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Dan Denson Apr 15, 2010 1:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AstrosFreak (Post 4794789)
The City Council and County Commissioners Court have voted to build the Dynamo a stadium on the east end of downtown! Finally!!
:banana:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...c/6957689.html

Anyone know what that means for the remaining surface parking lots (still too many)?

Hillaryrocks Apr 15, 2010 3:47 PM

^^^ Hopefully, more hotels and a couple more residential highrises. :cool:

m.

photoLith Apr 15, 2010 6:24 PM

Ive only posted dancing bananas a few times and this calls for em I do believe.

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

AstrosFreak Apr 21, 2010 12:14 AM

TexasBoi found a design plan for a new development to go in next to the just approved Dynamo Stadium. (Originally posted on Dynamo Stadium Thread)

http://www.eadohouston.com/downloads...0Promenade.pdf

Looks nice, and the area could use the revitalization. I can't wait til Minute Maid, Toyota, and Dynamo all have foot traffic, bars, and restaurants connecting them.

nava Apr 22, 2010 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AstrosFreak (Post 4804490)
TexasBoi found a design plan for a new development to go in next to the just approved Dynamo Stadium. (Originally posted on Dynamo Stadium Thread)

http://www.eadohouston.com/downloads...0Promenade.pdf

Looks nice, and the area could use the revitalization. I can't wait til Minute Maid, Toyota, and Dynamo all have foot traffic, bars, and restaurants connecting them.

Fixed link to that site http://www.eadohouston.com/developers.html

And more on Earth Quest, with new pictures and models on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/New...6904264?ref=mf

Trae Apr 22, 2010 7:39 PM

I don't see any new photos on the EarthQuest Facebook page.

photoLith May 14, 2010 4:48 AM

Photos from today
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1158/...d9d07231_b.jpg
Maternity Ward, unfortunately they are cladding it in granite so its looks like it was built in the 80s, oh well.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1158/...a138a2ee_b.jpg

The construction of the Eastern extension of metrorail is now in full swing.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1352/...7c145865_b.jpg
Discovery Tower looking sexy now.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3552/...2d1c12e5_b.jpg
MainPlace and Hess Tower making an impact

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1298/...73a7fbdb_b.jpg
Slowly but surely these parking lots are pissing off. This is Embassy Suites.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1007/...85fa458c_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/...752126b4_b.jpg
MainPlace

llamaorama May 14, 2010 4:57 AM

Imagine what it would be like if all those lots in foreground where moderately tall residential buildings with ground floor retail....

photoLith May 14, 2010 5:06 AM

They will be soon enough. 33 vacant parking lots have been filled in in the past 10 years, now there are only around 30 parking lots left inside the inner loop and at this rate, there should be no more parking lots in downtown Houston in 15 years or so YAY!

TexasPlaya May 14, 2010 6:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4839081)
They will be soon enough. 33 vacant parking lots have been filled in in the past 10 years, now there are only around 30 parking lots left inside the inner loop and at this rate, there should be no more parking lots in downtown Houston in 15 years or so YAY!

But where would people park for Astros and Rockets games? ;)

Complex01 May 15, 2010 2:59 PM

:previous:

They can take the light rail, he he.

All in all love the progress and addition to the skylines. MP, OPP, HESS really add to it. Very Kewl...

For some reason i like driving through the east side of houston, it was some great views of downtown and i dont know something about the area, its so industrious. I likes...

:tup:

Urbannizer May 15, 2010 5:45 PM

City West Place 5,6,7 & 8

City West Place 5 - 22 Floors

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tachment-1.jpg

City West Place 6 - 16 Floors
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ntCAEN1C1T.jpg

City West Place 7 - 12 Floors
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ntCA4LJEBH.jpg

City West Place 8 - 16 Floors
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...attachment.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ntCAWHUK1H.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ntCAIUZUAT.jpg

http://www.citywestplacehouston.com/...20Brochure.pdf

JManc May 17, 2010 12:11 AM

that old BMC complex is really expanding.

weatherguru18 Jun 11, 2010 4:04 AM

The fate of the Houston Astrodome, the "eighth wonder of the world", will be determined on June 14th. Three proposals exist ranging from complete demolition of the Dome to a planetarium/sound and movie stage. We'll see.

http://www.khou.com/news/Harris-Coun...-96092914.html

weatherguru18 Jun 11, 2010 8:38 PM

Renaissance at Greenspoint, the ~25 story high rise at the beltway and 45, looks to still be on the books. Check out this video animation that was posted at HAIF.com earlier today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfwf8...layer_embedded

weatherguru18 Jun 12, 2010 8:16 PM

Check this thing out...

http://www.urbanicagroup.com/home/home?id=144

mfastx Jun 12, 2010 9:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4875558)

One can only hope...

