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    Sawyer Yards

    As someone who is excited to move into the new Broadstone Summer Street apartments, the re-connection of Summer Street is great news. This area is becoming more and more a real neighborhood and I look forward to the days when people stop flying down Studemont as they try to get to 10 and pay attention to the pedestrians who want to walk Summer Street to get to the "Arts District". I strongly believe this area can be similar to Miami's Wynwood area and look forward to the thriving street art as long as we can harness the industrial, warehouse vibe while keeping everything safe for pedestrians. The Kroger and Target (IMO) detract from this feel, but hopefully with the Lower Height District and continual development of empty lots in an industrial design, this area will be the most "raw urban" area of the city. This area definitely differentiates itself from the mass produced "un-pedestrian" areas like Upper Kirby, Galleria, and sadly (it should be "cool and urban" but the Westheimer corridor makes me sad with all of the strips) Montrose.
  2. At least a CityTarget would be great! This is greatly needed in Midtown. The nearest discount dept store is the Target or Walmart in the Heights. It’s a little annoying having to drive 2 miles away to get everyday needs. With the new Whole Foods in Midtown, I am hoping we start to see more of these “everyday” retail markets that are truely walkable, even if they aren’t considered “sexy”.
  3. Looks like some more progress on site. Not sure what is going on. Any thoughts? They’ve only been working on the southwest portion of the land.
  4. I live in the apartments butting up to the development and saw a group of men in business attire walking across the lot the other morning. They looked to have rolls of plans with them and we pointing around chatting... but I’m not sure what that could mean.
  5. I think top-notch valet and terraces overlooking the city for private parties with Houston's elite take precedence.
  6. "Now too expensive to live in." "Overpriced or Overrated?" "Suburbanite's playground. Urbanite's home." "We just want to be like Chicago."
  7. I recently was in downtown LA and it reminded me a lot of Houston. While their resident population is significantly higher (27K i googled) than Houston's (I googled a little over 10K according to Wikipedia), they have a downtown population of 4,770/sq. mile vs. downtown Houston which has a population of 5,500/sq. mile (all on Wikipedia). Granted their downtown area is about 5 sq. miles and our is 2 sq. miles, and if we really wanted to compare apples to apples we'd have to include Midtown (but that doesn't fit my argument ha). However, i digress and will stick to actual conceptions of "downtown". I stayed at LA Live and they had a Whole Foods and a Ralph's to serve their downtown population within a very short walking distance. Their Whole Foods was pretty standard (what I'd expect the new Midtown one to be like... similar in size to the Montrose WF). But the Ralphs was very focused on hot bars, prepared meals, and such... most likely for the 9-5 downtown workers. However it was a great resource to shop of normal groceries (bread, eggs, pasta, butter, produce...etc) for the downtown dweller... limited but still had plenty. As a downtown dweller, nobody is asking for a suburban style HEB or Kroger with a massive space catering to every need. I tried shopping at Phoenicia but it was too speciality and the prices for everyday items were outrageous. We can surely have the next apartment developer pull a deal with a major grocer to build something on their main floor (potentially with space for additional retail). Outside of that, we desperately need a CityTarget. The Target at Sawyer Heights is just too busy and runs out of everything fast. Target would be smart to build a CityTarget downtown so us residents can buy what we need. If not, I guess Amazon Prime Now will continue to get my money for everyday items.
  8. Does anyone have predictions on this area? I recently visited this area and I thought the Fulton North area would be amazing for retail and living. The rail line was appealing. Perfect area for retail on lower and 4 or 5 stories of living. I meant the area is definitely raw but i feel like it could be very hip soon. And thoughts?
  9. Pretty sure this will not be finished anytime soon. I live down the street and it’s a ghost town. Alta West Gray will be finished before this will be.
  10. Not sure if you determined your family's choice yet, but I would strongly recommend the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest or Spring Branch areas of Houston. You'll be in the city and still be able to get most of what is on your wish list, plus be around tons of diversity with easy access to the best parts of the city. I honestly don't know of many suburbs in Houston that are "progressive" but if you wanted to take the chance on suburban living, I'd recommend Sugar Land as well. It's the only suburb I've been to that feels diverse. The Woodlands is nice but far far away from Houston and you'll feel pretty isolated from the city.
  11. I am looking forward to this side of Westcreek developing higher. Eventually, with River Oaks District's new phase all that will be left is to redevelop that massive Target plot... hopefully a Target with a parking garage and additional retail spaces fronting San Felipe.
  12. Houston rents are getting out of control. Land downtown is not that valuable. I can find the same rent prices for apartments in downtown Los Angeles and they at least have multiple grocery stores and a Target to walk to.
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