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  1. On 11/18/2021 at 8:43 PM, Ross said:

    How many people live within walking distance of that location? How many of them are likely to go there?

    It's the developer's money, and they can do what they want, but I just don't see the point in rear parking. It's not like it's a hardship to walk 60 feet across a front parking lot. Again, that's just me.

    It’s a hardship for those with disabilities though. It’s even tougher during Summer months when those extra few steps seem like an eternity. That extra 60 ft is enough to deter business as well. If I’m a business, I’m trying to attract all types of clientele, not just motorists. Otherwise I’m losing potential income as a business owner because I’m only catering to one type of commuter. Parking in the back doesn’t create this massive inconvenience for property owners and aesthetically it’s just nicer. A great example is the shopping center on W Gray and Montrose. And to also ask how many people live in proximity is an even bigger reason we need to build smarter. Just because the current layout doesn’t cater to pedestrians doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be built to handle pedestrians. Especially when Metro is planning a station in this location. 

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  2. 4 minutes ago, editor said:

    Maybe because they draw in other businesses.

    If a big  chain sees potential in an area, other companies will follow.  This isn't just a theory, it's how a lot of retail works.  For example, when a new mall scores an Apple Store, other stores will fall all over themselves to get a space there, too.  It's why retail real estate developers sometimes have fake almost-Apple Stores drawn into their renderings.  It brings in interest from others.

    Back in my college marketing classes, we learned that one of the diner chains (Denny's, I think) famously did zero location research.  It just built next to Holiday Inns whenever it could.  It piggybacked off of the hotel's research.

    That's a very fair point. A business that has an established reputation draws people. 

  3. I emailed them asking why parking wasn't placed in the back. This just seems like such a waste of time and money for an area of town that seems to not really know what direction it's going. You have some semi dense apartment complexes next to a suburban Kroger and future Home Depot that will sit next to a future car wash. And the pedestrian infrastructure is lacking along this corridor.

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  4. On 10/14/2021 at 3:16 PM, pokemonizepic said:

    city is discussing to have temporary (and later on hopefully permanent) protected bike lanes that serve as a detour for the current construction going on at white oak bayou

     

    The guy that is talking in the beginning is the one I spoke with a while back about lane maintenance. He’s originally from Detroit and helped with the planning there. One thing I would like to see are two way lanes northbound and southbound. It’s already hard enough as a cyclist trying to get by cars. So having to navigate from one side of the street to the other across that many lanes of traffic just to get to a bike lane can be a bit challenging. 

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  5. Wow who are they kidding with that bs? Now don't get me wrong, this will still be great because it is more of a dedicated entrance but damn. Hopefully as foot traffic increases and Brookfield gets their head out of their ass, they could always upgrade the rest. 

  6. I was doing some random research in to mob families of Texas and the Tilman's ran Galveston along with the Maceo family back in the day. No surprise he's made a fortune in the industry he's in and probably says a lot about how he runs things. I would love to see something more upscale and classy from him, similar to what he did in Uptown. My ONLY hope is that the little red brick building on the property stays but knowing Tilman I won't hold my breath. 

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  7. 8 minutes ago, arche_757 said:

    Having worked as an architect for… 15 years I haven’t ever heard another architect, or firm try to fudge a design because its for a building that “isn’t your home city”.  That’s bizarre.  You always do your best.  Always strive for each design to work within context of surroundings as much as possible.  (Which is certainly not always possible.)  That’s got to be almost every single firm except corporate architects.  You always try to make a building fit the neighborhood, whether the end result works or not depends on client (money willing to spend), talent of architectural designer, site and programming requirements.  Not every building is a masterpiece, but you never approach things from a standpoint of “I can half-ass it here because it’s Houston and not Austin.”

    Hell yeah that just seems super unprofessional and pretty dumb if they want to expand their brand.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Big E said:

    Do they have represent the area to criticize the hold up? The interstate is a major project that effects the region and state. Everyone who uses that freeway or has constituents that uses it will be effected. Also, not sure what his district's appearance has to do with anything.

    Is that a serious question?

    Look at his district. It has a lot to do with a lot. 

     

     

  9. 4 minutes ago, tigereye said:

    Thread of my pics. Loved the way this renovation turned. Hoping the administration building becomes a boutique hotel. I still would also like Amtrak rail depot moved to the rear dock. Might draw even more crowds if a sky bridge or some direct path could be built linking UH Downtown to PostHTX. 

     

    I said the same thing about Amtrak when I was there. I love how it opened up a whole new part of downtown. It’s a side I’ve never explored or thought much about. I think many people were thinking the same thing about the station though. I could def see some sort of connection in the near future. 

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  10. 48 minutes ago, BEES?! said:

    I wanted to go to the grand opening, but I ended up being sick. How has it been? Was it busier than the soft opening, for anyone that’s gone to both?

    It was packed. Lines were very long for the food vendors. Many of the office/retail space was converted to lounge space for the meantime. I’m really hoping for a major tenant like a Google or something.

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  11. The best way to see some change is to hit up the Downtown Management District. If they have enough money to hire workers to sweep and clean up downtown daily, then they can address this issue. This is similar to the fountains on Main Street Square or the lights on the 59 bridges. Why even build it if you're never going to use it? If a few of us send the district an email, we'll get some info on what the issue is. I think one of the problems is that some of the people in charge don't walk the streets how we do. They don't take the time to see what the issues really are. Then they give that job to someone else who lives in Katy to oversee what Downtown needs. At the end of the day we need to put pressure on the people in charge. Even if it annoys the hell out of them because it annoys the hell out of me seeing something just go to waste that could aesthetically benefit the city.

    They have a form already set up so no need to email. 

    http://www.downtowndistrict.org/contact/

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