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  1. 1 hour ago, dbigtex56 said:

    Conventions sometimes require moving various equipment, display units, etc. into and out of the GRB.
    Space for large trucks and loading docks have to be incorporated into its design, and it would be difficult to make it pedestrian friendly as well. 

    From what I understand Houston First does plan to open up that side once the freeway cap is done. 

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    On 2/4/2022 at 1:26 PM, Andrew Ewert said:

    God, what a space suck GRB is

    I think what I would like to see done with the building is have the other side become as pedestrian friendly and open as the front facing Avenida De Las Americas. But convention centers take space, that's just what it is. Plus the focal length for that image makes it look so much worse than it actually is. 

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  3. I think we're really about to see this side of downtown begin to fill in nicely. Businesses like The Rustic and obviously Toyota Center have helped to slowly get this area going. I rode downtown last night on my bike and I was also impressed with the infrastructure. I live in UK, and I can now get downtown via bike lanes pretty much the entire way. All of these improvements help spur development. 

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  4. On 8/31/2021 at 5:41 PM, clutchcity94 said:

    What kind of crowd does that Slick Willie’s attract? It almost doesn’t seem “hip” enough to be in that location.

    Just your every day Houstonian. I’ve gone a few times with friends to play pool and it’s a mix of all people. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, GrapefruitTea said:

    Found this in recent Midtown MRA meeting. Sounds like Midtown and Montrose are planning to join Upper Kirby in applying for grant funding for W Alabama reconstruction along the entire corridor. Would be amazing if they can get it done.

    see @ 1:16:09


    Yeah Council Member Abbie Kamin said this would help expedite the improvements instead of placing it back on the CIP list and hoping for funding. What I found really exciting about this meeting was the survey they did for Midtown residents. It amazes me the culture shift in thinking that has happened the past 20 years. When the community is saying they want more bike lanes, more transit, more walkability, more density then we are heading in the right direction. And for the community to want less parking or more market based parking is just mind blowing, in a good way. @Ross Thought I'd tag you to mess with you Ross 😄

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  6. 17 minutes ago, Ross said:

    Cars or not, Metro still has to serve the areas past the Beltway that are part of the Metro service area, and are populated by people who actually need to take a bus because they can't afford a car. I took a bus for a month after Allison flooded my car. Taking the bus turned a 10 to 15 minute drive into a 45 to 60 minute trip. That's typical of public transport in a car centric city like Houston. When I lived in London, buses tool far longer than the underground, so I seldom took the bus. Of course, London's Underground started construction around 1860, and the subsoil there lends itself to tunneling, so there's an extensive network. I'm over 60, and convenient is important. Running the errands I need to run on weekends would be nearly impossible by bus. A trip from the Greater Heights area to Micro Center to Academy on the SW Freeway and then back home would be very difficult.

    My house to MicroCenter on a Saturday is an hour, two buses, and a mile walk. Then to get to Academy is only one bus, but another mile of walking and 40 minutes. Then to get back home is another 45 minutes and a mile walk. Of course, if I buy anything, It's far more difficult. That makes me ask, why would I spend 3 hours walking and on the bus for trips I can do with 30 minutes of driving and no walking?

    Parking lots are not a drag on the City, given they are built by property owners that are responsible for the costs, and are generally located next to existing roads and utilities.

    That's a fair argument. I do know that public transport takes time no matter what city you live in, but yes it is convenient to just able to hop in your own car and drive. 

  7. 12 minutes ago, Ross said:

    Closest bus stop to me is 1/2 mile. From that bus stop I can get to Washington and be a 1/2 mile from 4112. Total distance is 2.3 miles, so I would be walking about half the distance. Why would I do that when I can drive there in less time, arrive warm and dry, or cool and dry, depending on the season, and still have my car with me to go somewhere else, should I so desire. Houston is just not much of a pedestrian city, and that's unlikely to change in my lifetime. 

    Not everything is meant to be that extremely convenient in a city when comparing the ability to park in front of every establishment built but it is meant to be accessible. The average NYer walks 6+ miles a day. Not a week, a day. Part of the reason you aren't as close to a bus stop as you could be though is because Metro has to extend it resources across 600+ square miles on a very tight budget. If we keep building parking lots for every business then those city resources get exhausted even further. For every additional parking lot there are utilities and roads that have to be built to service that one lot. And then City/Metro's budget just get's choked to the point where we have to say that our closest bus stop is a half mile away. I remember requesting more frequent service along Irvington Blvd a few months back, and Metro came back and said that because they have to devote so much of their resources to other routes that cover distances past the Beltway, that it wasn't feasible at the moment. That's why we can't continue to bend over backwards for cars, it isn't working anymore. The city is really pushing for people to get out of their vehicles. Sure your trip would be a little less "convenient" but it is possible. I mean I do it every day. Obviously there are exception's to that rule for those with disabilities and older people. 

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  8. On 1/19/2019 at 10:50 PM, Ross said:

    I've been here since 1976, with a few moves overseas for work, and 18 months in California. Houston is home to me.


    Many of the rear parking lots have awkward spaces. I drive an SUV, and there's often little room to maneuver due to aisles being too narrow, bad angles, etc. Given where we live, it is unlikely we will be walking to many places, since I am not going to walk 2 miles to go to dinner. that means driving. If businesses want to make it hard for me to patronize them, that's fine, there are a myriad of other places to go.

    What's interesting to me Ross is your conclusion with how you commute. You said walking 2 miles is too far to walk, which I get. What I don't understand is why your default is to drive everywhere outside of 2 miles. Bus service on Washington Ave is pretty reliable from my personal experience. In order for this city to grow safer, parking can't be in the front anymore. Otherwise you end up with chaos much how Westheimer is right outside the Loop heading towards the Beltway. Yeah there are "decent" sidewalks but pedestrians pay the price in that area. People walk a lot in that section of town, many are immigrants. And they constantly face the dangers of parking lots in the front of buildings and impatient drivers nearly hitting people constantly. Plus a corridor like Washington Ave that connects to downtown should not be built like something in the burbs. 

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  9. 27 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

    Keep in mind that apartment leasing agents are surely among the least reliable sources of information regarding neighborhoods and their future development...

    True. I was curious what was happening on the other lot. I'm really excited to see that going up. This section of the bayou is going to be bustling with activity. 

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