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Everything posted by JJxvi

  1. Between Tidwell and Parker all of the ROW aquisition is on the opposite side, so none.
  2. The best word for this immediate area going back 50 years is "dump" not "historic" in any sense. It was very 50s-60s era commercial industrial mix with a railroad spur right through the middle of it. The only thing memorable or consistent about the area that felt like they tied together were the two big water tanks, they were very similar to each other...they had a nice giant water tank-ey aesthetic that really tied everything up in a beautiful bow.
  3. Personally I think it looks fine. I dont see what makes it any more or less stylish than like Broadstone Waterworks. I suspect based on that rendering that, like Broadstone, its going to use a significant amount of brick to match the Braun Waterworks shopping center, for example. So Im not sure the idea that they are just plopping down something generic here without any thought is borne out yet. Perhaps you have more information.
  4. 100% substance is boring, which ironically seems to be your problem with this building.
  5. I find it shocking that s3mh thinks a new development in the Heights is a shit sandwich...
  6. Really? It is only 1100 feet TOTAL from Jenson on the West to Meadow St on the East. Everywhere on this whole site plan you posted is less than 1/4 mile from anywhere else. This phase is only about 1/5 of a mile by 1/5 of a mile total.
  7. Rendering realistically shows the one guy who turned the wrong way down Shepherd.
  8. The major difference is that they seem to have purchased a home on Dorothy St to use as an additional entrance/parking.
  9. The main downside I guess is that through traffic on Heights/Waugh will now have a light to stop at.
  10. Arrive is an apartment brand name (similar to Gables which had been on the property). The property itself is actually being named "Arrive River Oaks" and so the shops are the Shops at Arrive. It makes more sense for this company and their partners, who has no Arrive apartments in the area to make their apartment brand the primary name, while it made less sense for Gables to do so, because there is almost a Gables on every corner.
  11. I have not been to the High Line, but I know Houston, and also know enough to know that downtown Houston is also not Manhattan. I understand the potential, but the highline is 3 or 4 times as long as the maximum possible distance here and its not like theres destinations nearby. I could be convinced if maybe there was at least something at one end or the other of the pierce that people would want to walk to, so it would continue to be a transportation benefit. A park? I'd want it on the ground, then existing real estate doesnt have to interact with it in new and creative ways to begin with.
  12. For what benefit? Are they going to allow commercial development underneath it or something? It seems like a park on the ground, would be superior in basically every way, to an elevated park that didnt have to be elevated. Seems like they'd basically be having to maintain this giant structure long term just for the convenience of not having to cross streets to walk the length of the park, and giving up ease of access, interation between the park and the streetscape, etc.
  13. https://www.gq.com/story/houston-restaurants-capital-of-southern-cool
  14. I have a crazy idea to improve the west loop...how about not having it be the only N/S crossing of buffalo bayou for a 5 mile stretch? The good news for greenspace is that there is a giant park in Memorial Park that is immediately adjacent to the area, and its gonna be heavily invested in and upgraded over the next few years! Plus they are building a transit line right along the two western entrances to the park at Woodway and Memorial Dr, so once thats built you will just need to hop on the Post Oak Bus line, highjack one of the busses to get it to stop, and leap off the 30 foot viaduct down to the street below for easy access.
  15. "Too close to the bayou" is measure in elevation height, not distance.
  16. I shake my head at this building every time I see it. I guess the color scheme is to match the other two new buildings south of this site? It looked much better when it was just bare cement gray than it does since they painted it beige. It doesn't read similarly overall like the other two where you have much more glass surface, so it ends up looking like a different color scheme design anyway.
  17. Their rendering with a tenant named "Pizza Oven" gives me hope that, finally, we can get just one more pizza place stuffed in on North Shepherd.
  18. Except the route WAS on Westpark. It was a line (one of an expansion of 6 that we voted yes to build, btw and it was always the most critical, your post earlier about people supposedly championing the green and purple lines is not true, this board had a thread with I dunno maybe thousands of posts about the University line over a span of years) from Wheeler Station to Westpark Transit center. Now, I'm assuming you know...but if you don't Wheeler station is at Main St and RICHMOND. Westpark DOES NOT EXIST at Main St and only begins at Kirby Dr. Saying that Culberson was ok with it being on Westpark is meaningless. Culberson knows that it was going to be on Richmond for at least the 3 miles between Main and Kirby. Beyond Kirby (as you mention above) the line did switch to Westpark in the final alignment. Culberson absolutely worked to kill a project we all voted on, mainly to the benefit of Afton Oaks residents who werent even on the final line, and were irrelevant to the line anyway.
  19. I agree and hope completely that self driving cars probably leads to an increase in urban density due to scrapping the on-site parking. However, I still don't think it plays well with Houston style light rail. I think self driving taxis will be infinitely more popular and desirable than the type of local service light rail we have now. I am bullish on more rapid long distance transit like commuter rail, which I previously didn't think would really work until an inner city transit network was built out.
  20. I have always been extremely enthusiastic about rail and think its great, but I don't see how expansion of light rail as currently implemented in Houston can possibly be considered without a real rethink of how transport has already changed and will change in the future. The rise of app driven ride sharing and the possibility of self-driving transport on the horizon we live in a much different world than we did in 2003. The type of rail we built seems less cost and time effective now than it did then, IMO.
  21. I think any Washington corridor surface street rail line would have to run down Center St
  22. I don't think Generation Park is even in the City of Houston.
  23. Another thing I find interesting besides the fact that there is just about exactly the square footage of already built office building at this site as amazon is asking for to start with is the fact that they also want the potential for 8 million square feet total in the future...which is basically the exact number that Midway announced as the potential size of the development there a year ago.
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