Toyota Center – Houston’s Downtown Arena

The Toyota Center in Houston is the home of Houston’s NBA Houston Rockets and hosts other events and concerts.

Houston-Downtown-Toyota-Ctr-b.t.ct.700x394This past weekend the Ultimate Fighting Championship came to town for UFC#192. Saturday’s UFC 192 event drew an announced attendance of 14,622 fans for a live gate of $1.859 million.

NBA basketball preseason is upon us with Houston Rockets hosting Dallas Mavericks on October 7th.


Over the Bayou & through Downtown on I-45 South

Interstate I-45 and Buffalo Bayou run through the westside of Downtown Houston.

Houston-Downtown-westside-I45-BuffaloBayou-b.t.ct885x670The “Buffalo Bayou Torches” on I-45 south are 30-foot-tall stainless steel torches that mark the edges of the Bayou as Interstate 45 crosses the waterway. The Bayou runs through the heart of Houston and is home for the Buffalo Bayou Promenade.

The Buffalo Bayou Promenade Park designed by SWA Group for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership solves flooding problems, improves ecological structure and function, and provides Houstonians with access to the urban waterfront.

Buffalo-Bayou-Partnership.300x78Nice article by Timber Press’ Roxi Thoren on the Bayou Park: Landscape of change: Buffalo Bayou Promenade



SAY WHAT ? – ASTROS in 1st Place in MLB AL WEST !

With 162 games in a LONG regular season, I’m not much of a baseball fan until it
really counts, in October….finally playoff time. So I had to double check when I saw this.  But the Houston Astros are presently 72-58,  good enough for 1st in the AL Western Division. They have the most wins in a season since 2010 and still have about 30 games left to play ! 

Hou-Astros.156x149Wondered how this could be ? Found this very interesting article in USA Today: “Overshifting a huge part of first-place Astros’ success”.

Apparently a key reason is by using a complex statistical model as a guide for their innovative and aggressive defensive shifting on the field. The Astros lead all of baseball with 587 overshifts according to Baseball Info Solutions data . This has helped them become one of the better defensive teams in MLB.

MinuteMaid-Park-2.b.t.ct.823x616WAY TO GO ASTROS !  Minute-Maid-Park-175x174

Always loved that retractable roof at Astros ball field Minute Maid Park. (AKA The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field)


Reflections Along Clay Street Downtown

It’s a sunny day drive along Clay Street and past the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Houston. Antioch celebrates 150 years in Houston in February 2016. Three Allen Center building is reflected in the glass windows of the building at 1400 Smith Street, with the 1600 Smith Street building rising up behind the church.


“Amidst the skyscrapers of Houston, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church continues to serve the needs of her people and community, proudly proclaiming the message: Jesus Saves.”



The Corner of 1600 Smith St. Building

Westside-Bldg-Windows-b.t.ct.373x600The postmodern-style building at 1600 Smith Street is a 732-foot office tower in Downtown Houston and is the 8th tallest building in Houston. The building houses offices of United Airlines, and it was Continental’s headquarters prior to its merger with United Airlines.Chevron Corp occupies almost 30% of the office tower.


Rainy Day at Main & Preston

Another rainy day in Houston at Main Street & Preston. METRORail Red Line runs along Main in the Historic part of Downtown Houston. The tall building in background is the Hotel Icon originally built in 1911 as the Union National Bank Building, one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time.

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Favorite-Places.300x119 REAL PHOTOS of some of my FAVORITE PLACES outside of Texas

Downtown Aquarium at 410 Bagby

The Downtown Aquarium is at  410 Bagby St. and  Memorial Drive on the west side of downtown on Buffalo Bayou. It’s very close to the Theater District, across from the Wortham Theater Center.

Downtown-Aquarium-Fish-b.ct“Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements.”

Aquarium Exhibit Map .PDF



Downtown Street View on Smith at Bell

Downtown Houston street view on Smith Street at Bell – The circular skywalk ties together two similar buildings at 1500 Louisiana (formerly known as Enron II Tower, 600 feet tall) and 1400 Smith (formerly known as Enron Center North, 691 feet tall). Houston-DT-Smith-reflection.b.t-ctChevron Corp now owns and occupies both buildings and employees nearly 9,000 people in Houston. Chevron’s Houston operations include North America and international upstream, midstream (pipeline, natural gas, power generation), downstream (aviation, trading, retail marketing), and energy research and development.

HOUSTON’s Skyline District


Downtown’s Market Square Clock Tower

The Louis & Anne Friedman Clock Tower, aka Market Square Clock Tower at 301 Travis is across the street from the Historic Market Square Park. The postmodern 65 foot tall clock tower is in the heart of Houston’s busy Historic District.

Downtown-Friedman-Clock-Tower.1.b.t-ctIt’s just a few blocks from Buffalo Bayou & Allen’s Landing, where Houston got it’s
start when brothers August Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen from Madison County, NY stepped ashore in August 1836.

Historic-Market-Square-ParkMarket Square Park’s a fun place for an afternoon or evening adventure, with eats, drinks and music close by, and it’s dog-friendly with large and small dog-runs.



Downtown’s Rice Lofts

The Rice Lofts, formerly The Post Rice Lofts, at 909 Texas Avenue & Main are in the heart of downtown Houston, and are the result of the renovation of the historic Rice Hotel.

President John F. Kennedy stayed briefly here on his final visit to Houston on Thursday, November 21, 1963. Houston Public Media has the story here:

JFK’s Final Visit to Houston

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