Headlines: Reshaping Houston’s Skyline; Renaming Houston’s Metro Area

Photo of 3009 Post Oak Blvd.: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool

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  • To continue reading this story, you will need to be a digital subscriber to HoustonChronicle.com.

  • Copy and paste the Houston Chronicle link into google, then click on the link when it displays in the google search and you should be able to read it.

  • Any skyscraper details for those of us who aren’t Chronicle subscribers?

  • Guys. Google the Chron headline.

    Click the link. It will get you past the paywall.

  • “Camp Strake presents one of the most exceptional development opportunities in the entire country right now, a truly rare chance for a developer to create a master-planned community with unprecedented beauty, superior access and unmatched green-space amenity potential,” . . . so the exact opposite will happen.

  • That trick isn’t working for me.

  • Wish I could edit my awful grammar error

    I meant “passed”

  • purdueenginerd, I think you had it right the first time.

  • Anyone know what the other Marriot brand that is opening on Galveston?

  • Camp Strake has evolved from a rural setting to an urban setting??

    Geez, I would think that with over 2,000 acres, they could somehow maintain a rural setting.

  • The rendering for the Hines project looks like a mini version of the new World Trade Center ( aka Freedom Tower) in NYC, and a much shorter version of the Shanghai Financial Center, minus the hole at the top.

  • the loss of camp strake is very dissapointing, but perhaps best to let it go at this point and use the funds for something more efficient. anyone care to approximate how far the next camp site with similar space and accommodations as camp strake is to central houston now?

  • @Purdue: You were right the first time. “Past”.

  • @NativeHoustonian and purdueenginerd, that trick never works for me. It just takes me back to the paywall article.

    Give us a hint how the URL of the free article is different from the URL of the paywall article.

  • It’s too bad that Midland is getting a skyscraper bigger than any of Houston’s proposed downtown towers.


  • I can’t believe that’s a paywall article – it’s barely a blog post.

  • So will this silence the people complaining that nobody’s building in downtown?

    Anon, the URL isn’t different; the Chron’s site treats you differently depending on how you get there.

  • Funny that we are being outbuilt by Midland. Houston has not broken the 50-story barrier since Texas Heritage Plaza in the mid-1980’s. I attribute this to The Curse of the Jordan. We did not draft Michael Jordan with our #1 pick in the 1984 draft (although in any other year, Hakeem would have been the right choice), and things have never been the same since. We lost the ’86 Finals, the Astos had their Game 6 meltdown against the Mets, and the skyline was permanently limited to stumpy, economical towers.

  • It is pretty sad that midland can get a proposal for a 53 story high rise and Houston can’t.

  • @Mike: 50 stories is generally considered to be the max for office buildings these days. Anything taller than 50 stories just ends up dedicating too much space to elevator shafts. It is a bit of a diminishing return issue past 50 stories without crazy high rental rates (i.e. Hong Kong, Dubai, etc.).

  • Doh! Now I look extra silly.

    Thanks guys for clearing up my confusion.

  • The Midland tower is as stumpy as it gets. If that were going up in Houston, all you would hear is BITCH, BITCH, BITCH at this website. BTW, all Midland has is a PROPOSED tower over 50 floors. Houston has had many of those since the 80’s. Let’s see Midland actually build it before giving away any accolades. Anyone who follows the development of skyscrapers knows that “PROPOSED” ain’t “BUILT”.

  • Astroworld was 75 acres, Walt Disney World is 30,000 acres. 2,100 acres would make a very sizable amusement park with room for resort golf course, etc.
    Just idle thoughts.

  • I understand the economic factors behind not building over 50 stories, but weren’t these factors there in the 1970’s? Why did we build high then and not now?

  • It’s pretty sad that Midland is currently for all that oil within 50 miles of town, and we can’t do that here.

    It’s pretty sad that Miami can build all those high-rise hotels on the beach and we can’t.

    It’s pretty sad that Boston can have such a great historic district next to downtown and Houston can’t do the same.

    It’s pretty sad that Los Angeles metro area can build all those ski resorts and Houston can’t manage to do the same.