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  2. Urbannizer

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/retail/houston-center-to-undergo-massive-renovation-96765
  3. Angostura

    Avondale Highline: Proposed Multifamily @ 214 Avondale

    Even if this block goes resident-only, the people that live in these apartments will be residents.
  4. Angostura

    Avondale Highline: Proposed Multifamily @ 214 Avondale

    IIRC, Kirby Collection was charging $300/space, but that might be for below-grade construction. An above-grade structure probably needs to charge about $200-250 to be cost-neutral with the residential square footage, which is 10-15% of the rent of a typical 1BR in the area. Though since the actual requirement in Houston is 1.33 spaces per 1BR unit, people are probably paying 13-20% of their rent to store their cars.
  5. 8 or 9 dollars at least, maybe more depending on the protein you choose.
  6. Rich, what floor are you? 7 here...
  7. Luminare

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Then we need to take a drive up to Gallery Furniture. Its the biggest competitor in town regarding furniture stores. Look around nothing, but other furniture competitors and they probably drop like flies every now and then, yet that area consistently has the highest concentration of furniture stores in the entire city. If either of the grocery stores do fail and die then fine, but the fact that the competition took place means that more are going to want to join the competition. To use your sports hyperbole, do those NBA teams play one game and if they fail the competition then they don't play another game all season? No. They play like 80 more games? Do they play one season? No they play many more seasons. They will keep playing because one game isn't enough to settle the score for good and the audience wants more games which means the supply isn't going to end. Its certainly possible for a city to handle 7 NBA teams if the supply for basketball is that ridiculous. Even your hyperbole still doesn't work because we have cities with 2 major competing sports franchises! Typically NYC and LA and there are many cities around the world which support multiple soccer franchises/clubs. Supply and Demand plus Competition is one of the few things in our reality that consistently scales both small and big. In only very few instances (and most times by decree or by force) is there a monopoly or an instance with only 1 entity exist without competition.
  8. kbates2

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Also the ability of areas to handle two of something is definitely not equal in all respects. Two Indian restaurants and bars would be quite different than grocers. We have bars all down main across from each other but 7 NBA teams in 7 stadiums across from each other wouldn't work the same. I'm obviously using a lot of hyperbole here but just trying to make the general point.
  9. downtownian

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Agree. For example one at market square and Phoenicia would be great. Each anchoring a residential hub of downtown.
  10. kbates2

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Competition is good but that doesn't necessarily mean that both competitors survive, just that the better one will (or should). This area may well be able to handle two and I would be happier for it. I would hate to lose either but having two over there would be very cool. That said, the initial point is the news of a grocer is awesome but if the grocer was a bit more spread out, the news would be more awesome.
  11. Luminare

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    I get it, but lets explore this further. What happens when one grocer then gets another one near it? More competition. If that small area can all the sudden handle two grocers then hey Downtown can probably handle 3 grocers, but maybe we should try over there, and then another area and so on. The moment you have two instead of one it creates a competition, and competition breeds more competitors. EDIT: I'm in no sense by the way dismissing what you said. Its viable, however, the logic just doesn't hold up if we look at different examples. If we were to apply your line of logic to say...Indian restaurants. Well one area really can only handle ONE Indian restaurant at a time...well then areas like Little India wouldn't even exist. Or take Bars for instance. There are tons of bars cropping up in The Heights. Well we really only need one patio bar. It just doesn't hold up.
  12. kbates2

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    I shop at Phoenicia a pretty fair amount and while they have some specialty products for sure, they would still probably suffer more than benefit. That said my comment is really in regards to proximity. I live downtown and would even shop at Phoenicia more often if it was closer to me personally. Adding the second downtown grocer directly next to the current doesn't help to make walking to the grocery store a reality for more downtown residents, just expands the options for the ones that live on that side.
  13. I've been waiting for this ever since hearing a rumor (now confirmed on the menu) about the magic words "Pinkerton's Brisket, Egg, Cheddar, and Jalapeño".
  14. Probably helps that they are also looking at knocking out 2 more in record time....oh and the fact that its one foreign investor instead of probably a committee of investors like this one has. 1 entity moving things forward is always quicker than a committee moving things forward.
  15. Luminare

