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ethereal_reality Jun 25, 2008 2:09 PM

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/7...ckroldsxr8.jpg

This pic is kinda cool. Houston in 1957.

Great_Hizzy Jun 25, 2008 3:03 PM

That is very, cool. Great find, ER. That angle appears to be from the NE, and you can see that even 50 years ago there was more of a gritty, industrial feel to that area of DT.

That's hell-a-cool to see.

latennisguy Jun 25, 2008 7:36 PM

Great pic ethereal.

Here's some aerials:

Downtown w/UofH foreground:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2301/...724a95a3_b.jpg
flickr Jim in Times Square

Medical Center w/Rice foreground
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2017/...85b5649e_b.jpg
flickr Jim in Times Square

10101000 Jun 25, 2008 9:42 PM

Some really good photos.

SLO Jun 25, 2008 11:30 PM

I like those real aerial shots latennisguy, people outside of Texas dont realize how green that area is. How's summer treating you down there?

OhioGuy Jun 26, 2008 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLO (Post 3635817)
I like those real aerial shots latennisguy, people outside of Texas dont realize how green that area is. How's summer treating you down there?

The greenery is precisely why my favorite area of Houston was the Rice U/Herman Park area. That area is the best!

BTW, latennisguy, I hope you're enjoying your time in Houston so far. You've found some pretty nice photos of the city as well. :yes:

latennisguy Jun 26, 2008 6:03 PM

thanks guys. yeah...summer hasn't been that bad (mostly since I stay indoors in summer school.) The scattered thunderstorms are crazy! u don't experience these in L.A.

The Rice area is also one of my favorite places. I always play tennis at Rice and live really close by. I can see my condo in that picture :yes:

urbanactivist Jun 26, 2008 7:21 PM

This thread is like heaven on a stick... I'm GLAD I found it.

Yeah, I honestly understand why people hate Houston. It just doesn't make sense to build such outlandish things here... tall buildings in every direction, right next to houses and neighborhoods. Sticky, hot weather for over half the year, a city run more by mind than muscle. But it's those very reasons for hating the city that make me enjoy it even more. Especially living here right now, when the city is aggressively reforming itself into a dense urban area. Everyday I find a new set of condos, new stores being built, and new plans to obliterate another surface parking lot. It's really one of the wildest places in the US.

ethereal_reality Jun 26, 2008 8:11 PM

I think of Houston from the scenes at the beginning and end of
the movie 'Local Hero'. Especially at the end I guess, when he looks
out over the skyscrapers....and feels alone in this big city.
It's a 1980's sense of urban melancholia.

It's one of my favorite movies.

latennisguy Jun 26, 2008 9:09 PM

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1089/...a7b09af6_b.jpg
flickr itsdavidwhen

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/4...eaa395f4_o.jpg
flickr itsdavidwhen

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/...0636c8d9_b.jpg
flickr Danger Mouse 5

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/...e0117c99_b.jpg
flickr Hardy-Har-Har

oldmanshirt Jun 27, 2008 7:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by latennisguy (Post 3473347)

Holy crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrap! :eeekk: That's unreal, dude

latennisguy Jun 27, 2008 8:19 PM

^^ totally unreal. :tup:

Here's one more:

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/a...houston_bg.jpg
photobucket davidross42

LAsam Jun 27, 2008 11:24 PM

That totally looks like Los Angeles!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by latennisguy (Post 3637859)


SLO Jun 27, 2008 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by latennisguy (Post 3550884)
ugh...I can't believe i'm taking the bate. but, here's L.A. and Houston side by side. Now, after this let's stop it with the comparisons.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4.../lahouston.jpg

they both look good IMO. None better than the other.

still love what you did here -
and since someone brought up LA....

latennisguy Jun 28, 2008 12:11 AM

That picture does look like L.A. :)

I love the tops of these two buildings:

http://www.pbase.com/john_huff/image/31176086.jpg
haif 111486

this one is also amazing! Can someone tell me why all these buildings were all lit up for? and why don't they continue to light them up now?

http://i.pbase.com/u48/tracyjo/large....087600018.jpg
pbase Tracy Johnson

latennisguy Jun 28, 2008 12:24 AM

ok..let's continue with some other incredible finds:

http://i.pbase.com/v3/90/458590/1/44....pbhouston.jpg
pbase Wayne Cowan

http://i.pbase.com/u40/lwh/upload/25...kyline001m.jpg
pbase Lewis Hall

Who says there's no people in downtown?
http://k43.pbase.com/o6/08/545808/1/....audience4.jpg
pbase Nicole Compte

part of the Houston Tunnel System
http://k41.pbase.com/o6/34/745434/1/...z.IMG_0991.jpg
pbase memejr1949

http://k53.pbase.com/v3/90/46890/1/4...mWarwick01.jpg
pbase Artichoke Vinagrette

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 28, 2008 12:25 AM

This photo is cool taken in 1986...

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...6615d9ca9c.jpg

Flickr by padraiga

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 28, 2008 12:38 AM

Idk wats wrong with this one.....
Heritage Plaza looks like its in its construction phase and has a spire on this one.....

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...kYah57/idk.jpg

gardenoaksguy Jul 16, 2008 3:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 3640336)
Idk wats wrong with this one.....
Heritage Plaza looks like its in its construction phase and has a spire on this one.....

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...kYah57/idk.jpg

It was under construction in 1986. The spire was a crane. The white sheeting on the side of the building was a projection screen for the concert/fireworks display pictured previously. Went to it....it was awsome and has never been duplicated since.

JManc Jul 16, 2008 4:39 AM

jean michel jarre's rendezvous houston, FTW. i went to that. the reliant energy power of houston in 1999 was pretty close in scale.


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