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11 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

How would you change it up?

I'd widen the sidewalks and kill some of the parking lots. Turn those in to gathering spots to sit and grab a coffee. Make one of the lots a small park for kids. Unless the lots plus the parking garage make up the "necessary' amount of parking by the city. Which would be insane. 

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6 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I'd widen the sidewalks and kill some of the parking lots. Turn those in to gathering spots to sit and grab a coffee. Make one of the lots a small park for kids. Unless the lots plus the parking garage make up the "necessary' amount of parking by the city. Which would be insane. 

 

I believe they have said they have plans or are making plans to make the center more pedestrian-friendly and cohesive. . .   But to be fair, this is one place where you can't really claim they have large surplus of parking.  It tends to be be pretty tight there.

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There’s a parking garage behind PF Chang’s, a lot across the RR tracks, and a covered lot behind Jos A Bank which almost always have adequate parking. The two lots can all easily be expanded via garage and the frontage parking can be eliminated for more pedestrian programming. 

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38 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I'd widen the sidewalks and kill some of the parking lots. Turn those in to gathering spots to sit and grab a coffee. Make one of the lots a small park for kids. Unless the lots plus the parking garage make up the "necessary' amount of parking by the city. Which would be insane. 

That would be a really good look!

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I would take a page from the renovations done at Uptown Park.  I'm really impressed with how they took what was once a very suburban shopping center with way too much parking and created these walkable, terraced barriers that nicely segregate the area.  It's still not as ideal as what could be done with a brand new construction, but it's a good case study in how to use what you've got.  I also like the repainting to whites and grays.  If they did something like that in Highland Village, I think it would go a long way to making the area more cohesive and walkable.

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Some really simple fixes for the center would be wider sidewalks along Westheimer. Kill some of the parking and convert it in to plaza space with chairs, tables, etc. Maybe even add a small jungle gym area for kids. Put more focus on the massive parking garage that was built specifically for the center. 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

PF Chang's is being built out down the road at the base of 5251 Westheimer with signs all at the base of that building...i wonder if this location at Highland Village is closing?

 

Definitely makes sense for them to relocate. I remember going to the Highland Village location of PF Changs back in the late 90s when it was a hip and trendy restaurant. I vividly remember waiting in line for 2+ hours on a Friday night to to eat there back in 1998ish.

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6 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ MY GOODNESS!  you would think that in such a SWANKY/POSH area of town, that they would do something regarding those awful/horrifying low hanging POWER LINES.  what a strange and completely outdated scene...

No one wants to pay the $5 to $10 million per mile it costs to bury them. Center Point is not going to do it for grins and giggles, they are a regulated utility and get to recover all of their costs.

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7 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ MY GOODNESS!  you would think that in such a SWANKY/POSH area of town, that they would do something regarding those awful/horrifying low hanging POWER LINES.  what a strange and completely outdated scene...

I agree.  This isn’t just a Houston thing.  In general, nationally, we’ve just not updated this method of power transmission from source to end user.  It’s archaic, specifically in terms of power transmission; and in need of some critical thinking as to a modern solution.

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12 hours ago, arche_757 said:

I agree.  This isn’t just a Houston thing.  In general, nationally, we’ve just not updated this method of power transmission from source to end user.  It’s archaic, specifically in terms of power transmission; and in need of some critical thinking as to a modern solution.

Cables made of metal are going to be the means to transmit electricity for the foreseeable future. There aren't any real options. Then the choice is are the cables in the air or buried.

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If we're on the topic of traffic signals, what really needs to happen is for the city to put a signal further west right before the railroad crossing. There are rumors of the city working with Union Pacific to coordinate a signal, but it is going to be costly and complicated. I would much rather have the city spend money to put a signal there instead of updating the wired signals with signal mast-arms.  

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5 hours ago, Ross said:

Cables made of metal are going to be the means to transmit electricity for the foreseeable future. There aren't any real options. Then the choice is are the cables in the air or buried.

Buried cables make a lot more sense, of course it’s a lot more expensive.

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On 7/6/2020 at 8:11 PM, LBC2HTX said:

...doesn’t look like Alma survived more than the couple of weeks post-opening. 

 

Moving into the former unit of Alma restaurant in the Highland Village shopping center is a Neapolitan pizzeria out of New York.

According to a recent alcohol permit, Numero28 ( may also go by Numero 28 or No. 28) will be located at 3974 Westheimer Rd.

Numero 28 has several pizza restaurants in NYC. There are also locations in New Jersey, Miami Beach, and Austin.

 

https://numero28.com

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13 minutes ago, Johnathanwise41 said:

The shopping center is dirty.  Have you taken a real good look? Dumpsters everywhere.  Empty retail where stores used to be.  

 

6 minutes ago, Johnathanwise41 said:

Agree - the shopping center looks subpar - especially against the River Oaks shopping district down the road.

 

Did you comment on your own comment?

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59 minutes ago, SMU1213 said:

Crazy that Highland Village's owner's money comes from chemical weapon sales to Iraq...

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1992/02/09/exporters-of-death/3810097b-cd11-45cf-b284-d72275a611af/

I'm confused, the article says chemicals that can be used in oil production or possibly chemical weapons but where does it actually say they were? It's crazy how this article refers to everywhere as Third World like 50 times lol. 

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31 minutes ago, Amlaham said:

Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture (per usual), but this thing is MASSIVE now. You can see this building all the way from Weslayan! 

Do we know what's going into this space yet?

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It's taking them FOREVER to build it.  And they are causing all kinds of mess in the area.  Hate to say it, but this shopping center in Highland Village is looking very B class.  

I'm surprised the neighborhoods near them are not causing more of an uproar of the mess, and nightly construction.  Do they even have a night work permit for construction??

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