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moo. I liked Mid Lane and Briarglen and Bancroft a lot better when they were full of little quaint Zidell apartments. Let the tarring and feathering begin, I know. (Also let the record show that I live in Bear Creek, so I'm not exactly an Inner Loop hipster evangelist.)

 

These big developments just don't have any character or personality. They could be anywhere, in any city, and you'd never notice a difference. They don't say Houston.

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I think they're the most Houston thing around.

 

Out with the old, in with the new. It's kinda our thing.

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To me a lot of the old garden style apartments being torn down are hedious.

The new, taller complexes are more colorful, more visible, more lively looking.

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I had said this in the Predict Houston 2030 topic, but you're right, I can easily see the stretch of Westheimer from Kirby out to the Galleria becoming heavily up-market retail-dominated.  

 

 

When and if that happens, I'll bet the city or else a local group will be pushing very hard to give the Westheimer/River Oaks strip a catchy name for marketing purposes (think "Eado", if you must).  You read it here first.  I'm thinking it will be some variation on "Miracle Mile".

i was sketching out my mass transit vision on google earth the other day with the "path" line drawing tool, and i changed my old paper version of a Westheimer subway from Midtown/red line out to Beltway 8, shortening it into a route from Kirby to theGalleria (i have an upper kirby subway line, along with turning the Post Oak LRT/BRT stretch into subway, so the Westheimer line would essentially be following the exact "district" you described, linking Kirby to Post Oak/theGalleria and all the development in between, along Westheimer. anyways when it asked for a name for the new "path" i came up with the "Hightheimer". obviously a mix of Highland Village and Westheimer. similar to a "big-timer" or someone with lots of money.. heh. sorry to bring up a 9 month old discussion, i just had that revelation.

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15378733791_95a2bfe8cc_o.jpgIMG_1334 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

2 pedestrians waiting for the train. there were three more on the south side of Westheimer. Sunday AM

15358889546_f7d190c585_o.jpgIMG_1339 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Seems well built.

15195290068_5b08ffc3f0_o.jpgIMG_1345 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Parcel just south of the current construction is fenced off.

15195145279_acf29a0332_o.jpgIMG_1343 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

15195392497_d2cde2851a_o.jpgIMG_1341 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

15381879055_c8ea2555cd_o.jpgIMG_1340 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

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Looking good! Can't wait to see more progress on this massive project, as well as the 17st building that's mixed in with it. :)

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By the way - Phase II of this project has been postponed indefinitely.  Kiran's was scheduled to move out of their space to allow for the demo of the low slung office buildings abutting Westheimer, but just had their lease extended for 2 years, so they are staying.

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What I find interesting in Skylines photo, is the serious change of scale in the massing occurring in this image.

The bands around Greenway Plaza are filling in.

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Is it just me or has this project taken forever?

 

I don't think its taken "forever"

 

That one block downtown has... this has been moving along at a steady pace (i think)

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wow!  THE JAMES, looks like something right out of dubai, uae.  this prospective development is simply gorgeous, charming, graceful, and totally within it's element near the RIVER OAKS DISTRICT.  a standing ovation to the architects!

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You can plant a million flowers, but you will still have the charm and buzz of high voltage lines overhead. Love this city. The shorter building looks great. The Taller one... in the middle rendering, looks like Randal Davis.

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Thanks for the update!

 

Dang! How Many AT&T Buildings with the plain walls can one city have? Maybe Dallas can give us some left over Gold Glass from the boxes they have left from the 1980s.

 

I remember watching Back to the Future and thinking someday I will be as old as Marty and Biff's parents and the 1980s will seem as old fashioned to kids today as the 1950s seemed to me...that day has arrived.

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Dang! How Many AT&T Buildings with the plain walls can one city have? Maybe Dallas can give us some left over Gold Glass from the boxes they have left from the 1980s.

 

I remember watching Back to the Future and thinking someday I will be as old as Marty and Biff's parents and the 1980s will seem as old fashioned to kids today as the 1950s seemed to me...that day has arrived.

I'm actually kind of bummed about the renovation and repainting of a couple North Loop office buildings losing their 80's pizazz. The twins that Comerica occupy, and our little gold box.

 

We only have this AT&T building and the one Downtown. I don't mind them, a reminder of a time long past. I wonder if a complete overhaul could turn them into giant data centers if they aren't already.

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Dang! How Many AT&T Buildings with the plain walls can one city have?

 

 

As many as were needed to handle long-distance connections and maintain enough redundancy in case of Soviet attack in the 1960s. Those were designed to survive nuclear war, after all.

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Per BisNow, this is now called the James.

 

Really?

 

People will now be entering James?

 

Oh my..... 

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