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Shasta Feb 18, 2012 4:26 AM

There's also an office bldg going up in the City Centre near Memorial City

There's a 12 story tower going up at MD Anderson

Texas Children's is still working on the 12 story Maternity/Women's Health Center

There are multiple 5-10 story apartment complexes rising all over the place

The 14 story twin to the Cemex Bldg near Memorial City is still being built out

AviationGuy Feb 19, 2012 2:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 5595643)
There's also an office bldg going up in the City Centre near Memorial City

There's a 12 story tower going up at MD Anderson

Texas Children's is still working on the 12 story Maternity/Women's Health Center

There are multiple 5-10 story apartment complexes rising all over the place

The 14 story twin to the Cemex Bldg near Memorial City is still being built out

I love the idea of 5-10 story apartment buildings as part of infill. Are any of those in Midtown? That area really needs more good infill. Some of it already looks great, but there's still plenty of space for more.

TexasPlaya Feb 19, 2012 4:55 AM

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Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 5596540)
I love the idea of 5-10 story apartment buildings as part of infill. Are any of those in Midtown? That area really needs more good infill. Some of it already looks great, but there's still plenty of space for more.

What midtown is getting is 4-5 story apartments.

Dale Feb 19, 2012 3:19 PM

For whatever reason, Houston is now the laggard in terms of downtown dynamism.

Onn Feb 19, 2012 5:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Dale (Post 5596849)
For whatever reason, Houston is now the laggard in terms of downtown dynamism.

The free market at work, businesses don't want to live and work in a large scale downtown anymore. It's not a phonomena in any way limited to Houston.

JManc Feb 19, 2012 5:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Dale (Post 5596849)
For whatever reason, Houston is now the laggard in terms of downtown dynamism.

downtown is a relatively small area hemmed in by freeways and most of the buildings are not built for ground level retail but rather people driving to work and promptly leaving at 5. the theater district is off in it's own area as are the stadiums while the rest of downtown has always been kinda seedy. they can't quite shake that stigma. there is market square and some of main street but they are too small to make a real difference and discovery green (the new park) surrounded by modern office towers, no ground level retail anywhere close by apart from pavilions which has been a flop for the most part.

TexasPlaya Feb 19, 2012 6:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dale (Post 5596849)
For whatever reason, Houston is now the laggard in terms of downtown dynamism.

First of all based on what? Second of all, who cares? A lot of growth is taking place in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5596928)
downtown is a relatively small area hemmed in by freeways and most of the buildings are not built for ground level retail but rather people driving to work and promptly leaving at 5. the theater district is off in it's own area as are the stadiums while the rest of downtown has always been kinda seedy. they can't quite shake that stigma. there is market square and some of main street but they are too small to make a real difference and discovery green (the new park) surrounded by modern office towers, no ground level retail anywhere close by apart from pavilions which has been a flop for the most part.

No need to act like a debbie downer. Most American downtowns have a majority of their daytime populations leave at 5PM as commuters make up the overwhelmingly majority of workers. There is plenty of retail and restaurants to support the all those workers located in the tunnel system and at ground level, you must not frequent downtown too much during the day. Especially on a mild, sunny day downtown is bustling with people ditching the tunnels.

I'm not sure what difference you are talking about because at night there are pockets of activity. The pavilions, which I go to monthly always has a crowd. Where the Pavilions have flopped is where it comes to shops and daytime activity as the night life is strong. A handful of new bars have opened up within the past year across the street from House of Blues. As to the seediness, Houston in general appears pretty seedy and gritty comparatively.

lockmat Feb 20, 2012 3:05 AM

some photo and video updates for Skanska's 3009 Post Oak: http://goo.gl/jNXR7

JManc Feb 20, 2012 3:20 AM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5596951)
First of all based on what? Second of all, who cares? A lot of growth is taking place in the surrounding neighborhoods.



No need to act like a debbie downer. Most American downtowns have a majority of their daytime populations leave at 5PM as commuters make up the overwhelmingly majority of workers. There is plenty of retail and restaurants to support the all those workers located in the tunnel system and at ground level, you must not frequent downtown too much during the day. Especially on a mild, sunny day downtown is bustling with people ditching the tunnels.

