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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Buffalo Bayou Walk - More Public Art on Display along the trail







Saturday, January 10, 2015

More high-end apartments on Richmond Ave: 4300 The Fairmont Museum District

Another luxury apartment complex on Richmond Ave.
coming to market. 

4300 The Fairmont Museum District
corner view
Apartments with bay windows overlooking Richmond Ave
The complex uses the Dunlavy Street Address 
4310 Dunlavy Street, Houston, TX 77006 


Photo of La Tapatia Mex Cafe and Fairmont Apartments

View of new Fairmont Luxury Apartments
from Richmond Ave. sidewalk at Woodhead

The walkability issues on Richmond Ave have not yet been
resolved even though the area will see strong influx of new residents 



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The "New" Mandell Park in all its revitalized glory - urban recreational green-space with veggie garden in Montrose


MANDELL PARK (signage) Houston Parks & Recreation Department
The New Mandell Park 
Wide tree-lined gravel-covered walkway with pairs of benches
on the wall lining what may become a true alley when the trees grow bigger and taller.
Children's tile art installed on concrete wall
Adjoining Mi Pueblito patio in background
Bicycle parking
Bike rack on wide gravel walking paths 
Skip's garden shed with grass planted on roof.
The shed is named for one of the locals who played a key role
 in the community park's development.
Flock of birds aloft over the newly rebuild urban park 
Mandell Park name sign on corner of Richmond and Mandell St.

Veggies in urban garden.

Pair of park benches facing each other inviting
small group discourse and communal park enjoyment 
Adopt a Park sign - Friends of Mandell Park sponsors recognized 
Close-up of Skip's Shed with live green roof 
High-resolution photo of children's art wall below:
(click to enlarge)

Children's communal mosaic art wall with contributions by many 

History of Mandell Park - Successful model of creative conversion of
abandoned overgrown lot in urban area by neighborhood initiative 



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Historic buildings of landmark stature that we lost in 2014

Early-Houston mural on North wall of Houston Club Building
which was reduced to rubble this Fall 
 The JPMorganChase Park is gone too.


Stripped and gutted Houston Club
Building prior to implosion
to make way for new humongous residential skyscraper built on spec 
Main at Capitol 



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Muralism Houston-style - Art walls in Downtown, Midtown, and Montrose

The art bar mural in Midtown 
Mural honoring musicians on Numbers Night Club on Lower Westheimer 
Mango's on Westheimer (restaurant spot now posted for lease)
Biscuitpaintwall on Westheimer 
Painted brick wall of commercial building in Midtown

Butterfly-themed mural on wall of thrift shop in Montrose 
Houston Hip mural at Treebeards on Travis St Downtown 
La Creation mural in Midtown 
Houston Inspired Hip Tasty Funky Savvy
Boosterist Mural near Market Square Park
Boutique Hotel Icon with rooftop lounge in background 
Early Houston themed mural on wall of Houston Club Building
that was demolished this year (2014) 
Commercial mural on wall of Maine-ly Sandwiches shop on S. Shepherd

Friday, December 26, 2014

Skyhouse Houston - New Downtown Residential Hi-Rise (Dec 2014 photo)


Photo of Residential Highrise at 1625 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
The Skyhouse Houston  Downtown residential tower after completion
in all its glory (there is one in Dallas too)

1625 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Retail & Restaurants coming soon (maybe)
View across Main in December 2014