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I know this is about DT lighting but no one seems to mention how cool the Williams Tower is at night. I remember when I first started coming to Houston and was coming from I-10 west onto 610 South and was really enthralled with that giant lighthouse beam crossing the sky. Very, very cool idea.

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Enough with the downtown lighting. There are plenty of buildings that are lit appropriately (the old Gulf comes to mind).

The BEST thing the Pavilions can do for downtown is to make a place that is so fun and exciting that nobody will be bored enough to look up! OR, even better, it will bring people INTO downtown at night instead of just staring at it when they are buzzing around a friggin freeway on their way somewhere else.

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I've said this before, but I think one aspect of downtown Houston's lighting that doesn't get the credit it deserves (and what ultimately may be more important) is its street level lighting. They've done an excellent job of incorporating street lights with all the neon marquees that line Main, Milam, Fannin, Smith, Louisiana and others. Even the lighting at the base of some of the more prominent skyscrapers blend in well with the nearby streetlights.

As for the skyline itself, I think if a couple of highrise towers are built in the right area and are tastefully lighted by spotlight, that alone would do wonders for the overall appearance of the skyline.

I'm also in the camp of people who would rather not see building outlined in neon. I'd rather the spotlight affect, like the BOA Tower in Miami, for example.

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I don't understand what everybody's problem is with the neon lights on the Wedge Building. I mean that looks way better than the buildings that use the white perimeter "christmas like" lighting.

I think the buildings that are nicely lit downtown are:

Wells Fargo Plaza - White neon top

Wedge - Green neon outline on top

Reliant Energy Plaza - with the changing color band of lights going

around top

Continential building - with the blue continential logo

Toyota Center- with the red toyota logo- they just started that in early 2005

Houston Center 5

Bank of America - when the spires are lit in the triangle fashion

As i said earlier : All of the buildings that use the white christmas lighting have got to go! It doesnt compliment what they're doing at street level. Like Great Hizzy said, our downtown looks great at street level, why not have a skyline that compliments that?!

I'm not saying everything should go neon but i think there are so many different options that would do better than white christmas lights.

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I don't understand what everybody's problem is with the neon lights on the Wedge Building. I mean that looks way better than the buildings that use the white perimeter "christmas like" lighting.

I think the buildings that are nicely lit downtown are:

Wells Fargo Plaza - White neon top

Wedge - Green neon outline on top

Reliant Energy Plaza - with the changing color band of lights going

around top

Continential building - with the blue continential logo

Toyota Center- with the red toyota logo- they just started that in early 2005

Houston Center 5

Bank of America - when the spires are lit in the triangle fashion

As i said earlier : All of the buildings that use the white christmas lighting have got to go! It doesnt compliment what they're doing at street level. Like Great Hizzy said, our downtown looks great at street level, why not have a skyline that compliments that?!

I'm not saying everything should go neon but i think there are so many different options that would do better than white christmas lights.

I too am a mass supporter of a better lit skyline as well. I look at Houston's skyline as a large array of buildings that some look good and the other half looks very bland and tacky. I also, as i've said countless times in the other night skyline thread absolutely hate the white christmas lights. I noticed that even Dallas has a couple of buildings lit that way in and near their downtown but it's not nearly as much as in Houston or Fort Worth.

I was riding down the North Central Expressway in Dallas and noticed that the Cityplace Tower has that same lighting, but it goes all around the building, complimenting the building's shape and design, which i think sort of looks good. Also the West Marketplace building in West End Dallas is lit like that and is pretty visible from the freeway.

I was really embarassed when we went to the World Series and a our downtown wasn't lit with the energy like Chicago's. It's a shame that the 4th largest city's downtown can't do better. I will compliment the Galleria/Uptown skyline at night. The Williams Tower, while not all that much pronounced is bad as hell at night. Also in the Texas Medical Center, i like the St. Luke's Tower with the white lit spires going up.

But downtown does need to step it up a notch.

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I like the way the Houston skyline looks at night. I really dig it when you can see the galleria area, downtown, and the medical district from a distance. I used to refer to it as "the three downtowns of Houston" when driving in from College Station.

galleria area is now uptown ... and i do think it is rivaling downtown with all the high rise buildings (apartments, condos, offices) going up. it is definitely going to be an epicenter in a few years as it has a lot to offer (galleria, uptown mall, etc.).

as for the skyline downtown being lit up like 'dallas', those pictures we basically taken with a LONG exposure (look at the blur of the automobiles). it is an illusion (much like dallas itself).

lol

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You obviously did not drive into downtown from 45 South. There were some good displays on that side.

like what? If you're talking about the huge Astros star on the Exxon Building than please, save your breath (or typing).

