Jump to content
HAIF - Houston's original social media

  

33 members have voted

  1. 1. What's your favorite Houston skyline?

    • Downtown
      23
    • Uptown
      4
    • TMC
      5
    • Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby
      1
    • Katy Freeway/Energy Corridor
      0


Recommended Posts

Well, the title speaks for itself.

Here's my list:

1. Uptown (looking to the east from the SW Freeway, uptown looks very impressive. Especially with all of the cranes)

2. DT - from 45 SE of DT

3. TMC from 610

4. Energy Corridor

5. The Woodlands

6. Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

1. DT on I-10 eastbound just before Yale. All of the larger buildings that line the Louisiana St face this direction and are spread out.

2. DT on the connector ramp from 288 NB to 59 SB. I like the density from this side.

3. 610 west loop with the buildings close to the freeway on both sides.

post-11790-13989092513554_thumb.jpg

post-11790-13989095165783_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

I voted the TMC.  Simply for its uniqueness - outside of Boston and Bethesda I'm having trouble thinking of a collection of medical/biomedical buildings and towers that nears the size and density of the TMC (in one place).

 

In terms of most impressive buildings:

1) Downtown

2) Uptown

3) TMC

 

I think the best view of Downtown is either from 59/69 heading north from Upper Kirby or from I-45 south looking over the Convention Center.  The reasons are that the towers along Smith and Travis dwarf the older parts of town and hence hide a lot of the other buildings, whereas the views from the south still show off those big 50 floor towers with the smaller buildings and historic district in full view.

Link to post
Share on other sites

1. DT on I-10 eastbound just before Yale. All of the larger buildings that line the Louisiana St face this direction and are spread out. 2. DT on the connector ramp from 288 NB to 59 SB. I like the density from this side. 3. 610 west loop with the buildings close to the freeway on both sides. attachicon.gifuploadfromtaptalk1398909250963.jpg attachicon.gifuploadfromtaptalk1398909515870.jpg

Crossing over Yale on I-10 (heading east), at 7:20 in the morning is amazing. The sun beams slightly off of the Wells Fargo Tower, it looks so shiny and smooth. The color of the glass is most impressive with that lighting.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Such a great topic. First off, thank you all for the different persective pix of DT. I must say, only because I grew up viewing DT this way, I prefer either Southbound I45 approaching DT or eastbound I10 approaching DT. Because I love the BoA's impact on the skyline, so unique, I had to vote for DT as my fave skyline. My other favorite HTown tower is the Williams Tower, so I had to choose UT as a second choice. BUT, without the WT, I would easily vote for MT as my 2nd face. The density, design and light rail make it in my mind, a contender for best urban use of space. If MT ever got another iconic tower to rival the Williams Tower, I would switch my allegiance. I am just a sucker for tall towers. The aforementioned favorite DT views don't showcase the density of It like some of those you all posted, so I have to rethink my position on that. ;) the Woodlands skyline is definitely eye catching and getting increasingly denser. Being my commute, I also am enjoying the EC, especially from Memorial City west to Hwy 6, BUT, I also think it is going to become limited to straddeling the fwy without much clustering, which I prefer over staggered structures. ( think Phoenix or Atlanta). Finally, I must say, I find it awesome that we are able to pick which of the multiple skylines our fair city has as it's best. Not too many cities can boast that. :)

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

1. Downtown from the south-x-southwest side.

2. Memorial City 

3. Downtown from the northwest side.

4. The Woodlands

5. Texas Medical Center

6. Galleria Area

7. Downtown from the due eastside.

8. Greenway Plaza

9. Energy Corridor (I-10 between 6 & the Beltway 8)

10. Greenspoint

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I choose uptown, but only because there is the one angle of downtown that I don't like that they always show when they show Houston to the world. You know which one I am talking about. The one with the big open field, the freeway in the front and the big buildings with the gaps in-between them.

houston_skyline_dusk.jpg

Edited by citykid09
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

These are my favorite downtown skyline viewing points .

