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These are horrible renderings and don't seem to show consistency for the whole project.  I love the fact they are looking to make it more pedestrian friendly, but if they are getting rid of all that surface parking then it's going to be impossible to find parking.  Already that whole area is a nightmare, but I can't image what it would be like without the surface lots.  I guess time will tell....hope the put a stop sign at Kelvin and University.

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The only surface parking I can tell has been lost from those renderings is in front of Baker St (former) / 55 / etc.  As it is there are just a handful of spots there now, anyway

 

That strip where Chico's is looks like it more or less has the same parking configuration as it currently does.  Actually, if you look at the google satellite view of that building you see no parking spots available along the street, but plenty of spots on the roof.  It really makes you wonder if people even realize that parking on the roof is an option:

 

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Roof parking used to be quite a thing.  The center on Richmond between Shepherd and Greenbriar had it, though it's closed off now.  While roof parking calls for a much more robust roof structure, it also seems like a good way to get the walkability that comes with shorter setbacks plus as much or more parking than one would typically find in a strip center.

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On 2/15/2016 at 0:57 PM, Moonb007 said:

These are horrible renderings and don't seem to show consistency for the whole project.  I love the fact they are looking to make it more pedestrian friendly, but if they are getting rid of all that surface parking then it's going to be impossible to find parking.  Already that whole area is a nightmare, but I can't image what it would be like without the surface lots.  I guess time will tell....hope the put a stop sign at Kelvin and University.

Use public transportation... you can't complain about parking yet favor more pedestrian friendly development and expect them to invest more to build a parking garage so you can neglect the transportation system you have in place to use. I ride the 36 to RedLine South every day and it's great.

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5 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Use public transportation... you can't complain about parking yet favor more pedestrian friendly development and expect them to invest more to build a parking garage so you can neglect the transportation system you have in place to use. I ride the 36 to RedLine South every day it it's great.

There's also Rice's gigantic Greenbriar Lot two blocks to the east. Parking for $1 a day. Just a 5 minute walk to the center of Rice Village. Even at peak times there's a significant oversupply of parking in the Village – and that doesn't include Greenbriar Lot.

We really need to get over this idea that there needs to parking immediately in front of every building. It's had an immensely negative impact on our urban landscape.

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On 2/15/2016 at 1:23 PM, OkieEric said:

The only surface parking I can tell has been lost from those renderings is in front of Baker St (former) / 55 / etc.  As it is there are just a handful of spots there now, anyway

 

That strip where Chico's is looks like it more or less has the same parking configuration as it currently does.  Actually, if you look at the google satellite view of that building you see no parking spots available along the street, but plenty of spots on the roof.  It really makes you wonder if people even realize that parking on the roof is an option:

 

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I think it has more to do with convenience. Look at it like this, if you just want to get somewhere fast, you will avoid having to park on the roof and then walk down, etc. BUT if roof parking was the ONLY option, then you force people to make that their choice. That's why when suburban style development provides a walkable path off the sidewalk to the store front, people STILL walk through the landscaping edge to get to the front door. So over time that nice looking landscaping starts looking like crap because people choose the convenience of getting from point A to B fast over walking 10 more steps to the path created off the sidewalk. If you look at cities like NYC, people are given very few options to cut corners.

 

 

 

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please don't tell people they can park on that roof. it is so convenient for me when I need to go. I don't even try to find a place on the street level, it's not worth my time when I know I can grab a spot up there immediately.

I can't believe that people would rather circle the area for 10-15 minutes trying to snipe a parking spot than to just roll onto the roof, select from any of the readily available spots and take the stairs/elevator. I really believe they just don't know that you can go up there and park for free. I've only ever once seen that roof close to full.

heck, even though you have to technically pay to park in the parking garage (free under 2 hours, if you get validated) it's quite empty all the time as well.

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23 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Use public transportation... you can't complain about parking yet favor more pedestrian friendly development and expect them to invest more to build a parking garage so you can neglect the transportation system you have in place to use. I ride the 36 to RedLine South every day and it's great.

I am all for more pedestrian friendly development and projects that don't have massive parking lots between them and the street.  But, parking is important and can be well designed to be hidden.  Personally, I also love public transportation and take the light rail often.  However, it's not realistic option for me to take two buses when I want to run to Rice Village for a quick bite to eat.  More importantly, the average person would not agree with "just take the bus" and if the average person does not then business start the fail.  I am also not bashing the plan as I don't think they have provided enough information to make a valid argument, I just hope they are thinking about it.  I do love the rendering of turning the plaza by Victoria Secret into some type of bar.

