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  1. I meant “isn’t as bothered” as in “they don’t care as much about it.” No doubt the homeless people and some of the sketchier New Hope SRO residents frequently loiter around VooDoo, I go there maybe once a month and see it firsthand. But as I said, I’m not personally bothered by it and, due to walking in all corners of this city for years and encountering all types of people, I don’t have trouble interacting with even the most aggressive of transients. But, the typical customer who would be drawn to a wine bar might be more likely to be bothered or annoyed with that situation. That’s all I’m saying: the homeless and quasi-transients in the area (due in part to light rail and the New Hope SRO facility) might have a meaningful negative effect on business. I hope that’s not the case, and will definitely go to support it regardless, but until more new residential development occurs in the immediate area to provide a built-in customer base and critical mass of pedestrians to counter the negative effect of higher concentrations of homeless and transients (as is currently happening in the heart of Midtown), it is a real possibility.
  2. That’s a fair point. I think the crowd at VooDoo skews younger and more blue-collar though, and isn’t as bothered by dealing with quasi-homeless people engaging in loitering and other transient behavior. Even taking into account Sammons’s intent for it to be more casual than typical wine bars, I still think you’re talking about a different clientele target than VooDoo, Sigma, Moon Tower, etc.
  3. Site work underway today. Several flatbed 18-wheelers were lined up on Jensen dropping off large concrete culverts for drainage. It looks like work digging the trenches where they will be placed has started too.
  4. 1. Yes, it technically is. It is a short article about the bar published on the Eater website. The fact that they summarized information from another article by another publication or source doesn’t detract from that fact. 2. Not everyone has a Houston Business Journal subscription. I assume your quote from the HBJ article is complete, and thank you for providing that from behind the paywall, but it doesn’t hurt to have additional sources with the same or similar information for people to access.
  5. Another brief write-up on How to Survive on Land and Sea, from Eater Friday. https://houston.eater.com/2019/5/10/18564597/mike-sammons-wine-bar-coming-soon Looking forward to another bar/food place opening on the Sampson/York corridor, although I am a bit concerned about how well it will do with the New Hope SRO facility right across the street. It might discourage some pedestrian traffic in the immediate area (for the record, the New Hope facility is on my way to the nearby Green Line stop and I walk by here regularly, but am concerned of the effect it may have on others’ willingness to go here).
  6. Walked by the Gribble Stamp & Stencil building on my way to MMP and noticed that there are renovations underway. It’s certainly a cool building with an interesting layout, so it’s good that it’s being renovated instead of torn down. Old Loopnet listing on the property in question: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/19940204/121-St-Emanuel-St-Houston-TX/ Couldn't find anything else. Anyone know what’s going on with the property?
  7. I think that would be correct. As I understand it, “Near Northside” is a blanket term for the area east of I-45, north of the UP railroad that runs through Hardy Yards, west of the BNSF line that runs parallel to Hardy and Elysian, and south of 610. It covers a large area that includes several distinct neighborhoods, similar to the “East End.”
  8. Why don’t you go ahead and move the other 20+ comments talking about the automated parking garage from the first page over to the other thread too, if it bothers you so much. It has been an ongoing topic in this thread for months. I’ve specifically commented on it a few times, as have many others. I was more focused on the new site plan you posted instead of your one-line link, sorry I missed it...
  9. I know the initial speculation was that the automated garage would go where the current 10-stall, sorry-excuse-for-covered-parking lot by Christian’s Tailgate currently sits, but the updated brochure puts it on a larger lot further east towards Studewood and White Oak, where a few older homes currently sit. Since there is more land area to work with there, it looks like the automated garage will not be as tall as we initially thought.
  10. @CrockpotandGravel, I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we greatly appreciate your contributions to this site, and I’m grateful for the information that you’re able to hunt down out of some far-flung places. But dude . . . you need to relax a bit. I’ve seen so many recent posts of yours where you get bent out of shape about the smallest of things. Just let it go!
  11. That’s a good point. I almost bought a townhome in Second Ward that had what would have been (at least for me and my affinity for small cars) a three-car tandem garage. It definitely would allow for a narrower footprint and less frontage on the street. A single-capacity, single care garage would be a deal-breaker for a lot of inside the loop buyers. Even if you do not need a car for work or most local travel, they’re necessary to get around to other parts of town (especially if you have friends and family in the suburbs, as I do). And, given the car culture here, a lot of people have second cars for recreational use.
  12. https://www.nextseed.com/offerings/bumpy-pickle?utm_source=FB_ANMT_ALL_newoffering-bumpypickle Proposed new Pickleball/Volleyball courts and adjoining bar, from the people behind Sports Creek in EaDo. Currently seeking investors, per Nextseed link above. Anticipated opening of February 2020 at 534 Lockwood Dr., near Lockwood and Navigation.
  13. Just FYI, this development would be almost a mile from the nearest Green Line stop, Altic/Howard Hughes. That’s borderline in terms of close proximity to transit (although the 20 bus line on Canal is of course closer).
  14. I wonder if this is a sign that the block where they are located currently at Leeland and Emancipation in EaDo is about to be developed. It certainly has a lot of potential.
  15. Land value is definitely one part of the equation, sure. But it will not benefit the City long term for a neighborhood/area with exponential potential to have its growth stunted by a high concentration of these types of developments.
  16. I will definitely help lead this fight. The East End is not going to be a dumping ground for the City’s “undesirables.” After the City and others snuck the New Hope SRO facility in at Harrisburg and Sampson near the Green Line with very little advance notice or opportunity for input from residents, everyone around here is paying much more attention.
  17. They’re beginning work on the drainage system. High-capacity system seems consistent with a 120 unit apartment.
  18. The fact that creating an Entertainment Zone is even necessary is dumb as hell.
  19. Construction crew is onsite as of today. Looks like this project is finally getting off the ground.
  20. So this would be the part of the block southwest of the intersection of Smith and Elgin, where the small “strip” center that includes Maple Leaf Pub is located? Losing Maple Leaf and letting St. Dane’s escape unscathed would be very . . . unfortunate.
  21. Just to add to that, there were two large construction vehicles from Cherry Demolition that had remained on site—as late as this last weekend—from when the warehouses along Jensen were demolished a few months back. As of yesterday they had finally been removed. I take that as another indication that they are close to actually breaking ground.
  22. You are absolutely right regarding Shepherd. Speeds are way too high, mostly due to the road design. There needs to be at least twice as many traffic lights as there are now, which would also solve most of the pedestrian crossing issues. More attention to traffic flow and light timing through this section should be able to minimize any negative effect on commute time regarding vehicular traffic. Something needs to be done before the mid rise apartments planned and under construction for this corridor are open, which will likely double or triple the quantity of regular pedestrian traffic crossing Shepherd and (to a lesser extent) Durham.
  23. I’m all for sticking it to suburban dwellers, but I just don’t see this happening in Houston any time soon—even if we do make exponential progress with public transportation and other alternative solutions to single-occupancy vehicle traffic.
  24. Very well said. The same people advocating for removing the Pierce also harp on how the elevated portion of 59 is a “psychological” barrier too. I’d much rather have a “psychological” barrier than a buried freeway/concrete cap that represents a (further) physical barrier nearly two football fields in width between the East End and EaDo, and downtown. If the park does not get built—which is entirely possible at this juncture—this will be a disaster for the East End. And the point about losing access is important too. Polk would be lost, and there is a chance that Runnels would be eliminated too (although as of the presentation a few months ago at GRB they are still trying to figure out what to do with Runnels).
  25. Agreed. It would at least be a bit better with parking in the back. The main building has a very suburban strip center feel. Ugh.
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