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Everything posted by Texasota

  1. Philadelphia is in much better shape than St. Louis and Detroit, and has been gaining back population for the last decade or so. I don't think it's fair to say that it looks like somebody "nuked" it. It's no Baltimore.
  2. The Royalton is a block away. 3331 D'amico is a block away. AIG is a block away. The Sovereign is a 5 minute walk. I agree that the podium is a disappointment, but I don't think the argument that the building is too tall is very convincing.
  3. Eh, except for high speed rail. Look at the stations in Spanish cities - they are *not* terribly close to the center of town. Zaragoza is particularly inconveniently located, but even Barcelona's station is in Sants rather than a central neighborhood. It's a practical result of the kinds of geometry and dedicated ROW you need for high speeds.
  4. I'm not sure "neighborhoods where there are lower rise buildings with active pedestrian activity" really applies to this location. Close to 400 residential units will do a lot to help with making the area more walkable though, especially if Waugh can get some much-needed work. That said, I agree that parking podiums with zero retail are a pretty bad compromise. But this project is still overall very positive.
  5. Nicollet Mall, like Columbia Heights in DC , is a full-size Target in an urban format. Which would be great of course. I still want an urban Ikea. also a Muji.
  6. "a cloud-based system for delivering hot water to buildings without water heaters" ...what...
  7. Do more than hope! Make sure the Planning Commission knows a neighbor supports this project. The loudest voices are typically from people complaining about parking.
  8. Disagree on food courts, just because they're all Downtown. Midtown could use one. Midtown has multiple bar scenes that don't overlap much, so I'm not sure I think it's oversaturated. It could use some basic retail. Like a Target. Honestly another grocery store would be nice, especially now that Fiesta is gone. Nobody should have to shop at Randall's.
  9. Wait, signs are bad now? This one in particular seems to be directly above/in front of the leasing office/tenants' lobby, so it actually helps you quickly see where that is as opposed to the retail. Seems just about perfect to me.
  10. It's a pretty nice midcentury building. You don't have to like it, but it *absolutely* has character. That said, I can live with it being replaced with this apartment building. If it were being replaced with a drive through or something I would lose my mind though.
  11. That's the old design, no? Different architect even.
  12. I have lived in Philadelphia and ridden the el at 6am and late at night. I've lived in Baltimore - the only city in which I've actually been randomly assaulted. I've lived in Third Ward. I've been chased by stray dogs on Holman. Threatened by a guy waving a gun on Alabama. Chased on my bike on the Columbia Tap. And I stand by my "whomp whomp."
  13. This is on next week's planning agenda. New design, but similar scale to the original and *not* the scaled back second rendering.
  14. Still waiting on the little retail pavilion next to mcgowen, so technically it's not finished yet...
  15. The bank is already there. A drive through is not really a new investment in the area. It's not adding a new service, or housing, or really much of anything. And it is next to the light rail. A new drive through attached to an existing business next to the light rail is 100% a whomp whomp for me. Especially given all the new student housing going up just the other side of Scott. This could have been something interesting, but it isn't. That's a whomp whomp.
  16. What in god's name is a .heic file? Is this some Apple nonsense?
  17. While I generally agree with you, I actually think in this instance that the location was well chosen. It's got good access to both bike lanes/trails and transit (though I really think a purple line infill station right about here would be a good idea). While it's a historically working class neighborhood, there's a lot of new development in the immediate vicinity. How many dozens of brand new townhouses are within a 10 minute walk of this site? This neighborhood is changing rapidly, so I don't really think this can considered an example of dumping social services wherever is cheapest/people will complain the least (or have the least money to amplify their complaints).
  18. I do wonder if this doesn't include a bit more than that. One or two of the ramps at least really needs to be replaced, and the pavement is a bit rough through here. Some light utility relocation to make sure you actually have at least 5' of clear space would be nice. Some nice bulb-outs on Center St. All that combined would probably be more than $1 million though, so who knows. I guess we'll find out next year.
  19. I would love to see the outside the loop portion of the 82 turned into true BRT with center-running transit lanes and stations.
  20. That part of the kind of "greater southern med center/reliant park" area is really getting pretty dense. I would love to see some money spent of bike lanes and better connectivity to the light rail station. And more retail. And a nice park. The area really has the potential to be surprisingly urban, despite the Rodeo holding on to its vast tracts of parking.
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