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26 minutes ago, bookey23 said:

Not sure if this is part of the master plan or just a fun Christmas installation, but there are now a ton of gold awnings and structures lining the Bagby bike lane.

City Lights.

https://www.downtownhouston.org/holidays/

https://www.downtownhouston.org/media/uploads/attachments/2022-11-11/CityLights_Trifold_9x12_Proof.pdf

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On 11/17/2022 at 10:34 AM, Avossos said:

Does anyone have info / news on the old convention center redevelopment?

it has become a make-shift homeless shelter. The amount of trash has also significantly increased.

Agreed. Who is responsible for cleaning it up? City or county? Feels like spots of downtown and midtown have trended downward lately. Sick of it and ready for things to improve. 

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On 11/23/2022 at 11:30 PM, urbanize713 said:

Agreed. Who is responsible for cleaning it up? City or county? Feels like spots of downtown and midtown have trended downward lately. Sick of it and ready for things to improve. 

The city owns the old convention center.  Agree with getting sick of the homeless camping and begging every where.  We (including the homeless) are being ill-served by our governments.

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7 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

The Congress St bridge improvements are my favorite. I love the idea of using stage lighting as well. So cool!

Feel like projects like this have their best chances of getting  off the ground when big events are  expected to come to town...because  the city becomes obsessed with putting it best foot foward , especially events that will be global 

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My favorite announcements from that video were the Congress Street Bridge improvements and the Texas Street improvements. With the Astros being so good, that entire portion of Downtown should just contain as much orange decoration as possible to give it a sense of place. If we can't yet get a true ballpark district from Crane, the city should start taking matters into their own hands to give that area an identity.

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5 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

The best & most important part of the before & after is people.

Think city leaders are wise up to.the reality that for the foreseeable future  big  office building  construction will dramatically slow, so  to keep downtown  Houston  alive , you will have to accelerate it transformation  to residential  

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I think they also realize that possibly hundreds of thousands of visitors will be visiting Houston for major events in the next few years (most notably the World Cup) and they need to get a jump start on making things nice, since it'll be the biggest advertisement for the city of Houston in decades.

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6 minutes ago, bookey23 said:

I think they also realize that possibly hundreds of thousands of visitors will be visiting Houston for major events in the next few years (most notably the World Cup) and they need to get a jump start on making things nice, since it'll be the biggest advertisement for the city of Houston in decades.

Houston has been getting a lot of good press lately as a top city in the U.S. and a top travel destination.  No need to oversell the World Cup 2026.  We just hosted the Super Bowl in 2017.  Anybody buying tickets to Quatar after the World Cup?  Does anyone remember the cities that hosted in Russia 2018 or Brazil 2014?  The one-time economic benefit is more important in my opinion.

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Every major event in the city is good for the city. Sporting events are a great way to bring a lot of new people into the city, who otherwise would never have a reason to come here. We can disagree about how important the World Cup will be, but I think the Harris County Sports Authority has done a fantastic job of getting the city marquee sporting events. Over 1 decade we will host the Super Bowl (2017), the NCAA Final Four (2023), the NCAA CFB Championship (2025) and the World Cup (2026)

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2 hours ago, steve1363 said:

Houston has been getting a lot of good press lately as a top city in the U.S. and a top travel destination.  No need to oversell the World Cup 2026.  We just hosted the Super Bowl in 2017.  Anybody buying tickets to Quatar after the World Cup?  Does anyone remember the cities that hosted in Russia 2018 or Brazil 2014?  The one-time economic benefit is more important in my opinion.

“No need to oversell” 

Cmon man. It’s the friggin World Cup.

Final Fours are nice. WrestleMania is too.

Super Bowl LI (2017) alone brought in $347 million to our local economy for ONE FOOTBALL GAME

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event worldwide and Houston will be hosting MULTIPLE matches, likely at least a Group Stage with potentially hosting additional knockout round matches for a global tournament that will be expanded (48 teams) in 2026. The revenue it might pump in to the local economy will eclipse any event this city has ever hosted in its entire history. It’s a global spotlight we’re fortunate to have. The city needs to capitalize on this massive opportunity. 

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4 minutes ago, tigereye said:

“No need to oversell” 

Cmon man. It’s the friggin World Cup.

Final Fours are nice. WrestleMania is too.

Super Bowl LI (2017) alone brought in $347 million to our local economy for ONE FOOTBALL GAME

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event worldwide and Houston will be hosting MULTIPLE matches, likely at least a Group Stage with potentially hosting additional knockout round matches. The revenue it might pump in to the local economy will eclipse any event this city has ever hosted in its entire history. It’s a global spotlight we’re fortunate to have. The city needs to capitalize on this massive opportunity. 