I'm not sure what difference you are talking about because at night there are pockets of activity. The pavilions, which I go to monthly always has a crowd. Where the Pavilions have flopped is where it comes to shops and daytime activity as the night life is strong. A handful of new bars have opened up within the past year across the street from House of Blues. As to the seediness, Houston in general appears pretty seedy and gritty comparatively.

but after business hours, downtown is rather dead considering houston's size. it's busy during the day because its a captive audience, office workers. it's either work hours, an astros or rockets game that bring people downtown. downtown in of itself is not that big of a draw. it's not being negative, it's the truth. LA has a rather dead downtown as well as the action is elsewhere.

AviationGuy Feb 20, 2012 3:31 AM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5596951)
First of all based on what? Second of all, who cares? A lot of growth is taking place in the surrounding neighborhoods.



No need to act like a debbie downer. Most American downtowns have a majority of their daytime populations leave at 5PM as commuters make up the overwhelmingly majority of workers. There is plenty of retail and restaurants to support the all those workers located in the tunnel system and at ground level, you must not frequent downtown too much during the day. Especially on a mild, sunny day downtown is bustling with people ditching the tunnels.

I'm not sure what difference you are talking about because at night there are pockets of activity. The pavilions, which I go to monthly always has a crowd. Where the Pavilions have flopped is where it comes to shops and daytime activity as the night life is strong. A handful of new bars have opened up within the past year across the street from House of Blues. As to the seediness, Houston in general appears pretty seedy and gritty comparatively.

I had sort of the same reaction. When I visit Houston and see the tremendous improvements made all over the city, including downtown, I realize that the city must have a ton of positive and energized people who really care to do more than sit back and criticize. A whole lot still needs to be improved, including the vitality of downtown, but it's been heading in the right direction.

Regarding seediness, yes of course there are areas like that. But there are also a ton of super nice areas in the city. The cool thing is that a lot of formerly seedy areas are getting upgraded rapidly, again because of so many people who spend their time making a positive difference in the city. The same thing is happening all over the country, fortunately.

TexasPlaya Feb 20, 2012 5:48 AM

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5597442)
but after business hours, downtown is rather dead considering houston's size. it's busy during the day because its a captive audience, office workers. it's either work hours, an astros or rockets game that bring people downtown. downtown in of itself is not that big of a draw. it's not being negative, it's the truth. LA has a rather dead downtown as well as the action is elsewhere.

Aren't most traditional downtown's dead after office hours, that is where the bulk of office space is located? I just don't get why having a "vibrant" downtown is so important? Why would downtown be better to have the action at instead of midtown?

I agree downtown is relatively dead after business hours especially during a week night except for Friday and maybe Thursday. There are pockets of activity there have been incrementally improving. It just seems you haven't been downtown during the weekend in awhile.

Cloud92 Feb 20, 2012 7:19 AM

Who wants a dead downtown anymore

TexasPlaya Feb 21, 2012 3:40 AM

Some more updates on Ashton Rice Village:

All photos by me
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/6...250500ed_b.jpg
IMAG0139 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6...b271a672_b.jpg
IMAG0140 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7176/6...f5ddcb44_b.jpg
IMAG0141 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7060/6...2c2a66f3_b.jpg
IMAG0142 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6...c60343da_b.jpg
IMAG0143 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7184/6...f5814a59_b.jpg
IMAG0144 by dv1033, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7208/6...357ef73c_b.jpg
IMAG0146 by dv1033, on Flickr

Personally, since I love Rice Village this is a top project being constructed for me. It will be 6 six stories with a small amount of ground retail.

JManc Feb 21, 2012 3:43 AM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5597575)
Aren't most traditional downtown's dead after office hours, that is where the bulk of office space is located? I just don't get why having a "vibrant" downtown is so important? Why would downtown be better to have the action at instead of midtown?

