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I drove down around Midtown earlier and noticed some work on the North East corner of W Gray and Taft. Does anyone know what could be going in there?

It's a new school...

Some info in this thread: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/24268-vacant-yellow-commercial-building-on-west-gray/

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I drove down around Midtown earlier and noticed some work on the North East corner of W Gray and Taft. Does anyone know what could be going in there?

Not to split hairs, but isn't that more Montrose than Midtown?

Anyway, that is Carnegie Vanguard High School. Big sign near the corner of W. Gray and Taft.

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Not to split hairs, but isn't that more Montrose than Midtown?

Anyway, that is Carnegie Vanguard High School. Big sign near the corner of W. Gray and Taft.

Not to split them further, but it's across the street from Montrose, in the Fourth Ward.

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Not to split hairs, but isn't that more Montrose than Midtown?

Anyway, that is Carnegie Vanguard High School. Big sign near the corner of W. Gray and Taft.

Taft is the boundary for Montrose Superneighborhood, so NE corner would be Freedman's Town and Fourth Ward, but neither Montrose SN nor Midtown.

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Celtic Gardens (Pub Fiction 2.0) is opening soon and these are some pics they posted on their Facebook page. I like the mural they painted on the side of Howl at the Moon of the Jameson distillery in Ireland.

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Good lord, Noel. Keep your car cold enough? You've got quite a bit of fogging going on.

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Good lord, Noel. Keep your car cold enough? You've got quite a bit of fogging going on.

lol I didn't take the pics. I found them on their facebook page and just posted them here.

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http://www.smartapar...onstruction.pdf - pretty good report on whats under construciton, proposed, and cancelled.

I listed a few below that I am particularly interested in... This is not all about Midtown.

"Saturday, September 17, 2011

POST MIDTOWN SQUARE PHASE III - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

WASHINGTON & SAWYER - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

ASHTON RICE VILLAGE - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

SONOMA WEST UNIVERSITY SITE - PROPOSED

MID TOWN SITE - PROPOSED

POST RICHMOND LANDING - PROPOSED

TEXACO BUILDING - PROPOSED

CAMDEN CITY CENTRE PHASE II - PROPOSED (263 Units)

BROADSTONE MIDTOWN - PROPOSED

WEST GRAY & WAUGH - PROPOSED

GRAYBELLE - PROPOSED

WEST DALLAS & WAUGH - PROPOSED (MIXED USE - 445 Units) (Finger Co)

REGENT SQUARE PHASE I & II - PROPOSED (635 Units)

MIDTOWN GROVE - PRE LEASING"

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Admittedly veering away from Midtown for a minute, but: wait. what? Mixed use at Dallas and Waugh? That would be fantastic, particularly with the apartments replacing the Tavern, but where? The pad sites at the NW and SE corners aren't that old, but I'd love to see them gone...

Also, on second thought, I might have to argue that that sort of is Midtown. It's not *exactly* Montrose. It's not River Oaks. It's obviously not Washington. What exactly is it?

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Admittedly veering away from Midtown for a minute, but: wait. what? Mixed use at Dallas and Waugh? That would be fantastic, particularly with the apartments replacing the Tavern, but where? The pad sites at the NW and SE corners aren't that old, but I'd love to see them gone...

Also, on second thought, I might have to argue that that sort of is Midtown. It's not *exactly* Montrose. It's not River Oaks. It's obviously not Washington. What exactly is it?

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Admittedly veering away from Midtown for a minute, but: wait. what? Mixed use at Dallas and Waugh? That would be fantastic, particularly with the apartments replacing the Tavern, but where? The pad sites at the NW and SE corners aren't that old, but I'd love to see them gone...

Also, on second thought, I might have to argue that that sort of is Midtown. It's not *exactly* Montrose. It's not River Oaks. It's obviously not Washington. What exactly is it?

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Regardless of where it is designated, I'd say it's definitely not midtown, neither is west gray and waugh.

I know there is a super neighborhood map floating around somewhere that designates the cutoff of midtown at or around bagby.

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Admittedly veering away from Midtown for a minute, but: wait. what? Mixed use at Dallas and Waugh? That would be fantastic, particularly with the apartments replacing the Tavern, but where? The pad sites at the NW and SE corners aren't that old, but I'd love to see them gone...

Also, on second thought, I might have to argue that that sort of is Midtown. It's not *exactly* Montrose. It's not River Oaks. It's obviously not Washington. What exactly is it?

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It is exactly Montrose.

Midtown is bordered by the Pierce Elevated on the north, 59 on the south, 59/288 on the east and Bagby on the west.

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Genesse St. is usually considered the east-west boundary bwtween Montrose and Midtown.

However the area around W. Gray and Bagby St. and further west and north is 4th Ward. West beyond Genesse St., along W. Gray this area really has no name except maybe "Neartown," a catchall real estate term.

Midtown is generally know to be south of the Pierce Elevated, east of Bagby St./Spur 523, west of the 59/288 interchange, and North of the elevated 59S (anything south of there is usually called the "Flower District" or the Museum District).

The only update I've noticed in the hood is that the bldg across from Isabella Ct's (across Isabella St.) was demo'd about a month ago.

