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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 2:13 AM
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You know, if they only flew a Texas flag up there it would be the highest flying Texas flag.

By the way, the top of the building looks so much better. The profile of the building is much nicer since it's been restored to its original appearance. Much more elegant. Having that huge antenna atop the building was a distraction from one of the state's most beautiful buildings. I'm really happy with the results.

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2) tower life is shorter than 404'
Hmm. I've heard two other heights for it. One said 390 feet, while another said 394 feet. Also, if you go to antennasearch.com, you can find some heights for it there. I'm not sure how accurate they are, though.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2010, 6:52 AM
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They are not the same distance at the angle that the camera is pointing in. This method would only work if you had a panoramic photograph whose center was exactly halfway between the two buildings rotating at a specific angle to create a picture where the distance was equal to the two buildings from the vantage of the photographer. Also, for this to be accurate, you would need to increase the height of the photographer's perch.
i'm sorry but that doesn't make any sense
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Ok, finally I got this resizing thing under control for the forum!
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That sounds really nice! I hope it happens.
I hope so too.
This is big.... really big. It is the first project of its kind in SA outside of DT.
Hopefully with the success of this project, other surrounding neighborhoods will be more open to this kind of development.
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i'm sorry but that doesn't make any sense

You forgot the "to me". It has to do with the camera's perspective.

The difference between .71 and .72 miles is 16 meters or 53 feet. You need a bit more accuracy for what you are trying to suggest.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2010, 2:07 AM
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^The camera would also need to be oriented so that it was an equal distance between both buildings. If it was closer to one building, it would of course be farther away from the other one, which would make the measurement inaccurate since it would distort the perspective.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2010, 2:48 AM
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So in the presentation given at The State of Downtown 2010 Luncheon, there were some interesting slides:

There was mention of the East Expansion Concept for the Convention Center; remember, this is only a concept, the Hemisfair Master Plan has not been laid out and the building is ONLY A CONCEPT.



with the prospect of users on the NW corner of this huge parcel, and the possibilities of "mixed-uses" where the Fed Courthouse is, it is easier to envision a park that will be worth the effort with plenty of eyes on it. Right now, it just feels like the back of any building.

On the housing front:

Judson Candy Factory Lofts - 84 units - 100% sold out (I think we knew that)

Alteza - 147 units - 6 sold, 6 pending, 4 in negotiations - 2 pending are penthouse units. Buyers are mixed locals and out of state; Mexico(no surprise there), NY, VA, NM.

Just the fact that units are FINALLY available for purchase and that we get some more residents in DT is a huge plus.

Of course no specific details on Vidorra - all they say is "more than 50% occupied" and that 19 have sold in last 12 months.

Vistana is 96% leased - 39 tenants are military, 42 work DT, 111 work in burbs, 74 are under 30 years of age, and 68 are ages 30-39. 111 moved in from the burbs.

730 units under construction right now.
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What's weird is that that is almost exactly how I pictured the concept of the Hemisfair plan.
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You forgot the "to me". It has to do with the camera's perspective.

The difference between .71 and .72 miles is 16 meters or 53 feet. You need a bit more accuracy for what you are trying to suggest.
no it didn't make sense to me how wwmiv was describing it, but i understand what you and kevin are saying

what about bing maps bird's eye view? i used that to estimate the building heights a few years ago..can't find the thread though..don't think the archives go back that far anymore.....i'm considering doing it again now that the live local pics have the Grand Hyatt which could be used as the constant in the proportion equations (....i would hope that since it's the newest tall that the 424' height is accurate )
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What's weird is that that is almost exactly how I pictured the concept of the Hemisfair plan.
The best thing I like about the "concept," (and it is just that) is that it opens up Hemisfair to DT, adds more uses to that space and connects Lavaca to DT (instead of feeling hidden behind the old portion of the CC.) Right now, Hemisfair is like a cluttered back yard.
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no it didn't make sense to me how wwmiv was describing it, but i understand what you and kevin are saying

what about bing maps bird's eye view? i used that to estimate the building heights a few years ago..can't find the thread though..don't think the archives go back that far anymore.....i'm considering doing it again now that the live local pics have the Grand Hyatt which could be used as the constant in the proportion equations (....i would hope that since it's the newest tall that the 424' height is accurate )
I did find this thread that Boquillas had started, but I couldn't find your's.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...light=flagpole
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There was mention of the East Expansion Concept for the Convention Center; remember, this is only a concept, the Hemisfair Master Plan has not been laid out and the building is ONLY A CONCEPT.
The idea of moving the convention center away from the Alamo&Market corner definately makes Hemisfair feel more accessible. I also like the idea of expanding the convention center into where it is shown.

The area next to I37 is really not good for anything except expansion. It also brings the center closer to the Tower and dome, and opens up the river to have more of a park feel (provided they leave some green on that side).

They need to have the same openess on the Durango side. That area is covered with so much asphalt, it would be nice to get rid of most of it. Good concept.
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First phase of University downtown hospital district.


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First phase of University downtown hospital district.
I like the animation. I'm not too excited about the building.

I did notice some green space in the parking lot. I hope they plant more trees. I mean c'mon; people want to park in the shade.
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It seems like a minimalist and modernist architectural design. I like the linear features on the building. A hospital is suppose to look not necessarily plain, but sophisticated and artful. I do not like hospitals that look intitutionalized. This one doesn't. It seems to have been well thought out. I'm sure that the landscaping will be added later.
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Vidorra Offering Units for Rent

From the downtown blog.
http://blog.mysanantonio.com/downtow...nits-for-rent/
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About 10 of the lower-level condos at the Vidorra, 215 Center St., now are available for rent. One-bedrooms start at $1,100, while two-bedrooms start at $2,150.

“These are some of the lower floor condos which are not, maybe, as marketable for sale,” said Angela Rinehart, sales manager of the Vidorra. “They get to live here and use the amenities just like a homeowner.”

Amenities include a pool, putting green, a fitness room and parking in the adjacent garage. Storage space is available, but at an additional monthly charge.

It should be noted that the Vidorra is not going rental — these units are still available for purchase. Occupancy-wise, the Vidorra is about half full.
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I think thats a good short-term move, even if it is only 10 units.
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That's a very good idea, it especially allows for added revenue to cover costs. I guess they'll only do this until they're sold.
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Vistana has a new tenant!!

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/downtow...o-the-vistana/

Taco Garage is moving into the old IHOP space!!
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That's cool. Is Taco garage sorta the Mexican equivalent of a Chili's or TGIF?
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