I agree downtown is relatively dead after business hours especially during a week night except for Friday and maybe Thursday. There are pockets of activity there have been incrementally improving. It just seems you haven't been downtown during the weekend in awhile.

for a city houston's size, downtown should be a lot busier after hours but i agree, downtown does not have to be the "it" area.

lockmat Feb 21, 2012 7:19 PM

I'm liking the progress, thanks TexasPlaya

Also, some more pics for High Street http://goo.gl/7OTDw (more at the link)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SIBtaCRTrM...2520Street.jpg



and 2525 McCue apartments http://goo.gl/9h4JX (more at the link)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vcZJYlufgQ...apartments.jpg

aquablue Feb 21, 2012 9:39 PM

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5596928)
downtown is a relatively small area hemmed in by freeways and most of the buildings are not built for ground level retail but rather people driving to work and promptly leaving at 5. the theater district is off in it's own area as are the stadiums while the rest of downtown has always been kinda seedy. they can't quite shake that stigma. there is market square and some of main street but they are too small to make a real difference and discovery green (the new park) surrounded by modern office towers, no ground level retail anywhere close by apart from pavilions which has been a flop for the most part.

Sounds horrid if you are a city lover. :yuck:

Having a dead and seedy downtown just destroys the entire city for me. If they can't shake the stigma, something drastic need to be done to give Houston a proper center. Do you really want to be another LA?

Illithid Dude Feb 22, 2012 1:38 AM

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Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 5599720)
Do you really want to be another LA?

Don't be hatin. We have recently developed a pretty good downtown.

AviationGuy Feb 22, 2012 3:03 AM

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Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 5599720)
Sounds horrid if you are a city lover. :yuck:

Having a dead and seedy downtown just destroys the entire city for me. If they can't shake the stigma, something drastic need to be done to give Houston a proper center. Do you really want to be another LA?

I don't think it's seedy at all (Houston's downtown). I think it's a super good looking downtown overall. But after hours needs to be a lot busier, like Austin's downtown. In large part, that means many more people need to live downtown, not just work downtown. As I said earlier, a lot of people are working hard to improve downtown, and it is indeed improving. Negatism isn't the answer and is never helpful.

Shasta Feb 22, 2012 5:48 AM

Downtown LA isn't dead at night. Sure, it's not Times Square, but there are some pretty great places to go.

As for Houston, I love downtown, even at night. Not sure how someone can claim it is dead when the Astros have averaged over 33,000 per game since moving downtown. Meanwhile, a few blocks away at the Toyota Center, the Rockets have averaged over 16,900 per game since moving downtown. Heck, even the AHL Aeros are drawing over 7,100 per game this season. And, lets not forget that the Toyota Center brings in the big name concerts (later this year includes Madonna, Radiohead, Nickelback, Van Halen, Cold Play and more). Speaking of concerts, Cowboy Mouth is playing at the House of Blues TONIGHT. Later this month, the Dropkick Murphys, George Clinton, and Heart will all play at the HOB. Over at the Verizon Wireless Theatre, that venue will host everything from Wanda Sykes to Roller Derby to Florence and the Machine to something called the Mariachi Invitational. On the East side of downtown, Warehouse live continues to book some awesome gigs like Love Void and Young the Giant.

And then there's the fine arts. The HSO draws over 350,000 to Jones Hall per year. The Alley Theatre brings in over 190,000 to see first run plays. The Hobby Center packs them in for Broadway tours and more. The Houston Ballet at the Wortham is the nation's 4th largest ballet company and just opened the nation's largest dance facility across the block where folks on the sidewalk can gaze at the practices.

And then there's things like the new Sundance Theater, Lucky Strike, Artista, Discovery Green, La Carafe, Market Square, and the still hanging on club and bar scene.

I've been to lots of downtowns and Houston's is perfectly healthy.

TexasPlaya Feb 22, 2012 6:12 AM

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Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 5599720)
Sounds horrid if you are a city lover. :yuck:

Having a dead and seedy downtown just destroys the entire city for me. If they can't shake the stigma, something drastic need to be done to give Houston a proper center. Do you really want to be another LA?

Geeze you must be a pretty dour person if all you care about it a lively downtown. It destroys the entire city? Really?

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Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 5600349)
Downtown LA isn't dead at night. Sure, it's not Times Square, but there are some pretty great places to go.

