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Old Posted Mar 4, 2012, 3:58 AM
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Houston: Montrose & Midtown Townhome Madness

Took these pics on my bike ride on my HTC Sensation camera from Montrose to Downtown via Buffalo Bayou to Midtown and back. The areas in question are roughly west and southwest of Downtown.

It's really hard to capture the organized chaos that is Houston. Personally I love the organic growth and grit that is Houston and wouldn't want to change for the world. Although, I wouldn't mind a bit of direction involving infrastructure, mostly concerning parking, sidewalks, and utilities. It started getting dark near the end and I am using a camera phone so be nice.

Starting off in Lower Montrose


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Should have taken more pictures while the sun was still pretty bright. Here's Buffalo Bayou and downtown


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Making my way home, more Montrose

Six townhomes crammed on a lot that originally housed two single family residences

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Reminds me of Galveston

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Picture from a baseball dugout

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Front

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Front

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Middle. A lot of townhomes have of a row 4-6 townhomes facing the street with a private driveway separating the 4-6 townhomes in the back.

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Across the street

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Vanguard High Scool under construction

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Under construction

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Midtown

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Some single story warehouses converted into residences

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More converted warehouses, the sun was starting to fade

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A picture of a single unit or two

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Chaos

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In between this block of townhouses

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Back into Montrose

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Sun sinking

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An interesting development amongst duplexes and townhouses

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Next door

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Across the street

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Old Posted Mar 4, 2012, 4:14 AM
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Nice variety!
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Old Posted Mar 4, 2012, 6:12 AM
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There's a very nice variety of architectural styles going on and the density is good and it even looks walkable, but the utility cables going all over the places (in a hurricane prone area) and the buildings being poorly integrated into the street detract from the neighborhoods.
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You've captured everything I love about Houston in one thread.
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I drive by most of this stuff everyday as I take Washington avenue on my way back to my apartment. It's not exactly my cup of tea as a lot of it has fences around it and makes it feel off putting in my opinion. But there's some nice new development on that side of town though.
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amazing veriety and density. houston really serves as an alternative example to traditional suburbs and urban scapes, i hope they keep it up. ps, the city is beggining to resemble tokyo a little, with an american twist albeit.
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amazing veriety and density. houston really serves as an alternative example to traditional suburbs and urban scapes, i hope they keep it up. ps, the city is beggining to resemble tokyo a little, with an american twist albeit.
I don't see the Tokyo resemblance....


Tokyo


Houston.

Either way, I liked the tour. It's rare to see Houston on this site outside of the downtown core.
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Love the variety, hate the fences and gates as well as the occasional rundown property, overhead wires just don't bother me for whatever reason. Now if Houston weren't so dang humid, I just might be inclined to visit. I like where it's headed.
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Love the variety, hate the fences and gates as well as the occasional rundown property, overhead wires just don't bother me for whatever reason. Now if Houston weren't so dang humid, I just might be inclined to visit. I like where it's headed.
April is probably the best time of year to visit. I enjoyed living there from November - April, but loathed living there from May - most of October.

TexasPlaya, thanks for the photos! It's been about a year since my last visit. I'm hoping to get down there again this November to see my friends!
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Love the variety, hate the fences and gates as well as the occasional rundown property, overhead wires just don't bother me for whatever reason. Now if Houston weren't so dang humid, I just might be inclined to visit. I like where it's headed.
I second this.
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I like the chaos. Too bad the little bungaloes are rapidly being torn down, though. I just hope the low-income residents of the old bungaloes are being fairly compensated when the big developers move in.

Those who don't like the chaos, and there are many, can find plenty of order in suburbs (a few of which I like as well, like The Woodlands and Sugarland).
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I don't see the Tokyo resemblance....


Tokyo


Houston.

Either way, I liked the tour. It's rare to see Houston on this site outside of the downtown core.
Your Houston photo misses a great deal of the high rise and mid-rise development (misses Uptown, Greenway, Med Center, etc.). Anyway, regarding Toyko, I'm sure the poster wasn't meaning to be taken so literally. The way I took it was that the increasing inner city architectural chaos in Houston can "remind" a person of Tokyo.

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Your Houston photo misses a great deal of the high rise and mid-rise development (misses Uptown, Greenway, Med Center, etc.). Anyway, regarding Toyko, I'm sure the poster wasn't meaning to be taken so literally. The way I took it was that the increasing inner city architectural chaos in Houston can "remind" a person of Tokyo.
A lot of nice townhomes, but strangely spread randomly. Not really as dense as one would think.
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I drive by most of this stuff everyday as I take Washington avenue on my way back to my apartment. It's not exactly my cup of tea as a lot of it has fences around it and makes it feel off putting in my opinion. But there's some nice new development on that side of town though.
I dont like where they decided to put all this stucco. There is nothing wrong with the style but why do they slap this stuff up in the middle of nice neighborhoods. Why not go fill a parking lot downtown with them? Like the one of the four next to your new apartment.
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A lot of nice townhomes, but strangely spread randomly. Not really as dense as one would think.
strangely spread randomly? what are you talking about? show me an example from the photos that show how the houses were "strangely spread randomly"? if anything, i'd certainly go as far to say that there are sections in those photos that do look a lot like sections in san francisco.
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Kinda sad how brutal these townhouse main floors are... 'STAY THE F OUT'... unlike their much softer, friendlier, more thoughtful predecessors.


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I really like the feel of these neighborhoods. I was disappointed I couldn't see more of Montrose when I visited in 2008. Nice photos, thanks!
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I drive by most of this stuff everyday as I take Washington avenue on my way back to my apartment. It's not exactly my cup of tea as a lot of it has fences around it and makes it feel off putting in my opinion. But there's some nice new development on that side of town though.
The development around Washington Ave is definitely more "stucco" than the stuff you drive through in Montrose and Midtown.

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A lot of nice townhomes, but strangely spread randomly. Not really as dense as one would think.
They are spread out among single family residences, duplexes, apartments, and other random types of housing.

Also, you must realize that a lot of what appears to be single family housing are actually houses that have been retrofitted for multifamily.





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Kinda sad how brutal these townhouse main floors are... 'STAY THE F OUT'... unlike their much softer, friendlier, more thoughtful predecessors.


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I can see that. However, a lot of these townhomes actually have "yards", which is to say they have enough space for a few lawn chairs and a BBQ grill and maybe some plants.
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You like this thread, check out my next thread: Houston: My Block(s)
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I can see that. However, a lot of these townhomes actually have "yards", which is to say they have enough space for a few lawn chairs and a BBQ grill and maybe some plants.[/QUOTE]

What many people fail to understand is that many of those NYC brownstones also have yards, some actually pretty large. The yards just happen to be hidden in the back instead of as a buffer in the front. Also, in conjunction with having backyards, many people just go to neighborhood parks for greenery, walking dogs, exercise, etc.
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