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Big E

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  1. Seems like a bunch of people who have gone out their way to delay, if not kill this project, complaining because the project has been...delayed.
  2. I love it when losers in court battles always say "We'll appeal to the Supreme Court!" Anyone with two braincells will tell you that the Supreme Courts appellate jurisdiction is largely discretionary and they, more likely than not, they won't take your case. Its the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary.
  3. Well I've always been partial to the demolish + develop camp. I've always said that the land should be sold and the proceeds used to help develop the freeway caps. But that's just my personal idea. You are the last person who should be talking about people being disingenuous.
  4. The difference being Fulshear is incorporated, and Cypress isn't.
  5. UT weren't mentioned in the announcement though, were they? It seems that TMC bought the land from them, which would make sense, since UT were selling it. I just wonder how much of that land they acquired? Though, however much of the land they got, this is a much better use of it than simply leaving it vacant.
  6. This project is taking forever though. It seems to have slowed to a crawl since they finished the garage portion.
  7. Overall a good move, even if all that replaces the garage is an empty space. Abandoned buildings like that are just a draw for vagrants and criminals.
  8. Rowdy sure gets around doesn't he? There's no vacant building he won't tag at some point. How the heck does he get near the roof?
  9. I think for a building of that size to get a conversion, it would have to be almost empty. Those conversions are expensive (I think this conversion cost like $28 million, if I remember correctly), and you need to ensure a healthy return on investment. A few rooms spread across several floors wouldn't be worth it.
  10. Yeah I noticed that, but I'm pretty sure previous revealed plans and buildout information also showed that they were planning for at least two high rises, in addition to that midrise.
  11. Not sure how much space is available and if it would be economically feasible to convert prime office space in a building of that size.
  12. I wonder how much they are actually involved. They may just be investors, but considering what is going on in China right now, they probably aren't doing so hot.
  13. So are you trying to argue that the massive freeways aren't a barrier between downtown and other central city neighborhoods? Doesn't this literally go against the entire dogma of anti-freeway advocates for the past several decades? I'll grant that the Pierce Elevated isn't a physical barrier per se, if only because the entire street network passes unimpeded underneath, but I'd argue its far more of a psychological barrier, and depresses surrounding land value because of that. Eliminating it via the reroute would do wonders for downtown and midtown. Also, the Pierce Elevated is an aging mess, and would probably need replacement at some point in the coming decades anyway. I'm not sure what even makes one an expert of such or what that would entail. Does it make him different than any other average urban planners? Name one (aside from the cost, which is only going up by pointlessly delaying it, or the displacement, which we've gone back and forth on in this very thread dozens of times already). The issue isn't whether or not he lives in Houston. Is he saying anything that hasn't already been said a hundred times, or is he just parroting the arguments of those opposed to the project? If the latter is true, then he isn't saying anything of note to add to the conversation, regardless of where he lives.
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