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Old Posted Mar 11, 2018, 11:32 AM
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Possible locations for San Antonio's tallest

Which firm? What style? Colors?
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Old Posted Mar 11, 2018, 1:40 PM
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If and when SA gets a new tallest tower.

Where should it go? Which architecture firm would be the best pick? What colors would it have?
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It should be pink, purple, green and gold. It should be built at 8934 Broadway, on the current location of PoolZoom.
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Old Posted Mar 11, 2018, 2:12 PM
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It should be pink, purple, green and gold. It should be built at 8934 Broadway, on the current location of PoolZoom.
I was really thinking these colors ... Are you referring to that crazy colorful one from years ago?

I see SA having a slender brown/pink tower with an industrial exposed crown. Maybe something similar to BoA plaza in Atlanta.
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Seriously though, I think whenever it happens it will probably be somewhere in the band between BofA and Frost Tower. That's far from the Alamo and Tower of the Americas, so no problems there (like Seattle with the Space Needle). And those areas are IMO the most likely to build taller. There are plenty of empty lots and the tallest buildings already exist in that band, so people would be less likely to have issues with it. Whatever it looks like, if it doesn't have ground level retail I won't like it (or at least it will lose major points for such an oversight).
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Zachry should get the contract and Overland should design it.

Because San Antonio is unique and doesn’t copy other cities!!!
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^^ If there's any chance of me following this thread, I'd like people to post real answers with real reasons. Thanks in advance.

BTW, my first reply was obviously a joke.
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I'm gonna throw this out there mainly because I'm frustrated in the lack of construction right here in river city. I'll settle for anything tall no matter what it looks like. I really hate getting passed up by our neighbors to the north and having to live in their shadow....I know I shouldn't let my frustration show but come on what do we have to do?????
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I'm gonna throw this out there mainly because I'm frustrated in the lack of construction right here in river city. I'll settle for anything tall no matter what it looks like. I really hate getting passed up by our neighbors to the north and having to live in their shadow....I know I shouldn't let my frustration show but come on what do we have to do?????
Better get used to it, we will never have real skyscrapers here and Austin will continue to add them.
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I'm gonna throw this out there mainly because I'm frustrated in the lack of construction right here in river city. I'll settle for anything tall no matter what it looks like. I really hate getting passed up by our neighbors to the north and having to live in their shadow....I know I shouldn't let my frustration show but come on what do we have to do?????
I guess it's only fair...they've lived in our shadow for generations.
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I guess it's only fair...they've lived in our shadow for generations.
AGAIN, people, don't understand that San Antonio and Austin are two TOTALLY different cities. They each stand on their own, and the sooner people STOP comparing the two cities, the better for BOTH cities.
UNBELIEVABLE......
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This is SO interesting. I was born/raised in SA and moved to Austin around the age of 18. I always felt San Antonio held a timeless old world mystique to it, while Austin was this very new booming blank canvas of a capital city...

I love Austin, but feel it's kind of swallowed itself in certain ways. The architecture is OK but seems like a rushed finished product with some of our newbies... San Antonio is classic, majestic, artistic and an OG bad girl.

I really want to see SA catch up in one fell swoop with a new main skyscraper.

The End.
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I was really thinking these colors ... Are you referring to that crazy colorful one from years ago?

I see SA having a slender brown/pink tower with an industrial exposed crown. Maybe something similar to BoA plaza in Atlanta.
I was joking. This is the address I posted... 8934 Broadway:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/89...22!4d-98.45882


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I really want to see SA catch up in one fell swoop with a new main skyscraper.

The End.
Frost Tower
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This is SO interesting. I was born/raised in SA and moved to Austin around the age of 18. I always felt San Antonio held a timeless old world mystique to it, while Austin was this very new booming blank canvas of a capital city...

I love Austin, but feel it's kind of swallowed itself in certain ways. The architecture is OK but seems like a rushed finished product with some of our newbies... San Antonio is classic, majestic, artistic and an OG bad girl.

