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  1. Particularly that 4-phases will be developed in the next 10 years!! 2.5 years each. Pretty aggressive, indeed.
  2. I must admit the quality of ideas in regard to development has drastically improved over the last 20 years. East River, Station Houston and TMC3 (among others), while different entirely in what they are - are the sort of forward thinking, large, transformative projects Houston was known for decades ago. Those 3 alone will greatly alter the landscape in town. This is an entire new district created in an area where these sort of projects wouldn’t have happened with the developers of the 90’s and early 00’s. At all. Midway has - in my opinion - clearly separated itself from anyone not named Hines in this town. Good for them. Better for us.
  3. I should have added prior to posting that it was a sort of running joke among the architects and engineers who worked on the project. Sarcasm is hard to decipher (and convey) over the interweb’s sometimes.
  4. I recall speaking to some folks who worked on the project and this was a common theme brought up. Probably was a VE item suggested by the GC before design went public! I’d have loved to be a fly on that wall.
  5. I thought I was one of the few! I’ve routinely said we’re at, or over 7,000,000 for the last several months. Pretty impressive! When I started college in 2001 we had about 4.1 million people here in town.
  6. I think expressways or freeways with a limited number of lanes helps, and provides options for moving around town not just for students at UH but anyone driving through. If TxDOT builds the rest of this(?) it should be kept away from future capacity expansion for at least 10-12 years. 2-lane (ea. way) freeways or divided highways work fine as an alternative to the bigger interstates and toll-roads, that is until TxDOT starts expansion.
  7. It doesn’t bug me as much as it used to. Of course there are FAR worse buildings around Uptown than these little faux-techture structures of RD.
  8. Well... things are looking up. Literally! Hoping we continue to see some better architecture in Uptown. And man..! Does anyone want to guess # of that rebar for the foundation? And that would be size not quantity to the lay-person.
  9. I understand your frustration. Galveston is a frustrating place! I think (having dealt with the permitting process for commercial properties there many times) that Galveston has the right mind set, if perhaps a somewhat flawed set of development guidelines. The Land Development Regulations, more specifically the Height and Density Development Zone mandates that projects provide public interaction, and engage the street frontage (among other things). That said, these same standards have, to an extent, limited what can be built within the same zones where the City mandated density. These standards have no doubt chased away some good developers who don’t have to deal with such oversight in other jurisdictions. For example: a mid-rise project requires an investment of affordable housing (on the project site). Presumably these units could be built elsewhere on the island, but this has scared away development of that I am sure. This applies to ANY project, any typology - not just a multi-family construct. While admirable, this sort of regulation isn’t conducive to further promoting the isle as a viable investment area. And - while affordability is extremely important, Galveston needs meaningful investment and not just from locals. As is too often the case - I feel Galveston cannot get out of its own way.
  10. @Reefmonkey I should have stayed out of this discussion altogether, as I really don’t care either way. I should add you seemingly took a defensive approach with my comment(s). I understand that the Galveston sub-forum has devolved into some ...tense replies here and there. I’m not here to challenge your opinion, or that of others - everyone is welcome to express what they think.
  11. Yes I’m aware of those developments. They’ve been around for years. I think the assumed “large manmade body of water” was a Crystal Lagoon or similar.
  12. The idea of a large body of water that is manmade that is inviting and perhaps a part of a larger resort setting would be good for Galveston. Instead... we’re getting that in... Texas City!!
  13. I am not trying to force anything. I’m merely stating that fuel costs will increase at some point in time to levels that are too costly for us to ignore alternates.
  14. Well, not just misery, but expense will force individuals to look toward alternates. Eventually we will enter into an era of pricey fuel again - this will drive investment in transportation options. I think the concept of a self-driving car is novel, and sounds romantic. That said, if I owned a car with these capabilities (even in a world where 1:6 have one) I would be hesitant to allow others to use it. Public transit gets worn down, mistreated and generally abused - what would keep the average person from doing the same to someone else’s car? A camera? Maybe - would it be linked to a device that would shut the car down until the police arrive? I can smell some constitutional lawsuits brewing already, particularly given the idea that these aren’t publicly owned but are using public row’s. There are too many questions that start to arise regarding the problems these quasi-egalitarian billionaires think they’ll foist upon the rest of us. Novel concepts though they may be.
  15. Turn it into a giant climbing structure?! Would be pretty neat I assume for rock climbers? All the while it would provide for a use while the economics of either demolishing it, or renovating becomes favorable. Besides 2 working elevators (not sure code would allow just 1?), and some minimal restrooms/lockers, you’d be able to maybe carve out some parkour areas too? Within the lower floors?
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