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On ‎8‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 9:13 PM, hindesky said:

From today's bicycle ride.

 

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I wonder if/how badly the area of Midway's bayou development (former KBR) flooded and how that will affect their plans there.

 

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I didn't see any flooding in the Midway Development area (which is now labeled as East River development).  The bayou thankfully held up and was able to absorb most of the rain without flooding in that area.  My question is whether the city of Houston will step in and force a purchase of the land in order for some creative solution of flood control for the city.  Or if this pressures/forces Midway to build more green space parks in the area.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in those discussion rooms.  Interesting times ahead for Htown.

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More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

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Current Google Earth

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1 hour ago, hindesky said:

More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

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Current Google Earth

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I can't believe I'm saying this but Pennzoil looked so out of place 45 (45 . . . almost half a century!!) years ago, and not nearly as pretty.

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The Western Union building can be seen at the base of Pennzoil in the '70s photo.
This is the building that is finally being demolished after spending 35 years walled off in the BOA (Republic Bank) banking hall.

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3 hours ago, hindesky said:

More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

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Current Google Earth

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Hope Google is working on an update ;)

 

1 hour ago, dbigtex56 said:

The Western Union building can be seen at the base of Pennzoil in the '70s photo.
This is the building that is finally being demolished after spending 35 years walled off in the BOA (Republic Bank) banking hall.

 

No demo occurring for the Western Union Building, its being restored back to use.

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There's more buildings in the "modern" shot, but I'm a bit surprised how relatively-filled out downtown Houston was in the 1970s and how few relatively few buildings have been demolished, with the only really noticeable ones are the ones at the bottom of the picture, north of Washington.

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What is the building just south of Bayou Place, where the Hobby center is now?

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2 minutes ago, cspwal said:

What is the building just south of Bayou Place, where the Hobby center is now?

Should be the Sam Houston Coliseum and the Houston Music Hall.

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7 minutes ago, IronTiger said:

Should be the Sam Houston Coliseum and the Houston Music Hall.

 

And of course HAIF has a topic for it

 

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1 hour ago, IronTiger said:

There's more buildings in the "modern" shot, but I'm a bit surprised how relatively-filled out downtown Houston was in the 1970s and how few relatively few buildings have been demolished, with the only really noticeable ones are the ones at the bottom of the picture, north of Washington.

 

To be fair, that photo was taken around 1978-1979, so the last boom in building had already begun.  Had it been taken in 1970 it would have been missing a bunch more buildings I think.

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13 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

No demo occurring for the Western Union Building, its being restored back to use.

If the remark was meant humorously, forgive me.
To clarify, Western Union outright refused to sell or demolish their building when Gerald Hines was developing Republic Bank, due to the number of cables that converged on the site. The banking hall was incorporated into the design because building a tall building on that side of the block would have been even more of an engineering nightmare.
For 35 years the Louisiana/Capitol corner of the banking hall was sealed off. With the advent of the internet, Western Union no longer had a use for the building. The remains are being (or have been) demolished in order to open up that space in the banking hall, along with installing new windows on the Rusk façade.
I have heard nothing about any part of the building being incorporated into the new design.

edit: (and retraction) The Chron article refers to the Western Union building as being "opened up", so yes, it could be said that it's being restored. In a sense. :)
Also corrected Capitol (from Rusk).



https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/12/21/photoswith-anchor-tenant-exiting-bank-of-america.html
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Bank-of-America-Center-to-bring-hidden-building-12456235.php#photo-14755911

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7 minutes ago, hindesky said:

The View from The Vue.

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The view from Hirsch

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In the View from the Vue, the Midtown highrises appear to stretch the skyline. It's only going to get better. 

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View from the 60th floor of Chase Tower.

 

@bobruss I took a cool photo of your favorite building.

 

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Thats such a great shot, beautiful, and  not a bad building either. That is the  best angle  to see it. If I was young and had the time, I'd get into as many buildings

as possible and take photos of all  the incredible massing's of new towers juxtaposed  against old. Closeups of the textures, colors, angles, and  reflection, from different levels of downtown that most people don't get to see. 

Through 20 years of installing art, in many offices towers and high rises around town, I have had the opportunity to see quite a few amazing compositions for a tabletop book

and I think if it was done on a large format it  would be a striking book..  

Come hear us play tomorrow night at the Rehab bar on Enid 9-12.

Its our debut.

 

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30 minutes ago, cspwal said:

Was that from a drone or a garage?

 

Flying camera :) 

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On ‎5‎/‎31‎/‎2019 at 6:38 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

View from the 60th floor of Chase Tower.

 

@bobruss I took a cool photo of your favorite building.

 

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How did you get up there? Have they reopened the skylobby to the public?

 

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On 6/5/2019 at 10:08 AM, H-Town Man said:

 

How did you get up there? Have they reopened the skylobby to the public?

 

 

I have a badge to the building.

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On 5/14/2018 at 10:06 PM, hindesky said:

More downtown pics from reddit, 70's and current Google earth.

70's

HTGBAFg.jpg

Current Google Earth

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I cant believe that no one mentioned the old railway line that still existed in the ‘70s that used to run to late Grand Central Station! I know it stopped service in the 50s, but I thought they had just completely ripped up the tracks then and there instead of leaving them.

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Are you talking about the lines behind the old post office? Because Amtrak still runs 6 trains a week through there

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