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gardenoaksguy Jun 25, 2009 2:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4320121)

Wow! A glass box! What a breakaway design for Houston!:) Wish we would get some interesting architecture. If not for the 80's, we would be quite dull.

Von Jun 25, 2009 9:58 PM

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Originally Posted by gardenoaksguy (Post 4324668)
Wow! A glass box! What a breakaway design for Houston!:) Wish we would get some interesting architecture. If not for the 80's, we would be quite dull.

It's not a box! It's a rectangle get it right! :rolleyes:

Saddle Man Jun 25, 2009 10:36 PM

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gardenoaksguy Jun 27, 2009 3:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Von (Post 4326174)
It's not a box! It's a rectangle get it right! :rolleyes:

OK, Wow! A rectangular glass box!:)

SouthByMidwest Jun 27, 2009 3:46 AM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 4310514)
"Europa at Houstonian Lakes, a 500-acre master planned community. LandQuest development group (or L Star, they've recently partnered with Starwood development) is the developer. If built, it will be located ssw of the Reliant Stadium."

On Holmes Road.

Maybe I'm not visioning it right, but it's out in the middle of nowhere and doesn't really look like anything else in the neighborhood.

Pretty much. I live just on the other side of Main and there isn't anything special over here at all. However it's close to the light rail which goes downtown, Museum District etc.

Urbannizer Jun 27, 2009 6:24 PM

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Originally Posted by gardenoaksguy (Post 4328580)
OK, Wow! A rectangular glass box!:)

Its a Trapezoid shape building.

weatherguru18 Jun 30, 2009 4:55 PM

There she blows! Flagship to be torn down....FINALLY (god, what an eye sore)

http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....1f7ec212.html

ChiPsy Jul 1, 2009 1:52 AM

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Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 4298757)
are they going to raze those gray houses surrounding the menil to make way for that?

Nope, those would apparently replace the Richmont Square apartments on Richmond -- which wouldn't be a loss to lament (except for those, like me, who have positive memories of living there).

Urbannizer Jul 5, 2009 9:36 PM

New renderings of High Street

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...h20Street1.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...h20Street2.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...h20Street3.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...gh-Street4.jpg

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•4-Story Wood Frame Residential Above Cast-in-Place Concrete Retail Structure
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•234 Multi-family Apartment Units

Urbannizer Jul 13, 2009 12:26 AM

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

Earth Quest Adventures | Website

Complex01 Jul 13, 2009 3:18 AM

Earth Quest looks crazy. I want to go...

:tup:

TXLove Jul 13, 2009 3:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4354503)
Earth Quest looks crazy. I want to go...

:tup:

ME TOO:haha: I so hope this all comes to reality because if so I am so there!

JManc Jul 13, 2009 8:46 PM

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Originally Posted by ChiPsy (Post 4334697)
Nope, those would apparently replace the Richmont Square apartments on Richmond -- which wouldn't be a loss to lament (except for those, like me, who have positive memories of living there).

the demise of that complex seems almost certain given the development in that area.

Reverberation Jul 13, 2009 8:49 PM

Lamest theme park idea ever. How do you make rocks fun for kids? This is bound to be a place for interesting field trips but given the choice, most kids would rather be at Splashtown.

TexasPlaya Jul 13, 2009 8:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 4355761)
Lamest theme park idea ever. How do you make rocks fun for kids? This is bound to be a place for interesting field trips but given the choice, most kids would rather be at Splashtown.

They have all the attractions that a theme park like any Six Flags would have (roller coasters and other "thrill rides") plus they have the learning theme as well.

JManc Jul 13, 2009 9:08 PM

didn't our past theme parks turn out to be failures? fame city, astroworld...

this seems like a epic fail waiting to happen.

Complex01 Jul 14, 2009 3:28 AM

I wander how tall that mountain would be. Hey that will be an idea. Lets put a whole bunch of hills and mountains all around Houston. That would be kewl...

:D

JManc Jul 14, 2009 4:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4356528)
I wander how tall that mountain would be. Hey that will be an idea. Lets put a whole bunch of hills and mountains all around Houston. That would be kewl...

:D



Complex01 Jul 14, 2009 5:43 AM

:previous:

Oh I like that. Very Kewl.

On a side note, what happened to all the Houston Forumers. Where did they all go. I know a lot of people use the other site for Houston, but there was still a good handful of Houstonians on here...

:shrug:

TexasPlaya Jul 14, 2009 5:31 PM

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Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 4355797)
didn't our past theme parks turn out to be failures? fame city, astroworld...

this seems like a epic fail waiting to happen.

Never heard of fame city but they basically just didn't maintain Astroworld properly and it become a ghetto paradise.

vjhe Jul 14, 2009 5:49 PM

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Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 4355797)
didn't our past theme parks turn out to be failures? fame city, astroworld...

this seems like a epic fail waiting to happen.

