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  1. Haven’t been on this board in a while. Relocated from Houston Downtown to Denver downtown in May 2020. I will say this: Denver downtown (Post-Covid) is MUCH more lively than Houston (pre--Covid) ever was. However, Denver downtown is also only a fraction of its former self. Maybe 30-40% of what it was pre-Covid. Some generational and iconic entertainment venues have closed in Denver. Still a lively scene compared to the best of houston (pre-Covid) but not as lively as years past. office workers in downtown Denver are trickling back and are increasingly on the streets. I a
  2. 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 b
  3. 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”. S
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 imp
  7. 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.
  8. The sidewalk/planter box situation is terrible. I cannot fathom why a brand new building would be built this way.
  9. 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”?
  10. @ 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 ch
  11. 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:
  12. Additional “convenience stores” selling beer, wine, cigs, and junk food are not needed IMO.
  13. 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.....
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