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There are still a few neighborhoods where a mortgage would be cheaper than rent. Either the Feds can take some of the foreclosures and rent them out at the cost of acquisition (rather than letting them fall into the hands of the Blackstones of the world), or they can flip the foreclosures to prospective tenants, complete with fixed mortgages (since the adjustables are the contracts that blew up).

 

If the urban planners are going to insist on multi-family developments, they should create numerous small blocks of housing rather than towers. They just have to make sure the properties don't fall into disrepair.

 

The big problem is land that cheap enough to build on is getting further and further away from the central city.

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I wonder if the Allen Center Parking Garage will ever be improved, it is so big and so plain and right in your face.

It was mentioned a while back that if/when the Allen Center should expand (brookfield?), there is placement for 2 towers above the garage (along with a few other sites). Which will hopefully one day put a nice glass curtain or wall garden to cover it.

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This is another one that seems to be moving quite slowly. Maybe it's just because of the huge hole they had to dig for below-grade parking, but it's been under construction for about 7 months and still not at ground level (at least from what it looks like in that picture and when driving by on 45).

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Only one so far. The northern portion of this project is still a surface parking lot. Will check out how high the southern portion is this weekend. 

 

I don't think the surface parking lot is part of it. Just the block and a half south of the parking lot. bound by Salnier, crosby, Andrews and Heiner.The parking lot just south of Dallas was the rumored Drake apartments that never were mentioned again after the one blurb that first mentioned them.

 

http://devmap.io/cities/houston/developments

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