Houston often gets a bad rap for being too sprawling and not having that great of a downtown for its size, being 4th largest and all in the U.S. Well, its just not true, H town has an amazing downtown, well parts of it at least. It has gotten a hell of a lot better in recent years, especially with the completion of a new park downtown, Discovery Green.
The following are photos I have taken, most were from last Thursday, a few were from years ago when I lived there full time. Enjoy...
North side of town crossing over Buffalo Bayou
The underground tunnel system is quite extensive in Houston and its the reason why the street level seems so dead all of the time.
The ugly on the outside stunning on the inside Pennzoil Place Tower.
Skydeck of the JP Morgan Chase Tower
The reason Houston exists, Buffalo Bayou.
Parking lots galore
The Rice Hotel sits at the location of the first capital of the Republic of Texas before it was moved to Washington on the Brazos and then to Austin
Half of this building was washed away in the 30s when the Bayou flooded and just recently it has been renovated.
The oldest surviving building in Houston, built in 1861 I believe. So many historic buildings have been destroyed downtown to the point where there are hardly any left. Thats why there are so many damned parking lots still.
The Medical Center
Can Jesus really save me from an eternity in hell!!!!???
The former Enron Stadium
The former Enron building
The Ship Channel and the coffee factory
The YMCA building
The beautiful Gulf Building, now JP Morgan Chase building
Gulf Building interior
The beautiful art deco building on the left will most likely be torn down due to fn neglect, like so many historic H town buildings.
From the Cotton Exchange Building
Not a one of these buildings are permanently protected. There are ONLY 8 buildings downtown that are permanently protected.
midtown from downtown
Tallest building in Tejas
Giant rally that was held downtown last Thursday, thousands upon thousands of Muslims were there
Main Place is rising
Discovery Green is doing wonders for the east side of downtown
Bank of America Center by Phillip Johnson; love it!
This better be your computers new background!
My dogs are tired from all of that walking; heading home on the metro rail
Houston is on the brink of a massive change for its downtown and with new initiatives to make downtown Houston define Houston and not its suburbs it will become a world class city. Compared to what it was like 10 years ago downtown is a hundred times better. In ten more years it will be 1000 times better than it is today. I remember when I first moved there and my family and I would go downtown to see a show and there would be not a soul on the streets but now at night there are actually people walking around! It will only get better in the future.