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Are they ever going to open Bagby back up? I thought the closure was only for a month but now I am beginning to wonder when or if

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the variance signs are up for the new apartments going in across from the Mix. Public Hearing is on October 13th.

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Bagby exit is open

They are putting up the patio railing....they have put the building signs up also (no pics yet, sorry) for the steakhouse and parking garage...

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Tons of work going on behind city centre... Is it city centre II and the dog park they have been talking about? Anyone know?

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Farrago's added some fencing around the outside tables. I don't like it personally but it seems to have helped their business.

I agree. I think it looks hideous. I liked the open to the sidewalk look. Very disappointed.

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Hello HAIF - I've been following this board since I moved to Houston in March from Dallas. So naturally I have lots of interesting perspectives to add. From Chicago - lived in Charlotte (Downtown/Uptown) - Dallas (Uptown) now Houston (Midtown).

Very excited for The Scout Square/Blackfinn developement - Blackfinn was one of my favorite bars in Charlotte located in the Epicenter.

http://epicentrenc.com

Check out what Charlotte has in the Epicenter- Pavillions downtown or Citicenter would be the only thing close - check out the Epicenter though it has everything - Wish Houston / economy would support something similar. The main difference in Epicenter vs Pavillions is - it has full retail/restaurants/has that cool factor - movie theater Aloft Hotel.

For now Scout Square is definitely a step in the right direction for Midtown.

We love Midtown in general although certain aspects can be very frustrating i.e. eating at Farrago's and being harassed 3-5 times while eating outside by the same / different homeless people. Not to go off topic - but I for one as a frequent patron of Farrago's and all the bars and restaurants in the area was extremely excited to see the barriers up and now might be able to enjoy a meal without being hit up for money while trying to eat my meal. The staff can't do anything because the Police won't do anything.

Glad to be on the forum finally.

Lorenzo

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I live in Midtown aswell, as far as the homeless just say "no," and they will leave you alone. Works everytime.

Welcome to the hood and the board.

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Hello guys and gals.

Dont know if I mentioned before, but I too live in the "hood", in the Ventana. I LOVE all the construction in midtown/montrose/4th ward/ river oaks/ upper kirby/galleria. This area is becoming more and more dense by the day, definitely a step in the right direction. I like too imagine every day I drive through the area, what it would/could look like in the next 5/10/15/20 years and the way it looks like its going, these areas (central houston, including EaDo, Downtown, midtown, and the aforementioned areas) could almost entirely be high rises after many years of this same type of growth (barring neighborhoods like river oaks and the like where the single family homes will probably never be torn down for a high rise). Even still, that prospect is very possible and has me salivating at the mouth to dream of one day seeing my city so dense.

/happy rant

So anyway, has anyone tried Piola? I passed by the block today and saw the final store front of that block being worked on, very nice! That little area is quite the walkable neighborhood now.

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Even still, that prospect is very possible and has me salivating at the mouth to dream of one day seeing my city so dense.

/happy rant

It may one day be that dense, but I doubt you will be alive to see it...

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So anyway, has anyone tried Piola? I passed by the block today and saw the final store front of that block being worked on, very nice! That little area is quite the walkable neighborhood now.

Yeah, I've been there a couple times. Good pizza. It's more of the type you'd find in Italy vs. the NYC and Chicago styles you see over here. I personally like the American take on pizza better, but Piola is good when you want a different type of pizza.

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Black Finn has got to be very close to opening -- all the furniture (including the patio) is set up and ready to go -- they finished the exterior landscaping yesterday...has anyone heard of the opening date?

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I signed up on their Facebook page and got 2 tickets to their "VIP First Look Party" on November 10th. Their patio looks awesome and will definitely add more action to the area. I wonder when the place across the street will be complete.

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I signed up on their Facebook page and got 2 tickets to their "VIP First Look Party" on November 10th. Their patio looks awesome and will definitely add more action to the area. I wonder when the place across the street will be complete.

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Thanks for the link -- I just signed up also.....November 10 seems like a long ways away for how "finished" the place looks -- guess they will be doing training and stuff for the staff until then.....can't wait to go !

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Kinda' makes me wonder if those tables are bolted down. If there is any metal in them they're gone!

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I noticed some construction/breaking up of the parking lot at la branch and holman... anyone know what is going on there?

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I noticed some construction/breaking up of the parking lot at la branch and holman... anyone know what is going on there?

Noticed that too, I'll be moving in soon to the other side of that corner. If I had to make a guess, I'd say a new part of HCC.

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Posted it in the "Going Up" forum, sharing here too.

Spotted 2 bulldozers at Austin, La Branch, McGowen site where an office/retail project is slated to be built. Construction soon?!?

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The new parking garage (Scout Square) is now open.....$10 to park

Parking is now $5

Also, Black Finn is doing their soft opening -- we were walking by and the manager was out "recruiting" customers -- free food with lots of warnings about a limited menu, possibility of service issues, etc....they officially open on the 10th

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We are going to the VIP party tonight.....

My sister went as well, how was it? It looked like alot of folks were there when I walked by. I'm gonna go tonight.

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