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  1. Just to give people insight into the plight of the 25-35 year old crew, a mix of professionals and non-professionals in my extended group of friends/acquaintances: A 200,000 move-in ready suburban home with a decent yard, big enough to house a family of 4, and a good school district doesn't really exist in the Burbs anymore. 300,000, yes, but a true 200k home is a fantasy unless you are in the far, far out burbs or the house is in a mid-level, or lower, floodplain. For example, speaking to you guys talking about passing on the buck in terms of infrastructure, I've helped some clients with their issues with their kingwood/atascocita flooding. Moving to the burbs, an easy assumption for where people move to in Houston, still comes with these types of traps, where developers hurt the floodplain and the residents don't know. When a cheaper house occasionally does pop up in Pearland/Sugarland/Tomball my friends are losing out to people putting down 60% + cash on the homes, which should tell people that the people buying those homes are investors looking to lease or flip the house. My dad lives in a suburban home inside of the beltway but outside of 610, and was in talks with people to have it bought for 140k, mostly cash. It is not in a good school district (I went to it), and it was built in the 70s. There are some underlying assumptions in this thread that I believe doesn't reflect what younger people are seeing in the market. I actually have been doing the research on HAR and Zillow for myself for a year or so, if you want to be in the loop and have at least two of the kid's schools you're automatically zoned to be B or better on Greatschools (not a great metric, but alot of people use it) you're looking at 650k+. There is clear demand for that area. Growth will happen in the burbs, which is normal for Houston. But it wont be as dominant as before because it is more expensive to live in the burbs than some of you make it out to be.
  2. You also would assume no movement at some of the construction sites across town because we aren't supposed to aggregate in a space with more than 10 people, and (hopefully) most people are working from home. So while oil and gas is crazy right now, I also would hope the construction companies are suspending or slowing down construction so they don't have 50 people standing right next to each other every day.
  3. Personally, if I was them, I woulda put the pool on the top floor and so if something taller ever goes in next door it doesn't matter. Plus, then they can charge people to party at the pool like the Marquis does. Feel like that would be a hit with demographic we have in the museum district 😊
  4. I uploaded the presentation. The only thing that may interact with the street is the cafe they have on crawford along with the leasing office. @KinkaidAlum I think I said this before, but they are trying to see if they can open the cafe to the public, given the parking requirements. Also, I don't know how much interaction with the street the neighborhood would have loved, given the type of questions they received during the presentation. Here is the presentation, the link is only good for 30 days: https://easyupload.io/twcrs9
  5. Most of the MPNA peeps have the presentation, it was emailed out. The developer has been working with the surrounding neighbors through a few of the people on the MPNA and the public discussion was pretty robust. The lighting thing was an issue for some of the MPNA people who don’t even live near the development, asking repeated questions about light bleeding and such and how they like their sleepy streets (tbh, much of the area needs better lighting but apparently people like it dark). So as currently discussed, they’re dumping money into new lights like the ones in the park For la branch and Crawford, burying some of the electrical lines, sewage system, paving over those crappy muddy mini-ditches and replacing them with anyone allowed street parking (as opposed to residents only), dedicating money to the esplanades around the development for MPNA to do what they want with them, and another community beautifying thing they haven’t hammered out yet with MPNA. Edit: I'll figure out a way to upload the presentation later.
  6. I cut through there coming back from work sometimes, and as much as I would love this, I think they contract with the sheriff or constable offices because they have these officers just sitting at the most inopportune (for people like myself) places just watching traffic for speed and other violations. *Shakes fist at sky*
  7. Its the opposite my G. The further out you are the fewer Grocery stores in a 4 mile radius, and those will have lines out the door. Pearland, Sugarland, Tomball, and Spring all have HEB's that are bananas, per my friends. People seem to forget whole foods exists. Also if you want Hand Sanitizer, go to Walgreens/CVS.
  8. It has been expressed, by the Uptown management group, to a client of mine in the galleria area that the BRT is supposed to alleviate that "Oh crap" feeling almost completely during the normal course of the year, and quite a bit during Christmas. My initial thought tho is that all these entities, Uptown Park, Galleria, the Whole Foods Development, the Dicks strip, etc, are possessive enough about their parking that I don't know how happy they will be that people will park at their place, initially go into their store, do some shopping, put stuff in the car, and then get on the bus to go to another development. If the BRT can somehow elevate the general experience of going to the galleria, primarily by helping congestion or parking, it would be a big boon. And those businesses, including the Galleria, that sat through the construction deserve it.
  9. Amazon doesn't even market Whole Foods the way HEB markets itself. HEB is like "come to the store, pick-up points are available for online orders" blah blah. They market it themselves like they are a grocery story with convenience options. Amazon is like "two hour delivery to your door is available." Amazon markets Whole Foods like a warehouse to store food to deliver to your door, which also contains an Amazon Locker for you to pick up your packages. Two completely different approaches. I can't believe Whole Foods would complain about lack of traffic, its not even their business model lulz. The rest of the businesses I'll stay out of, from my clients I know even small changes can have impacts. The neighborhood patrons tho, sounds like the neighborhood patrons in my adjacent community the last time the city came to talk about bike lines. You'll always have some older contingent upset about change. Its like someone told me in the austin bike lane thread, residents buy it for what it is, developers buy in for what it may become. They are just whining about change just to whine @wilcal.
  10. What is going on in front of the Amegy building? I assumed parking but I had never noticed that construction til last week.
  11. I did not know it was that spot. Woooow. If Sweetgreen can make it there, DT has turned a corner. People may laugh at that statement, but that used to just be people sleeping next to those windows at like 8pm. Walking by that when going to a Rox game or going bowling that retail portion made that area feel so desolate. Now that I think about it, if DT really wants to change downtown, doing whatever it takes to facilitate businesses taking those leases for the empty GFR near areas where they want people would go a loooong way to making DT feel more friendly and vibrant.
  12. Lol, that looks terrible. And how is "generous parking" a selling point unless they expect multi-car families to be moving in. Now if that is the case, and the apartments turn out to be affordable/non-luxury, I'm all for it. But a "condominium-quality finishes" doesn't scream affordable for a family of three.
  13. Auto shop is about 3/4's demolished, will post a picture when I can. Had a crew out there really going at that demo earlier this morning. Seems like the next phase is under way, which is nutty since the first phase is maybe a little more than half done (I'm guessing at that part). 2020/2021 gonna be a hell of a year for midtown.
  14. Yeah, this, and there is plenty of room for another two targets in addition to this one, especially if they are the Urban variety. The one in lower heights is incredibly busy. My first thought about this one was "is there enough parking." This place is going to be hammmmmmmmered. And that lot is split between all those different businesses. Even when that Randalls was sucking wind, the parking lot was at least half full on friday-sunday. Make that a target? Jeffblummygod.gif
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