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On 1/1/2022 at 6:38 PM, htxbuildinggeek said:

 It baffles me that Hines would build such a beautiful and striking skyscraper (609 Main) and then immediately cover it up with a more bland building (Texas Tower).

The lighting on 609 Main crown wasn't installed properly so instead of fixing it he built Texas Tower with superior crown lighting to cover it up.

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21 hours ago, MidCenturyMoldy said:

Just spent a week in town. Took this Thursday morning.

 

Always grateful for all of our photographers on here, but wanted to say these downtown shots were absolutely fantastic.  In love with the photo of the red line stop at sunset. Thanks for posting! 

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22 hours ago, KirbyDriveKid said:

Always grateful for all of our photographers on here, but wanted to say these downtown shots were absolutely fantastic.  In love with the photo of the red line stop at sunset. Thanks for posting! 

Thank you! I appreciate the positive comment. 

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On 2/17/2022 at 11:09 AM, MidCenturyMoldy said:

 

Here are two more in that series.

This first photo is a lot more manipulated than I really like, but the lighting was crap. Next time I'm doing this during the morning commute.

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And this one... did not need quite as much manipulation.

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This gotta be the least Houston photo. Public transit and dense development?

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On 2/4/2022 at 2:32 PM, Andrew Ewert said:

I can't wait until all of downtown looks this good 😭

Well, it's never going to be Dallas until they start putting bands of LED lights around all the office buildings. But I do like the Ukrainian Blue and Gold around the top of the Esperson building...

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On 5/7/2022 at 10:15 PM, toxtethogrady said:

Well, it's never going to be Dallas until they start putting bands of LED lights around all the office buildings. But I do like the Ukrainian Blue and Gold around the top of the Esperson building...

Our downtown is much larger both in height and the number of buildings. Also, our downtown is just downtown, Dallas' downtown is a mesh of downtown and uptown. I guess the LED lights are a nice touch, but LED lights doesn't always mean a nicer skyline. Look at Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Miami's downtown, far superior skylines with no-to little LED ascent lighting. We're definitely in a different ball game. 

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On 2/22/2022 at 1:16 AM, Cheewyn said:

This gotta be the least Houston photo. Public transit and dense development?

So then why do all the Houston rap stars include Metro in all their videos of downtown?

On 3/25/2022 at 1:22 PM, ArtNsf said:

Such an amazing and beautiful addition to Downtown !  Thank you Hines Corp.  Have I also mentioned lately how much we really need a couple more SUPER tall skyscrapers again in Downtown Houston ?  Just thought I'd add that in there.

Have a great and beautiful weekend everyone !  

All we need is a couple of high-profile tenants in those high-rises and we'll be set...

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On 2/27/2022 at 4:19 PM, MidCenturyMoldy said:

Cliché downtown skyline shot with Texas Tower and Brava's bad side.spacer.png 

Cool shot. I still don't know how I feel about the diagonal orientation. It looks like it's photobombing the rest of the buildings.

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19 hours ago, Brooklyn173 said:

On the Bayou with a Buffalo Bayou Partnership cruise. A nice day, highly recommend it.

I’ve seen that they’re offering them. They aren’t too expensive, are they? I may have to give one a go sometime!

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1 hour ago, BEES?! said:

I’ve seen that they’re offering them. They aren’t too expensive, are they? I may have to give one a go sometime!

 

Copied this from their website.  Looks like a once-a-month thing.

History Tours

Time: 10 – 11:30 am

Cost: $40 per person (children under 4 are not permitted on boat tours)

Weather permitting. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Look back at Houston’s history while cruising Buffalo Bayou with a local historian. Your guide will share stories of the Allen brothers and provide historical information about the people, places and events along the bayou that helped shape Houston.

Upcoming Tours

 

EDIT:  Looks like I didn't scroll down far enough.  There are other tours of different lengths and prices.

https://buffalobayou.org/boat-tours/

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I've done a couple of cruises. The pix I posted were from the Port to Port cruise. About two hours. I forget how much it cost.

As an aside, and as a new comer to Houston with a small addiction to walking and boat tours, I am often surprised at how little the 'locals' know of downtown's history.

