This recent aerial survey of Australian developer Caydon’s 357-unit Fannin St. apartment tower between Drew and Tuam streets shows just how much it now sticks out from the rest of Midtown’s surrounding flatlands, the buffer between Downtown and the Med Center. Though the apartment’s planned 27 stories aren’t complete yet, it’s already one-upped everything in the nearby building-scape — most dramatically, the tiny park structures that occupy theÂ superblock on the other side of Main St.
And there’s more where that came from: The developer still plans to get started on 2 more adjacent towers — in place of the departing Art Supply store and on the block that’s bounded by McGowen, Fannin, Dennis, and Main streets. Both will include all kinds of street-level retail (depicted in renderings that have now been scrubbed from the internet) and should begin rising after the apartments going up now are complete.
Here’s a commandeerable after-and-before flooding shot, taken from a drone hovering 300 ft. above Hwy. 6 just north of the Barker Reservoir spillway. Move the slider at the bottom of the image to toggle slowly between the 2 views, taken Thursday, August 24th (on the right, not long before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey) and Tuesday, August 29th (on the left, after stormwater filled the reservoir and the flooded the area). You can also rotate and zoom the image with your pointing device or finger.
In the initial view, the camera is facing straight down Addicks-Howell Rd.; the wider Hwy. 6 appears to veer off to the left. Addicks-Howell marks the entrance to Fleetwood, the adjacent neighborhood. Rotate the view 180 degrees to see the spillway.
Houston visualization firm Reality Imaging & Mapping Technologies took the panoramic images and stitched them together to create the immersive and zoomable view, which can also be experienced as a VR image. Click here to view the image in its own browser window.
Sure, nervous economists and friends, go ahead and fretÂ about howÂ the coming robot revolutionÂ is likely to decimate the availability of middle-class jobs. But the likely wide-ranging effects of technological change are notoriously difficult to predict. For example, after viewing the dramaticÂ promotional video above, which brings toÂ the treed expanse of a 0.78-acre vacant lot in The Woodlands the full power ofÂ remote-controlled robot-camera cinematic glory, does another possibility come to mind? With this marriage of drone footage, music-video-intro aesthetics, desktop video software, and soundtrack punch,Â has a Woodlands-area real estate agent stumbled upon the secretÂ to unleashing desires hidden deep inside us all . . . to feed a new vacant land boom?
As delicate orchestral swells matched toÂ lingering aerial pans and zooms tug at our emotions and the full majesty of 67 N. Glenwild Cir. (conveniently located Â between The Woodlands Preparatory School and the entry gate to the Club at Carlton Woods Creekside) comes into view, can we imagine a new — dare we dream? — vacant-lot-buying frenzy, the wider availability of new technologies enabling craftily orchestrated drone footage toÂ surround and temptÂ us,Â andÂ transforming thisÂ once dowdy sector?
The Texas Direct Auto signage outside that 80-sq.-ft. Main St. office asking Red Line rail passengers to sell their vehicles may have hit a bit of resistance, but the company is nonetheless now aiming its ad campaign even higher: The drone video above (posted yesterday) shows the roof of the company’s space-themed downtown building on Leeland St.Â is now fully decked out with the same all-caps appeal for car sales. As a commenter pointed outÂ yesterday, the nearby Toyota Center also shows off a rooftop label to flying passer-bys — though the arena goes one step further and lights up at night, as well:
A glimpse behindÂ some northern fencelines comes by way of drone from G.A. Eblen, who took to the Porter sky by proxy to catch these shots of planned and impromptuÂ retention pondsÂ in action. The Monday-morningÂ photos centerÂ east of 59Â around the Briar Tree Court subdivision — up in the right hand corner of the south-facing shot above are the well-moistenedÂ sports fields of White Oak Middle School.
Rectangles ofÂ forested land are mixed in with angular subdivisions and potentialÂ subdivisions-to-be in the suite of surveying shots.Â Here’s the view north over FM 1314, toward the Family Dollar Store and Executive Inn &Â Suites (on the left, below):