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38 minutes ago, Texasota said:

And? They've done it in other cities. "Fantasy" seems absurdly pessimistic when it's the direction the market (yes, even in Houston) is going.

 

Kroger is doing this in other cities?

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5 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

HEB on Washington Ave, Whole Foods on Elgin, Compact urban HEB's off Shepherd and Bellaire... Def possible

Yes I know HEB and Whole Foods build urban designed stores, that's why I mentioned them on the previous page. I was not aware of Kroger building any urban designed stores. I now see thanks to cluthcity94 that they have an urban designed store planned in Dallas. So it is a possibility that Kroger could build an urban designed store in place of the current store on Montrose.

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Hindesky, I absolutely love your photos.  I swear, it's almost as if you print out a list of all the Going Up threads and then drive around taking photos of them.  It's great for those of us outside of Houston who can't make it in to see the developments.  Thanks!

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2 hours ago, hindesky said:

I live in Montrose so I start there and depending on my whims head either south and east or north and west, don't really plan anything, it's just where I feel like riding that day.

 

Edit: I ride my bicycle to about 95% of my pics. If I see something of interest when I'm driving I will stop and take some pictures.


I think I saw you taking pictures of the old house on Portland before it got knocked down LOL

 

Or it was someone else taking pictures...

 

 

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2 hours ago, clutchcity94 said:


I think I saw you taking pictures of the old house on Portland before it got knocked down LOL

 

Or it was someone else taking pictures...

 

 

Yeah it might have been me, I took several pics there and then head to the Alliance Broadstone Museum district.:ph34r:

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Weird comment alert: that garage is v good looking. The stone pillars to the concrete with the black contract is such a handsome look. The look works well when going by, it really does vibe with the rest of the buildings on Montrose. I'm officially an HAIF'er, I am opining about a garage. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, clutchcity94 said:


Does that mean you’re biking in THIS heat?! It’s 99 degrees with a heat index of 109 !! God bless ya!

Only 23 miles today, just have stay hydrated and try to start early and quit before the hottest part of the day.

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That is awesome @hindesky ! I rode for almost 4 hrs saturday morning! 7am to 1045am! it wasn't too bad at all...but yeah after that...wowsa! 🚴‍♀️🌞

(I ride everyday from the galleria to downtown and back which is about 19 to 20 miles depending on how much i roam etc! and that is usually done early on the weekends and after 5 on the weekdays...but lately wait until 630 or so m-f due to this crazy heat!)

 

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Hi @clutchcity94 ! Good to see so many bike riders on here! Since i live across the street from the Galleria, everyday i just go along sidewalks from post oak then the feeder to Memorial and connect to Buffalo Bayou that then turns into a bike lane to Discovery Green...then i ride around downtown then back the same way i came making a round on the picnic loop and then a round on the road around the 3 mile jogging trail then home. My only change up comes when i hit downtown...i will just randomly explore and have even taken bike paths that take me to U of H etc... 

I know there are tons of other cool places and pathways to explore, just haven't done them yet...although i do load my bike on my jeep (when it wasn't so hot) and go to Galveston to just ride on the boardwalk and explore Galveston as that is the best way to see that cool little town...on a bike! 

 

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49 minutes ago, clutchcity94 said:

@hindesky @gene what are your absolute favorite places to ride? I’m looking to switch up my cycling routes.

 

I’m in Montrose , but willing to ride wherever..

I ride all around inside the loop, favorite trails are Buffalo Bayou trail, Braes Bayou trail, White Oak trail. But I ride a lot of streets too. You just have to pick your battles right. For instance I wouldn't ride Montrose so I take Stanford instead, Center St vs Washington Ave but it all depends on the time of day. Weekends in downtown are great for riding the streets.

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The view of this thing from the 59 SB entrance from 45 S is amazing. There's a second where all these new towers frame the Williams in the far distance. The medium density in Midtown is truly a site to behold as a foreground, because this is what Houston looks like now. Design wise it's nothing super hot or fresh, but it's just the right kind of infill. 

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17 hours ago, db650 said:

Nice but looks so similar to neighboring Hanover. A little strange to have this be the site of a classic French inn too.

