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  1. 1 hour ago, MrFubbles said:

    personally I like how they're leaning into the "Menil architecture is Houston architecture" narrative. I think it goes well with the Ismaili Center across the bayou too

    I like graffiti walls as much as the next guy but every city west of the Mississippi uses them to show they have "culture"

    now, if by street artists you meant the Orange Show and by "color" you meant "decorate", then I could be persuaded 😄

    I was literally just thinking the same thing. It flows so nice with the Ismaili Center down the road. 

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  2. On 8/15/2022 at 12:22 PM, dbigtex56 said:

    It might have to do with setback regulations. Existing buildings are 'grandfathered' and do not have to alter the building's footprint to comply with modern setback and traffic visibility laws. 

    Great point! I didn't think about that myself

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  3. 5 minutes ago, X.R. said:

    If I was them, I'd be balancing my need for privacy of the faithful vs inviting the public. Its a fine line but I think they are balancing it well. Whether the sightlines make for easy viewing, I'm unsure, but I know it will be very, very busy. They will have a good presence in the area. Their population here is comparatively large, and other Muslims will 100% utilize this space as well.

    This has fortress-elements, but I don't think in their case its a Houston-specific issue. If you check their Canada-based centers they have similar, more recessed layouts for what I can tell from google maps and the images. And if they do have a sizeable pedestrian presence, as I alluded to above, it further detracts from the fortress element. The layout makes sense, its a bit of a campus, and if I was going there for programming that spoke to my faith or heritage I don't want cars zooming down Allen pkwy to be in the background. Enough land was there to both add to the city at large and to Ismaili community, which is what I think they are trying to do. 

    Yeah this is going to draw an incredible amount of people. I see this section along the bayou completely redeveloping from streets to new development very very fast.

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  4. 2 hours ago, Texasota said:

    Yeah, I'm sorry, but this is nonsense. You can absolutely get a meal at (numerically) most places inside the loop for less than $20.

    And beyond that - restaurants exist at multiple price points. Some will be more expensive than that, but if they're less expensive than an equivalent restaurant in peer cities, that still makes Houston relatively affordable.

    Getting a meal for less than $20 doesn't mean it's affordable. Most taco trucks in the Loop charge almost $3+ per taco which is insane. And we aren't talking about large tacos. Most restaurants I've been to range from $12 to $15 a plate, that's not affordable for a lot of people. We aren't comparing this to other cities. 

    2 hours ago, JBTX said:

    I'm so confused. Where do you eat? There are plenty of local places (let alone food trucks) where you can feed 2-3 people for $20.

    You're kidding right? One of the most affordable is the well known Tacos Tierra Caliente. You can spend $20 like nothing and still be hungry. I'm not just talking about price but quantity. 

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  5. 14 minutes ago, BEES?! said:

    For real! I don’t know how old you are, but I remember going to ballgames in the early 2000s and downtown felt like a major ghosttown. There has been an absolutely bonkers amount of change there. 

    We went to a game recently and took the purple/greenline and were talking to some older folks who grew up in Houston but moved away. They were astounded by how different (in a good way) that whole area was. They told me about riding their bikes as kids in the neighborhoods around TMC, and when I told them about Bayou Greenways, they were really excited. They were really nice! (Even if they were rooting for the wrong team! 🙄)

    I'm about to turn 36 in October. I moved to Waco for 4 years and moved back in 2001. Downtown was NOTHING compared to today. That's so awesome though! There are a few projects in the works that I think will really put downtown over the top. 

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  6. 4 hours ago, iah77 said:

    You complain when developments don't connect to trails and then complain when they do as well ....

    They aren't just for bikes so I think legally it's no different then connecting to a sidewalk. It looks like there is an alley easement next to the trail so they are not really the same thing. Like the old rail like was separate etc. 

    Right because cars are going to have such a great view of people coming either direction. This isn't "connected to the trail." Not wanting the curb cut right on the trail doesn't mean I don't want this development. There's a lot of assumptions and twisting of what I said. 

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