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  1. I wonder if this would have a shared parking component for neighboring businesses if and when this got built. Wasn't the shared parking district thingy approved a few years back for this very area? More parking availability could entice greater infill on other small lots nearby. Of course, that would just help tack on a 31st space for all of us.
  2. It's basically in this map now...https://cohegis.houstontx.gov/cohgisweb/houstonmapviewer/ The Public Works layer has several road layers in the "active eng. and const. proj" folder: contracted overlay, inter-local, roadway, sidewalk, etc.
  3. Right? Thank goodness the city development code requires every project to have a few 75 degree turns in the sidewalk, three or four unaligned water main covers, 200 yards of drooping comm wire tied to a leaning post, and an entire block face of non-standard storm drains nestled between the jagged sidewalk and curbless, crumbling asphalt.
  4. Correct. The annual Population and Housing Estimates are revised going back to the last decennial census with each "vintage" released. Data can easily change from year-to-year--the City of Conroe is a good example. They approved a lot of annexations before the State started micromanaging cities a few years ago. So if you look at the 2015 release and compare it to the 2018 release, the 2015 population estimate is about 10,000 higher in the latest release. I'm not sure what other reasons there are--likely variables such as new housing that the Bureau wasn't aware of so they go back in and alter the data just a bit.
  5. Demographics is a big part of my career (snoozefest), so I did a little typing tonight. First, based on the Downtown District’s list of residential properties it seems as if they are using Census Tract 1000 as the “core” geography. It’s basically the freeway donut hole all inner loopers consider downtown. As several pointed out, prisons are in fact where the “non-household” population comes into play. Prisons are considered group quarters and are separated from the estimates of households. The 2017 ACS estimated just over 1,586 people living in group quarters in Tract 1000. The DT district estimates a 1,931 non-household population which technically falls within the margin of error. (I believe this a good estimate because the 2010 Census states there were somewhere around 2,400 in group quarters (which likely includes homeless shelters, etc. that may not all be surveyed annually). Hotel guests do not count into population estimates unless the property is something like an extended-stay/rental/RV Park. The Downtown District either creates their own population estimates or hires someone to do it for them since only 2017 estimates exist at this low geographic level and thousands of new units have come online and been leased since. I’m skeptical about the household size multiplier of 1.71. In 2010, this census tract had an average household size of 1.31. In the 2017 ACS, that number went up, but it was still only 1.40. Now, I can’t estimate it without determining how many new units were 1-bedroom and 2+, etc. (frankly, I’m just not going to spend the time to do that for this post!) In middle income suburbs with high numbers of children, a 1.9 to 2.1 avg. HH size is typical in multi-family so I remain skeptical that downtown has 1.71 even with all the new units, but it is possible. If the average household size is inflated and it’s actually 1.40, the total population would be 7,396 + 1,931 for a total of 9,327. As for gender in Census Tract 1000, in 2010 there were 2,283 people living in households. Of these, 1,472 (64%) were male. The prison inflates this stat if it’s not removed from the equation. Sources!! Table DP1 (2010 Census); B26001 & S1101 (ACS 2017);
  6. Signs up at main building + the lot across Harvard:
  7. I see some light blue retail on the ground floor of the north-easternmost building. I do like how it all connects to the street grid. New signals better be added as density increases around here or traffic is going to be a monster. I believe street reconstruction begins sometime in the next 6-12 months on all those neighborhood streets connecting to the north.
  8. The green buildings are unique for sure. I question the maintenance aspect more than the bugs and rats though. I have had fist fights with roaches and a honey bee invasion in my non-green building so it can happen anywhere in the city. I’ve seen rats living in fig ivy along walls for sure. All good points and all should be considered frankly. There are ways to control all these creatures though, and it shouldn’t stop us from being creative with design right? Just get creative with solutions at the same time. Or we could channel cable news and lose in life.
  9. I'd go even farther...the entire Texas Triangle is fast becoming a series of strip centers, parking lots, and beaver-themed gas station supercenters. Our frontage roads create a frightful sight from Leander to Baytown, Prosper to Boerne, and all places between. Build, baby, build! This project should really stand out strong. The new tower on West Gray in the River Oaks Shopping Center is now popping out over the treeline and really stands out when driving over Buffalo Bayou. These will add to that.
  10. So...the vacant lot/parking lot at 100 Waugh near Dickson St and the Memorial on ramp is being dug up. It’s Day 2 of activity that appears to be storm sewer or utility installation. No pics yet—don’t shoot! This is the lot that was the construction worker parking lot for the mixed use building with HEB.
  11. As someone who must follow housing activity very closely, affordable housing--in particularly tax credit housing, is rarely even proposed in areas with high land values. It doesn't make economic sense. When it happens, there is usually a larger mix of market rate housing mixed in and the squeaky wheels with media connections get loud. I'm a strong believer that it should be mixed in better and the way the system works now is not the best. With that said, over the last decade, most affordable housing has been located in the hodgepodge suburbs lacking municipal government or large HOA/civic support. Neighborhoods in southwest Harris County (Fondren/Hillcroft/Orem corridors) are very opposed to new affordable housing. These neighborhoods aren't incredibly wealthy but they have a strong community voice. They usually get what they want.
  12. Cool, wilcal! Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Yeah, Jackson Hill is heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists. It's a flurry of activity in the evenings as people go to and from the park.
  13. I might as well start filling out the 311 forms now because that directional sign in the Washington median will no doubt be on the ground more than upright. More medians are needed in the area. Crossing on foot and bike gets more difficult as time goes on and the population increases. This median illustration--that don't impress me much. I spy ample space for land barge curb-jumping. A bike lane north of Washington sure would have been nice...but yeah. Looking south, bike lanes on Jackson Hill are needed more than Patterson in my opinion. Patterson south of Washington is narrow and sleepy. A sidewalk on the city-owned land at Cleveland Park would also be nice--we'll see if that happens. I've been asking District C to place this 100-foot stretch of sidewalk on a CIP list for years now. Crickets. That block of Jackson Hill is easily one of the most used pedestrian paths in Houston, and everyone has to dodge tree roots and walk in the busy street when it's muddy.
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