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From tonight's event... warning, absolutely terrible night time photos!

 

The Raven Tower opens:

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

View from the top of the Raven Tower... a lot more scenic than I imagined.

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

View of La Macro and The Burger Joint food trucks:

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

The affect on the surrounding neighborhood was pretty bad. HPD put a few tickets on some cars for violating distance from stop signs and fire hydrants. Most of the Glen Park neighborhood will probably file for parking permit signs.

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

Overlooking the patio which overlooks the bayou:

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

Looking towards the band:

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

The ice house facing towards downtown:

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

A high-res picture of downtown from this vantage point would be awesome! Both at night and day

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I'll ask my homey Tater if I can post his pic. That's if I run into him here in Hollywood (we're all on industry vacation. ..lol)

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Brijon we need boots on the ground here.

That views of Downtown is spectacular, almost miss living up north and having that view when driving in. Nah, west is better, but still cool.

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Just sent all this info to my best friend and his band's management company!!! i am dying to see Blue October play this place!!! Hoping it happens as they will be touring in support of their new cd coming out this April! 

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Just sent all this info to my best friend and his band's management company!!! i am dying to see Blue October play this place!!! Hoping it happens as they will be touring in support of their new cd coming out this April!

Vivid emo/scene flashbacks of Java Jazz triggered.

Looks like a cool place to check out. Would love to go on top of the Raven Tower.

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Vivid emo/scene flashbacks of Java Jazz triggered.

Looks like a cool place to check out. Would love to go on top of the Raven Tower.

 

Man I miss Java Jazz and all its many locations.

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HAHA! all incredible memories for sure! i will say their music has evolved so much...especially since he achieved sobriety 3 years and 8 months ago...his voice is stronger than ever and his live performances are more powerful than ever! of course the whole band is amazing!!! crossing fingers they play a show here!

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Blue October 4-28 at HoB.

 

I'll be violently ill that day- it never fails, when they come, I get sick a few days before. I was close to death the last time.....

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thats a hideous looking sign

 

It looks sharp and clear in person. My camera is picking up the lines and what not.

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They poured new sidewalks along the streets. Looking good.

 

Yup. Just rode my bike on that sidewalk today. A lot wider than before. Also, it appears that the next parking lot with not be concrete but will be gravel.

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Went to check out The Raven Tower today.  Not a hot spot as of yet, but definitely potential.  Sucks that the tower is somewhat difficult to access.  Seems like it will be restricted to VIPs after it becomes popular.  Nice view nonetheless.

 

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Went to check out The Raven Tower today.  Not a hot spot as of yet, but definitely potential.  Sucks that the tower is somewhat difficult to access.  Seems like it will be restricted to VIPs after it becomes popular.  Nice view nonetheless.

 

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Yea, lot of potential in this area. North Main could be a lot different in this area in the next 5 years, especially with all the vacant stores that line the rail line. Not too difficult to access, has a hallway from the bar and a door that allows entry from the outside... Don't understand how this will be limited to VIPs.

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Yeah man, I definitely agree. The bar isn't too far from the rail stop, but the perceived safety at the rail stop itself will be the determining factor to get people walking around this area.  Hopefully that will change as the shuttered storefronts get some businesses.  The difficulty I was referring to has to do with the tiny stairway (kinda hard to maneuver with both up/down traffic.. even when sober and only 20-30 people there) and the low head clearance on the stairs up to the deck (maybe I'm just too tall).

 

Yea, lot of potential in this area. North Main could be a lot different in this area in the next 5 years, especially with all the vacant stores that line the rail line. Not too difficult to access, has a hallway from the bar and a door that allows entry from the outside... Don't understand how this will be limited to VIPs.

 

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The walk from the rail station is just fine. Intact sidewalks, a convenience store, some decent houses, nothing scary really except it could be lighted better.

 

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The walk from the rail station is just fine. Intact sidewalks, a convenience store, some decent houses, nothing scary really except it could be lighted better.

 

You must have come at just the right time. Look, I'm a guy who bike rides through Third Ward without a problem. I used to park my car at the free Metro parking lot right next to the Quitman station here but the area started getting worse. The businesses at the station are constantly calling HPD because of the people around there, with quite a few of them using crack under the N Main bridge by this music hall. Next time you walk over that bridge, look to your right and you'll see a relatively large homeless camp. There are hostile people that do get arrested every now and then, and there are even people openly using the restroom ON N Main. There was a couple mugged at this station in board daylight about a year ago. How do I know all this? I attend the Superneighborhood meetings that discuss these issues. The businesses are pissed and HPD says they can't control where people walk, though of course they do monitor this station very closely, with Metro police regularly stationed here as well.  It's going to be a while before it's actually safe.

 

Edit: This is coming from someone who lives right next to N Main here at the music hall.

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Yeah man, I definitely agree. The bar isn't too far from the rail stop, but the perceived safety at the rail stop itself will be the determining factor to get people walking around this area.  Hopefully that will change as the shuttered storefronts get some businesses.  The difficulty I was referring to has to do with the tiny stairway (kinda hard to maneuver with both up/down traffic.. even when sober and only 20-30 people there) and the low head clearance on the stairs up to the deck (maybe I'm just too tall).

 

Are any shuttered storefronts getting businesses? The rail has been open for a long while now and I haven't noticed any new businesses, just the closure of two somewhat notable restaurants (la macro? and Radical Eats). It also seems like there has been a large uptick in homeless camps around this area likely pushed out from downtown and other areas. I felt surrounded by guys sleeping and hanging out around quitman stop a couple weeks ago while waiting on the train. Hopefully I am wrong but I am thinking it is likely that this music hall is far enough removed from the commercial strip that it won't have any positive impact on area. Something else is gonna have to drop to help this area. 

