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  1. After a few months, I got used to them meeting outside of my front door. It's not a simple ride by that lasts a few seconds for people who live around the park. It's hundreds of cars parked along the street where friends cannot come over during that time period because there is no street parking. It's having to plan once a month whether you want to come home early to avoid being blocked out of your house or-deciding if you want to stay out a little late to make sure you are able to access your house. It's the noise at 11PM when at times you may have to be up at 6 AM the next day. They return to the park and often times turn it into a party where they blast music from their stereos until they are ready to go home. Critical Mass was never a thought in my head prior to them relocating, even being stuck behind them sometimes it was neat to see all of them having fun, but when they begin to meet outside of your house, it's a bit more than what others deal with regarding the ride. It's a statement of fact they were kicked out of Downtown and that the Heights prevented them from meeting at the park off of Usener. Whether or not you love watching bikes take over the roads is up for discussion. Whether or not Critical Mass is a positive thing, is up for discussion.Everyone who doesn't live where they meet up, has no idea and I hope they don't move outside of your house if the East End ever rallies to get them out. The fact is, they were unwanted in Downtown, they were refused in the Heights and they landed in the East End in August 2018 and have been there ever since. There is a reason why they had to relocate, they are a nuisance for those who live in the vicinity of their meeting point. The city helped them move to the East End and in fact, recommended they did. It's a perfect analogy for other unwanted developments like the one mentioned in the article.
  2. Absolutely and the fact that you even have to ask tells me you don't live in the area. Once a month I have to plan my Friday around thousands of loud bicyclists taking over the streets literally preventing me from being able to access my home and then returning around 11 PM making tons of noise and being rambunctious. Critical Mass was kicked out of downtown and moved to the Heights. They didn't make it one week before being forced to move to East End.
  3. River Oaks would boycott if one mixed income house popped up. The amount that this area gets screwed by the city is unimaginable. I've lived all over Houston and i'm in this area now. There has never been a neighborhood I've lived in that's been more of a dumping ground for the city's unwanted projects than over in this area. Whether it's soup kitchens, low income housing, monthly bike rides, dump sights, the city just leaves it here all in a particular mile and a half radius surrounding Navigation and East of 59 and says it's to combat gentrification.
  4. That lot across from the Navigation development is so perfect for HEB. I'm just waiting for the day that Midway convinces them it's where they need to be.
  5. https://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Chef-David-Guerrero-s-Andes-Cafe-closes-over-14952559.php Between essentially forcing out Alamo and now Andes Cafe (both staples of the area) and the rumored halt of developing their second property in the area at 400 Jensen (because of low income housing, which makes no sense as it's approximately .25 miles from this site). I am not sure that I'm thrilled with Marquette coming into my neighborhood. I feel that they came in to this without a true care of the history or needs of the area, and just saw an opening where they could get rebates because of the designation of an opportunity zone.
  6. I'm not sure where you heard this or your relationship with the developers, but if this is Marquette's stance, then it's a bit disingenuous. They are well underway with the Navigation development that is maybe a quarter of a mile from this site. It's practically on the same block. Couple that with East River being developed just across the bayou there, any fear of affordable housing should be assuaged by the fact that such a massive and high potential project would be their neighbor.
  7. Something feels off about this video in general. I don't like neighborhoods being compared to other post-gentrification neighborhoods in Chicago and Atlanta. I hate the idea of just trying to replicate what worked there. We get it man, you are from Chicago and have no idea what this neighborhood that you're part of building in is. Also the whole we get $7 million to build here but that's totally not why we are here but $7 million is pretty cool is comical. I'm also a bit partial to Alamo and they are being pushed out already, when these units aren't going to be leased for nearly 3 years. I also don't love the idea that a nine story building is going up right here. It reminds me of the building we see going on in Austin that's completely ruining the continuity of neighborhoods with these mid rises going up on streets that are full of 1 and 2 story buildings. Hopefully the lot across the street is used for an HEB or something that the general public in the area can access versus more living options, but I'm guessing some more housing options will go there.
