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3333 Allen Parkway. Condo built originally for apartments, but like so many condo projects in Houston, they recently turned from lease to own. When they were lease, aprtments went from I belive from around $2000/month to over $10,000 fior the penthouses.



The Renoir Condos. One of the many aprtment buildings built by Randall Davis known for his condos having some architectural theme that has nothing to do with Houston.



Renoir



Shotguns. I refused to take pics of what was on the other side of the street. Let me just say River Oaks, yes the prestigous River Oaks neighborhood, is one of the most overly gentrified hoods I have ever stepped a foot in.





One of the few true stucco homes left in the city



OK. Let me tell you folks. While you are looking at the next few pics and are probally thinking you are looking at an ordinary shopping Center. I must say this place is a historical landmark. You are lookng at the 2nd oldest shopping Center in the nation. This development was something new because it came after all 200 streetcars were removed from the Houston core in 1936. The center was built in 1937 and is one of Houston’s premier examples of Modern architectural design. In addition, many classic ‘30’s and ‘40’s motifs and materials- rounded corners, “porthole” windows and light fixtures, black glass and stucco- can also be seen among the center’s Modern design details.






The new Enron movie made a World Premiere in Houston not too long ago. All former Enron Employees received a free ticket to the event.




I'm not joking. This Starbucks is right across the street from the one pictured in the photo above. Oh well, I love the deco design to it.


Houston Skyline from center


Randon Shoppe on South Shepherd


I might as well give you a taste of some of the gentrification happening in Houston.


Moving right along up Westheimer.


Shoppes at Highland Park Shopping District








Neiman Marcus in Uptown. Currently the largest in the country, but claim will soon be taken by San Francisco.


More yuppie stuff


Williams Tower from Street to roof. Built in 1983. 901 feet.












Williams Tower Waterwall








Some vacant building going to waste in the middle of downtown




Hotel Icon One of Downtown Houston's newest boutique hotels.


Victorian architecture at Cava Bistro






St Pete's Dancing Marlin. Surprisingly affordable.




Gotta stop for a lunch break.






Historical Rice Hotel. Now Post Rice Lofts. Built in 1910.


Base of Houston's tallest art deco scraper. JPMorgan Chase Building. Built in 1929 and once Houston's tallest. Stands 428 feet.


Commerce Towers. Tallest residential building in downtown. 2nd tallest art deco scraper in downtown. Also built in 1929.






Bottom floor of this building will be the first full functioning grocery store/market in the center of downtown




Rendering of Market


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cool stuff.

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Wow, awesome pictures. Thanks for posting..
 

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You are the first poster to post a diffrent side of Houston. Thanks! Some of the best I have seen of the RiverOaks area! Thanks! And keep it up!
 

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Great pics! Houston really is a lot more than just the supertall glass skyscrapers. But, I love the scrapers, too.

The Post Rice Lofts are amazing looking. Looks like it should be sitting on Park Avenue.
 

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Cool pics man. That rendering of the store at the bottom of the Stowers condo is tight!!! Let's just hope those people in the picture are actually seen in that large number once the thing is built.
 

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once again nice pics! i love all of the pics you take Texasboy and Houston is lucky to have you representing it!
 

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Fantastic Texasboy. I here the weather is absolutely awesome right now. I'll be there in July at the Essence Festival.
 

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The weather is insanely great! We have had an unusually warm winter. We've had highs in the 70's since before Christmas. Today the high is suppose to be in the lower to mid 60's, which is the coolest we have been in a while, but I think we should have 70's again starting tomorrow.

Pwright1- The NBA All Star game will be in Febuary ( the celebs have already started booking parties [indmix.com.....urban nightlife, then scroll to bottom] ). However, I'm sure the Essence Fest with be Hot as well (literally since it's in July :) ). By the way, are you going to Detroit for the Superbowl?
 

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^^ I was coming down for the all star game but I can't make it. I know you're going to have a ball. Wish I could come. Again, great pics.
 

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Fantastic pics! Houston looks really awesome.
Love all the palm trees there too (kind of reminds me of LA :runaway: )
BTW, that's kind of weird, those 2 starbucks stores across the street from eachother.
 
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