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  1. They have beyond gutted it, there is almost nothing left of the original building. Hard to get a pic with the fencing up, but it appears like there are just a few vertical posts left. Anyone have details on the latest plan for this? Did something change?
  2. That was the Doc's location and I thought that salad place was going there? This article is from December so maybe things have changed, i haven't been by in a while... https://houston.eater.com/2018/12/19/18148653/sweetgreen-salads-bowls-montrose-houston Edit: I misread Crockpot's post, and thought the list of "previous locations" were all new upcoming locations! Disregard the Doc's/Sweetgreen comment...
  3. I used to go to WF (W Dallas) for fresh food/salads on occasion or specialty items, but would never imagine shopping their regularly. The other day I went to the one on Bellaire (moved out there a year ago, its 5 minutes from my house but my go to place is the new Bellaire HEB) for the first time, and saw some amazing Prime member deals. Then I get 10% off with the app, and another 5% on my amazon credit card. I still don't think I will go there for full shopping regularly, but I am going to start going there more often given the prices and deals I saw. As for midtown, I'm hoping they do well and attract walkers/bikers. When I lived on the other side of midtown I would go to Randall's solely due to location and lack of options. Though if I was going to jump in my car I would just drive over to disco Kroger. Now hopefully Whole Foods will be a good option and include enough reasonable deals on items to attract those who think they can't afford it. Another item that may attract people, hopefully they will have a good tap selection. I also discovered good prices for growler fills at WF and some unique beers.
  4. I'm not sure how the ownership structure work, but it is the same Ginger Man. Original was in Rice Village from the 80's and they have locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, NYC, and Boston.
  5. Yes, i read the discussion. the fact you keep pointing out is not relevant to the intent of this thread. i'm looking forward to having an accessible shake shake downtown.
  6. https://torchystacos.com/locations/ MMP is not listed. When I'm downtown looking for a meal, buying an astros ticket isn't on my list. anyways, i hope Shake Shack is open 7 days a week late in to the night.
  7. I just spent a week in Oakland where my brother recently moved from SF. He's within a mile of a BART station and the 'last mile' scooters were everywhere. I never used them as I had my young ones with me and we just walked everywhere we needed to go. I honestly didn't run in to riders much, but the littered scooters were somewhat annoying especially when they were left on sidewalks and I was trying to walk by with my stroller, and ended up on the street to get around them. From a quick external view, they seemed enjoyable, somewhat annoying, and not cost effective (for the company that gathers them up and recharges them and the users). In Houston, I am guessing they would be less enjoyable, more annoying, and less cost effective.
  8. They forgot to mention the power lines as a feature! And they have Black Eyed Pea on there and no mention of Southside Commons? Whatever comes here, I hope they improve the infrastructure around the property.
  9. Yes, they closed last fall. When I lived down the street we went often, and it was always empty. Good food and beer. I have a feeling they relied on their name but it just didn't draw like they expected.
  10. I would take paint-only in a heartbeat on Weslayan. That and some street sweeping for debris removal. Obviously some sort of barrier separation would be great, but paint and a little maintenance would go a long way.
  11. There is a mindset issue here and it won't be easy to solve. Whether you live in the Heights, Midtown, or the burbs you will likely at some point have to go long distances. So people assume they will be able to go as fast as posted (or faster!), even through 'dense' (relatively) areas trying to get to a freeway. My brother lives in SF and I get in trouble driving there. Most of the time there is enough traffic, peds, bikes, buses, that you'll be lucky to hit 20 mph. When its clear I find myself flying and my brother has to make me slow down to 25 because you never know what will be over the next hill. The difference is we never have to go more then 3-4 miles there so you just deal. I used to live in Montrose and road my bike everywhere including the Heights. I like this idea to just help with increasing bike routes and awareness, but the MKT trail to White Oak is sufficient for me. When there was no connectivity from MKT to White Oak, I had to take Nicholson and cut across that small stretch on 11th to get to White Oak. I hated riding on that stretch which is why this totally makes sense to me. I'm not familiar with Pecore, but 11th makes sense given all the destinations on that street.
  12. skwatra

    403 West Gray

    Went to Me'Lange a few weeks ago, they were still in the soft opening stage and awaiting their liquor license. A few dishes were pretty good, others average. They will be open until 3 or 4am daily.
  13. Interesting data. Looks to be from 2000, and I assume it is mileage by lane so Houston has had a lot of expansion since then. The stats I find most interesting which I've never come across before are "% of Travel Served by Freeways" and "Daily Vehicle Miles Per Capita". The % of travel i assume is % of car/bus vehicle travel (based on the NYC and SF numbers, can't be all modes of travel). Any thoughts on the Daily vehicle travel of 36.9 miles per capita for Houston, and if that number has gone up or down?
  14. Its not their data. and no one has highly accurate data, just studies and surveys that point to a trend- things are getting worse. new study from HomeArea.com A recent survey by the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows Houston-area residents continue to assert that traffic congestion is getting worse, and in an area that adds nearly 100,000 people annually, that’s probably no surprise. Solo drivers take 25.8 minutes to reach the office, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press.
  15. 1. Houston commute times relative to other cities is not relative to my argument and I know we have to look at other models to compare, but what is important is Houston's commute times relative to 10 years ago and what to expect 10 years from now. 2. Chron article from 2018 states "Houston drivers traveled an average of 27.3 minutes to work" and from 2015 a Chron article states "Solo drivers take 25.8 minutes to reach the office". An almost 6% increase in 3 years. Of course I wouldn't count this as evidence, as they are two different studies and they likely use variables which could be altered to give you very different numbers, or they surveyed some ridiculous sample size like 100 people which is just as good as my "anecdotal evidence" which includes how all the real Houstonians I know that live and work around the city have been impacted by transportation and traffic. 3. If you have the actual source data from your visualcapitalist commute data that would be interesting, but I can't find anything. I don't think any facts have actually been presented in this discussion.
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