Von Jun 13, 2010 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4875558)

omg I love it!! Houston needs something like this!

Urbannizer Jun 13, 2010 7:41 AM

Epicentre Houston

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...3/Capture1.png

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_54786.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_19487.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...3/Capture7.png

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...723_64_426.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_16240.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_72668.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...23_64_3169.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_49651.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_16328.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_20483.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...3/Capture4.png

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...3/Capture3.png

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...3_64_24658.jpg

vjhe Jun 13, 2010 9:03 PM

This would be a fantastic project. It is time for the future to return to Space City...it has been gone for a while. This, as well as Earthquest Adventure makes me think Houston may become a major player in terms of "Green" projects.

nava Jun 17, 2010 12:26 AM

to bad that it is not going to happen anymore

http://swamplot.com/green-and-wiggly...er/2010-06-14/

TexasPlaya Jun 17, 2010 4:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nava (Post 4880264)
to bad that it is not going to happen anymore

http://swamplot.com/green-and-wiggly...er/2010-06-14/

This was never going to happen.

nava Jun 17, 2010 10:31 PM

Astrodome Idea

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...nt-milling.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...sance-mill.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...g-overview.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ng-balcony.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...od-milling.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...e-fest-dwg.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-fest-plan.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-racetrack.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ival-plaza.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...em-diagram.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...lanetarium.jpg

more info:
http://swamplot.com/latest-astrodome...15/#more-19257

kingkirbythe.... Jun 18, 2010 1:41 AM

The Astrodome needs big thinking. Reliant Park needs to be an entertainment destination.

Complex01 Jun 23, 2010 12:39 AM

Something needs to be done. There is a lot of space. Build baby Build...

:tup:

Big Tex Jun 23, 2010 12:47 PM

Anyone who wants to demolish the Astrodome is insane. Why hasn't it been placed on the National Registered Landmarks List? Despite the fact that we'll never see sports in the Dome again and the economy is in a bad state, somebody can turn it into anything - a hotel, an entertainment/shopping complex (think Dallas' old West End Marketplace), an indoor ski resort (I don't think Texas has anything like that), a local-sports-themed museum (Oilers, Astros, Rockets, Aeros, Dynamo, Texans and the college teams), the ideas are endless.

johnme Jul 16, 2010 2:26 AM

We need a lighting scheme like this one in downtown Houston.
 
Check out the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte from derekhollis at frog.com. A supertall here in Houston needs to get a lighting scheme just like this building. At the very least fix the Wells Fargo neon with a color changing neon or LED scheme. Our downtown is too dark and depressing at night; the building owners need to brighten up downtown.

http://yfrog.com/0kboiz

Shasta Jul 16, 2010 3:29 AM

I love that tower but think that lighting is tacky and a total waste of energy. Leave the tacky lights to Vegas, Dallas, and, sadly, Austin.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 16, 2010 5:19 AM

Great lighting. Houston needs lots of that.

mfastx Jul 16, 2010 7:04 AM

That tower light is awesome, but IMO all downtown needs to not look depressing at night is the pre- hurricane Ike lighting.

http://www.carlmaples.com/Houston_Skyline_2062.jpg
Source

photoLith Jul 17, 2010 4:11 AM

Like Im about sure that Epicenter development will ever see the light of day.

photoLith Jul 17, 2010 4:14 AM

edit, sorry, it seems that every time I get to Houston and post pics its always the last post on a page and then nobody gets to see them and I work hard taking these pics so yeah...

photoLith Jul 17, 2010 4:23 AM

Updates from yesterday.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/...93bf6277_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/...71f6f0d7_b.jpg
Hess Tower and MainPlace finding their way in the skyline

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/...0868375a_b.jpg
New tower at TMC

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/...dd741f7d_b.jpg
The Ballet Center

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/...3a4dbc6a_b.jpg
Embassy Suites

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/...e82e3829_b.jpg
MainPlace

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/...0418edab_b.jpg
Harris County Courthouse restoration. You can also see to the top right of the courthouse the new park and entrance to the judicial buildings being built on a former parking lot.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/...2677b04d_b.jpg
2727 Kirby is the second tallest from the right adding to the Galleria areas skyline from Hotel Zaza in the museum district.

