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The glass on the garage is starting to be installed.

it's not posted on his website anymore but this morning Ralph Bivins announced that Hines was on the verge of kicking off block 58. V&E has long been rumored as the lead tenant and Ralph confirmed

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

this building doesn't really do so much for the skyline, but the way it works locally, with the angles, really make it take over that area.

 

I still think that it will do a good deal for extending the width of the skyline from that angle.  Remember, when you look at that picture, that it will be about the exact same height as the old Continental building.

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On 9/29/2020 at 10:56 PM, Urbannizer said:

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This angle of downtown alway belies just how dense it really is.  The location of the tallest towers at the northwestern edge obscure all the shorter buildings immediately behind them.  It's amazing to me how different our downtown looks from the north, and south and east!

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1 hour ago, mls1202 said:
On 9/29/2020 at 10:56 PM, Urbannizer said:

 

This angle of downtown alway belies just how dense it really is.  The location of the tallest towers at the northwestern edge obscure all the shorter buildings immediately behind them.  It's amazing to me how different our downtown looks from the north, and south and east!

That's a downside of the street grid system layout. The buildings alternately obstruct each other and leave gaps due to the sight lines.
One of the reasons Lower Manhattan's skyline is so impressive is that it was constructed within a disorderly jumble of streets. Almost every gap is filled and every building is visible 

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3 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

That's a downside of the street grid system layout. The buildings alternately obstruct each other and leave gaps due to the sight lines.
One of the reasons Lower Manhattan's skyline is so impressive is that it was constructed within a disorderly jumble of streets. Almost every gap is filled and every building is visible 

2 things here..

 

The only part of the New York that is jumbled is the old Dutch and English parts at the tip of Manhattan. The rest is as rigid of a grid as you get, thanks to the 1812 plan. We've all seen the photos of the 'Canyons and Valleys" of Manhattan streets.

 

On Houston, it's a matter of perspective- Views from 288, 45, and 59 have views that are not straight on.

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5 hours ago, mls1202 said:

This angle of downtown alway belies just how dense it really is.  The location of the tallest towers at the northwestern edge obscure all the shorter buildings immediately behind them.  It's amazing to me how different our downtown looks from the north, and south and east!

Honestly hate this view, my least favorite in the city. Not sure why people are so in love with it.

 

The view from 45N, 288/59 interchange and I10E are the best imo

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1 hour ago, shasta said:

2 things here..

 

The only part of the New York that is jumbled is the old Dutch and English parts at the tip of Manhattan. The rest is as rigid of a grid as you get, thanks to the 1812 plan. We've all seen the photos of the 'Canyons and Valleys" of Manhattan streets.

 

On Houston, it's a matter of perspective- Views from 288, 45, and 59 have views that are not straight on.

 

Lower Manhattan is the old Dutch streets. It had a magical skyline before they got rid of all the little old buildings along the docks and built a new generation of boxy glass skyscrapers that blocked the view of the 1920's skyscrapers.

 

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Best view hands down of Houston’s SKYLINES is that 610 Eastbound–>288 northbound overpass! The colors from the med center buildings glowing in the foreground, downtown looming in the distance and the uptown skyline watching over. 

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7 minutes ago, midtowndweller said:

Best view hands down of Houston’s SKYLINES is that 610 Eastbound–>288 northbound overpass! The colors from the mid center buildings glowing in the foreground, downtown looming in the distance and the uptown skyline watching over. 

 

288 Northbound -> 69 Southbound is pretty awesome as well, a little bit closer in version of that same view (minus the med center)

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11 hours ago, midtowndweller said:

Best view hands down of Houston’s SKYLINES is that 610 Eastbound–>288 northbound overpass! The colors from the med center buildings glowing in the foreground, downtown looming in the distance and the uptown skyline watching over. 

 

11 hours ago, asubrt said:

 

288 Northbound -> 69 Southbound is pretty awesome as well, a little bit closer in version of that same view (minus the med center)

Once the new 610 to 59 north ramp opens by the Galleria area that'll be one hell of a view!

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Yes, I’ve always considered this a solid 50-story tower. Not simply rounding up, rather, the specific design and height of the crown adds 3 stories to the 47.

 

Similarly, I consider 609 Main to be 50 stories with a total height of 53 stories (not the 48 office floors officially listed). Casual observers would never know the first 2 “floors” of the 5 story crown are only mechanical and unoccupied. 

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On 10/1/2020 at 12:17 PM, shasta said:

 

The only part of the New York that is jumbled is the old Dutch and English parts at the tip of Manhattan.

Therefore, my use of the term "Lower Manhattan".

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this is going to be quite a handsome building and very noticeable in the downtown skyline.  they are building at break neck speed and it's starting to come together quickly now.  i can't wait to see the finished exterior with cool lighting on top and hopefully on the sides as well !

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