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  1. I'll say this... as one of the original "preservation twins"... I would trade that old mansion for a stately midrise with some GFR. Something about 8 stories, tall enough to cover up that parking garage. Its time has come and it looks ridiculous sitting there. No need to demolish, just move it somewhere else.
  2. Does anyone have a link to a summary of what was passed?
  3. They probably saw the work being done on Sears and those renderings for future phases and said, "Ok." Having Rice behind this and located down the road is huge. Tells them this is serious. Universities care about what's around them.
  4. High land values and an established talent base and reputation for tech will do that.
  5. Very unusual for a ground lease to be extended 40 years. Most likely this is some combination of a 10-20 year lease with multiple 5-year renewal options. So Beck's has 40 years of ground control but isn't boxed in for all that time. Also, this is almost certainly a net lease so taxes would be passed through to the restaurant and not affect the land owner.
  6. Semi-urban, which is different from suburban. Urban usually means lots of people walking around. In those neighborhoods, there's only lots of people walking on the major thoroughfares. The residential streets just have the stray walker going to or from the thoroughfares. The French Quarter is urban, the Garden District is semi-urban.
  7. I probably should have clarified, when I said it wasn't a "real" street grid, that although the streets may be gridded, there's a hierarchy of uses where commercial uses are almost exclusively located on the major thoroughfares, with residential uses elsewhere. This is the "commercial spine" model of development that characterizes most suburbs in the world. As opposed to the more egalitarian use pattern of downtown and midtown, where any use can be on any street. The neighborhood I grew up in in Spring had a street grid, but not one in the urban sense.
  8. It's like Georgia O'Keefe designed an ice chest.
  9. Calm down. Montrose is a great neighborhood, I just don't view it as urban. You're welcome to disagree. Maybe you're right. In fact, I'd be happy if you were right. I don't care that much.
  10. These aren't bad developments. I think of urbanism as, you can perform your errands on foot and don't really need a car. That won't be possible from the Allen for a very long time, with the exception of walking to the park. Nor will hardly anyone else be walking to the Allen. Not that it's the Allen's fault, just the nature of the area. In downtown and midtown, such a lifestyle is foreseeable.
  11. Possible but a stretch. Not a real street grid, most housing single-family. Montrose Boulevard still mostly lined with inactive properties.
  12. Drive-to urbanism. The hope for urbanism in Houston is in downtown, midtown, maybe EaDo. Everything else is going to be a stretch.
  13. Sounds like it's the contractor's fault. Get a lawyer.
  14. Lens is a little soft but excellent vantage point and nice cinematic color.
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