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40 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

 

 inflated for Houston as I discussed in my previous post

 

 

which I ignored in my previous post because the reservoirs west of Houston have huge facilities in them for all manner of sports. George Bush park (inside the reservoir) contains soccer fields, pavilions, a shooting range, RC airplane facility. north of I10, there's Bear Creek park, which has amazing amenities as well. both have a pretty good network of hiking/biking trails.

 

not to mention Austin has their own park land number pumping too. Austin counts land owned by the Wildland Conservation Division in their park system which goes towards their numbers as well, while not being meaningful or useful park land. that accounts for about 7,000 acres inside of Austin city limits. there are hiking trails, but that's about it.

 

there was another page I read in my journey that put Houston and Austin pretty close in terms of park land within 1/2 a mile of residents.

 

so if Austin's only 'winning' stat is that tax payers pay twice as much as we do for parks, I'm not really sure that's winning, but we're each entitled to our opinion there.

 

and one stat neither of us mentioned is the "percentage of citizens within 1/2 a mile of parks" both are pretty close to each other, near 50%. which in both cases, hopefully we can both agree is abysmal.

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12 minutes ago, samagon said:

 

so if Austin's only 'winning' stat is that tax payers pay twice as much as we do for parks, I'm not really sure that's winning, but we're each entitled to our opinion there.

 

 

Remember that my only interest in discussing the cities' relative park usage is as an example of how Austin has a more public mindset versus Houston's private mindset. If Austin's citizens are willing to spend twice as much money on parks, I find this relevant to my purpose, and it bears out my observations of park enthusiasm from living in the two cities.

 

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on that we can agree.

 

when everything indoors shut down earlier this year the number of people using the Houston parks (I would say) pushed them near their breaking point.

 

if there is any lasting 'good' that we can see from the covid, it will be that Houstonians are more willing (or maybe it's less scared) to do outdoor activities, if not during the hottest months, then at least during the other months where it is absolutely awesome to be outdoors. (October through June).

 

I still see more people out on bicycles, even in August, than I've seen in years past. and this is at 6pm on weekdays. anyway, here's hoping for change.

 

and to bring it back full circle to this new atrium that 600 Travis is receiving... however subtle it may be, these ground level interaction points between outside and inside will only increase the use of the outdoors.

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Tenant Inks 250K SF Lease In Downtown Houston Office Building Amid Big Renovations

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/tenant-inks-250k-sf-lease-in-downtown-houston-office-building-amid-big-renovations-105192

An unnamed global financial services firm has leased 250K SF at 600 Travis St., a 75-story office building in Downtown Houston. Houston-based developer Hines owns and manages the 1.7M SF building, formerly known as the JPMorgan Chase Center. In addition to the new lease, the building is undergoing major renovations, according to a press release. Improvements include significant updates to the lobby and exterior plaza; the addition of connected, collaborative workspaces and enhancements; and the addition of a conference center that can accommodate up to 150 people in various rooms over two floors.  As part of a reimagined entrance and building processional, the five-story curtainwall will be altered from its current chrome and glass grid into a trapezoidal pyramid, which will add almost 3K SF to the lobby. Hines also said the plaza area has been underutilized and will be transformed into an urban garden, with a variety of seating areas, more green space, an expanded canopy and more connections from the outdoors to the building. Retail will be added to the lobby, and new food and beverage options will be added to the plaza. The sky lobby on the 60th floor will be redesigned as an exclusive Sky Lounge for tenants to enjoy, with elegant furnishings and seating vignettes. Additionally, building security systems will be upgraded. The revitalization was designed by architecture firm HOK. 600 Travis St. was originally developed by Hines for Texas Commerce Bancshares. It was designed by New York-based I.M. Pei & Partners, and is the tallest building in Texas. Hines, in partnership with Cerberus Capital Management, acquired the building in October 2019. Cushman & Wakefield’s Michael Anderson, Diana Bridger and Margaret Elkins, as well as law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Chanse McLeod, represented the landlord in the lease transaction. Contact Christie Moffat at christie.moffat@bisnow.com

 

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On 7/20/2020 at 11:10 AM, CREguy13 said:

To follow up here, 1111 Fannin was put on the market 5 days ago.

