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strickn last won the day on October 31 2012

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  1. If property owners consistently come back to car traffic, unshadowed views, unobstructed views, noise level, local character, air quality, drainage, and water quality -- roughly in that order -- when these things arise, then that's a useful hierarchy. If they tend to organize in groups in order to try to externalize those costs in order to get the added market value without being contractually obligated for it, then two solutions present themselves. Concerned citizens might be willing to pay surcharges for offloading each of the local development nuisances to another part of the city, up to the point at which it's not worth it to them to pay another benjamin rather than just accept a little more traffic or high-rise construction in the neighborhood. Those payments will not be spread out over the whole city's tax base, however. They will accrue to the neighborhoods that are accepting the increases in square footage. On the other hand they might acknowledge that they want these resources/nuisances wastefully allocated rather than responsibly allocated because they thought there was a political mechanism to step outside the property value system and game it. If they don't want the allocation management to be rigged, then people who buy property shouldn't expect control over through traffic easement unless some offsite control of it is explicit in the title deed of the property they bought, and expect to explicitly pay more for it in the bidding process. In the long run, whether it's priced in in that way or on an annual basis, this "MAX Lane" approach would streamline and make things simpler in the development process than "move out if you don't like change cuz cities change." In particular, it would directly erase the informal, invisible fee transfers that annually raise the market valuation of access to property in a quiet (but politically vocal) wealthy enclave in the form of offloaded nuisances. It would continue to encourage the property value gains that come from sheer prime location and local growth, without damaging those. And it would lower the lure of free-riding since it uses the development nuisance offset payments to 'net out' that ownership incentive with every other part of the local city or county at the same time.
  2. "Museo Institute" doesn’t turn up anything as a search term on map apps yet. The old Mann Eye Center block across the street, at 5115 Main, though, is roped off. Maybe it’s vacated and to be prepped for demolition for the next phase already?
  3. The human scale is what makes the Museum District more homey than the Montrose anymore. I don’t agree with those on here who say the Museum District is the best lifestyle Texas has to offer, but it’s a domesticated urban life under live oaks we can all recognize as Southeast Texan, and there’s more to see and do than in similar neighborhoods in our smaller cities and towns with similar streetscapes. Calumet and Crawford are two of the widest streets/boulevards that intersect, so at least X is perched at that wide spot in the public rights of way. Two of these adjoining corners are being marketed by JLL now with for sale signs up, if I saw right.
  4. Who wrote this article? You? Another writer has also made the connection between Buffalo Bayou Park’s design ideas and the similar urban experience projects taking place nationally in a new book called Parks For Profit, linked. https://www.archpaper.com/2022/11/parks-for-profit-kevin-loughran-relationship-postindustrial-parks-real-estate-development/
  5. Unless they have built a lot of irrigation for those water-seeking baldcypress trees, that's not a good fit for them. Sasaki planted them all along Dallas' arts district sidewalks and the district is having to rethink that. The darker-leaved trees look like oaks and if so they're planted too close together.
  6. It's worth it for the site plan if they stick with that. The design is a little too Woodlands Anadarko goes to the Greenspoint skyline for me but that's not what will make or break it Houstonistically.
  7. Thanks. I'm unfamiliar with that architectural firm: offices in London and Bristol, England -- and Bricktown Oklahoma City. https://www.ahmm.co.uk/contact/oklahoma-city/
  8. Then it’s already completed on I-10 *dusts off hands*
  9. https://aoghs.org/petroleum-in-war/oil-pipelines-big-inch/ Probably shows a follow-up project to the original pipelines that Texas Eastern bought after WWII? Second guess: Northern Natural Gas, which later was Enron?
  10. If the Stros win the Series Mattress Mack builds them a monument on the third parcel, pass it on
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