As for Houston, I love downtown, even at night. Not sure how someone can claim it is dead when the Astros have averaged over 33,000 per game since moving downtown. Meanwhile, a few blocks away at the Toyota Center, the Rockets have averaged over 16,900 per game since moving downtown. Heck, even the AHL Aeros are drawing over 7,100 per game this season. And, lets not forget that the Toyota Center brings in the big name concerts (later this year includes Madonna, Radiohead, Nickelback, Van Halen, Cold Play and more). Speaking of concerts, Cowboy Mouth is playing at the House of Blues TONIGHT. Later this month, the Dropkick Murphys, George Clinton, and Heart will all play at the HOB. Over at the Verizon Wireless Theatre, that venue will host everything from Wanda Sykes to Roller Derby to Florence and the Machine to something called the Mariachi Invitational. On the East side of downtown, Warehouse live continues to book some awesome gigs like Love Void and Young the Giant.

And then there's the fine arts. The HSO draws over 350,000 to Jones Hall per year. The Alley Theatre brings in over 190,000 to see first run plays. The Hobby Center packs them in for Broadway tours and more. The Houston Ballet at the Wortham is the nation's 4th largest ballet company and just opened the nation's largest dance facility across the block where folks on the sidewalk can gaze at the practices.

And then there's things like the new Sundance Theater, Lucky Strike, Artista, Discovery Green, La Carafe, Market Square, and the still hanging on club and bar scene.

I've been to lots of downtowns and Houston's is perfectly healthy.

I agree. I think it just bugs people that downtown isn't "the" area.

BrandonJXN Feb 22, 2012 5:29 PM

Maybe Houston needs to market downtown better. Let people know that there's something going on there.

Reverberation Feb 22, 2012 7:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ThreeHundred (Post 5600766)
Maybe Houston needs to market downtown better. Let people know that there's something going on there.

It's eventually going to happen. The neighborhoods surrounding downtown have been going through a big transformation. The cost of land per SF in downtown Houston discourages the residential growth needed by making it necessary to build way up, which the amenities (shopping/safety/foot traffic) don't support. As the neighborhoods around downtown build up, we are going to see the critical mass needed to support a full transformation in downtown proper.

Double L Feb 22, 2012 7:14 PM

Seeing where this conversation is going inspires me to post a video that I posted to my YouTube channel just yesterday.

Video Link

JManc Feb 22, 2012 8:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 5600349)
Downtown LA isn't dead at night. Sure, it's not Times Square, but there are some pretty great places to go.

As for Houston, I love downtown, even at night. Not sure how someone can claim it is dead when the Astros have averaged over 33,000 per game since moving downtown. Meanwhile, a few blocks away at the Toyota Center, the Rockets have averaged over 16,900 per game since moving downtown. Heck, even the AHL Aeros are drawing over 7,100 per game this season. And, lets not forget that the Toyota Center brings in the big name concerts (later this year includes Madonna, Radiohead, Nickelback, Van Halen, Cold Play and more). Speaking of concerts, Cowboy Mouth is playing at the House of Blues TONIGHT. Later this month, the Dropkick Murphys, George Clinton, and Heart will all play at the HOB. Over at the Verizon Wireless Theatre, that venue will host everything from Wanda Sykes to Roller Derby to Florence and the Machine to something called the Mariachi Invitational. On the East side of downtown, Warehouse live continues to book some awesome gigs like Love Void and Young the Giant.

And then there's the fine arts. The HSO draws over 350,000 to Jones Hall per year. The Alley Theatre brings in over 190,000 to see first run plays. The Hobby Center packs them in for Broadway tours and more. The Houston Ballet at the Wortham is the nation's 4th largest ballet company and just opened the nation's largest dance facility across the block where folks on the sidewalk can gaze at the practices.

And then there's things like the new Sundance Theater, Lucky Strike, Artista, Discovery Green, La Carafe, Market Square, and the still hanging on club and bar scene.

I've been to lots of downtowns and Houston's is perfectly healthy.

Yes, but it has to take a play, concert, game or something going on at Discovery Green for people to bother to go downtown and when they're over, most head back to their cars and leave. People don't go downtown for the sake of going downtown, there has to be an event. Had it not been for the Flying Saucer on main street, i'd have no need to go there at all apart from a game or concert.

