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  1. Chase Bank on W 19th for Sale

    The Braun flyer for the Waterworks development shows the Chase site as "future multifamily development".
  2. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Downtown/EaDo are 330-ft from center of ROW to center of ROW; 250-ft plus 80-ft of ROW. (43% city-owned land area) I think 4th ward is the tightest: 200 x 250, plus 30-ft RoWs. (22% city-owned land area)
  3. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    How about 300-ft? The only parts of the city with compact grid layouts and reasonable-sized blocks are the areas platted pre Ch 42.
  4. GreenStreet Redevelopment + 21-Story Hotel Alessandra

    Conservatory (Prairie St), Finn Hall (Main & Rusk), Bravery (Aris Mkt Square), Lyric Market (Lyric Center)
  5. Not sure if that's real retail or "office lobby café" retail. If the parking levels are design to flood, what about the ground floor retail?
  6. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Ridiculous, but not entirely incorrect. Clinton Dr is a major thoroughfare. Chapter 42 allows for intersection spacing of up to 2600-ft along major thoroughfares, and the Clinton Dr frontage is around 5000 ft. However, there are already two public N-S streets on the property, so to provide only one would require the city abandoning the other one.
  7. Regent Square: Allen Parkway at Dunlavy

    "Future Regent Square Development" I call false advertising.
  8. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Info on the variance request, including street cross-sections and a site land-use layout, are in this week's planning commission agenda. (Item 99, pg 125) The ask is pretty modest: 50-ft RoWs on some of the internal streets. Layouts would be 70-ft between facades, 36-38 ft between curbs. It's only a 10-ft reduction in Ch 42's RoW requirements, and 50-ft RoWs are already permitted for SF-only streets. The site layout shows 6 streets taking access from Clinton (for the most part aligned with the existing street grid north of Clinton), and one each taking access from Jensen and Hirsch. There are six easements ranging from 15-ft to 40-ft in width, between the internal streets and the bayou for Hike & Bike trail access. Most of the Clinton Dr frontage appears to be dedicated to townhouses. The site also includes 8 multifamily sites, 10 office sites, a dozen or so retail sites, a theater, a hotel and a museum.
  9. Hotel RL & Residences @ 1005 St Emanuel Street

    It's designed for the people zooming past on the freeway, not the people walking alongside it. This area has a good amount of foot traffic, especially on weekends and game days. I'd rather see this as a midrise, or, if need be, 5-story podium with a tower on top (which to a pedestrian looks about the same as a midrise).
  10. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    If the street is a pedestrian space (not a car space) then it is inherently pedestrian friendly. Think of a city as divided into three kinds of space: people space (destinations; places where people on foot predominate; homes, shops, restaurants, parks), car space (roads, parking, etc.) and empty space (places where nobody ever goes; highway medians, the insides of cloverleafs, "green space"). Great, memorable, pleasant cities tend to maximize people space and minimize the other two. The problem is, like the lady who swallowed the spider to catch the fly, we tend to fix the problems of not enough people space by adding more non-people places. We build our roads to wide, which means more and faster car traffic, which is dangerous and frightening for pedestrians. So we build segregated sidewalks (a people place) with landscape buffers (an empty place) to keep pedestrians away from the road (a car space). People don't like street parking in their neighborhoods, so cities require off-street parking (more car space). This makes everything further apart, so we have to move a lot of people longer distances. So we build roads for high speeds. No one wants to be right next to high-speed traffic, so we institute building setbacks (empty space) to separate homes and businesses (people places) from car places. Now things are EVEN FURTHER apart, so we need freeways (car space) with sweeping on-ramps and cloverleafs (car space), surrounded by empty space. All of this is built at ruinous expense and is expensive to maintain. At the same time, the parts of a city that generate the tax revenue to support it (people places) occupy an ever-smaller proportion of land area. So when it comes time to rebuild all this infrastructure (when it comes to the end of its design life) there's no money to do it. Narrowing the streets (making them for people) is a good way to start counteracting this tendency.
  11. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Yes. Hausmann was a fascist.
  12. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Most of Europe has SOME wide streets, but not ONLY wide streets. London: Oxford Rd and the Strand are 80-ft or so between facades. Surrounding streets are closer to 20-25 ft. Paris: the grand boulevards are around 100-ft between facades. Surrounding streets are closer to 20-25 ft. Rome: some main streets are 60-70-ft between facades, side streets as little as 10-15 ft. In EaDo, the blocks are 250-ft on a side, with 70-ft RoWs. That means 39% of land area is publicly owned. We put another 5% off limits by imposing a 5-ft building setback. So the other 56% has to generate enough tax base to maintain all that public infrastructure, AND pay for every other city service. Point is, not EVERY street needs to be this wide. My residential street in Heights (a numbered E-W street) sees about 20-30 cars per hour. Why design this street the same way, with the same width, as one that gets 500 cars per hour? By all means keep Clinton Dr's wide RoW, but the internal streets can and should be a lot narrower.
  13. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    Yes, please. Most of our streets are too damn wide. I'd like to see them do something like 20-ft between facades, but I doubt they'll be that ambitious. In EaDo, even with 5-ft setbacks 40% of land is not buildable. Hard to achieve decent density without high-rise construction unless you get the RoW widths down.
  14. Demo permit for Scootersmith (next building north from Barrio Antigo) issued yesterday. That property and the one next door (Chic Warehouse) were acquired last December by an entity called "Yale Grove".
  15. Greater Mt Zion Missonary Baptist Church @ 835 W 23rd St

    It is, in fact, now a pile of dirt. Based on permit application info, it will be a childcare facility.