  8. I didn't see this posted in here, although the old posts being re-inserted are a bit confusing. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/10/28/dallas-coworking-company-heading-to-houstons-east.html Dallas Co-working coming to the remaining 25,000 SQ FT along with their coffee shop Fiction Coffee, which looks pretty great. A lot of coffee coming to this area which is great for me because the more options the better. https://www.instagram.com/fictioncoffeeshop/ Cidercade is also re-confirmed. not in the article: Cidercade is still awaiting permitting to begin their construction in the facility. I'm not sure on timelines but that is the hold up currently. Hopefully the Cidercade can still be completed by early next year (originally estimated for October)
  9. Not particularly but the city is exposed to risks with Joe Jamal Skate Park due to maintenance. The act of skateboarding is a skill and this is fairly common knowledge. The city doesn't provide the skateboard, just creates an area where the activity can be performed. The maintenance on a skate park is much lower than the maintenance on something like a sand dune. I'm not sure why it couldn't be public but it makes sense to make it cost. It creates a more controlled environment and prevents children from getting hurt running up that hill which is clearly a factor. Additionally it generates income to help fund the parks. If you read on the link provided you will see this paragraph. Please see the bolded section. I deduced that the ticket office was indicative of a paywall and I presume it's for liability purposes. A former industrial site owned by Buffalo Bayou Partnership becomes an adventure and extreme sports park that includes activities attracting users from nearby neighborhoods and the region. • A park weaves adventure and extreme sports into the naturalized landscape. • The park includes a series of training hills (1) inspired by the mounds of sand and gravel found in nearby industrial sites, as well as obstacle and ropes courses (2). • Though most of the industrial structures no longer exist, two remaining concrete buildings become a ticket office and picnic pavilion (3, 4)
  10. Something, I don't see being mentioned more is the complete revamping of Navigation. This would be one of the most transformative changes to a Houston street for as long as I could remember. closing 2 west bound lanes to create a greenway is something that I would never imagined Houston doing. This is a great idea and I hope it comes to fruition. This park is theoretically behind a paywall. This is how something like this can exist. I'd imagine it's nothing too incredibly expensive and memberships would be offered, but you couldn't have any of this completely public without exposing yourself to lawsuits.
  11. I guess it was clearly Bill Floyd who had the magic touch in their partnership. It's sad to see this because Reef was once one of my favorite restaurants. Like others have said, hopefully this is turned into an event space of sorts.
  12. Taken from the Chronicle article linked by @ekdrm2d1 Marquette is really sticking to calling Navigation a romantic boulevard. Definitely not how I would describe it, but if that's its' reputation and it gets more development to the area, I'm all for it.
  13. I read this yesterday and it seems a bit overstated but honestly, the East End, around where this development is underway, has become a dumping ground for the city's unwanted. There is a reasonable mistrust of city officials to conserve this area and improve it for people who live there. A perfect parallel is the monthly "protest ride" that drives everyone insane who isn't participating. Downtown didn't want Critical Mass anymore, so they moved to The Heights and before they could even get one ride off they were forced to move to Guadalupe Plaza Park. Every last Friday of the month if you are in the direct area you essentially have to plan around them and they often are making noise into the night on return. The East End District didn't do anything to fight this where as the Heights were able to thwart them off immediately. In the past year or so, I've noticed more and more of a steady homeless population in this area and I assume these are people who were moved from other underpasses to this area. This area has a huge issue with littering and loitering on properties. None of the facilities that are serving the homeless care about what happens to the area once people leave their premises and the city has done nothing about this for years. I will say this about that particular web page. Clayton Homes is set to close and they have to be relocated. The HHA is most likely trying to find a way to put them all in the general vicinity. The location on Canal is an apartment complex that has low income housing incorporated and there are no noticeable negative effects from them. If the other complexes are ran similarly there is no real reason to dislike them. They are providing people assistance and have no real effect on the area for residents, positive or negative. The huge issue with adding more and more of this is that the area is near downtown and residents are paying taxes equivalent to downtown and basically are ignored by the city. The hope has always been once East River and the other developments came, the city would begin to pay more attention to keeping the area clean, safe and updated and I guess this is yet to be seen but taxes aren't being fairly assessed in this district. If the area wasn't essentially ignored, none of this would be an issue but there are rightful hesitations that the city will give proper attention as these changes occur.
  14. https://www.eastenddistrict.com/capital-projects/navigation-jensen-runnels-roundabout/ An update that basically says nothing new except that funding for public engagement has been secured.
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