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  1. Is 3 years immediate? ok, let’s say it is. when will it no longer be immediate? 5 years, 10 years or 35 years? The entire point of redoing Dallas at huge expense was to bring retail. I happily engaged in some of the neighborhood meetings to listen and learn from the design ideas for the street. All those great renderings of shopping and pedestrians along Dallas. Exciting stuff. Nothing yet though. within 2 miles of downtown there is a large and affluent growing resident population. But still no dry goods retail, yet. there has been huge investment in downtown...... to turn it into a destination/recreation/event hub. It worked! Lots of restaurants and bars. No dry goods retail. 100,000 commuters come to 1 square mile every day and, no dry goods retail. hundreds of thousands of conventioneers come every year on top of that. No dry goods retail. On your non-immediate time table, when can we call the investment in Dallas street .... the published purpose of the street redo was to attract dry goods retailers..... a success or failure? 5 years? 10? Or 35?
  2. This is precisely what the city promised that the 10s of millions of dollars that they spent on that street improvements 3 years ago would do. Didn’t work. Has there been a single retail business open fronting along Dallas since construction ended 2 years ago? Maybe, but I can’t think of one. Remember those renderings the city trotted out showing a vibrant retail district? Remember the “plan” created for the city by a bunch of developers that said, essentially, “gee, if the city spends a whole bunch of cash on upgrades to this street, it can be a great retail environment”. So far, it’s money down the new storm drains under Dallas street. Maybe that will change. Or maybe not.
  3. I agree. the developers here have a jewel and it has the potential to reshape downtown for the next 5 decades. It needs vision and it needs willpower. It doesn’t need a sea of parking and a buzzy grass roof (how’s that working out at greenstreet?). It needs passion. Frankly, it needs Hines.
  4. I hope that they re-open all the “bricked-in retail display windows”. I would be terrific to visually open the building to the sidewalk in that manner.
  5. Generally correct. The addicts (again, using my preferred nomenclature: they are not homeless.....they are addicts) are both more prevalent downtown AND far more aggressive. I have been yelled at, cursed at, and called a racist, and a pig, by addicts for simply saying a polite “no” to their aggressive request for money to buy “food” (a euphemism for “my drug of choice”). I have seen entire families(mom, Dad, small kids) verbally accosted by the addicts. Want an image? imagine this: a middle aged woman of Hispanic ethnicity getting off a bus wearing a uniform that would imply that she works at a chain restaurant. She was going to work. She also had a completely withered arm (birth defect?) and walked with a pronounced limp. But, she was going to work to support herself and her family. Then the addict started to harass her, scream at her ..... call her terrible things....when she said ‘no’ to his request for “money for food” She was visibly shaken. I hustled over to her, told the ADDICT to beat it and helped the woman across the street. She was thankful. downtown is my neighborhood. I live here. Turner has fixed zip in my neighborhood. Any bets what would happen if the 100 addicts that populate the streets of downtown where magically transported to the residential streets of Turners neighborhood to set up their tents, do their drugs, harass hardworking women for money, and ask all the pedestrians/residents in Turners neighborhood for money too every time they walked outside? hint: turner would figure out a way to fix the problem if it existed in HIS neighborhood. But, it doesn’t. So, it only gets worse in downtown. Turner won’t get my vote.
  6. I am glad that you feel that midtown is better. I have lived in downtown for 5 years and I can say that it is significantly worse today than 5 years ago.
  7. The sidewalk/planter box situation is terrible. I cannot fathom why a brand new building would be built this way.
  8. Wow, that “skypark” will be a great feature for tenants. Smart idea and it is likely helping lease the place. did I read somewhere that this building is getting close to “fully leased”?
  9. @ zaphood. You and I will need to disagree. I see things one way, you another. that said, you asked for a source regarding the empty beds at shelters. Here is is one source: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Cold-facts-about-being-homeless-12495069.php. If the beds aren’t full on the coldest night of the year, then hint; there is always a bed. Further, I have volunteered at or donated to various charities that serve the homeless, the mentally ill, and the addicts (3 distinct groups of folks). The managers/directors of the charities I have been involved with again suggest that (paraphrasing) “nobody is turned away and beds go empty”. Close personal friends of mine who also volunteer at other charities indicate the same thing..... empty beds..... oh, and Turner as inept as his tailoring. I will find a Democrat or Republican that I can support.
  10. There are empty beds in facilities all over town every day. These facilities all share one thing in common: they have rules. These rules include “no drugs or alcohol, curfews, and attendance to programs that get you keen, straight, and working.” ‘There are vanishingly few “homeless people” on the streets of Houston. There are a LOT of addicts and mentally ill. We need to stop using the Euphemism “homeless” and start calling the problem what it is “addicts and mentally ill.’ Once we change the language, we can address solutions. there are two sad truths: 1. The mentally ill likely cannot help themselves and are not suited for many of the the programs that we have in place. They need a much different suite of help. 2. The addicts literally don’t care to avail themselves of the beds that are available because, well.... those rules just are not for them....... therefore, we have built a system of help around “helping the homeless.” And, for the few folks out there who have hit a rough spot in their lives, but are not addicts or insane, and simply need help (lost a job, unexpected bill, violence, etc) the system works well. The charities spring into action and, folks come out the other end healed, blessed, and productive. We don’t have a system for addicts and mentally ill. If we change the dialogue, if we change the language, maybe we can change the solutions to fit the problem: drug addiction and mental illness. oh, and Turner is utterly useless. I will not vote for him as he is unable or unwilling to deal with this problem. Total hack. And, yes, somebody should tell the Mayor that the suits he wears (“regulars” when he should be wearing “shorts”) make him look as silly as his inept policies on the drug addicts and mentally ill. If zoot suits were still in fashion, he might look passable. Hint: they aren’t and he doesn’t.
  11. Additional “convenience stores” selling beer, wine, cigs, and junk food are not needed IMO.
  12. The site allowed me to try to “book” as early as August 1st..... so, they are not kidding....... opening in August..... ‘’the rates are good too.... “only” $166 per night.....
  13. When is the building scheduled to take first tenants? Anybody know?
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