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  1. Development in the floodplain upstream from a major city? What could possibly go wrong?
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    347 W 20th

    Oh come on. Using "Manhattan" as a catch-all bogeyman is obnoxious, and, guess what? New York City has minimum parking requirements! The Heights will *never* be anywhere near Manhattan in terms of density. This is more about making better use of the existing parking we have *and* letting the market do what it does best if more is indeed necessary.
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    1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    Yeah that seems like enough. Or at least spin this nonsense into its own thread.
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    Lower Heights District

    That would be nice, but it doesn't look like that's the plan. That's a standard nasty big box strip mall (that even appears to house a Michael's) behind the giant parking lot. That being said, the rest of the site is way better than it could have been, so... hurray?
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    Eh, I've actually biked more than a few times on Shepherd and (with a group) it can actually be pretty nice. Traffic gets pretty light north of I-10 at various times of day and you can easily take a whole, excessively wide lane quite comfortably.
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    Sort of. Except there's an enormous median with grocery stores and stuff in the middle. Don't get me wrong; I would love to see the number of car travel lanes cut down. I just think (regarding the road design) that a huge part of the problem is the distance between stop lights. People speed because the street is so wide AND because there's no reason to stop.
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    The city is already planning to put in bike lanes on Shepherd and Durham. I don't know if they're planning on taking a car lane from each street or what, but even just taking each street down the 3 lanes would help. The other thing that would really help? Lights at 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 30th streets. The biggest problem with this couplet is how difficult it is to cross.
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    Porretto Beach Abandonment

    Catering to the "uber rich" is pretty much the exact opposite of "having an imagination." Galveston has enough actual problems that should be addressed; turning it into a playground for the wealthy would not be helpful.
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    Gables Westcreek High-Rise - 15 floors

    I believe it's colloquially referred to as "grass."
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    Houston Center Redevelopment

    It would be cool if it became an actual market hall. There are no food halls yet on the east side of downtown though, so that would work too.. (I'm actually like 75% serious)
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    Camden Conte: 21-Stories x2 (2 Phases) - Downtown

    I'm *really* not liking the curved bit. That's a hard detail to pull off well and I don't think they've managed it.
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    Battlesteins building purchased

    Assuming it's 50' wide, I'd think you could do 2 units per floor. They'd need to be lofts so natural light could get to the back, but that's not a particularly unusual floor plan.
  13. The last thing downtown needs is more parking garages. For one thing, there is still a subset of suburbanites who will look for surface parking first, and only consider a parking garage if they have no other choice. Surface lots will always make money. There are ways to discourage hanging on to surface lots (beyond just market forces), but they'd have to come from the city. And even then, some people are just stubborn and don't like change. As long as their nasty surface lot is making money, they'll keep sitting on it until they die.
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    708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

    Vy65, *why* did you think it was overpriced and overrated? Which vendors did you try? What was your criticism? Were the prices high for the amount of food, or compared to similar businesses elsewhere in the city? Were there issues with preparation - were things over or under-cooked?
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    Lower Heights District

    Yeah I think that's overstating this site's isolation by quite a bit. There's also the bike trail right there.