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  1. So happy they did not choose this design! I want to root for Schaum Shieh because they’re local, but their buildings are either boring or try too hard, in my opinion. This design looks like a slightly updated version of one of the hundreds of mediocre suburban office buildings out Gessner or FM 1960.
  2. Would any of the talented architects (or anyone) on this board be able to superimpose this site plan with the GID plan and project to the west of this? Would love to see how these little streets and green spaces line up! Thank you!!
  3. I just talked to one of the representatives for the Hardy Yard TIRZ and it sounds like not only will this project likely not have any retail, Cypress has scrapped any park or green space for the project. They said the TIRZ feels Cypress sold them on mixed use and parks and is now just proceeding without any of that. Very disappointing if true.
  4. It will be very disappointing if all these tracts end up being apartments only. May feel like one of those Robert Moses super blocks along the East River...
  5. So, your point is what? Since mistakes were made in the past, we should keep making them again and again. Sounds like flawed reasoning if I’ve ever heard it. Just curious, where do you live? Close to a freeway?
  6. And, this is called Social Injustice. Thank you for making this point so clear. This “gotten used to it” argument is classic and has been used by people in favor of segregation, racist policies, and unequal treatment for generations.
  7. Yes, this is the lot on Burnett between Chapman and Hardy. They dug several holes and then covered them up.
  8. Some intense soil sampling? This is a different site than the apt building construction.
  9. Ugh, thanks for the notice. If they don’t fix it right away, I’d alert Rebecca Reyna with the Greater Northside Management District. They maintain those improvements.
  10. I’ve attended those meetings as well. This mayor has and continues to back TXDoT’s plan as it is, which is disgraceful, in my opinion, especially to black and Latino communities north of downtown. I’m thrilled we have a new crop of city council members like Letitia Plummer, though, that may actually push TXDoT to make changes that don’t just benefit those wealthier communities in and around downtown. The new schematics published by TXDoT a few weeks ago are a prime example that they are not listening to communities that they will hurt the worst. Almost no changes to the plans that will wipe out hundreds of businesses, displace more than a thousand people, and locate freeways adjacent to close to a dozen schools. All in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods, go figure.
  11. Tell me who in the “City of Houston” has “pushed back”.
  12. It is, actually. City council in Houston has done nothing to push back against TxDOT. No leadership on that front. Karla Cisneros and Amanda Edwards have been the only ones that even ask questions of TxDOT in the public setting. The groundswell opposition in Houston has been mainly citizen groups like Stop TxDOT I-45 and the Make I-45 Better Coalition. Really hoping Isabel Longoria, Letitia Plummer, and some of the other candidates who have spoken out against TxDOT during the campaign trail get elected and speak up against TxDOT on behalf of their constituents.
  13. A couple of articles on how Dallas is pushing back: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2019/01/28/dallas-city-hall-beats-back-txdot-s-early-plans-for-i-30-s-1-3-billion-makeover/ https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/01/city-finds-its-voice-pushes-back-on-txdots-awful-i-30-redesign/
  14. Couldn’t agree more! Although, Dallas and Austin are fighting and seemingly beating TxDoT in similar battles. Houston has a weird way of being soooo backwards on this stuff. It’s like we are still living in 1972 sometimes..
  15. Let me ask you. If you lived 2 blocks from a freeway and learned the freeway were going to be brought one block closer to your house, would you care?
  16. This realignment is terrible for the area and I hope this portion gets changed (but, I’m not holding out too much hope). I live just north of here and feel this is not only not justified and a giant waste of taxpayer money, it’s also a social justice issue. Give more land to freeways, suburban commuters, and the rich people downtown by taking away land closer to us brown and black folks. This is a shameful project, especially in 2019 and especially in a city that supposedly prides itself on equality and diversity.
  17. That’s one ugly park! Didn’t realize a park this bad could be designed in 2019. And, all I notice in the video are the cars. Feels like a freeway park with a couple of circles in the middle. Just bad. Gensler is the worst.
  18. Lots of stuff, but mostly WeWork is betting big and could fail big. A couple of articles on the CEO and their recent IPO valuation: https://medium.com/@keshavbagri10/wework-a-47bn-house-of-cards-ready-to-fall-a1635809e133 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ccn.com/5-reasons-weworks-gigantic-ipo-valuation-plunged-69/amp/
  19. Yeah, the chips are going to start falling for WeWork soon. This IPO mess is just the beginning...
  20. Well, except for the fact that Midway’s CEO was chair of real estate at Buffalo Bayou Partnership until about 2 years ago...
  21. Met with a contractor today who is bidding on “major” infrastructure work on the site.
  22. I saw some new renderings the other day. OMA designs. Seriously cool s#!+!
  23. This is the head of Houston First, who's "leading the effort to have Houston recognized as one of the great cities of the world." Vacant land for decades in prime urban locations sure accomplishes that goal
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