I suppose 37 years of operation would indeed be a failure to some.

With regard to Fame City, yes it has changed names, and yes Fame City WaterWorks was torn down, however the fact it is still open after almost 25 years is not a complete failure in my eyes.

I personally am very excited about EarthQuest. It has potential that AstroWorld did not. Who knows this may be a opportunity for Houston to have it's very first out and back coaster. I say bring it on.

Saddle Man Jul 14, 2009 9:39 PM

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TexasBoi Jul 14, 2009 10:26 PM

Astroworld was not that great of a park. But it didn't fail because of how boring it was. It failed because Six Flags as an operation sucks. I think Earthquest can and will work. Different type of theme park.

JManc Jul 14, 2009 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by vjhe (Post 4357396)
I suppose 37 years of operation would indeed be a failure to some.

With regard to Fame City, yes it has changed names, and yes Fame City WaterWorks was torn down, however the fact it is still open after almost 25 years is not a complete failure in my eyes.

I personally am very excited about EarthQuest. It has potential that AstroWorld did not. Who knows this may be a opportunity for Houston to have it's very first out and back coaster. I say bring it on.

towards the end astroworld got trashy which is a turn off to many people mainly because six flags did a piss poor job of managing the park. fame city/funplex started out OK but also got trashy. earthquest is going to have to be very careful.

AstrosFreak Jul 15, 2009 2:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4356748)

On a side note, what happened to all the Houston Forumers. Where did they all go. I know a lot of people use the other site for Houston, but there was still a good handful of Houstonians on here...

:shrug:

Some of us are still hanging around...Just not posting as often. Plus, there hasn't been much new information as of late.

On the EarthQuest topic though, I think it'll be a success. Astroworld failed because the management was terrible. I remember avoiding the place just because of how dirty the place was and how there were always at least 3 broken down coasters EVERY time I went. I would rather drive to Fiesta Texas than deal with the crap at AstroWorld. Splashtown is the same, run terribly. If a park would come in and make a good impression, I don't think it would have a problem taking off.

urbanactivist Jul 19, 2009 2:30 AM

^^ Astroworld was in the city, which nowadays is rare for a major theme park. I think EarthQuest will be ok too, just b/c it's going to be the "only game in town" for that area of Montgomery County. It's gonna the largest economic engine north of the Airport and east of The Woodlands. The people will make sure to keep it going properly.

photoLith Jul 21, 2009 5:50 AM

I want earthquest to fail and fail miserably. I grew up bird watching in and around those woods in that part of montgomery county and Id hate to see it all get turned into banal urban sprawl and parking lots. In fact, my avatar which is a Prothonotary Warbler is found in the woods in that area and it will yet again, be losing more habitat to this huge park. The area where this park is going in was once known as the little thicket and at one time was considered to become part of the the big thicket national preserve. Too late for that and one of the last great stretches of forest in the houston area will fall to bland houses and soccer moms. uhg The only thing that will remain once the storm of craptastic sprawl rolls through will be the land protected through the ongoing acquisition of land for the Spring Creek Greenway Project, which when completed will only protect about 2-3000 acres of the 16,000 acres that is slowly getting turned into crap.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/the_latest.htm

Trae Jul 21, 2009 6:10 AM

I can't wait to see Earthquest succeed. Astroworld wasn't really boring. They always had new rides/features until after the 1999 season. That's when it started really going down.

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Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 4357992)
towards the end astroworld got trashy which is a turn off to many people mainly because six flags did a piss poor job of managing the park. fame city/funplex started out OK but also got trashy. earthquest is going to have to be very careful.

You can't see the difference, especially with Astroworld? Astroworld is in the middle Houston. Earthquest is going to be on the outskirts. Astroworld had like 80 acres of land (including Waterworld and parking). Earthquest has 250+ acres. Earthquest is going to have museums, a waterpark, and resort hotel. Big differences between the two.

Saddle Man Jul 21, 2009 6:15 AM

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Urbannizer Jul 24, 2009 7:31 PM

The new Houston Ballet is now Under Construction but no on knows which design was chosen.
http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america...es281108_1.jpg

http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america...es281108_2.jpg
Swamplot

Von Jul 24, 2009 9:56 PM

eh... neither one of the puts a smile on my face...

TexasPlaya Jul 24, 2009 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Von (Post 4374100)
eh... neither one of the puts a smile on my face...

Really? I like the top design, seems to fit what a dance rehearsal building should look like.

photoLith Jul 25, 2009 3:52 AM

I like the top design too, but the bottom one, not so much, but hey, a building is better than a parking lot. Can someone show on a map where this is, Im not exactly sure which lot its going on.

