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17 hours ago, Texasota said:

Good short-term use. Still want an Alamo in the medium-long term.

 

That's a pretty small screen, but anything would be better than the curved surfaces they're projecting onto at the silos drive-in.

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Phase I is underway, here's our first look:       More renderings can be found in the brochure below:   https://images1.loopnet.com/d2/2hO8ds_6cesMWwAvCHKLz8FOD

One of the buildings at KBR that faces downtown. Really visible from afar.   

Finally an update (from HBJ):   A spokeswoman for Midway said in an email that the company is in discussions with the city of Houston about how the project will be delivered over the next se

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Go See Christopher Nolan’s New Thriller, Tenet, at This Fifth Ward Drive-In

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Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema, which shows its first movie on Sept 3, will be screening films on a giant structure made from storage containers. 

By Brittany Cristiano  9/3/2020 at 2:59pm

 

IN NEED OF PLANS FOR THE LONG WEEKEND? Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema near the East River should be your destination. A collaboration between Blue Moon Cinemas and Hockley’s Showboat Drive-In, the new Fifth Ward drive-in, which opens September 3, will project films onto a 40- by 80-foot structure made from storage containers, according to a press release. And while the unique screen could be a draw, the big excitement is that Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated spy epic Tenet is kicking off the new venue’s screenings.

One of the biggest movie events of the year (and not just because this year’s film season was basically cancelled), little is known about Nolan’s new film, save for its insane budget and stacked cast, which includes John David Washington, Michael Cane, Kenneth Branagh, and Robert Pattinson. Seriously, its plot has been something of a closely guarded Hollywood secret. What we do know is that it involves a time-bending mission to prevent a World War III—as if 2020 hasn’t been bad enough.

 
 

According to the release, Moonstruck will show both newly released and classic movies (this weekend’s schedule also includes stoner-throwback Bill and Ted Face the Music and Pixar’s Inside Out) and will also host drive-in concerts and other experiences. Each showing will allow up to 200 cars, and spots are first-come, first-serve. Event-goers will also get a give a fantastic view of downtown and a first glimpse of real estate investment group Midway’s 150-acre East River development, which has been inaccessible to Houstonians for years.

$25 (price includes a car permit and tickets for all passengers). Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema, 100 Bringhurst St. More info and tickets at moonstruckdrivein.com.

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Went and saw Tenet at this drive-in last weekend. The experience was... lacking.

 

They really had an opportunity to do something genuinely cool and lift everyone's spirits in a time where we're all desperately in need of a little escape. Instead, this seemed like a minimum-possible-effort operation.

 

The screen is... acceptable. Not big, and definitely not bright. But it's a drive-in, so they mostly get a pass for that kind of stuff. They had a lot of audio technical issues up front, which resulted in none of the previews being watchable. It was thankfully fixed for the main feature, albeit starting at least 15 minutes late.

 

But where they really failed is in the experience surrounding the movie. There was one sad taco truck, one sad drinks tent run by The New Potato, and one bank of portapotties that... were out of order. The drink tent purported to sell beer, wine, and White Claw, but they were out of wine. With a little bit of effort they could really have made this into a fun, safe place to spend an evening that I'd be looking forward to returning to.

 

At least the skyline view is great.

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9 minutes ago, Andrew Ewert said:

Went and saw Tenet at this drive-in last weekend. The experience was... lacking.

 

They really had an opportunity to do something genuinely cool and lift everyone's spirits in a time where we're all desperately in need of a little escape. Instead, this seemed like a minimum-possible-effort operation.

 

The screen is... acceptable. Not big, and definitely not bright. But it's a drive-in, so they mostly get a pass for that kind of stuff. They had a lot of audio technical issues up front, which resulted in none of the previews being watchable. It was thankfully fixed for the main feature, albeit starting at least 15 minutes late.

 

But where they really failed is in the experience surrounding the movie. There was one sad taco truck, one sad drinks tent run by The New Potato, and one bank of portapotties that... were out of order. The drink tent purported to sell beer, wine, and White Claw, but they were out of wine. With a little bit of effort they could really have made this into a fun, safe place to spend an evening that I'd be looking forward to returning to.

 

At least the skyline view is great.

 

From the moment I saw this was announced, I expected this. They hyped up an announcement for a theater, when they know everyone is waiting to see who will occupy the space, and they give us this, they aren't reading the room. 

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Went last night and had a blast even with the rain. Saw Tenet and had no issues with the viewing. They had 2 food trucks and a couple of other vendors, plus the New Potato setup. Maybe there was just an off night last weekend?

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In general, I'm not a fan of a single entity buying up so many acres and building a "community" like this from scratch, because I prefer more organic "fine grain" growth patterns.

However, this seems pretty good all things considering. It's very mixed use (a no-brainer in Houston anyway), has no streets larger than two lanes, and at least at a surface level seems to prioritizes pedestrian and bike traffic. A personal highlight is how they're building a new place for the Houston Maritime Museum right on the banks, that's going to be a beautiful place to hang out if it all comes together.

If I were to be nitpicky, I wonder if there are City of Houston regs/codes that are forcing the buildings to have such large setbacks, or if that's part of the style. Since it's 5 phases, maybe we'll see the effects of changing city codes all in this one development. It would also be great to see dedicated on or off street bike paths built in, or some better love shown to the bus route that goes by there. Maybe if the area continues to densify, we'll see a BRT line or something? The development def needs better transportation options than just the highway, it's a waste this close to the city center to force everyone to drive.