TexasPlaya Feb 23, 2012 4:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 5600931)
It's eventually going to happen. The neighborhoods surrounding downtown have been going through a big transformation. The cost of land per SF in downtown Houston discourages the residential growth needed by making it necessary to build way up, which the amenities (shopping/safety/foot traffic) don't support. As the neighborhoods around downtown build up, we are going to see the critical mass needed to support a full transformation in downtown proper.

I think downtown because of those reasons mentioned will improve, although incrementally. I still think Midtown will be more vibrant and lively, at least when it comes to retail and nightlife.

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5601122)
Yes, but it has to take a play, concert, game or something going on at Discovery Green for people to bother to go downtown and when they're over, most head back to their cars and leave. People don't go downtown for the sake of going downtown, there has to be an event. Had it not been for the Flying Saucer on main street, i'd have no need to go there at all apart from a game or concert.

But why is that a negative? How many peer cities have all those venues located downtown?

Illithid Dude Feb 23, 2012 4:29 AM

I think the issue you guys have with your downtown right now is that the new development isn't very pedestrian oriented. Even going around Discovery Green, I found that all the new buildings do nothing for the pedestrian. No ground floor retail. No art. No setbacks (which aren't really needed, but help). If I was lucky, I would simply see a blank wall. At worst, it was a street-facing parking lot. You'd be surprised how a little ground-floor-retail goes a long way. Once those projects start going up- condos with ground floor retail and the like- you'll start to see a lot more pedestrian activity happening.

Shasta Feb 23, 2012 4:32 AM

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5601122)
Yes, but it has to take a play, concert, game or something going on at Discovery Green for people to bother to go downtown and when they're over, most head back to their cars and leave. People don't go downtown for the sake of going downtown, there has to be an event. Had it not been for the Flying Saucer on main street, i'd have no need to go there at all apart from a game or concert.

And that's a bad thing? Would you rather our downtown not host special events like the Art Car Parade, Rockets games, 4th of July, Broadway Across America, I-Fest, concerts, etc...?

I don't work downtown anymore, but I go at least 10-15 times a year. I can't tell you the last time I went to the Galleria/Uptown for dinner or a night out. That area, to me, is a cluster of traffic and chain stores/restaurants. At least downtown offers something unique.

JManc Feb 23, 2012 4:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 5601730)
And that's a bad thing? Would you rather our downtown not host special events like the Art Car Parade, Rockets games, 4th of July, Broadway Across America, I-Fest, concerts, etc...?

I don't work downtown anymore, but I go at least 10-15 times a year. I can't tell you the last time I went to the Galleria/Uptown for dinner or a night out. That area, to me, is a cluster of traffic and chain stores/restaurants. At least downtown offers something unique.

not a bad thing nor did i say as much but downtown is not a destination in of itself. this is the point i keep trying to get across. events (which can take place anywhere) are what draws people downtown, not downtown itself. other cities of houston's size (and smaller) have much more cohesive downtowns where there's places to shop, eat and drink all within a short walk and people go there not because there is a festival or a game. here, it's chopped up with the market sq area separated from main street with several blocks of nothing. discovery green and pavilions are separated by the rest with several blocks of nothingness as well. was just there this evening. it has potential and hopefully things pick up when the economy recovers.

noticed you live in boston, now its downtown is a destination. been there several times.

photoLith Feb 23, 2012 5:15 AM

First off, some developments around town. BBVA down by the Galleria, taken yesterday.
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/h3.jpg

Then a new apartment complex phase at Webster and Gray St. Its going to be pretty sweet and another new phase for a different urban apartment complex is getting built just a block away, erasing altogether 4 blocks of urban fields right next to downtown. The whole area around Midtown Park is going to be very urban in the coming years.
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/h1.jpg

Then finally, I am moving out of the suburbs!!!!!! and into the Houston House Apartments. My apartment faces downtown and will have a sweeping view of all of downtown and I can even see the Medical Center skyline and the Galleria area skyline from it. Im moving in in about 2 weeks. Ive been living in the suburbs my whole life and a part of my freaking dream is finally coming true, to be right in the heart of downtown. Heres one of the views from my balcony on the 16th floor. When I move in, anyone from the forum can feel free to come up and drink beers and smoke cigars and whatnot.
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...rland/h2-1.jpg
photos by me.