 

This building sold to a developer, apparently for about $49/SF. Which is pretty darn low for our fair CBD. I know of a mostly vacant office tower in Tyler that sold for around $50/SF. Of course this sale price is weighed down by the tax burden and costs of redevelopment. I imagine that within ten years we could see this building sell again in the mid-$100's.

 

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Looks like its rein as Texas' tallest building is on barrowed time. Really sad that a pint-sized city like Austin will soon hold the title of having the states tallest building. The amount of skyscrapers on the books for Austin is nothing short of amazing. It's like what Houston experienced 40 years ago that gave rise to the skyline we know today.

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18 hours ago, wxman said:

Looks like its rein as Texas' tallest building is on barrowed time. Really sad that a pint-sized city like Austin will soon hold the title of having the states tallest building. The amount of skyscrapers on the books for Austin is nothing short of amazing. It's like what Houston experienced 40 years ago that gave rise to the skyline we know today.

What have they proposed? That would be sad indeed.

Never mind, I see it now. Sheesh, tall buildings are about all that Houston has going for it from a scenic standpoint (as opposed to hills, lakes, clear streams and waterfalls, etc.). This was only a matter of time given Austin's trajectory the past ten years. Hopefully at some point Houston can build tall again; Hines seems resigned to building 47-story buildings for eternity.

 

 

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Hope I don't get killed for this: this exact building was the one, maybe 8 or so years ago, that really turned me off from this part of downtown once I started working in and around DT. The building seemed cold from the street level and theres a ton of concrete in the patio/front area around the art piece and also by the office building across the street with nothing to break up the monotony and coldness of the concrete ( a few trees didn't help). I always found it strange that someone was like, yeah, this is great.

That rendering posted by @adr is 100x better. Also, wearing a suit in that part of downtown will be juuuuust a bit easier. If every downtown building just put in a bit more green/trees, doesn't even have to be as robust as this, I think you'd see a bit more activity top-side

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5 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

What have they proposed? That would be sad indeed.

Never mind, I see it now. Sheesh, tall buildings are about all that Houston has going for it from a scenic standpoint (as opposed to hills, lakes, clear streams and waterfalls, etc.). This was only a matter of time given Austin's trajectory the past ten years. Hopefully at some point Houston can build tall again; Hines seems resigned to building 47-story buildings for eternity.

 

 

I also want a few super talls going up. In my opinion they would look great in the empty lots near where Skanska's Discovery West is going up. Neverthess  I am very very happy over the numerous highrises constructed in the last decade in downtown Houston.  All those surface parking lots and one ugly parking garage-gone. 

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On 1/27/2021 at 4:44 PM, wxman said:

Looks like its rein as Texas' tallest building is on barrowed time. Really sad that a pint-sized city like Austin will soon hold the title of having the states tallest building. The amount of skyscrapers on the books for Austin is nothing short of amazing. It's like what Houston experienced 40 years ago that gave rise to the skyline we know today.

 

Tall buildings are vanity projects.  Austin has kind of cornered the market on vanity in Texas these days.  

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Here's somethings which may be used for vanity. Houston was the 2nd fastest growing metro from 2010 to 2019 in the US growing at an annual average of 127,300. We were the fastest for over a decade until, I believe, 2014 when DFW passed us. Austin is also growing fast , for it's size, but only 56,800 per year.

We also have some of the most buildings going up after NYC and Toronto if Emporis is accurate. And think of all the great things being built at the Med Center, Downtown,Uptown, and Buffalo Bayou areas. Not bad for a city which doesn't get fawning media.

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all that broken concrete...is this really Houston 😭

I hope this reno is massively successful, then we see some tree's around this area and you might actually see joggers and what not actually taking the city in at < 30mph. 

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22 hours ago, X.R. said:

all that broken concrete...is this really Houston 😭

I hope this reno is massively successful, then we see some tree's around this area and you might actually see joggers and what not actually taking the city in at < 30mph. 

Street Facing retail and restaurants open during normal weekend hours is what we need. So happy this happening.

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