I really want to see SA catch up in one fell swoop with a new main skyscraper.

The End.

SO very well and eloquently written and to the point!!
I don't think Austin minds that it has swallowed itself, and that's OKAY!!


AND yes, THE FROST TOWER......
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This is SO interesting. I was born/raised in SA and moved to Austin around the age of 18. I always felt San Antonio held a timeless old world mystique to it, while Austin was this very new booming blank canvas of a capital city...

I love Austin, but feel it's kind of swallowed itself in certain ways. The architecture is OK but seems like a rushed finished product with some of our newbies... San Antonio is classic, majestic, artistic and an OG bad girl.

I really want to see SA catch up in one fell swoop with a new main skyscraper.

The End.
How was Austin "swallowed itself out". Austin is beautiful and needed more, which it has done. It is amazing how much has been achieved in such little time. architecture is certainly worthy of much attention, each new addition is breathtaking. I was just in Austin this past weekend and purposelessly went through downtown to get to lake Travis. I saw much going on, lots of foot traffic, booming businesses and things of interest for all ages, while enjoying the sights of tall highrises in and around downtown (that is what downtown is meant to be).
While on N Mopac Expy, I could not help feel as if I was driving from O'Hare international (the train and clean highway) to downtown Chicago - only, smaller in scale. It was perfect. Having modern highrises doesn't make Austin any less of a unique city, it only adds to their diversity, which San Antonio lacks.

Downtown should be a place of tall buildings and unique architecture and prominence of a healthy and active commerce. I can see, while driving north on I 35, the high-rises of Austin from thirty miles away, similar to Houston, at which its highrises can be seen from 50 miles away. Coming back to San Antonio (south on i35) and what do you get? The sight of a restaurant at around 600ft and a long square next to it, that it. It's kind of embarrassing. Is it any reason why many Fortune 500 companies either leave or don't want to be here? People like looking at tall building and varied architecture. That is what a downtown is for; if you wanted something with no height or a bunch of 10 story buildings, then the midwest plains or outskirts of any major metropolitan, such as 1604 and i10 are definitely for you.

Nevertheless, I feel as if something really interesting will be proposed this year - perhaps something taller than 400ft by dec 2018...that is my prediction.
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Old Posted Mar 12, 2018, 12:58 PM
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^^ Austin is no longer the cool, quaint, undiscovered place that was amazing for locals as it used to be. I went to UT and Austin was an amazing place to be... big enough to have city flavor but small enough to not be inundated by the hoards of people coming to SXSW, F1, etc. SXSW was just a small film festival at the time. Eeyore's birthday party was a fun, weird event for locals, you could get a ticket to ACL. That Austin is a thing of the past.

Totally different subject than Austin's tall buildings.
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^^^ Also in that map, the hospitality lot would be a really good tallest as well. I remember there was something supposed to happen with that lot.

Another vote for a new tallest would be the 200 E Main lot, that one would be perfect for just a slim apt tower with of course some retail on the bottom all the way around with a building/garage/ entrance on the Travis side.
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^^ I'd put the tower portion on the Travis side because it would be adjacent to the shorter end of the Embassy Suites. (Maybe that's what you meant.) I'd put the garage entrance/exit directly across the street from the Embassy Suite's garage because that street is already ruined as far as pedestrian traffic goes. May as well go for broke. And of course as much ground level retail as possible everywhere else.
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Old Posted Mar 12, 2018, 3:42 PM
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^^ I'd put the tower portion on the Travis side because it would be adjacent to the shorter end of the Embassy Suites. (Maybe that's what you meant.) I'd put the garage entrance/exit directly across the street from the Embassy Suite's garage because that street is already ruined as far as pedestrian traffic goes. May as well go for broke. And of course as much ground level retail as possible everywhere else.
Yes! I didn't even think of that, especially now that it's opening as a two way street soon.
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