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I remember when Kathy Whitmire wanted to build the convention center.  There was nothing on the east side of downtown.  Hard to believe how it all transformed.  There yesterday with a friend from Dallas that grew up in Houston.  He just could not believe it how downtown has transformed.  When to the Greek Festival and had a very good time.      

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6 hours ago, nativehoustonion said:

I remember when Kathy Whitmire wanted to build the convention center.  There was nothing on the east side of downtown. 

That's because that part of downtown was all razed to build the "full" Houston Center, which never happened.

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22 hours ago, nativehoustonion said:

I remember when Kathy Whitmire wanted to build the convention center.  There was nothing on the east side of downtown.  Hard to believe how it all transformed.  There yesterday with a friend from Dallas that grew up in Houston.  He just could not believe it how downtown has transformed.  When to the Greek Festival and had a very good time.      

Mayor Whitmire's vison was likely formed around 1980.  I would argue that it was Disco that was the real catalyst for this area however and that was, what?, 2004?.  Regardless, It shows you just how long it takes to fix cities that become broken.  Once it is lost, it may be lost for a decade or 4 decades.   To keep a city vibrant, the old must be somehow made new and sometimes that means demolition.   However, flattening half of a city all at once because  you dream of some workers utopia all connected with moving indoor and air conditioned sidewalks so no human ever has to have the sun in his eyes is likely never a good idea.   

 

now, turn your eyes to Detroit.  Are you 25 right now or 55?.  If you are 25 you might live to see Detroit rebuilt into something fantastic.  55? You might live long enough to see the beginning of the change. 

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12 minutes ago, UtterlyUrban said:

Mayor Whitmire's vison was likely formed around 1980.  I would argue that it was Disco that was the real catalyst for this area however and that was, what?, 2004?.  Regardless, It shows you just how long it takes to fix cities that become broken.  Once it is lost, it may be lost for a decade or 4 decades.   To keep a city vibrant, the old must be somehow made new and sometimes that means demolition.   However, flattening half of a city all at once because  you dream of some workers utopia all connected with moving indoor and air conditioned sidewalks so no human ever has to have the sun in his eyes is likely never a good idea.   

 

now, turn your eyes to Detroit.  Are you 25 right now or 55?.  If you are 25 you might live to see Detroit rebuilt into something fantastic.  55? You might live long enough to see the beginning of the change. 

 

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I just had a few of my Convention center update images on Swamplot today. Check them out. 

If you go to their Facebook page they used my panorama of the convention center for a click and drag which came out pretty cool.

Hope you'll check them out.

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3 hours ago, bobruss said:

I just had a few of my Convention center update images on Swamplot today. Check them out. 

If you go to their Facebook page they used my panorama of the convention center for a click and drag which came out pretty cool.

Hope you'll check them out.

 

^^^ @bobruss may you present a link.  didn 't see anything new upon their facebook page....

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This area, standing in the middle of DG, is feeling awesome.

 

I'd be a little surprised if this area doesn't start booming more than it already is if/when the market picks up again.

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16 hours ago, lockmat said:

This area, standing in the middle of DG, is feeling awesome.

 

I'd be a little surprised if this area doesn't start booming more than it already is if/when the market picks up again.

Now if we can just somehow go back in time and not build the embassy hotel

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

Most anticipated swimming pool in Houston since Glenn McCarthy's pool at The Shamrock. This hotel will kind of be our closest thing to The Shamrock.

 

They just need to attempt the water skiing exhibition. I'd pay to see that.

 

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^^^ @Mab props for sharing this most gorgeous illustration.  i am stunned by how graceful and beautiful both BG PLACE and 609 MAIN are in this shot.  also, just check out the intimate details of the LAZY RIVER pool itself from what we can see.  it seems that the officials may have spared no expense here.  this terrace is going to be a splendid masterpiece...

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20 minutes ago, tanith27 said:

 

Flattered I guess they took my pic from here and used it for publicity.  Viewed 2.7 million times.  Figure they should at least give me a free float down the river.  lol.

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You should definitely contact them.  Using photos without permission is a big no no.  I'm sure you could squeeze something out of it :)

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On 10/10/2016 at 6:49 AM, UtterlyUrban said:

 

 

now, turn your eyes to Detroit.  Are you 25 right now or 55?.  If you are 25 you might live to see Detroit rebuilt into something fantastic.  55? You might live long enough to see the beginning of the change. 



Downtown Detroit is booming in redevelopment and renovations. My company (former in a few days) does a lot of work on projects in downtown detroit. 

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16 minutes ago, Purdueenginerd said:

Question, I thought there was a small law that forbid high-rises in downtown from having signage. 

I apologize if that has been addressed already. 

 

There are some exceptions.  Apparently hotels are excepted (at least hotels in the convention district).

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2 hours ago, Purdueenginerd said:



Downtown Detroit is booming in redevelopment and renovations. My company (former in a few days) does a lot of work on projects in downtown detroit. 

I just recently went to Detroit this week to gamble a bit at the MGM. Saw a lot of construction, rumors of a 60-70 story tower starting to swirl.

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7 hours ago, Purdueenginerd said:



Downtown Detroit is booming in redevelopment and renovations. My company (former in a few days) does a lot of work on projects in downtown detroit. 

I used Detroit as a metaphor,  but, to your point, I agree, lots of new stuff going on despite many existing buildings being empty and lots of vacant lots were commerce once stood.

 

downtown Detroit was in its heyday likely right after WWII.  By 1970 it was hollowing out.  By 2000 is was largely gone.  Let's say that a lot of savvy, forward thinking developers continue the trend that may have now started, how long until Detroit again approaches the city it was in 1947? Your answer may legitimately vary from mine but I say "a long, long, long time" --- several generations.

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On November 1, 2016 at 9:39 AM, tanith27 said:

 

Flattered I guess they took my pic from here and used it for publicity.  Viewed 2.7 million times.  Figure they should at least give me a free float down the river.  lol.

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I noticed that when I saw the segment on the Marriott on KHOUs 10:00 news a week ago (I even paused it on the photo and took a picture of the TV). The exposure was a little different than what you posted, but its definitely the same picture now that I see them side by side.

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12 minutes ago, wilcal said:

As I mentioned in the GRB thread. Was walking around Discovery Green tonight trying out a new manual wide angle lens (Rokinon 12mm) and took a few shots of the Marquis. Looks to be fitting right in!

 

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I love my Rokinon 12mm. I use it a lot for landscapes and astrophotography out at the beach.

So I notice they still haven't glassed over the southwestern corner on the top two floors. Ive been trying to figure out for a while now if those will be balconies, but haven't gotten a response. Balconies weren't shown in the original renderings, but if that is now the plan, does anyone know what rooms the balconies would connect to? Penthouses? The top floor looks like it has a taller ceiling, maybe a public space of some sort? Should be some great views from there..

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