1. Look southwest at sunset from the Irvington St. Bridge and N.Wayside over Englewood Yard . 

2. Look west at sunset from the Ship Channel 610 Bridge . 

3. Look southeast at sunset and midday from 290 . 

4. Look south at morning and midday from I-45 and Northline and North Main . 

5. Look northwest at sunset and midday from U of H Central . 

6. Look north from Hermann Park at sunset and morning

7. Look northeast at sunset from Bellaire . 

8. Look south from IAH Bush at morning , midday ,and sunset .

9. Look west from San Jacinto Monument and from the deck of BB35 at morning and sunset .

10. Look north from Reliant Stadium at sunset . 

11. Look east from I-10 at morning , midday ,and sunset .

12. Look southeast from Houston Ave.@ Washington Ave. 

13. Look south from UofH Downtown morning, midday ,and sunset .

14. Look northwest from Hobby and Ellington Field at midday and sunset .

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was near downtown transit center about 8:30 pm the other day and the sun was going down, and the buildings had this pretty glow. I wish I had my phone to snap a pic. Chevron and, the buildings around looked so beautiful and exxon looked like a classic gem. I will be sad if it I'd severely altered.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I would like to change my #1.

Google directed me west on the beltway from 45 south, and then up 59 to Hilcroft, with turns into voss leading to San Felipe.

I have never for some reason driven this way my whole life. There were rad 80's buildings on both sides of the black top freeway, and heading north on 59 the Williams Tower looked so majestic I felt like I had seen it for the first time. Uptown was gleaming. I cannot describe it other than absolutely incredible.

So, #1 hands down is Uptown as viewed from 59 heading north from the beltway. Not on the on-ramp but on the actual freeway.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I would like to change my #1.

Google directed me west on the beltway from 45 south, and then up 59 to Hilcroft, with turns into voss leading to San Felipe.

I have never for some reason driven this way my whole life. There were rad 80's buildings on both sides of the black top freeway, and heading north on 59 the Williams Tower looked so majestic I felt like I had seen it for the first time. Uptown was gleaming. I cannot describe it other than absolutely incredible.

So, #1 hands down is Uptown as viewed from 59 heading north from the beltway. Not on the on-ramp but on the actual freeway.

 

It also looks good from the westpark tollroad eastbound when returning from Chinatown. A similar perspective to 59, but elevated in a few more places, which allows for better ogling. And that little tunnel is kinda cool.

 

If you take the 59 downtown exit from westparkl toll eastbound, there is a big ramp with really nice view:

https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=29.68686,-95.454025&spn=0.384158,0.529404&cbll=29.722925,-95.495435&layer=c&panoid=CWKMvdbroVWue6u8mwPL-A&cbp=12,43.44,,0,0.03&t=h&z=11

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

It also looks good from the westpark tollroad eastbound when returning from Chinatown. A similar perspective to 59, but elevated in a few more places, which allows for better ogling. And that little tunnel is kinda cool.

If you take the 59 downtown exit from westparkl toll eastbound, there is a big ramp with really nice view:

https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=29.68686,-95.454025&spn=0.384158,0.529404&cbll=29.722925,-95.495435&layer=c&panoid=CWKMvdbroVWue6u8mwPL-A&cbp=12,43.44,,0,0.03&t=h&z=11

It is a good view, I do however often see it like that when I take 59 N from Fountain View. I feel the view was more stunning a little further south when 59 runs at a NW/SW angle.
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 months later...
  • 5 weeks later...

The view from the west side is becoming my least favorite, at least close-up.

It makes it look like downtown only has five skyscrapers. It's the only view I've seen them show during the Texans game tonight.

Link to post
Share on other sites

agreed.. they need to get a camera mounted on a pole in the south/southeast corner of downtown. it looks super dense from there.. either that or on top of Burnett Station, time lapsed with all the trains coming and going, and downtown to the south. i think that would be pretty sweet..

a little too far south, but a somewhat similar view from the 45/59/288 interchange.

5D768277-4BAF-467A-AA81-39FD1B902514-305

my favorite view in town would have to be from the Beltway 8/59S interchange, on the flyover coming from beltway 8 south/heading west/north. uptown merges into greenway which merges into downtown, which almost merges into the TMC.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...