Complex01 Jul 25, 2009 1:21 PM

I like the top one, it looks great. It reminds me of the new YMCA being built on the other side of DT.

:tup:

Von Jul 29, 2009 6:46 PM

idk how to put a map up, but it's like two blocks down from the bank of America bldg .. I think :P

urbanactivist Jul 29, 2009 7:05 PM

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Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4374484)
I like the top design too, but the bottom one, not so much, but hey, a building is better than a parking lot. Can someone show on a map where this is, Im not exactly sure which lot its going on.

It's at Preston and Louisiana...

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...12,305.32,,0,5

This used to be a drive-thru bank, but was used most of the time as a ridiculous parking lot. I'm glad to see anything but parking here.

TexasPlaya Aug 2, 2009 3:08 AM

Another parking lot bites the dust.

Urbannizer Aug 3, 2009 2:03 AM

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Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4373883)
The new Houston Ballet is now Under Construction but no on knows which design was chosen.
http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america...es281108_1.jpg

http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america...es281108_2.jpg
Swamplot

Design #2 was choosen.
Chron

Also Novare Group based in Atlanta has bought land near the new Ballet Center! They done 360 in Austin and The Atlantic in Atlanta. :banana:

novaregroup.com

AstrosFreak Aug 7, 2009 3:31 PM

More renders! Courtesy of Swamplot

"'. . . the architects . . . envisioned the granite like a proscenium stage, framing views from the street through windows on several floors of the north and west facades.'

Those windows, [Gensler managing principal James] Furr added, are like a “billboard for dance,” enabling passersby to see classes and rehearsals.

Furr spoke to the Chronicle’s Molly Glentzer, and Gensler provided more-up-to-date images of the 115,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will be clad in black granite on one portion and “a light plaster” on the other"

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...view-smith.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ge-wortham.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...et-granite.jpg

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

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...t-interior.jpg

AstrosFreak Aug 7, 2009 3:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4387445)
Also Novare Group based in Atlanta has bought land near the new Ballet Center! They done 360 in Austin and The Atlantic in Atlanta. :banana:

I wouldn't get too excited. The same article you quoted mentioned that Novare Group has already put it back on the market. It might be a while til we see anything in that space, but I'm fine with the Ballet center at the moment.

photoLith Aug 13, 2009 6:08 PM

edit, I moved this comment to the next page.

Von Aug 13, 2009 7:17 PM

Niceee updates!!!!
Actually now that i look at it, from that view, The Houston Ballet woul like very nice... umm what's happening infront of the courthouse

TXLove Aug 13, 2009 10:09 PM

Great updates photolitherland!!!! I love the nighttime lighting on that new Methodist Outpatient Centre! :tup:

photoLith Aug 13, 2009 10:14 PM

Sorry, i hate it when my big post like this is the last one on the page and then nobody sees it. So I just posted it again on here again.

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Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4404317)
Updates from everywhere from yesterday

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3563/...187a5c88_o.jpg
TMC with the methodist inpatient centre pretty much completed

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2438/...9a6499c7_o.jpg
Another TMC development

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2600/...8ede1d67_o.jpg
MIPC at night from Rice

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3482/...9bd1fa31_o.jpg
West Ave. development across from 2727 Kirby

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2660/...485dc0d7_o.jpg
2727 Kirby completed

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3477/...33126eaa_o.jpg
The YMCA downtown

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/...b64f8b99_o.jpg
TMC, the building on the left was just recently completed

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/...1995a86d_o.jpg
The new park and eventual entrance for the municipal courts and such downtown

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2525/...4db53f1e_o.jpg
Embassy Suites

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2426/...d3d7f6c5_o.jpg
Discovery Tower

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3514/...68ac57a7_o.jpg
Mainplace during a rain

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3581/...79dd9ca9_o.jpg
The Maternity Ward down at the TMC and then the cranes on the far left belong to a new 30 some odd story building.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2624/...b3f00145_o.jpg
Finally, the new ballet center is under way also!


TexasPlaya Aug 14, 2009 5:23 AM

Thanks for the all the updates.

Complex01 Aug 14, 2009 8:31 PM

Just awesome pics. Houston looks grand. Very Kewl. Thanks for posting...

:tup:

weatherguru18 Aug 21, 2009 10:51 PM

Ashyby Highrise gets the Green Light!!!! Project to rise 23-stories!

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...g/6582223.html

TexasPlaya Aug 22, 2009 5:28 AM

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Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4418309)
Ashyby Highrise gets the Green Light!!!! Project to rise 23-stories!

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...g/6582223.html

If you don't succeed, try, try again.

photoLith Aug 23, 2009 4:12 PM

Sweet! I thought the nimbys killed that project long ago. Good news indeed.

Boris Aug 23, 2009 6:31 PM

Great photos PhotoL!!

Love some of those perspectives.


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