TexasPlaya Feb 23, 2012 5:35 AM

A break from downtown nitpicking with some Houston updates:

Dynamo Stadium
From their Facebook Page
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...11975996_n.jpg

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...30174512_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...66474815_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...75432939_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...02295944_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...42698868_n.jpg

McCue Apartments in Uptown
Images are from Lockmat's (HAIF user) blog: Going Up
Rendering
http://assets.bizjournals.com/housto...lleria.jpg?v=1

Progress
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vcZJYlufgQ...apartments.jpg

Retail going up next to Post Midtown

Saw this from DrLan34: HAIF

Location:
Google Maps

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...9683_thumb.jpg

Per DrLan34:

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All the parking will be in the back (42 spaces), the development will have the same building line as Post Midtown, and the 2 story section features a patio on top with a view of the skyline.

TexasPlaya Feb 23, 2012 5:46 AM

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5601735)
not a bad thing nor did i say as much but downtown is not a destination in of itself. this is the point i keep trying to get across. events (which can take place anywhere) are what draws people downtown, not downtown itself. other cities of houston's size (and smaller) have much more cohesive downtowns where there's places to shop, eat and drink all within a short walk and people go there not because there is a festival or a game. here, it's chopped up with the market sq area separated from main street with several blocks of nothing. discovery green and pavilions are separated by the rest with several blocks of nothingness as well. was just there this evening. it has potential and hopefully things pick up when the economy recovers.

noticed you live in boston, now its downtown is a destination. been there several times.

Events can't take place anywhere without the venues and infrastructure. I just don't see how you can not call downtown Houston a destination when it has all those different venues. Seems you are just trying to get into a semantic battle about destinations. Now I do agree due with your assessment of the lack of overall cohesiveness of the pockets of activity.

mfastx Feb 23, 2012 9:03 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5601779)

Love how I can see the new METRORail tracks going in at the bottom of the pic. :banana:

Complex01 Feb 23, 2012 9:13 PM

:previous:

I love that shot. It looks so amazing. Very nice for Houston. Very Nice...

:yes:

TexasPlaya Feb 24, 2012 5:27 AM

Swmaplot: Post Properties Says It's Ready to Build Those Richmond Ave Apartments

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-elevation.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...hmond-plan.jpg

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A MERE FOUR-and-a-half years after it first announced the project, Atlanta REIT Post Properties says it’s just about ready to begin construction on a somewhat revised 5-story, 242-unit apartment building on Richmond Ave, just west of the Downtown Spur...The Wheeler light-rail station sits 3 blocks east of the construction site, on the other side of Spur 527.
It really sucks that TXDOT and Houston went cheap and didn't submerge the spur along with US59, but it is what it is. These will definitely add some spice to an area that is pretty seedy but has seen a little bit of new retail pop up.

Shasta Feb 24, 2012 7:02 AM

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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5601735)
not a bad thing nor did i say as much but downtown is not a destination in of itself. this is the point i keep trying to get across. events (which can take place anywhere) are what draws people downtown, not downtown itself. other cities of houston's size (and smaller) have much more cohesive downtowns where there's places to shop, eat and drink all within a short walk and people go there not because there is a festival or a game. here, it's chopped up with the market sq area separated from main street with several blocks of nothing. discovery green and pavilions are separated by the rest with several blocks of nothingness as well. was just there this evening. it has potential and hopefully things pick up when the economy recovers.

noticed you live in boston, now its downtown is a destination. been there several times.

I'd argue that there's a LOT more going on in downtown Houston for the average Houstonian than there is in downtown Boston for a Bostonian. The only way that isn't true is if you stretch the definition of downtown Boston to include the North End, Back Bay, South End, Chinatown, Theater District, Kenmore Square, and The Fens... but if you did that, then downtown Houston would have to include Midtown, lower Montrose, Washington Avenue, and Upper Kirby.

Sure, there's a lot of historical stuff and the Freedom Trail/Fannueil Hall to attract the tourists, but to a Bostonian, the Financial District is a barren wasteland of corporate office towers and zero night life... and I mean ZERO. And now, with Filene's Basement closed, the outdoor Downtown Crossing shopping district has pretty much died.