    Avondale Highline: Proposed Multifamily @ 214 Avondale

    When are people going to learn that its nobody's right to either claim a history as his/her own nor to destroy because its not something that aligns with his/her own shortsighted viewpoints/worldview. You can be proud of your history, but if you never lived it...it isn't yours to claim. The same for those who wish to destroy history, dismiss it, use it as a crutch, or shame another, and again, if you never lived it...it isn't yours to claim. This area (and others) is merely a "historical" district in name alone. It is a remnant of a bygone era, and merely exists to codify that the place, Avondale, once existed. Not only have the original families left this area, but even the original deed restrictions have long sense expired, many original homes (while several still remain) have been replaced with 50's-60's era garden apartments, and even the street cars have disappeared. I also completely agree with @Angostura in that its a relic that can't survive in a drastically, ever-changing, and densifying Houston. In any other major world city this neighborhood would have been long gone ages ago, but survived because growth completely hopped over the inner city and sprawled elsewhere. Its not going to be able to survive the second sprawl (Density Sprawl). The people that live there today have no right to badger these developers especially when the developers are doing the best they can to be civil, and good neighbors (which they don't have to be!). These people have no right to fashion history into a weapon to use at their own will! This...This is why I don't like NIMBY's and even why I don't like people that cry gentrification, or even try to pour molasses to rigidly thwart change in a given area and its because they arrogantly and idiotically try to use history as a weapon to defend or destroy. Its madness. Changes happen and it must happen. They may think that claiming history and propping up the area as a historical district has given them notice, but in reality, the city has long since forgotten about them because they couldn't change.
  16. I wouldn't worry too much...the City of Houston is trending bluer, not redder. At the end of the day, though, you're gonna get the short end of the stick if you trade the awesome food here for progressive politics in Austin. Elections only happen every two years, but you gotta eat every day.😀
  17. tigereye

    New Austin MLS soccer stadium?

    Austin has its first professional sports franchise. Austin FC will begin play in 2021. Cheers to future Houston Dynamo road trips to ATX. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/01/15/austin-fc-begin-mls-play-2021-leagues-27th-club
  18. august948

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    I assume the other grocer you're talking about is Phoenicia. Since they're sort of a specialty store, they could co-exist just fine with a regular grocery store. It would be convenient to have two complimentary stores next to each other.
  19. tigereye

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Considering the the amount of leases Brookfield let expire causing closures, I’d say a renovation of the Park Shops is still likely. But I am surprised at the lack of details on this side of the project. Also, in the below render, you can see a sliver of the Park Shops, which looks to be at least reclad in a new material. The squared up design is similar to the renders on the Gibran Villalobos site.
  20. kbates2

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Real grocer is awesome, putting them right across the street from our only other grocer is less awesome.
  21. august948

    New Development on the University of Houston Campus

    I would guess they'll eventually tear down the old school and do something with the space. In the meantime they could use the old classrooms to accommodate overflow, but I would think they've already figured in what they need plus some to the new building. The old space is a real rabbit warren and it could be that the higher square footage was wasted.
  22. What does the LuAnne Platter go for these days? Haven't had Lubys since the mid-90s
  23. Having 2 tower cranes probably helped.
  24. jgriff

    Regent Square: Allen Parkway at Dunlavy

    Maybe they took the website down in anticipation of a new one going up.
  25. jgriff

    Regent Square: Allen Parkway at Dunlavy

    Maybe they took the website down in anticipation of a new one going up.
  26. TOMIKA!

    Regent Square: Allen Parkway at Dunlavy

    Met with a contractor today who is bidding on “major” infrastructure work on the site.
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