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  1. 5 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

    April 29, 2022

    The management district that maintained the lights was shut down a few years ago, so there is no one currently maintaining the lights.  In other words when one goes out, there is no one to replace or repair it.

    Lance Gandy
    IALD, LC, IES, Assoc. AIA

    G2LD gandy² lighting design
    6101 n. main street
    houston, texas 77009
    office 713.489.5111
    cell 281.796.1253
    www.G2LD.com

    Wow so what can be done at this point?

  2. 27 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

    In reality, I don't think there is a company "running the lights."  I recently contacted the company that installed the lights.  They told me that the Montrose Management District was responsible for running and maintaining the lights (and paid for their installation).  Sadly, the Montrose Management District no longer exists.  So no one is "running the lights."  The City needs to get this figured out and, as suggested above, either turn them off or get them fixed. As is, they are embarrassing. 

    This is from Aug 2021

    Hi Jacob,

     
    Thanks for looking out for the bridge lighting. The lights are really in bad shape right now. We are currently coordinating with the City and TXDOT to get them back to 100%. Hopefully that will happen in the coming months.  
     

    Lance Gandy

    IALD, LC, IES, Assoc. AIA

     

    G2LD gandy² lighting design

    6101 north main street 

    houston, tx 77009

    office 713.489.5111

    cell 281.796.1253

    www.G2LD.com

    8 minutes ago, kennyc05 said:

    I'll say it again those lights have never fully worked even after they were installed. It makes you wonder if the company who installed the lights did shotty work.

    I've thought the same thing or they just don't do good work period. With Houston getting World Cup games, I'll bet ANYTHING these lights will be working by then. 

     

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  3. I contacted the company running the lights and they said a plan would be set up Nov 2021 to get the lights repaired. I even emailed the city because Top Chef was being filmed and that had to look terrible to those from out of town. Anyways, since then nothing has been done. I don't understand how this city expects to get any national attention if it can't even handle some bridge lights. 

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  4. 6 hours ago, Amlaham said:

    There was a recent study that put us at number 2 in Texas. Top biking city in Texas was Austin (16th nationally), then Houston (29th nationally), then San Antonio (30th nationally), then Dallas (50th nationally). I know 29th sounds bad, but we've come SUCH a long way, especially for a city known for its car culture! Also, this doesn't even consider all the new trials we haven't built yet/ in the works. Give it 5-10 more years, I could really see up in the top 15-20.

    https://anytimeestimate.com/research/most-bike-friendly-cities-us-2022/

     

    Also, a 2014 study didn't even put us in the top 50 cities!

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/03/50-best-us-biking-cities/15017309/

    That's some serious progress! The Hangover Riders have been coming down here a lot from Dallas to ride with the bike groups here. Their bike culture is very small compared to Houston. 

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  5. On 6/10/2022 at 7:03 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

    Either Duo / Duo Coffee & Pilates is looking to lease, in negotiations, or has leased a unit at the Autry Park mixed-use development.

    Duo is a local business that doubles as a coffee shop and pilates studio. Their Autry Park outpost will be their second location. The first is located in the River Oaks area at 2147 WestheimerRd, Ste A.

    I frequent that place often for my morning cup. Like a 5 min walk from my place. 

  6. 6 hours ago, samagon said:

    east of downtown is scaaaaaaary.

    that and up until recently all of the bayou on the east of downtown has been exclusively industrial.

    oh, and lots of trains.

    I'm cool with the industrial, but it always makes me wonder why the city never grew towards the water.

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  7. No offense to Joe's Place but the giant flag poles and the fully fenced in area made it feel like a fort more than an open, inviting bar. Glad something is taking it's spot. 

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  8. 18 hours ago, bobruss said:

    I don't know what all the fuss is. We have seen several park projects around town developed in the last ten years and the affect they have had on the surrounding areas. What happened when Discovery Green, and Market Square Park were created or redesigned. Both have shown how development follows. Nobody hung out on Crawford and Mckinney back when I lived on the east side of downtown. Now try and find a parking place around that area. Look at the residential towers that have been built around Market Square park since its revitalization.

    For too long people have settled for bare bones solutions. Great cities think ahead and come up with solutions that are both helpful in mitigating problems, while creating solutions that invite development.

    Also when my wife and I were looking back in the 90's at property over near Washington Ave. we thought there was a lot of potential for future growth and a lively neighborhood. I felt like there was too much heavy industry and railroad tracks and that it would be a long way off. There was a steel plant right on the corner of Yale and Washington. There were heavy polluters in old metal warehouses. It looked bleak but look at it now. So don't ever tell me how bad an area looks. You have to have vision to see the bones to understand future growth patterns. The jails could probably be moved and with property values going up that might be in the back of the mind of county fathers anyway. There are jails everywhere and other cities have made those areas workable neighborhoods. 

    Exactly! We've seen this pattern over and over and over. That area may have a ton of jails but it sure as hell has a ton of potential as well. I'm excited to see the city converting those existing buildings in to affordable housing and with everything Urban Genesis is doing, I say in 5 years this area won't be recognizable. 

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  9. 6 hours ago, steve1363 said:

    I wouldn't know, and not sure why you have to be so disrespectful?

    Why is it wrong to be concerned about additional traffic on an interior residential street?

    It's ok for people to have different points of view.  I'm apparently in the minority here on this forum and that is fine by me.

    I don't think it's wrong to be concerned but at the same time it's important to note that the city is getting very dense. The Heights is no longer this outer dwelling suburb it was 100 years ago. At some critical point, moving by car is going to be more of a burden. And if we don't build infrastructure to support moving all modes of transit, everyone loses. The bigger point is that 11th was overbuilt to begin with. The Federal Highway Commission are the one's who randomly pointed that out, not the COH or entities associated with the city. The city simply agreed with the recommendation. So for them to point it out tells me that if 11th had been built correctly to begin with, you would never notice the change. The even bigger problem is people are impatient. Your concern is based off personal experience of impatient drivers, possibly yourself included. That impatience stems from having additional lanes and enabling people to speed, costing everyone else in terms of safety for the sake of "convenience." So when you have roughly 20 thoroughfares all designed the same way, you have a ton of impatient drivers, moving at high rates of speed all with this false idea of convenience. 11th is simply dangerous, there's no other way to put it. It was built with no forethought in terms of growth and pedestrians. I always give this small example. I'm a huge sports fan, and any time a team rebuilds, they begin with a single piece (player) that they can build around to change the culture of the team or organization. The same idea applies here. In order for a real culture shift to occur, and for people to be conscientious of those around them, we have to continue adding pieces to change the culture. This is a vital piece to the puzzle, and it clearly shows with the amount of backlash this has received. These are the growing pains necessary for positive change. I sure as hell want a Houston where my kids can bike safely and not have to take "side streets." 

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  10. On 5/19/2022 at 9:59 AM, Johnathanwise41 said:

    It's taking them FOREVER to build it.  And they are causing all kinds of mess in the area.  Hate to say it, but this shopping center in Highland Village is looking very B class.  

    I'm surprised the neighborhoods near them are not causing more of an uproar of the mess, and nightly construction.  Do they even have a night work permit for construction??

    There's nothing Class B about it. Does it need some upgrades? Sure. I think I made a suggestion a while back about getting a variance to cut some of the parking and really utilize the garage. This construction is the beginning of a major shift for Highland Village. The fact it's going up this many floors can only mean good things for the future of this shopping destination. I'll bet anything that once this is complete, the owners of the center will propose changes. You can only imagine how well a revitalization of the site along with a rebuilt Upper Westheimer would look and feel. Probably similar to that shot of Chicago. 

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