The ONLY reason I ever went downtown in Boston was to go to the Fleet Center (Celtics, Bruins, Bean Pot), or to my lawyer's office. I used to go to a jazz place called the Good Life, but it closed down a few years ago.

The reason downtown Boston feels more alive is because it is MUCH smaller and has far fewer vacant parcels/surface lots. But, I guarantee you, if you were to go down there at 10:00 pm on a week night, there'd be NO street life unless you were right outside of North Station (Fleet Center)

lockmat Feb 24, 2012 2:02 PM

Just one photo update: http://goo.gl/XfsbQ

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BB3IMEV7Cc...0/IMG_6703.JPG

lockmat Feb 24, 2012 6:52 PM

Gables Post Oak pics: http://goo.gl/rVMCB

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y_feFbxDPE...0/IMG_6574.JPG

lockmat Feb 25, 2012 6:12 PM

bbva post oak construction pics: http://goo.gl/nuAaR

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_qr03oFQMx...A+Post+Oak.jpg

weatherguru18 Feb 25, 2012 9:36 PM

With a heavy heavy heart, I break the news to you that I have moved away from Houston. However, I now live vicariously through pictures you guys post of one of the best cities in the country and world. Keep up the picture updates. Houston will always be home and with any luck, I'll be back within a few years.

Since I will be gone, I ask one thing....can somebody PLEASE keep the updates coming on the Anadarko Tower? I lived in The Woodlands and I wanna watch that baby rise! Thanks in advance!

AviationGuy Feb 26, 2012 3:07 AM

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Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 5605275)
With a heavy heavy heart, I break the news to you that I have moved away from Houston. However, I now live vicariously through pictures you guys post of one of the best cities in the country and world. Keep up the picture updates. Houston will always be home and with any luck, I'll be back within a few years.

Since I will be gone, I ask one thing....can somebody PLEASE keep the updates coming on the Anadarko Tower? I lived in The Woodlands and I wanna watch that baby rise! Thanks in advance!

Where have you moved to?

giantSwan Feb 26, 2012 3:09 PM

that stadium looks AMAZING...

weatherguru18 Feb 27, 2012 1:57 AM

New Rendering of Anadarko's new 31-story tower in The Woodlands.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/anadarko.jpg

kingkirbythe.... Feb 27, 2012 7:06 AM

Nice looking tower.

weatherguru18 Feb 27, 2012 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 5606445)
New Rendering of Anadarko's new 31-story tower in The Woodlands.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/anadarko.jpg

Bump

Bailey Feb 27, 2012 6:08 PM

Rumors are swirling about Regent Square possibly being back on the boards after a long wait. I wonder if they will stay close to the previous design or it will be a total redesign.

TexasPlaya Feb 28, 2012 4:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Bailey (Post 5607161)
Rumors are swirling about Regent Square possibly being back on the boards after a long wait. I wonder if they will stay close to the previous design or it will be a total redesign.

Per Lockmat's source on HAIF:

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Very little information is known about GID's time table for commencement of construction. It is rumored that they are redesigning portions of the plan due to the robust economy in Houston. This week surveyors were flagging the Allen House site which may indicate some advancements with the planning. I also have observed activity at the RS office lately. Last Thursday, the Dunlavy windows were open revealing a full-scale model of what is to come.
As discussed on HAIF, it could mean that the project is adding more apartments.

TexasPlaya Feb 29, 2012 5:36 AM

Awesome pic of the East End rail construction next to the Dynamo stadium by Ricco67 from HAIF

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_...07729final.JPG

photoLith Mar 2, 2012 12:34 AM

Theres so much construction going on in Houston right now, its awesome. Maybe we have no major skyscrapers going up right now other than BBVA but plenty of mid rises and infill going on everywhere.

JManc Mar 2, 2012 2:09 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 5611949)
Theres so much construction going on in Houston right now, its awesome. Maybe we have no major skyscrapers going up right now other than BBVA but plenty of mid rises and infill going on everywhere.

we have enough of the tall buildings, now we need the infill.

weatherguru18 Mar 2, 2012 3:21 AM

Can somebody post some pics of the Anadarko construction? It's my understanding they have the crane up already. Plus would like to see what progress, if any, has been done on Waterway 3. I would take the pics, but I now live out of state. Still partial to the hometown tho :)


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