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1 hour ago, IronTiger said:

There's more buildings in the "modern" shot, but I'm a bit surprised how relatively-filled out downtown Houston was in the 1970s and how few relatively few buildings have been demolished, with the only really noticeable ones are the ones at the bottom of the picture, north of Washington.

 

To be fair, that photo was taken around 1978-1979, so the last boom in building had already begun.  Had it been taken in 1970 it would have been missing a bunch more buildings I think.

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