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  1. If it's truly from the 80's, it's funny how accurate the proposals for the arena and Finger's apartment building are....and I agree with Howard with the illuminated red station design.
  2. Just a reactionary passive way for him to revive a topic out of his curiosity.
  3. You're right; that is another term for cities developed in a certain era, but those cities also have timeless qualities that are effective in restoring or preserving a city's urban fabric. Is it silly for Houston to adapt such qualities in an agenda to make Downtown Houston more active and more of a self-sufficient neighborhood and not a desert for so many everyday amenities in an urban context? I'm not saying Downtown Houston is not safe, I am simply saying having more eyes on the street with having mixed activity happening downtown is more safe than being a sole pedestrian walking in a "dead zone" of non-activity. That's the case for a highrise district or a commercial street lined with single story storefronts. Whose statement in this thread are you referring to that highrises are unsafe?
  4. I do not think GFR is appropriate everywhere but it should be advocated for most buildings downtown. Traditional built cities commercial avenues or main corridors usually meet downtown. One would not advocate for every high density project in Houston to have "GFR" but it is imperative for commercial corridors and centers of activity in certain neighborhoods so there are no dead zones and transit can serve these routes of mixed activity. What makes a downtown a downtown is the concentration of businesses on almost every street and not on a few corridors like you may find in a more residential neighborhood. There are tens of thousands of workers that work on Louisiana and Smith Streets downtown but the activity of the street would not tell you that because of the single use office towers on those corridors. Almost every one of those landmark towers have some type of private plaza on the ground level that makes the whole street have an office park effect. If you do not work at these places there is no reason to be on those "private" streets. If that trend is carbon copied all over downtown, we will continue to have the dead zones that intermingle with other dead zones. Doesn't make for the safest downtown after hours anyway.
  5. Trust me. I'm fully aware of theNiche's devil's advocate postings. I don't have any justification for entertaining them this time though.
  6. What I initially described is not representative of a whole metropolitan area. There are cities that struggle with the evolution I described in their very own cores. What I was trying to get across in my last post is the metropolitan area growth is irrelevant when dealing with how do municipalities manage sustainable growth within certain areas in a city and implementing and encouraging infrastructure that will support a density of a neighborhood. Density, the topic of this thread, is rarely a regional or metropolitan problem in the U.S. Sometimes it is not even a municipality wide problem. So yes my sentiments are being applied to selective neighborhoods within a city.
  7. Well from that list, Chicago, D.C., NYC, and to a lesser extent Seattle comes to mind. By the way, my statements were based on the growth of certain areas within a city. Chicago lost over 200,000 people in the last decade, but that does not mean neighborhoods with high density such as The Loop and neighborhoods adjacent to it, did not experience growth to implement such elements. Chicago's example is carbon copied in many cities that have the characteristics that were mentioned in my last post.
  8. Well if I were talking about Houston, I would be speaking hypothetically. My comment was based more on traditional built cities that have an indisputable established nucleus of activity. Driving to work eventhough you live within close proximity is not as universal in cities as you think. Trying to analyze how Houston operates may bust a head vessel.
  9. These days there are forces that create density rather than the necessity for it that existed in pre war times. Zoned and regulated land use that creates higher land value forces developers to make the most use of their footprint. That usually means incorporating and mixing recreation, housing, work or any other activity that subsidizes the expense of their available land. If this concept is repetitive in a certain area, density will follow and so will congestion and more drivers. In a perfect world, in an urban planning sense, more vehicular congestion will increase the demand for alternative transportation which surfaces more pedestrians in an environment and hopefully more sustainable modes of transport become more efficient and practical.
  10. Very unfortunate to hear this about who I thought was a much needed voice on this forum. One of the few dudes on here I would wake up in the morning to follow his post when I could not pry myself away from this forum. I appreciated blunt passionate inputs like nmainguy's. News definitely changed my mood this evening and I personally didn't even know the guy. I noticed what he said his illness was without any discretion and admired how he still maintained a spirit that seeked out progress in our society. Again, I admire people that can hold on to that optimism despite being ill. Best Wishes to his family.
