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  1. This reminds me that when the Galleria first went up 'experts' said it would fail because Houstonians would never park in a garage to go shopping.
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  2. Hanover has a terrible business model. Didnt they get the memo from Ric Campo that apartments over ground floor retail will NEVER work in Houston?
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  3. Excellent. My money bet would be; 1) Chevron. Everything is pointing to it. Major relocation of workers from California and both Enron Bldgs. so full that they have spillover into neighboring towers they do not own. I'd bet they want more consolidation. Plus, a trophy tower downtown would totally outshine the sprawling campuses their competition is building. 2) Skanksa. They have their own money for financing and it would be foolish to remove tenants if you don't have relatively firm plans to go forward. 3a) Hines. I'd like to put Hines above Skanska because Hines does quality work, but I've heard rumors they've cooled a bit on their other Main site @ Prairie. The "cooling" surprised me because BG Group Place is now 94% occupied.... not bad for spec. 3b) The Macy's site. Like Skanska above, it would seem odd to remove paying tenants from the Americana Bldg, the Macy's building, and to give up the cash a garage pulls in. Would hate to see these 3 demolished only to have 2 full blocks of nothing right in the center of downtown! 5) Brookfield's trio of proposals. They've been fishing the longest but their inability to launch back when Discovery Tower and Main Place did (both started as spec) gives me doubts about their ability to develop in Houston. 6) The mystery mixed use development on the South side of Market Square. I know nothing about this plan, including who is behind it. Personally, I'd love to rank this #1 because the empty lot is a major scar whose removal would do great things.
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  4. Getting ready for development perhaps? IMAG0505 by dv1033, on Flickr IMAG0506 by dv1033, on Flickr Another old apartment complex demoed alongside Richmond, Mt. Vernon, and Yoakum ... too bad rail won't be serving the apartments sprouting alongside the planned route. IMAG0510 by dv1033, on Flickr IMAG0511 by dv1033, on Flickr Some new townhomes going up near these apartments IMAG0508 by dv1033, on Flickr IMAG0507 by dv1033, on Flickr
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  5. Looks like this one is happening. The site has been cleared and prepped.
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  6. Like most gov't building, "need" of a given location is always a function of how many locations exist. This being the only SSA office around it forces anyone within a certain proximity to go there. I think this area, pre-Midtown, probably did benefit from the wealth of social services that were (and still linger) in the area. However, given the redevelopment of Midtown it seems prudent to relocate some of those services to the neighborhoods of the people they are most likely to service. And let's be honest, an area of largely affluent 25-40 year olds isn't the target service demographic of the SSA. Now if only that Greyhound station would follow suit . . .
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  7. Anyone expecting this park to be much more than a hangout for bums is going to be disappointed. I live in Midtown and I can see no reason for ever going to the Superblock park. Almost everything near the light rail faces substantial challenges because in that area, the rail is merely a homeless transportation system from Midtown to downtown. I know because I used to ride it into downtown every morning and was the only one that ever paid to ride it. They should tear up the tracks and leave the Med Center section.
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