Photos were taken by me.

patriotizzy Jul 17, 2010 7:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4915487)
Updates from yesterday.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/...2677b04d_b.jpg
2727 Kirby is the second tallest from the right adding to the Galleria areas skyline from Hotel Zaza in the museum district.

That last picture is nothing short of spectacular. :shuffle:

mfastx Jul 17, 2010 9:56 PM

Wow that last shot is brilliant. Thanks for uploading these.

weatherguru18 Jul 18, 2010 9:48 PM

Can anybody else confirm the new renderings of BLVD. Place showing several of the original planned high rises including the Ritz Carlton? If so, this is BIG news!

photoLith Jul 18, 2010 11:24 PM

Here are some updates from the Woodlands from about a week ago, photos were taken by me.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w1.jpg
The newly completed Avia hotel.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w2.jpg
Some new apartments going up along the Woodlands Waterway

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w3.jpg
A very cool New Orleans styled development that is near the mall. Its actually very well done and very dense.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...erland/w11.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w4.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w5.jpg
This is another section of this huge development. Im not so sure about this part of it, the houses are huge and are built sideways so the entrances cant be seen from the street. If they would have reorientated the houses in the normal direction this development would have been very good, but oh well.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w6.jpg
A newly completed office building along the waterway

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w7.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/w8.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...erland/w10.jpg

patriotizzy Jul 18, 2010 11:41 PM

Dang, so the Woodlands is exploding in development. This isn't near downtown is it?

photoLith Jul 18, 2010 11:49 PM

No, the Woodlands is about 25 minutes north west of downtown. All it was 10 years ago was a non distinct urban sprawl wasteland. Now, they are trying to turn it into an urban oasis in the sprawl and its turning out quite nicely, albeit, its really really expensive to live there.

Complex01 Jul 19, 2010 3:09 AM

Just fantastic photos. I love Houston.

:tup:

photoLith Jul 19, 2010 4:09 AM

A few more updates from a few days ago.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/k2.jpg
Houston Museum of Natural History and Science expansion

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/k4.jpg
New development along the light rail in the museum district.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/k5.jpg
Kingwood Hospital expansion, my hometown is finally getting a low rise... I hate the suburbs.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/k6.jpg
2727 Kirby, people are finally moving into it.

TexasPlaya Jul 19, 2010 5:06 AM

Appreciate all the updates. The Woodlands have definitely become a more interesting place.

TXLove Jul 19, 2010 5:29 AM

Great updates Photolitherland!

photoLith Jul 19, 2010 5:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4916718)
Can anybody else confirm the new renderings of BLVD. Place showing several of the original planned high rises including the Ritz Carlton? If so, this is BIG news!

I dont know if they are new renders but they updated their interactive map.
http://www.blvdplace.com/InteractiveMap.htm

johnme Jul 19, 2010 6:10 AM

Did you know the hospital in Kingwood was a failed mall project that died in the mid 1980's. It was one of a few mini suburb malls that were located in Houston. The site sat for around five years after the mall failed; until it was redeveloped into the hospital.

photoLith Jul 19, 2010 6:18 AM

Yeah, my mom used to work at Kingwood Hospital, so I had to go there everyday after school. The inside is laid out like a mall, with fountains, streams, and brick storefronts. It failed as a mall because there werent too many suburbs out that way when it was built and Kingwood was still pretty small at that time so they wouldnt have gotten enough business. Then Deerbrook Mall was built which pretty much sealed the deal on the Kingwood mall, so now its a hospital.

johnme Jul 21, 2010 7:16 AM

TMC Methodist Hospital at night
 
The lights were back on tonight; this is one of the best lighting schemes that has been here in Houston.

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/e10749c9.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/fcac9f93.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/7b3be972.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/78e79331.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/7e5760e5.jpg

TexasPlaya Jul 21, 2010 5:52 PM

Sweet, I like the blue. I've seen it red before but the I like blue better.

mfastx Jul 21, 2010 9:18 PM

Wow! Love the lighting.

photoLith Jul 22, 2010 12:03 AM

They never seem to have the lighting on when Im down there, its so awesome though. I hope its on everynight form now on.


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