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Hey guys, I'm hoping someone can provide a link or pics of the just released plans for the new downtown park/GRB.

I searched other threads for info and I've found nothing.

Thanks- Tejo

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Hey guys, I'm hoping someone can provide a link or pics of the just released plans for the new downtown park/GRB.

I searched other threads for info and I've found nothing.

Thanks- Tejo

Here's all I've come up with so far: http://www.pps.org/info/projectexp/houston_park

Originally, if I remember correctly, this new GRB fronting park was imagined to be similar to Bryant Park in Manhattan. Bryant Park is roughly a great lunchtime gathering spot with a patch of grass for free concerts, lined with trees around the park's perimeter, adjacent to the main branch of the NY Public Library. It works really well there, and that concept could also work really well at our convention center since it is adjacent to the office buildlings and would attract office workers of Houston Center buildings and the conventioneers from the GRB and Hilton Americas Hotel. It may also spur residential high-rise growth along it's borders. There is a small rendering on the above website url link. Hope that is helpful.

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Great, a new place for all the bums to sleep, maybe it'll take them from in front of the Toyota Center.

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That area is covered with people who harras me everytime I'm there. If I don't give them money, they spit on me, and curse like god doesn't exsist. Infact, I had to -run- away from one of them, who basically threatened me. I let an HPD horsie know about em'.

*I hate to say it, but I think there from Katrina.

Edited by Montrose1100

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I have worked downtown since 1996, and I have never had a single bum harrass me other than the obligatory request for change. If I don't have any, I have never had one get upset with me. No yelling. No threats. I wonder what you are doing that provokes such a different response.

The only New Orleans resident I've met was on Gray in Midtown. He asked me for a smoke. He was so friendly about it, I gave him the rest of my box, which had 4 more in it.

One guy, possibly a Katrina evacuee, told me his entire disabled vet story. I explained to him how he would get more change with less effort by shortening his sales pitch. He thanked me for the advice.

I suggest either saying nothing at all, or, if that is unavoidable, just reply that you are out of change, maybe with a shrug. These guys know the drill. You do not need to say any more than that.

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I'll tell you about the day I quit giving money to panhandlers, I was at a red light at kirkwood and westheimer. I was between jobs, and literally down to my last few dollars. A bum at the corner knocked on my window, I roll it down, he asks for money, I look down to see I have about $1.00 or so of loose change. I figure i need some good Karma, I scoop all the change and hand it to him, and roll up my window. He knocks on the window again, and says, " I have plenty of change, here." and hands me back the money. I ask him, "Oh, you want the folding kind of money ?" he says, "well, yeah !" I tell him to go "F" himself and throw the change at his feet as the light turns green, I then drive off staring that jackass in the eye. I was completely taken aback by this. This occurred in 1996 or so, and since then, only give "homeless" food, not leftovers or doggybags, I usually buy an extra burger, just in case. ;)

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^Yeah, if that happened to me, I bet my perception of them would change quite a bit too.

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Well it's good you've had pleasant experiences with the homeless, but I was harrassed going to a Rockets game, and no, I didn't do anything to provoke it, besides saying I don't have any change. So running into the homeless downtown is not always a pleasant experience for everybody, and I'm not saying they are all a nuisance, but they're not all delightful either.

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Back on topic, here is a new rendering that was posted at SSP.

g0lu.jpg

Yeah that is found on the link in this thread.

:D

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Oh yeah, I only checked if it was in Danax's link. I forgot about that one. I guess that is where you got it from?

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Back on topic, here is a new rendering that was posted at SSP.

g0lu.jpg

Just to clarify, where would parking be for the convention center once this park is underway? Is there a parking garage there? (stupid question :( )

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I beleieve there is still plenty of parking around the convention center. The parking wouldn't be right up front like it was prior to the park. That just means people would have to walk, which might just mean a bit more pedestrian traffic.

Which is always good.

Edited by Houstonian in Iraq

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The plan includes underground parking, underneath the park. and of course the new Toyota Center parking building adds additional parking available to convention center attendees.

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The plan includes underground parking, underneath the park. and of course the new Toyota Center parking building adds additional parking available to convention center attendees.

That's a A+! Underground parking.

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There's also the additional parking garage that was built during the construction of the Hilton Americas and GRB expansion. That garage is connected to both buildings by skywalks and was designed to have enough space to accomodate both the hotel and the GRB, as well as overflow for the Toyota Center.

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The plan includes underground parking, underneath the park. and of course the new Toyota Center parking building adds additional parking available to convention center attendees.

Thanx dudes :)

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The plan includes underground parking, underneath the park. and of course the new Toyota Center parking building adds additional parking available to convention center attendees.

Underground parking is awesome. I park in Theater District Parking at Bayou Place and enjoy the walk underground (totally climate controlled). Of course, I have the option of going outside as well. Bayou Place and a park are above the underground lot. It prevents the surface lot unattraction.

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Has anyone seen any work being done on this project? I don't think I have.

--Just wondering

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Could tree growth in the park be impeded by a concrete parking garage underneath it's soil base?

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