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1 hour ago, Brooklyn173 said:

I've done a couple of cruises. The pix I posted were from the Port to Port cruise. About two hours. I forget how much it cost.

As an aside, and as a new comer to Houston with a small addiction to walking and boat tours, I am often surprised at how little the 'locals' know of downtown's history.

I’m very often surprised at how little Houstonians know about their city; not just it’s history, but even what it currently offers.

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On 5/16/2022 at 2:08 PM, toxtethogrady said:

So I guess the white line on 609 is like the black line on nylons?

I don’t know why you are so obsessed with that building with the white line? 
I posted this pic of the Texas Tower because it’s what this post is about not about a white line on a building.

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On 5/17/2022 at 9:09 AM, Houston19514 said:

I’m very often surprised at how little Houstonians know about their city; not just it’s history, but even what it currently offers.

Yep me too. People are always asking, "Where is this at?" And I'm like, do you not walk outside? lol

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On 5/17/2022 at 9:09 AM, Houston19514 said:

I’m very often surprised at how little Houstonians know about their city; not just it’s history, but even what it currently offers.

I know, yet they all have smart phones. I don't understand it.

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5 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I ultimately think it's because of our car-centric culture. Walking or riding a bike gives you an entirely different perspective of the city. That's when you discover the little hole in the wall places. When you're in a car, you only see what you perceive to be there, and so unless someone tells you something is there to see, nobody knows about it. Cycling has opened the city up to me personally. I have a much greater appreciation for Houston at a pedestrian level. 

All true, but I think Houstonians' general ignorance of their city is fairly unique, while our car-centric culture is far from unique.  I blame the Chronicle.   (I'm only partly joking.)

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Of course we are talking about a city which has grown from a metro area of ~2.5 million to 7.2 million in 40 years?  So, just in my own life the metro area has grown by over 4million.  So 1/3 of folks here today were either born here or lived here back in the early 1980s.  The other 66% are either younger or moved here or both.

Also, people generally do not know much geography or history.

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10 hours ago, arche_757 said:

Of course we are talking about a city which has grown from a metro area of ~2.5 million to 7.2 million in 40 years?  So, just in my own life the metro area has grown by over 4million.  So 1/3 of folks here today were either born here or lived here back in the early 1980s.  The other 66% are either younger or moved here or both.

Also, people generally do not know much geography or history.

Very true.  An example is what happened in the freeze of 2021. The last vivious freeze we had was in 1989 ( there was another one in 1983). By the time the Valentines day freeze of 2021 hit, a large number of people in the Houston MSA had either been too young to remember or had moved from regions where such low temperatures either do not happen or do nor pose a threat. Hence many people did not drain their pipes and we had a repeat of 1983.

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31 minutes ago, Twinsanity02 said:

Very true.  An example is what happened in the freeze of 2021. The last vivious freeze we had was in 1989 ( there was another one in 1983). By the time the Valentines day freeze of 2021 hit, a large number of people in the Houston MSA had either been too young to remember or had moved from regions where such low temperatures either do not happen or do nor pose a threat. Hence many people did not drain their pipes and we had a repeat of 1983.

I remember 1983 and 1989. 1983 was pretty bad. I had gone to stay with my parents in Katy, and the thermostat on my car failed in the open position. Nothing like changing a thermostat in 12 degree weather, with your hands getting wet. 1989 didn't seem nearly as bad.

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I remember very vividly the 1989 freeze.  I was still a child, and recall putting on this puffy ski jacket and those LaCrosse “waterproof” boots.  I quickly found out if you shuffle your feet into snow/ice those boots tend to lose some of their waterproofing by way of seams and shoe laces.

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8 minutes ago, arche_757 said:

I remember very vividly the 1989 freeze.  I was still a child, and recall putting on this puffy ski jacket and those LaCrosse “waterproof” boots.  I quickly found out if you shuffle your feet into snow/ice those boots tend to lose some of their waterproofing by way of seams and shoe laces.

Definitely remember it. I was a really young kid then. We had to leave our house for a couple of days because the pipes burst, so we piled into the '78 Cougar XR-7 and slowly slid across town to Grandma's house and turned it into an excuse for a Christmas vacation. 

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