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  1. Most recent downtown report states "609 Main at Texas is over 80 percent leased". Page 3 of the link: http://www.downtowndistrict.org/static/media/uploads/attachments/downtown_market_update_2019_q1.pdf
  2. Yes, it's strange. My personal accountant is in the building. I was initially surprised because I thought the building would be full of major corporate tenants.
  3. Q1 2019 downtown market report just released. See link and highlights below. Not yet 10k residents. Occupancy increased from 84.4% in Q4 2018 to 86.8% in Q1 2019. "The submarket has grown to close to 6,100 residential units, up from about 2,500 in 2013; Downtown now houses over 9,000 residents." "[The Preston], Camden Downtown and Regalia at the Park—will add 873 units to Downtown’s growing inventory." The office dynamics are interesting and worth reading all the way through. Flight to quality is causing significant renovation projects, co-working spaces are increasing share, overall vacancy increased from 19.7% to 20.4%. Bank of America Tower (formerly Capitol Tower) is 82% leased which seems fast compared to 609 Main which has been open a while and is "over 80% leased". The Downtown District has a new security program with SEAL Security. Two dedicated SEAL officers will patrol Downtown and walk designated high traffic areas daily from 7 pm to 3 am. I think having Houston's innovation and tech corridor downtown instead of the former Sears site makes a lot of sense. It seems to be organically developing: "Downtown’s emerging tech, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow at a solid pace. In the first quarter alone, Downtown’s innovation ecosystem gained two new co-working spaces (Life Time Work, Spaces), two new accelerators and one incubator (MassChallenge, Founder Institute, WeWork Labs), and two notable tech tenants (Ruths.ai and UiPath), further placing Houston on the map as a competitive tech and innovation hub. Venture capital activity has also significantly increased, with Chevron Technology Ventures new $90 million Fund VII; and new accelerator/investment programs by BBL Ventures and Eunike Ventures... Downtown now has eight co-working companies, an unprecedented expansion a key amenity for cluster growth in Downtown’s dynamic innovation ecosystem." http://www.downtowndistrict.org/static/media/uploads/attachments/downtown_market_update_2019_q1.pdf
  4. I think the real question is: are indoor tigers a “real” tiger location? Does downtown therefore currently have a tiger location or will it only have a tiger location once this outdoor pen is constructed?
  5. Downtown Houston has an area of 1.6 square miles. I defined 0.7 square miles as “core” - excluding the warehouse district north of the bayou and the Louisiana street office corridor which has no residential and is just a collection of skyscrapers. Gulfton has population density of 15,500 / square mile and second place is pecan park at 10,200 / square mile.
  6. Yes, when I leave downtown I go west 75% of the time and east 25% of the time. Making it 50/50 would make downtown even more central.
  7. The front of the building is inscribed "Frugality is the Mother of the Virtues" which is likely off-brand for a Moxy hotel.
  8. It looks like a major international corporation ripping off Ace Hotel. Which I guess is what’s actually going on
  9. I had a mediocre slice of $8 pizza there.
  10. Not a huge fan of Meow Wolf compared to Sleep No More or Houston's own DinoLion. http://sites.uci.edu/form/files/2015/01/Greenberg-Clement-Avant-Garde-and-Kitsch-copy.pdf
  11. Q4 2018: Downtown’s residential population is close to reaching the 10,000-mark. At the end of 2018, Downtown had an estimated 9,395 residents, up from 3,021 in 2010 (a 211% increase). Downtown also had strong rent growth, averaging the highest monthly rent in the region, at $2,032, reflecting robust interest in Downtown living. 2018 heralded a turning point in Downtown’s multifamily market. Downtown went from having the lowest occupancy rate in the region in 2017 to being named the hottest submarket by Apartmentdata.com, Marcus & Millichap, and Berkadia, recording a massive yearover-year jump in occupancy from 62.3 percent in Q 3 2017 to 83.9 percent in Q 3 2018 (Berkadia 2018). Source to read more (also has office information): http://www.downtowndistrict.org/static/media/uploads/attachments/downtown_market_update_2018_q4_final.pdf
  12. Also agree. Right now in downtown would rather have two 30 story buildings that knock out two parking lots (or twelve 5 story buildings) than 1 single 60 story building that knocks out 1 parking lot.
  13. My guess is that it's not a budget issue - the rest of the school is very well done. I think the fence was not part of the original plans and installed after completion to prevent homeless from camping there (which they were doing prior to the fence being installed).
  14. I'll have to check that out. I think the best coffee in downtown is: Prelude Amaya Boomtown Coterie
  15. It's high quality food and coffee. Went there for brunch and lunch. Seems like a hangout spot for people who live at MST.
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