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  1. 5 hours ago, Nate99 said:

    Over in the Minute Maid Mixed Use thread, there was a report of Crane talking big on developing a "district" around the park like Wrigleyville.  The old lots that used to have the BUS bar, the private jail off Crawford and now this are all his, I think.  Sound like a ton of property to work with, hope he gets after it soon. 

    From what I understand, in an agreement with the city, he was given 4 years to get something out of the ground. It's already been 2 years since that agreement and he said about 4 months ago something would happen in roughly a year. So based off all of that, I'm expecting a groundbreaking some time in Fall on some part of the plan. 

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  2. This doesn't even look like the same place! And I love that now you can actually see the bay windows without your eyes throwing up at the sight of that turd yellow. Beautiful. May the power of neutral colors compel you 

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  3. 3 hours ago, Brooklyn173 said:

    A bunch of newer stadiums are going towards the entertainment adjacent commercial hub, moving away from the older stadium surrounded by parking. But from what I've seen, the Cardinals and Texas Rangers and Diamondbacks etc set up is very game day centric. They tend to be as almost empty other times. But the San Diego Petco Stadium is very interesting. Very little stadium parking and adjacent to an existing entertainment district. Even the Tony Gwynn Park shifts from a neighborhood park to part of the stadium with the opening and closing of gates. So it is available to the community. I hope whatever Crane does is not just a Minute Made asset, but is a city asset.

    That's the advantage our ballpark has being built downtown. The Rangers aren't going to get much revenue in their entertainment district outside of games, and it's because of the location and the sea of parking around the stadium. SD is right downtown so it's easy to access and check out on non game days, which makes it a 24hr spot for fans. 

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  4. 16 minutes ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

    to me, it says that they hired someone's brother's girlfriend who thinks she is an interior/exterior designer, but who has no sense of color.

    I lived in an apartment building way out west that was all mustard yellow and coffee stain brown. It hurt the eyes.

    Yep neutrals and earthy tones are way easier on the eyes, along with green. A dark forest green is always nice and versatile. 

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  5. On 5/13/2022 at 10:47 AM, Amlaham said:

    I completely agree, I think what our downtown is missing is more residents. Residents are ultimately better than tourists/ hotel users. A constant flow of people utilizing the food halls, Main Street, and other businesses in downtown. Obviously tourists are a plus, but they fluctuate based off the season and what events are in town (unlike residents). 

    Agree. We just have to keep building residential downtown. More residential will spur more mixed-use which will create more energy downtown. 

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  6. I always find it interesting how places start changing to look better only when something nicer comes along and calls them out aesthetically. It's pretty annoying and tells you the developer doesn't care until they have to. 

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  7. If parking is an issue, then we have a bigger problem in this city. There is no way you're going to tell me there is not enough parking in the neighborhood to service this restaurant. 

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  8. On 4/22/2022 at 8:22 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

     

    Moving into the vacated ground floor unit at the Pillot Building downtown (1012 Congress St) is Fabian's Latin Flavors.  

    I'm assuming the restaurant is relocating to the former Christian's Tailgate spot. Fabian's Latin Flavors opened a few years ago at 301 Main St.

    Are you sure? I walked by the spot the other day and a guy working said they are just renovating the spot for Christian's Tailgate. 

  9. On 4/20/2022 at 5:43 PM, editor said:

     

    Does it?  Why can't transit compliment the personal automobile?  Some trips are better with transit, and some are better with a car. 

    It depends on the trip.  Multiple times I have left my house, hopped on a train, and gotten to my doctor's office in under 15 minutes.  If I drove, I'd spend 15 minutes just looking for parking.

    Depends on your situation, and the trip.  For me, the train is almost always cheaper, both in time and in money.  The current average new car payment is $644/month.  Add $150 for insurance.  And, let's say you fill up twice a month, that's another $120.  That's $914, and not counting parking (which can be free or hundreds of dollars, depending on your situation), and maintenance (for some reason, oil changes have gotten really expensive lately).  For $914, you can take 731 trips on Metro.

    But again, this just illustrates that there are no absolutes.  For some people, cars are better.  For some people transit is better.  There was a cartoon in the newspaper today that read something like, "I never realized how few places I really needed to go, until I got rid of my car."

    That sounds like silly suburban pearl-clutching hysteria.  On transit, you aren't accosted by randos at stop lights trying to sell you things, or clean your windshield.  You aren't side-swiped by careless drivers.  You aren't rear-ended by insurance scammers.  You aren't shot at by people on the freeway.  You don't have to deal with speeders, road rage, people flipping you off, and the thousand other pieces of violence, major and minor, that driving subjects you to. 

    How often do we see vehicular-related mayhem on the TV news?  Every. Single. Day.  Sometimes several times a day.  How often do we see transit-related mayhem on TV?  Almost never.

    Transit doesn't breed violence.  People do.  And there's way more crazy people on the roads than in the buses.

    As for re-branding, I don't think a name change is in order, but it could use a unified design language, and much better signage.  The light rail signs are inconsistent, confusing, and sometimes contradictory.

    (Many cities call their transit agencies "Metro."  Except Las Vegas, where "Metro" is what they call the police force, so every time someone says "Metro" to me, I have to remember it's buses, not handcuffs.  But that's my problem to sort out.)

    Great take! 🔥

  10. 2 minutes ago, iah77 said:

    That area has an issue where for some reason none of the streets allow parking even though they are super wide and not that busy. I've always wondered why

    Just mentioning since I feel street parking would make the area feel much more alive etc.

    For sure. After last years Sidewalk Summit, I remember a council member saying that the next big thing on the agenda is talking about parking requirements city wide and extending the market based parking to other areas. 

  11. I drove by this Sunday off I-10 and I will say that it does look reasonably dense and the parking lot isn't as big as I assumed it would be. I'll prob end up retracting previous comments on this once it's finished lol

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  12. 4 minutes ago, august948 said:

    Why would they object to a convenience store/car wash?

    Idk but it would be nice to hear the departments input to make sure sight plans line up with their vision for Houston moving forward. I know the developer is responsible for the current sidewalk standards, but with how dense this area is becoming it wouldn't hurt. I'm within walking distance of about 7 car washes. We can talk about demand and business all we want but in all seriousness that's just lack of planning and foresight. If the city catered better to pedestrians first, the right kind of development would follow.  

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