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23 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

I am behind this. It would be ideal if the rails were closer or a Rice Village District Trolley in play. Both would encourage people to park their cars elsewhere and walk. Even a hidden parking garage that blended in not to disturb the aesthetics would be better than the current setup in place.

 

I agree. It looks to be they're attracting those retailers.

Are you being sarcastic? Please tell me you are being sarcastic. There is literally, a hidden 3 story parking garage that blends in not to disturb the aesthetics. There are also 2 rooftop parking lots that are hidden so as not to disturb the aesthetics.

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the line for Hopdoddy wasnt too bad during non-peak hours yesterday...we got out of a movie yesterday around 540pm and the line was maybe 30 people long...

and i heard later that night it wasnt too bad close to closing time. but cant wait to check it out! i have a feeling the village location will be more busy due to foot traffic and other things in that area...so far ROD is not getting much of that...well...not until Hopdoddy ;) 

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21 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

i wonder if someone in detroit has ever heard the phrase "he doesn't know shit from Shinola".

 

Well, the latter-day Shinola is still selling shoe polish, so you'd assume that someone in the company has at least a passing familiarity with that old saying. 

 

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Old:

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Comparative baseline:

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i was in the area recently and honestly nothing about this renovation excites me...i enjoy going to Rice Village from time to time and i dont know what is wrong with me but,...moo! haha! 

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On 8/31/2016 at 2:24 PM, Timoric said:

Those white painted bricks remind me of a Chip/Joanna Gaines reno.

 

haha! Noooooo!...i love Fixer Upper!!! and weird that moo became moo up there so i edited my original post... ;)

omg why wont this site let me type the word M-E-H!?!? 

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Austin-based Halycon and Stella Public House coming to Rice Village.

 

https://app.microventures.com/crowdfunding/texas-zebo

 

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Further down the line, Texas Zebo expects to open a Houston location in 2019-2020. Texas Zebo is already in talks with the developer of Rice Village, a shopping district that offers a mix of retailers, restaurants, and nightlife just minutes from Rice University. Plans are to build another landmark Halcyon and Stella Public House in the new Phase II development of that district.

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7 minutes ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Here's the biggest change coming as I just got notice via my neighborhood... no more free surface parking. All street parking in the Rice Village will become metered. Free parking will be moved to the roof.

 

How are the boundaries of the Village defined, as far as the area that the change will affect? Something like University, Kirby, Tangley, and Morningside?

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19 hours ago, gene said:

while that photo is cool, i just dont see anything nice about this area anymore...im not sure why or what its going to take to change my opinion though...although, yay torchy's ;)

 

 

for me it's the local places. they've all been priced out. why am I going to go to rice village to hit up gap, or urban outfitters, or express?

 

back when there was that toy store that was run by those old ladies who knew where everything was in that mess of a place, and other places like it, that made it worth going to.

 

Now it's just an outdoor galleria, or highland village without an apple store, but more bars.

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The only thing in the Rice Village proper that I use is The Black Walnut. Shake Shack is coming though. El Mason is alright I guess.

 

That said, for the area, there are still plenty of things I use as a local (walk or trike up there almost daily) including Gingerman, Food truck Wednesdays, Fundamentally Toys, Salento, Soccer 4 All, Helen, Croissant-Brioche, Sweet Paris, Local, Bike World, Cloud 10, Saint Cloud, Fellini, etc...

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The Chronicle reported that Hopdoddy will open in Rice Village at 11 a.m. on March 6. The Austin-based burger chain announced that the store at 5510 Morningside (former home of Baker Street Pub & Grill) will also mark the introduction of the Hoss' Hot Chicken, made with a fried Nashville hot chicken breast and baby kale slaw.

The store in Rice Village will donate $1 of each Goodnight Burger sold to The Periwinkle Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that supports the fight against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The foundation benefits families who are being treated at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

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I noticed that the building next door to Hopdoddy - at the corner of Times and Morningside - is for lease again.  I believe it used to be a co-working/incubator space.

 

Given all of the activity around it, it would seem to be a prime candidate for another restaurant/patio.  That 2 block stretch all the way to Coppa has to be one better outdoor dining "districts" in all of Houston.

 

Anyone heard any news?

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