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^^^ actually, @phillip_white i find this latest episode to be OUTSTANDING!  the overall picture clarity of your drone is brilliant.... wow.  another two weeks of day-in day-out work, and they should be completed in time for ESPN to set up their production format.  well done....

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I'm in Melbourne right now. Holy cow, there's some great looking stuff going up in this town. Totes jelly. 

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I'll try. Verizon is messing with me right now with data limits and storage issues. First thing on my agenda when I get home is to dump Verizon.

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We should have a museum of graffiti art in this city. Give it a modest budget to remove and transport walls from buildings being demo'd and it would have a pretty good collection within a year. We may never compete with the New Yorks and the Chicagos of the world for Old Masters paintings, but when it comes to graffiti, I think Houston could take on anyone.

 

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Melbourne's CBD has these awesome alleyways/corridors that are lined with graffiti from block-to-block. Some of them have food windows in the dead space. It's really cool to see these tiny spaces between mega buildings. 

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6 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Melbourne's CBD has these awesome alleyways/corridors that are lined with graffiti from block-to-block. Some of them have food windows in the dead space. It's really cool to see these tiny spaces between mega buildings. 

I have a friend in Melbourne that was showing me around a couple weeks ago.  She was explaining to me how they have a permitting system for graffiti, which is pretty interesting.

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I got there right as the demo guys were leaving.  They said they have until Friday to get the building down or they have to wait until after the Superbowl... but didn't elaborate as to why.
 

 

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On 5/2/2016 at 6:38 AM, Urbannizer said:

Midtown needs more highrise projects tall structures creates a sense of place.This is good news for midtown,I hope its built. 

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I don't understand why every new apartment tower looks the same. It's sort of annoying. There's nothing that makes this stand out at all. Very boring.

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26 minutes ago, wxman said:

I don't understand why every new apartment tower looks the same. It's sort of annoying. There's nothing that makes this stand out at all. Very boring.

 

Because most of these designs are coming from Gensler Ziegler Cooper.

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1 hour ago, Twinsanity02 said:

I suppose the Carter is not in midtown? Museum district, Montrose, where exactly is the Carter labeled to be located? Love the drawings.

 

I considered it to be in the Museum District since it is south of 59, but their website list it as being in Montrose.

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45 minutes ago, Triton said:

 

Because most of these designs are coming from Gensler Ziegler Cooper.

 

 

This looks very similar to the catalyst.

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I guess "hopes to start later this year" means they won't be building into a downturn, economics be damned, like the developer's early comments seemed to suggest. Economic reality is economic reality. Gotta absorb those existing and under construction units.

 

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

I guess "hopes to start later this year" means they won't be building into a downturn, economics be damned, like the developer's early comments seemed to suggest. Economic reality is economic reality. Gotta absorb those existing and under construction units.

 

 

So the midtown apartment glut you've been telling us about will be absorbed by later this year?  It looks to me like "hopes to start later this year" is actually more an indication that he does do exactly what he said, to-wit:  Proceed with projects without regard to business cycles (and the fact he's proceeded this far rather proves the truth of his comment too.)

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I mean, yeah he's gone through with the demo of the current building's, but that's not an immediate indication of a project's 100% confirmation. Plenty of projects come to mind that have Demo'd blocks without starting a project; Camden's towers downtown, the old Houston First building (that's the block next to Chase tower right? It's finally showing signs of life but it sat there for awhile obviously) the current Chronicle demolition...

 

Im almost positive that a successful business person doesn't gather their wealth by ignoring business cycles. I'm sure he does intend to start later this year, if he can get the funding swtsig mentioned a few weeks ago, and by the time this finishes there might not be an apartment glut. 

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

So the midtown apartment glut you've been telling us about will be absorbed by later this year?  It looks to me like "hopes to start later this year" is actually more an indication that he does do exactly what he said, to-wit:  Proceed with projects without regard to business cycles (and the fact he's proceeded this far rather proves the truth of his comment too.)

 

Umm, where did I say that the midtown apartment glut will be absorbed by later this year? He "hopes" to start later this year. In terms of actual timeline, that means almost nothing. Every developer "hopes" to start sooner rather than later. If he's like most developers, he'll start as soon as market conditions permit. If there is a huge glut in the multi-family market such that landlords are giving multi-month rent abatements, then market conditions do not currently permit new construction. That does not necessarily mean the current glut has to be fully erased, but one needs to see a pace of absorption that would indicate that market vacancy will be low when the new product is scheduled to deliver.

 

And lastly, buying land and clearing the existing improvements don't "prove the truth" of anything as far as construction timeline, as BigFoot pointed out.

 

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On 1/18/2017 at 6:58 PM, BeerNut said:

Temporary parking?

Make sense with ESPN and the media needing spaces for all the equipment vans. Along with personal vehicles.Midtown park will be channeling its inner '30 Rock'

 

On 1/18/2017 at 6:58 PM, BeerNut said:

Temporary parking?

during the Superbowl week. 

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Unfortunately,we live in a copycat world.I prefer to focus on the impact of a major highrise addition to midtown. It's well overdue ,this building may well trigger other similar projects.Boring in appearance that it is,the one thing it will be .Is the pioneer of a vertical Manhattan style skyline.

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^^^ loving this totally cool/radical mural above.  my compliments to the artist.  indeed.....

 

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On 1/26/2017 at 0:56 AM, Moderators said:

Unfortunately,we live in a copycat world.I prefer to focus on the impact of a major highrise addition to midtown. It's well overdue ,this building may well trigger other similar projects.Boring in appearance that it is,the one thing it will be .Is the pioneer of a vertical Manhattan style skyline.

Exactly my thoughts. Not every building in a city needs to be some spectacular master work. That would take away from those few that actual merit such a title. While every building isn't going to be amazing every building in a city and subsequent skyline does play its part in the greater whole. A skyline and city in general are the sum of its parts. The urban fabric is a stitching of multiple  patch works of various detail and looks. Some plain and some elaborate, but all important. Helps give an area some balance.

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Pending this project, 3300 Main, and the building proposed across from whole foods, the HCC building would effectively be dwarfed from all sides. That is simply incredible in my opinion. I'll be that old man before too long saying I was around before it was all built.

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38 minutes ago, urbanize713 said:

Pending this project, 3300 Main, and the building proposed across from whole foods, the HCC building would effectively be dwarfed from all sides. That is simply incredible in my opinion. I'll be that old man before too long saying I was around before it was all built.

Perhaps the Van Loc lot project gets back on the docket with all this new development going up.

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So glad this is going up. These types of projects spur more projects like this. It bothered me for the longest wondering when those buildings on that side of Midtown were going to start coming down for new development. 

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Can only tell from one side where the parking garage is, and it's not ugly. Is it gonna be underground? Or did ZC just did that good a job of hiding it?

 

ZC does nice work, but I wish they would have hired an architect from one of their other projects. Those 

are very nice buildings.

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1 hour ago, lockmat said:

Can only tell from one side where the parking garage is, and it's not ugly. Is it gonna be underground? Or did ZC just did that good a job of hiding it?

 

ZC does nice work, but I wish they would have hired an architect from one of their other projects. Those 

are very nice buildings.

 

Like the catalyst tower, the garage is wrapped in apartments.

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