C'mon, even though Dallas may be an illusion, it makes itself look good at night. If you were a visitor wouldn't you rather see this?

Dallas, Texas

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OR YEAR-ROUND CHRISTMAS TIME IN HOUSTON!... BORING (courtesy of skwatra)-2nd pic- caught some reflection from the window where it was taken!

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I think even some of the non-skyscrapers could use a lighting redo. Exhibit 1 for that is the Wortham. It is kind of a boring design to begin with, and the trees in the plaza in front hide it from the street even more. I just think a major attraction in the theater district needs to be a bit more outgoing. After all, it is a Theater District, and it would be appropriate to be a little lively and entertaining. Side-lighting the plain brick walls would be an inexpensive way to highlight the building and make that area a bit less foreboding.

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well with that being said, i hope they at least do something special for the downtown skyline for the NBA All-Star Game. There's gonna be famous celebs and things like that.

Good comparison in Tierwestah's pics- the Dallas skyline looks way better and more colorful. But sorry Mods, even though i don't even live in Texas, please don't take it the wrong way because you all might consider that statement as "My city is better than your city". -_-

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well with that being said, i hope they at least do something special for the downtown skyline for the NBA All-Star Game. There's gonna be famous celebs and things like that.

Super Bowl 2004 was a perfect opportunity for that as well, but the only place specially lighted I think was Main Street. Perfect opportunity wasted <_<

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Anyone know if the Dome of the new couthouse will be lit up?

Last night as I was heading MBar, I spotted that a white beacon light was lighted atop the dome. Hopefully this suggests the Dome will the lighten up too. It has a central shot in the view you get from Minute Maid Park. If this building's dome is lit up at night, it will surely look awesome on TV druing baseball telecasts to those who have never been to or seen this grand city before.

Furthermore, it would be a great "Step 1" in getting this city's downtown skyline the lighting it deserves.

And just an FYI.....I believe the "high energy" lighting scheme Houston Pavilions will sport will convince other skyscraper tower manages to follow suit with stepped up efforts on lighting at night. But the Pavillions lighting's biggest impact will be felt on street level as many street level businesses will feel the need to follow suit and "light up" in order to make its presence known amongst all this competition downtown. Downtown streets at night are in for a radical change in the coming years.......

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well with that being said, i hope they at least do something special for the downtown skyline for the NBA All-Star Game. There's gonna be famous celebs and things like that.

Good comparison in Tierwestah's pics- the Dallas skyline looks way better and more colorful.

Me too because you can never spend enough money on one-time events for former future rappers and their blinged up crack whores to really put your city in the best light.

Oh and that green neon thing in Dallas? "Oh thank heaven for 7 11"

B)

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Anyone know if the Dome of the new couthouse will be lit up?

Last night as I was heading MBar, I spotted that a white beacon light was lighted atop the dome. Hopefully this suggests the Dome will the lighten up too. It has a central shot in the view you get from Minute Maid Park. If this building's dome is lit up at night, it will surely look awesome on TV druing baseball telecasts to those who have never been to or seen this grand city before.

Furthermore, it would be a great "Step 1" in getting this city's downtown skyline the lighting it deserves.

And just an FYI.....I believe the "high energy" lighting scheme Houston Pavilions will sport will convince other skyscraper tower manages to follow suit with stepped up efforts on lighting at night. But the Pavillions lighting's biggest impact will be felt on street level as many street level businesses will feel the need to follow suit and "light up" in order to make its presence known amongst all this competition downtown. Downtown streets at night are in for a radical change in the coming years.......

i really like how the main buildings in nyc (chrysler, at&t --now sony--, etc.) all are lit up at the tops. houston could do something like that, and we are seeing some evidence with the continental building lit up at the top in blue ... but they could take it so much further.

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  • 6 months later...
The colored "bars" on the Reliant Energy Plaza haven't been lit for months now. Does anyone know why they're not on anymore?

i wondered the same thing when i was last in Houston. The same building (Reliant Energy) that changes colors at night right? They still don't have them on?

Dang, all the good stuff ceases to exist. I bet they kept all the buildings that use the same ol' Christmas lights on though! ;)

Hopefully the Houston Pavilions will do something to give the building owners a clue!

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