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  1. HSPVA adding to the transformation of DT.
  2. Catalyst, Great Southwest, HSPVA... 1) Apt Tower 2) Repurposed Bldg 3) High School...unthinkable for DT Houston a few years ago.
  3. I actually think it will be ok if downtown Houston doesn't develop significant retail. What I've found that distinguishes Houston from places like NYC, Chicago and SF in terms of retail is our lack of public transportation and street grid in our retail district (Uptown). My visitors mistakenly think 'Uptown' (Galleria Area) is Houston's CBD. In my view, the Galleria Area is similar to 5th Ave, Michigan Ave, or Union Square in terms of retail options. If downtown develops into a significant entertainment district to compliment the growing residential and existing corporate sector and developed better transit options to Uptown that would be something. While the Galleria itself is certainly 'walkable', the greater Uptown district has a ways to go in terms of overall mobility and access.
  4. What 'grocery stores' are you referring to? If you're speaking of Byrd Market (Georgia's), (1) that was a specialty store and not a traditional grocer, (2) the absence of said specialty store does not negate the businesses that have opened in the area since to DT living initiative (e.g., Local Foods).
  5. Main Street, Phoenicia and even Green Street were busy; but since much of downtown is comprised of singular buildings on whole blocks (i.e., BoA, Chase) with no ground floor retail, I expect downtown will continue to have weekend and after 5 pm "dead zones" outside of Discovery Green, Market Square, Main St, Theater District, etc. If street vendor ordinances are changed, it may help somewhat. We will also have to see what, if any, activity builds around the new residential, HSPVA, etc.
  6. Having been in Austin for school in the late 80's/early 90's and with a daughter there now, Houston's DT (dead zones notwithstanding) "feels" more settled and "grown-up". Don't get me wrong, I love Austin's energy and San Antonio's history, and even Dallas' "bling", but imo, the planning (this time) involving downtown incorporates what Houston is about--diversity, industry, good food, and a southern urbanity that is unique to the Bayou City. It doesn't feel like we're trying to copy or compete with other cities, but rather build/create something that is unique and befitting the 4th and soon to be 3rd largest city in the nation.
  7. I believe that we are reaching a critical mass of activity around Discovery Green/Avenida Houston and Market Square Park that will eventually move to Dallas if thoughtful big box retail alternatives are offered (i.e., pop-up shops, farmers markets, art fairs, flea markets, etc.). These were all taken tonight. This type of activity on a Wednesday night in DT Houston would have been unimaginable a few years ago. There was a great mix of programmed activities (live music in front of GRB, movie at Market Square Park) alongside organic urban activity with folks walking, eating, reading, and just enjoying the night. We are getting there....
  8. The view of DT from W. Dallas is one of my favorite (sans the power lines).
  9. Nice compliment to the Rice (Lofts)...
  10. Still a lot of activity/cranes in the area.
  11. When we start lamenting the fact that West U, Boulevard Oaks, the Heights and other historic Houston neighborhoods are not ethnically diverse enough, I will take your arguments about the "need" to diversify 3rd Ward as valid. Otherwise, welcome to this historic African American neighborhood. There is nothing wrong with you living in an area where you are the minority, and the community has affluent and politically connected African Americans who are looking out for their self-interests just as those in other neighborhoods do. I've known Garnett Coleman, et. al for years...they/we are not anti-development, but rather are not necessarily promoting the types of development you all might prefer.
  12. Not only are the new homes inappropriate to the existing stock of wonderful old homes, but they are shoddily built with cheap materials that will not pass the test of time. I agree with you, but that's Houston in a nutshell and is not specific to 3rd ward, but sadly every place where town home farms and McMansions are being built. Again, let's not act like 3rd Ward has unique problems that are not common in other areas. The elephant in the forum is that the area is historically and predominately black,has poverty, crime, etc., but also many African Americans of political and economic influence who are not about to passively allow the area to be gentrified.