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Texasota last won the day on October 21 2012

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  1. Yeah I don't really get the hate on the Arabella - I think it turned out pretty good. I honestly wonder what people would think of it if they had never seen the earlier renderings.
  2. Huh. That's a much more substantial design than I was expecting. I think it would be a huge mistake to provide direct access only from one side of the freeway though.
  3. This is almost certainly a bad idea, but... Third and Fifth Ward are food deserts. Fifth Ward in particular just doesn't have much in the way of restaurant options *period*, probably because income levels in the neighborhood just aren't high enough to support much in the way of restaurants. There are absolutely Mexican places (taquerias and taco trucks if nothing else). Third Ward has a bit more variety, but also just doesn't have the *quantity* of our more restaurant heavy neighborhoods. As for Italian food specifically: Houston is not an Italian food heavy city. There are a couple of decent places, but generally they're few and far between. As for Greenway/West U: you're just wrong. There are plenty of Mexican options in the area. Rustika Cafe is a particularly notable option, but there are others as well. Oh, and you know what else? Cajun food! What I really want to know is: why would Cajun food do better in Third or Fifth Ward? I want you to spell it out, so there's no confusion.
  4. Wasn't it getting regional funding from/through HGAC though? They probably don't have final designs, but I would think they would at least need a solid set of alternatives by now.
  5. Wellp, thanks for the confirmation. It's good to know *exactly* where you stand.
  6. I think the idea that an entire cuisine just won't work in this part of town is absurd, and I question why you think it might do better "in Third or Fifth Ward."
  7. "I am not a big fan of Cajun food and I believe it is the same for a lot of the legacy neighbors in Second Ward. See what happened to Cajun Town Café. Maybe Cajun can do better in Third or Fifth Ward." Hmmm. I don't like anything about these sentences.
  8. I would also like to see renderings... It really shouldn't take any property - there's just so much space there. Ideally they'd basically cap the freeway between Shepherd and Durham, but I have no idea what the most cost effective option would be.
  9. That's great news! Longish timeline, and there's still that gap from Washington to I-10, but this is going to make a *huge* difference for what are now two of our worst centrally located roads.
  10. The intersection of White Oak and Houston is really disappointing. The northbound buffered bike lane becomes an unbuffered lane sandwiched between the through lane and the right turn lane. Bad bad bad. Don't they understand that intersections are the *most* dangerous places and need more protection, not less? And they had so much room to play with; it's not like this is due to space constraints. The description of the planned work sounds good though.
  11. It doesn't look that bright to me... Either way, this is a rendering, and doesn't necessarily reflect how real sunlight will interact with real materials. I strongly doubt they're planning perfect white tiles with high reflectively. Of course I could be wrong, but I imagine after the third or so person spontaneously bursts into flames walking across them, they will be replaced.
  12. This has been a thing for a while now - you can blame (although I'm generally a fan) Lake|Flato for popularizing an attempt at a kind of post-industrial Texas vernacular (except architect-designed, so... not vernacular)
  13. hmmm, my one remaining comment now makes me seem like a crazy person...
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