 

It's actually jarring in how little it resembles its immediate neighbor.

 

And the French inn is long since gone.

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i was confused too....haha but it is just a room they meant apparently! love that they are keeping the old original hotel/building...cannot wait to be able to go check it out when open! 

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On 7/14/2020 at 8:01 AM, Montrose1100 said:

The view of this thing from the 59 SB entrance from 45 S is amazing. There's a second where all these new towers frame the Williams in the far distance. The medium density in Midtown is truly a site to behold as a foreground, because this is what Houston looks like now. Design wise it's nothing super hot or fresh, but it's just the right kind of infill. 

 

That new ramp might be my new favorite view of the Houston skylines. Downtown has such a massive presence to the right. To the left is so much new infill inside the loop, and now there's basically a row of new 30-40 story buildings on the W. Alabama corridor between Montrose and Weslayan with Transco and the Galleria area looming in the background. A little building behind building action going on there. Also great views of the TMC, the Museum District and of course the density in Midtown you're talking about. Whatever comes after "beast mode," Houston is heading that direction.

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On 7/18/2020 at 8:59 PM, db650 said:

Nice but looks so similar to neighboring Hanover. A little strange to have this be the site of a classic French inn too.

 
I love this building’s classic look. It’s Handsome and Solid! The architect was intentional in trying to avoid a total clash with the existing tower but don’t let that one angle in the last photo fool you, it’s far different from the Hanover next door.
 

The best part is no 2  sides of this building look exactly alike. 

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with light rail not being approved in this area it was smart of them to institute that catapult...once the rubber bands are attached to those metal rigs you will be able to propel from the pool to any destination in houston speedily and with almost near precision... 

 

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fyi, the backside entrance on Yoakum to this (new building) already has the lobby area all set up with furniture/lighting/etc! looks really nice! 

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On 8/15/2020 at 1:18 PM, hindesky said:

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I'll say this... as one of the original "preservation twins"... I would trade that old mansion for a stately midrise with some GFR. Something about 8 stories, tall enough to cover up that parking garage. Its time has come and it looks ridiculous sitting there. No need to demolish, just move it somewhere else.

 

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2 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

I'll say this... as one of the original "preservation twins"... I would trade that old mansion for a stately midrise with some GFR. Something about 8 stories, tall enough to cover up that parking garage. Its time has come and it looks ridiculous sitting there. No need to demolish, just move it somewhere else.

 

 

I have wanted to say that so badly, but thankfully you said it first and have more "reputation points" than me to deflect any bullets ;)

If you didn't know the significance of the building and the fact it is owned by the same people behind the high-rise, a passerby would immediately think some old lady refused to sell her home and stuck it to the developer, a la the old man in "Up".

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15 hours ago, mls1202 said:

 

I have wanted to say that so badly, but thankfully you said it first and have more "reputation points" than me to deflect any bullets ;)

If you didn't know the significance of the building and the fact it is owned by the same people behind the high-rise, a passerby would immediately think some old lady refused to sell her home and stuck it to the developer, a la the old man in "Up".

 

Haha thanks, I don't know how many "reputation points" I have, they certainly haven't deflected too many bullets...

 

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I for one love the old building but i also have history there...so there's that! haha

anyway, i am glad it is staying there..i think it adds alot of character and interest to the development! 

 

 

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3 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

Haha thanks, I don't know how many "reputation points" I have, they certainly haven't deflected too many bullets...

 

As of this writing, you have 4,705.  With that level, you can recommend demolishing the Menil, Williams Tower, the BOA Center (heck, even a Whataburger) and receive polite discourse.

 

I have 337.

 

I can barely recommend demolishing a Citgo gas station...

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Does the old mansion turned hotel look out of place or the two towers?

 

I love that they kept it. It's one of the last grand Montrose ladies. And I know from living in Boston that many new projects built around or integrated old structures. 

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It looks very odd, but they could have done something better than the stark/tall garage wall. At least the apartments adjacent covered their garage with a little civility and grace. The only thing that screams Houston more than this is San Felipe Plaza.

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