  11. Damn! My only hope is something else takes up the rest of the lot that blocks most of this structure.
  12. Is the remaining parcel of land owned by the hotel for possible parking? If so the utilization of this land was pretty stupid and a bad move fiscally speaking.
  13. i can say ditto almost 100%, except that i am not married or from the east coast.
  14. Voted for Obama. There were also 12 crucial California propositions on the ballot. 1A- High speed train from LA to San Francisco. I voted yes and so did the rest of California. 2- Standards for confining farm animals. I voted yes and so did the rest of California. 3- Children's Hospital Bond - I voted yes and so did the rest of the state. 4- Parental Notification for minors requesting abortions - I voted no and so did the rest of the state. 5- Rehabilitation for Nonviolent Drug Offenders - I voted yes and was a minority in the state. 6- Police Enforcement Funding - I voted no and so did the rest of the state. 7- Renewable Energy Genration - I voted no and although it sounds good, it is flawed. California voted no also. 8- Ban on Same-Sex Marriage - I voted no and was a minority in the state although every county in the Bay Area voted no except Solano. San Francisco County was 78% No. and surrounding counties were in the 60's and nothing below 55% I believe in the Bay area except Solano County. 9- Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. - I voted no and was a minority in the state. 10- Altern. Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy Bonds - I voted no for the same reason as #7. The rest of the state voted no. 11 - Redistricting - I voted no and I was a sligt minority. Almost 50/50. 12- Veterans' Bond - I voted yes and so did the rest of the state.
  15. This thread makes my head hurt. I still laugh at the folks that say they will vote for McCain because Barack does not have a military background. If that is not textbook backwoods conservatism, I do not know what is.
  16. The past eight years have been so effed up, it is almost not even partisan to ask why would someone continue it with John McCain who is hardly, actually I shouldn't even use the word hardly, an independent thinker eventhough he tries his hardest to distant himself from Bush. Hopefully many more moderate Republicans will use their brains this cycle and put "fiscal conservatism" aside when there are so many more greater issues that are bringing this nation down. edit: sorry editor for not using the censorship.
  17. So lockmat, all we need is another religion as old as Christianity that has views as militant as yours and their views would be justifiable/valid? Religion is called faith-based for a reason. No reason to hold everyone, including Christians, to your personal beliefs or interpretations.
  18. Simply not true. I can tell you that the T-Third Street and J-Church trains in San Francisco cross in the same intersection in San Francisco's Mission Bay at 4th and King streets.
  19. Then what does and what kind of procedure is this where someone is able to vote someone out of a class, special needs or not? I will contain myself as far as what I would call the teacher. edit: I am just reading some of you guys comments and this still does not justify this lady's actions, and Toggle spare us the headache. Many people can look at this situation and not see race at all but a human issue and the fact that this was probably the first thing you thought of says a lot. PERIOD.
  20. Clearly one of the South's most beautiful cities along with Savannah and New Orleans.
  21. Its cheap and downtown right now is too much of a sacrifice to live in although you may be closer to your job. Yeah one can name all of the cultural amenities downtown has but what about everyday necessities? edit: and niche, just because most people do not take the trains in Boston, atleast they have the option. Houston has no choice but to sit in traffic as far as commutes.
  22. From the same study citizen posted, here is a prime example how traditionally built cities, that usually tend to inevitably have higher densities than decentralized cities like Houston, are more commuter friendly: Varying population densities and development patterns in the nation's cities make gaging efficiency difficult. In Boston, for example, jobs are mostly concentrated in and around the city center. In Los Angeles, offices are more spread out. That means Boston's commuter rail and "T" systems, part of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, are better able to put area commuters closer to their jobs than an identical train system could do for Los Angeles commuters. Source: http://www.forbesautos.com/news/headlines/...ter-cities.html
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