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Are any shuttered storefronts getting businesses? The rail has been open for a long while now and I haven't noticed any new businesses, just the closure of two somewhat notable restaurants (la macro? and Radical Eats). It also seems like there has been a large uptick in homeless camps around this area likely pushed out from downtown and other areas. I felt surrounded by guys sleeping and hanging out around quitman stop a couple weeks ago while waiting on the train. Hopefully I am wrong but I am thinking it is likely that this music hall is far enough removed from the commercial strip that it won't have any positive impact on area. Something else is gonna have to drop to help this area. 

 

A bike shop has opened, the Avenue Station apartments are going up, there's the new office space by Quitman, and there's quite a few townhomes going up in the area. It will take time but the Northside is changing.

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

Kinda blurry but they are doing a lot of work across the creek. Surprisingly, even though I've known a lot of details about this project from the get-go, I am not 100% what this will be. It was thought to be another parking lot but I am not sure...

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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White Oak Music Hall by Marc longoria, on Flickr

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Talked with a contractor installing the plastic grids in the north parking lot, there will be 3 parking lots with these grids covered with gravel. This north lot, one across N. Main and one across the bayou. Using these plastic grids will allow them to not have a retention pond for rainwater runoff thus saving more room for parking spaces.

 

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a gravel parking lot? What year is this again?

Using gravel means the ground is not impervious and runoff is reduced when it rains. There's nothing wrong with gravel parking lots.
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a gravel parking lot? What year is this again?

 

It's actually better they are going with gravel. I'd prefer more parking and access to light rail instead of having drunks park in front of my house.

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are they actually going to have this thing done in one month?? seems like a ton of construction left to do before the april 9th m83 show...

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are they actually going to have this thing done in one month?? seems like a ton of construction left to do before the april 9th m83 show...

 

Not the main building but they should have The Lawn finished which is the outdoor stadium area where M83 will play. Just based on watching their progress daily, they tend to work night and day when they get closer to their actual dates. So far the crew has been focused on their other lots with parking... I know, a little strange.

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a gravel parking lot? What year is this again?

 

Rain tax. Seeing this happen all over town. Ninfa's kept a permeable parking lot when they redid theirs recently.

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That's a lot of gravel. Won't be much speeding in that lot until it gets compacted. Tough to walk on as well when it's piled that thick.

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On 2/1/2016 at 11:17 AM, Triton said:

 

You must have come at just the right time. Look, I'm a guy who bike rides through Third Ward without a problem. I used to park my car at the free Metro parking lot right next to the Quitman station here but the area started getting worse. The businesses at the station are constantly calling HPD because of the people around there, with quite a few of them using crack under the N Main bridge by this music hall. Next time you walk over that bridge, look to your right and you'll see a relatively large homeless camp. There are hostile people that do get arrested every now and then, and there are even people openly using the restroom ON N Main. There was a couple mugged at this station in board daylight about a year ago. How do I know all this? I attend the Superneighborhood meetings that discuss these issues. The businesses are pissed and HPD says they can't control where people walk, though of course they do monitor this station very closely, with Metro police regularly stationed here as well.  It's going to be a while before it's actually safe.

 

Edit: This is coming from someone who lives right next to N Main here at the music hall.

I finally got around to taking the train to this place and it's an easy walk to the venue during the day.   Ok here comes the bad part the SB Quitman station was packed with vagrants.  I wouldn't chance that non sense by myself and unless metro police is there every night I won't be recommending rail to go here at night. 

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2 minutes ago, BeerNut said:

I finally got around to taking the train to this place and it's an easy walk to the venue during the day.   Ok here comes the bad part the SB Quitman station was packed with vagrants.  I wouldn't chance that non sense by myself and unless metro police is there every night I won't be recommending rail to go here at night. 

Yeah, Metro really needs to get control of their rail lines, especially the northern segment of the Red Line.  It is idiotic to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a transportation system and then allow it to become a homeless shelter.

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1 hour ago, BeerNut said:

Ok here comes the bad part the SB Quitman station was packed with vagrants.  I wouldn't chance that non sense by myself and unless metro police is there every night I won't be recommending rail to go here at night. 

Yup. It's pretty bad. Like I said, I used to go to this station in the beginning and it was honestly really great. Had a lot of promise for the area. Now I have to drive to the UH-D parking lot under I-10 and hop on rail there if I need to. I'm pro-rail but this station has to be the worst among them all and Metro really needs to take control of the situation. The large vagrant camp by the bridge doesn't help either. Some people walk like zombies after they get out from under that bridge.... on who knows what type of drugs.

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Salvation Army is right there, so many of this type are sleeping there. As to the bridge, yes, it's true but none has ever accosted me, and I come home this way every day. Homeless people exist, that's something you'll just have to accept.

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On 3/14/2016 at 3:29 PM, kylejack said:

Salvation Army is right there, so many of this type are sleeping there. As to the bridge, yes, it's true but none has ever accosted me, and I come home this way every day. Homeless people exist, that's something you'll just have to accept.

Their existence must be accepted, of course (and no one suggested otherwise).  But we do not have to, and must not, accept the Metro trains and stations being turned into homeless shelters.

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Personally, I'm more concerned about the fact that there's no crosswalk on the north end of the Quitman station. There's a curb cut like you're meant to cross, but no crosswalk and no pedestrian signal.

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