I agree. Honestly I don't know how we're going to do it with some of the infrastructure issues we have, especially around NRG. It boggles my mind how Texan fans funnel through those narrow sidewalks and it's even crazier that area isn't more walkable simply because of that. 

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2 hours ago, tigereye said:

One thing they need to is renovate the Astrodome in time for the World Cup spotlight. This city/county simply cannot have an abandoned building sitting next to a World Cup venue. Do something now. 

Yep, that along with rebuilding some streets like Lower/Upper Westheimer/W Alabama and those damn bridge lights. Shepherd should be finished by then and a few big projects as well. To think that if Culberson hadn't been such a loser and killed the University Line, we wouldn't have to worry about an east/west mode of transit for visitors. The BRT lines will barely begin construction around that time. 

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5 hours ago, tigereye said:

“No need to oversell” 

Cmon man. It’s the friggin World Cup.

Final Fours are nice. WrestleMania is too.

Super Bowl LI (2017) alone brought in $347 million to our local economy for ONE FOOTBALL GAME

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event worldwide and Houston will be hosting MULTIPLE matches, likely at least a Group Stage with potentially hosting additional knockout round matches for a global tournament that will be expanded (48 teams) in 2026. The revenue it might pump in to the local economy will eclipse any event this city has ever hosted in its entire history. It’s a global spotlight we’re fortunate to have. The city needs to capitalize on this massive opportunity. 

I don’t disagree with anything yoúve stated.  I just don’t believe there is any residual effect from the supposed exposure of hosting the World Cup.  The economic impacts are real while the events are hosted.

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On 11/17/2022 at 10:34 AM, Avossos said:

Does anyone have info / news on the old convention center redevelopment?

it has become a make-shift homeless shelter. The amount of trash has also significantly increased.

They put a fence around that raised concrete between the two sides of the road underneath the building.

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On 9/1/2022 at 6:38 PM, hindesky said:

I received an email today from HSO indicating the Jones Hall downstairs restrooms will be under construction for the remainder of the season.  "Luxury loos" are being installed on the Capitol Street sidewalk and will only be accessible from within Jones Hall.  I'm guessing a pair of the glass doors in front will somehow be dedicated to access the loos!

Edit: curiosity killed the cat!  I drove by to check it out, and yes it looks like two sets of glass doors in front are cordoned off for bathroom access outside.  The entire side on Capitol is cordoned off.20230106_161142.jpg.9899643cfc197b357027c72063414cf7.jpg

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Drove by this today and the wood structure is amazing! Pictures don't do it justice. Its something you need to see in person. It's going to be a dynamic addition to the theater district and I would imagine a go to place for a drink after work or before a  performance.

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On 1/6/2023 at 3:38 PM, steve1363 said:

I received an email today from HSO indicating the Jones Hall downstairs restrooms will be under construction for the remainder of the season.  "Luxury loos" are being installed on the Capitol Street sidewalk and will only be accessible from within Jones Hall.  I'm guessing a pair of the glass doors in front will somehow be dedicated to access the loos!

Edit: curiosity killed the cat!  I drove by to check it out, and yes it looks like two sets of glass doors in front are cordoned off for bathroom access outside.  The entire side on Capitol is cordoned off.

Can confirm, went to the symphony last night and was surprised to be escorted outside at intermission to use the bathroom. They were not luxury.

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1 hour ago, mattyt36 said:

Yikes

Ha ha!  It’s simply replacing one traumatic experience (walking single file down two levels of stairs to the basement) with another (the unpleasant experience of using a porta potty)!

I am so looking forward to the renovations!

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8 hours ago, steve1363 said:

Ha ha!  It’s simply replacing one traumatic experience (walking single file down two levels of stairs to the basement) with another (the unpleasant experience of using a porta potty)!

I am so looking forward to the renovations!

Amen, the Jones Hall bathrooms were already a nightmare!

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8 hours ago, steve1363 said:

Ha ha!  It’s simply replacing one traumatic experience (walking single file down two levels of stairs to the basement) with another (the unpleasant experience of using a porta potty)!

I am so looking forward to the renovations!

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Went to the Wortham last night and discovered the entrance on Texas to underground parking is now fenced off.  I had to loop around and enter on Prairie.  Getting out of the garage also took much longer than usual…not sure if construction related but I’m guessing so.  Oh and parking was $15 instead of $12!  Maybe that’s deliberate to steer demand to other parking garages??

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