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The only way for the streetscape along Main in the photo above to improve substantially at this point will be the development of Block 45. Highest and best use is most likely a highrise luxury hotel with significant GFR. The development of that block will be one of the pivotal events of the next 5-10 years.

 

Beyond that, I wonder at what point the value of the land underneath the county's office building at Main & Preston will justify the cost of the offices relocating. The parcel must already be worth $15 million or so, considering that Hines paid $9 million for the land underneath Aris. If pedestrian life takes off with all these new developments, double that.

 

 

 

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The last pic posted is probably THE ugliest view of downtown there is. Minus the Chase Tower, downtown looks like a middle America, mid-sized city that nobody remembers and time forgot about.

 

For the record, I'm referring to the view, not the quality of the image or anything related to the photographer.

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7 minutes ago, wxman said:

The last pic posted is probably THE ugliest view of downtown there is. Minus the Chase Tower, downtown looks like a middle America, mid-sized city that nobody remembers and time forgot about.

 

For the record, I'm referring to the view, not the quality of the image or anything related to the photographer.

 

haha, it would look even worse had it not been for the Hardy Yards landscaping improvements in the foreground... 

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3 hours ago, wxman said:

The last pic posted is probably THE ugliest view of downtown there is. Minus the Chase Tower, downtown looks like a middle America, mid-sized city that nobody remembers and time forgot about.

 

For the record, I'm referring to the view, not the quality of the image or anything related to the photographer.

Pretty much Houston in a nutshell.

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On 8/10/2016 at 3:00 PM, wxman said:

The last pic posted is probably THE ugliest view of downtown there is. Minus the Chase Tower, downtown looks like a middle America, mid-sized city that nobody remembers and time forgot about.

 

For the record, I'm referring to the view, not the quality of the image or anything related to the photographer.


Well, to be as fair as I can be to my hometown, Houston is weird. You don't see many cities as economically powerful or as populous as Houston also be Alaska big (square mile-wise.) It is that big for many many complex reasons I only know a little about, so all I'll say is: it will for a long time, even as some areas grow dense, have empty fields which can be furrowed with the tears of amateur urban planners (like myself.)

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^^^ @Triton really awesome illustrations my cool pal.  i cannot wait to view

your shots of HOTEL ALESSANDRA at GREENSTREET....

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On 8/23/2016 at 9:23 AM, ChannelTwoNews said:

Just got back to the area on Sunday to visit my dad and I have to say I was excited to see this building's presence really making an impact. I plan on getting downtown in the next few days, but for now, here are a couple of photos my wife took from my phone driving in...

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609 LOOKS SO MASSIVE!! This view from the North Fwy is just wow no words....the way it towers over Market Square Tower just wow!! I'll be stopping for the night in Houston before going to El Salvador Tuesday, can't wait to get home and see this in person. I've been gone for tooooo long

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14 hours ago, enriquewx91 said:

 

 

609 LOOKS SO MASSIVE!! This view from the North Fwy is just wow no words....the way it towers over Market Square Tower just wow!! I'll be stopping for the night in Houston before going to El Salvador Tuesday, can't wait to get home and see this in person. I've been gone for tooooo long

Yeah it looks really good from all sides. 

 

But the Tampa-Stain neighbor is really distracting...

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^^^ @ChannelTwoNews props for the great illustrations!  we have been acquiring TONS of the 609 main towers scale, but hardly

any of the garage and front entry area.  i would love to view the entire garage area and more front entry.... props!

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