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On 10/13/2020 at 2:52 PM, pm91 said:

the land looks pretty empty with the exception being a mural made out of shipping containers. No equipment on site.

Not a great sign. I appreciate them engaging the area with art and a drive-in theatre, but I would prefer to see boots on the ground. Makes me wonder what these "pending agreements with the city" entail.

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27 minutes ago, ljchou said:

Not a great sign. I appreciate them engaging the area with art and a drive-in theatre, but I would prefer to see boots on the ground. Makes me wonder what these "pending agreements with the city" entail.

We are in an election year and recession so it's kind of interesting people want huge projects built with these horrible fundamentals lols...

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31 minutes ago, ljchou said:

Not a great sign. I appreciate them engaging the area with art and a drive-in theatre, but I would prefer to see boots on the ground. Makes me wonder what these "pending agreements with the city" entail.

 

Relax. Development, especially at this scale, takes time.

 

What "pending agreements with the city" are you referring to?

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23 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Relax. Development, especially at this scale, takes time.

 

What "pending agreements with the city" are you referring to?

Recent bizjournal article posted above.

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I’ve been watching this barge a for the past couple weeks. looks to me like they are just improving the South bank of the bayou where they has been some erosion.  I don’t think that this is work on a pedestrian bridge. 

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Jensen is being resurfaced from Clinton to Navigation. Unsure if it is related to East River, the Navigation/Jensen/Runnels roundabout project, or just regular construction work.

 

Regardless of what it's for, resurfacing Jensen is appreciated.

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1 hour ago, HOUTEX said:

Thought it was interesting to see there's brick under Jensen Drive. I sorta wish they would just take the asphalt off and restore the brick!

 

For sure! Just like the "presidential brick" portion of Navigation!

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All architectural brick accents in intersections and roads are a bad idea in Houston. The soil plus the climate makes mother nature chew shit up here. 

 

Those accents on Harrisburg already have potholes (speed bumps.) Washington roundabout is an amusement park ride and should charge admission.  

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The pavers between the rails on the Red Line seem to have hung in there all these years, but then again those don't have road traffic on them. All the weight of the train is on the steel rails.

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On 11/7/2020 at 4:27 PM, Arternative said:

All architectural brick accents in intersections and roads are a bad idea in Houston. The soil plus the climate makes mother nature chew shit up here

 

Those accents on Harrisburg already have potholes (speed bumps.) Washington roundabout is an amusement park ride and should charge admission.  

 

nope.

 

there are plenty of examples worldwide of roadways being constructed of brick in far worse climates than our own and the quality of those roads is far better than even our concrete roadways.

 

that doesn't make it a good idea for Houston, we just shouldn't use a different excuse to cover for the real reason, which is that we as a city don't want to pay the taxes necessary to support the cost of better quality roads, of any type.

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On 11/7/2020 at 1:46 PM, zaphod said:

Is it even possible to scrape off the asphalt? It seems to be flaking off naturally but how do you grind it down without tearing up the brick too?

Yes. Asphalt peels relatively easily and there are contractors that have large road-sized heaters that roll over the roadway and melt the tar for easier removal. The photos above are after the roadway had been scraped for a re-paving project that's going on right now. 

 

Brick roads built here more recently are atrocious examples of crappy engineering. The Washington roundabout is easily the best "worst" example of what can happen. In the instance of Jensen, those area roads have been there for 100 years and are in relatively great shape. 

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On 11/10/2020 at 1:17 PM, samagon said:

 

nope.

 

there are plenty of examples worldwide of roadways being constructed of brick in far worse climates than our own and the quality of those roads is far better than even our concrete roadways.

 

that doesn't make it a good idea for Houston, we just shouldn't use a different excuse to cover for the real reason, which is that we as a city don't want to pay the taxes necessary to support the cost of better quality roads, of any type.

 

There's an easy solution: make rights-of-way narrower. 

 

In EaDo, for example, something like 40% of land area is public right-of-way. If you increase the ratio of taxable land to paved surface by a factor of 3X or so, you could afford a lot nicer paving.

 

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Well, the purpose of brick or special paving would be decorative, aka "place making" or something. Like a district where people walk around visiting adjacent businesses or attractions and you want it to look good. I don't think that's so costly nor would it ever be needed or justified outside a few districts.

 

Honestly I always thought Houston had pretty nice concrete roads with curbs and sidewalks and grass medians and stuff.

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I wouldn't say it's purely decorative. Sett paving can last a lot longer than concrete or asphalt (centuries in many cases). And it has the beneficial side effect of slowing down vehicular traffic.

 

On sidewalks in places with street trees, brick pavers (or, even better, Portuguese stone) undulate naturally with growth in the trees' root system, whereas concrete sidewalks crack. The material is ubiquitous on the sidewalks of residential neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, for example, for exactly this reason.

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21 hours ago, hindesky said:

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One of the comments on this post asks about groundbreaking plans and they replied with "next year". They expect to be complete with Phase 1 by 2023 which feels ...fast. But good to hear!

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They have updated their marketing flyer and it appears the Maritime Museum is no longer part of Phase 1... they are now showing that site as a smaller boutique office/retail building.  Hopefully the Museum is planned for a later phase and didn't fall through. That would be a real bummer. 

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