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I wish they'd do something about the parking garage for Allen Center, and 1600 Smith. Also demolish the Doubletree hotel and the parking structure in front of it and build a few residential/mixed-use structures, this part of Downtown needs some diversity. The Theater District Master Plan should help.

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In all honesty, it would be nice to have Sam Houston Park relocated to the southern side of downtown. Also, instead of the oddly sprawling layout of the park, it would be more interesting to have all of those houses situated along a park "boulevard" or sorts to make it feel like an old neighborhood. Then, the land around the main drag could be used as a lawn with nice trees. The way it sits now, SH Park looks somewhat haphazardly laid out.

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49 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

I wish they'd do something about the parking garage for Allen Center, and 1600 Smith. Also demolish the Doubletree hotel and the parking structure in front of it and build a few residential/mixed-use structures, this part of Downtown needs some diversity. The Theater District Master Plan should help.

OMG YES! Couldn't agree more!

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4 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

I wish they'd do something about the parking garage for Allen Center, and 1600 Smith. Also demolish the Doubletree hotel and the parking structure in front of it and build a few residential/mixed-use structures, this part of Downtown needs some diversity. The Theater District Master Plan should help.

 

I agree that diversity is needed badly in this part (I work in Allen Center and park in the hideous garage), but i know that the parking garage you speak of will not be torn down anytime soon as it is fairly new. The Doubletree wont be going anywhere either. Our best hope is that residential from across 45 bleeds into this area. The big Allen Center Garage has the Met Club on top of it. No plans for that leaving. Best that can happen is a renovation / beautification. They certainly can plant trees in front of it to disguise it a bit.

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The western view of downtown is breathtaking at night. It's a welcome home sign when I am coming from a trip out west.  But during daylight hours to me the best view is from the southeast in the proximity of the UH area. Along 288 the views are awesome from almost the beltway into town.

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Yeah, they have an interesting interpretation of "topping out".. Have they built floor 48 yet? Maybe thats what they're referring to? Or John Pickard happened to be in town so they all went over to the tower and had an early "celebration". Heh.
The tree doesn't normally come until the final structural beam is placed.

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I'm very excited for this project, but I think I'm more excited for the 'Hines' effect that will take place within a few blocks radius of here.  There is a lot of surface lots nearby, that will likely be hitting the drawing boards soon if they haven't already.  A lot of national law firms and high-credit tenants are trading papers on this building right now, in addition to United Airlines and Kirkland.   These projects may be 5-7 years away, but the future is bright for downtown Houston.

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 This is a nice view of  downtown from the southeast, a side we don't normally  see in stories about Houston. Great balance and depth.

Many more buildings are visible on the east side, and the skyline is much more dynamic with all of the layering. I find the  juxtaposition is much more interesting and you really

feel the scope of downtown.

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That looks to be taken from TDECU Stadium. The view from the larger upper deck of the entire city is amazing. You can see all the way out to the Energy Corridor on a clear day and the city looks huge. Also, looking East, you can see so many of the ship channel plants. 

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