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  1. Market at Houston Heights @ 1533 N Shepherd

    Last traffic count data is from 2010. Shepherd and Durham had combined ~48k cars per weekday south of 11th, ~34k 11th to 20th, ~40k 20th to 610. Since most of the activity is on Shepherd, if you split into two two-way streets, you won't get an even split of traffic. And you have to deal with the intersection just north of 610, where Durham ends.
  2. 4003 Washington Avenue & 4011 Washington Avenue

    What? No! Keep the street frontage. If it were on the NW or SE corner, you could maybe make an argument for a visibility triangle, but nobody's turning from the sidestreet lane right next to the building.
  3. Market at Houston Heights @ 1533 N Shepherd

    If you need police writing tons of tickets to get people to travel at something close to the posted speed limit, then you've done a crap job designing the street. I'd rather have police out fighting crime than trying to compensate for bad street design. Ever notice that people fly along Yale (limit: 30) and crawl along Heights Blvd (limit 35)? It's street design. (Yale should be converted to a 3-lane format--Studewood and Yale have about the same traffic volume--but that's a discussion for a different thread.) Reducing Shepherd to three 10-ft lanes (typical urban lane width), would help turn it into an actual street that people wouldn't be terrified to walk along, and would result in speeds closer to the posted limit without requiring constant police presence, all with a minimal effect on travel times. Win-win.
  4. Market at Houston Heights @ 1533 N Shepherd

    I've heard vague rumors of this, but nothing concrete. With all the new development along Shepherd, this is overdue. It should be modified to be more in line with its 35 mph speed limit. Cars routinely travel in excess of 50 mph along Shepherd and Durham because those feel like appropriate speeds on a road that's designed like a freeway, which means it's really intimidating to walk along. Current paved width is 44-ft, with 4 x 11-ft traffic lanes. Traffic counts along this stretch of Shepherd are about 20,000 cars per weekday, so three lanes would be more than adequate, and a lane width of 10 feet instead of 11 would result in drivers naturally reducing their speed. That leaves 14 feet of RoW, which can be used to add a row of parking on one side (8 ft) and increasing sidewalk width by 3-ft per side. Or you could add a parking protected bike lane: 7-ft parking lane, 3-ft buffer, 4-ft bike lane.
  5. 25-ft BL along Kirby? Why not request a setback variance to match West Ave?
  6. 1114 Yale: Southeast corner at 12th

    They apparently made an attempt at rehabbing the structure, but uncovered some previous fire damage. CoA for demolition was approved in October. Not sure what's planned for the footprint.
  7. The Kirby Collection by Thor Equities

    You're always paying for parking. This just makes it explicit. I like it. The rate isn't unreasonable. If you figure construction cost of the garage, plus the dirt underneath it, it probably comes out to around 15% ROI. Contract rates downtown for 24-hr availability run around $200-$350.
  8. 802 W 18th St

    LOL at the dude riding his bike in what would be the middle of Durham St. And all the people walking around on the side of the building where the parking lot isn't.
  9. Lowell Street Market: 718 W. 18th Street

    Unless the developer does the upgrades as part of the construction, they don't get done. There's no way CoH is going to do anything about sidewalks in this area.
  10. 3715 Alba

    Done-zo. Seeing as how 85% of Houstonians couldn't point to Garden Oaks on a map, I'm skeptical of the idea that GO/OF will be the next hot dining destination.
  11. Post Office Site Mixed-Use Redevelopment

    If everyone in Manhattan drove themselves to work, Manhattan would look a lot like downtown Houston: a lot lower activity density, a lot more parking. Transit is kind of a chicken-and-egg problem. You can't get transit to be even close to cost-efficient without much higher density than pretty much every part of pretty much every US city has. And it's politically very difficult to achieve that kind of density without a workable transit system, because neighborhoods object to new development by citing increased traffic and parking concerns. Houston has some advantages in this area, since developers can add density by right, so there's no need to up-zone in order to increase density. But at the same time, our setback requirements and parking minimums tend to make fine-grained walkable development all but impossible, and result in very low activity density, even in central neighborhoods. And we dedicate a very high proportion of land-area to non-productive uses. For example, EaDo is a rapidly densifying urban neighborhood, with a mix of multi-family residential, high-density single-family residential, and commercial development. But the area is platted with 280-ft blocks with 80-ft rights of way, which means that almost 40% of land area is RoW. That's before you add in parking minimums and setbacks. Very hard to get to a critical mass of activity density when half your land area is empty.
  12. 2714 White Oak

    By looking at the plats and ownership data on HCAD. This project has 100-ft of frontage. The two lots immediately to the west of Fitzgeralds each have 50-ft of frontage, and both are owned by "2714 White Oak LP". The two lots total have 12,500 s.f., which is what the flyer says this project has. Also, it looks like there's less than 50 feet between the west property line and the building on Fitzgerald's site.
  13. Fiesta at 23rd & Shepherd Closing

    Site work permit was approved yesterday. Building permit will need another go 'round.
  14. Post Office Site Mixed-Use Redevelopment

    This is why fixed guideway transit is economically challenged. We're better off just building much denser neighborhoods and let transit patterns grow up around them.
  15. Another adaptive re-use project that starts by knocking stuff down for parking. Off the top of my head, just in the Heights: - 21st & Yale - Heights Mercantile - 11th & Lawrence