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The City of Houston has renderings of the proposed Cap Parks over the soon-to-be-trenched I-69 at Fannin, Caroline, and Almeda at the link below:

 

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nhhip/midtown/public-open-house-midtown.pdf 

 

The buildings in the rendering are speculative and subject to Rice University's plans.  

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Given Houston's climate, are cap parks really a good idea in case the freeway floods and they need to do aerial rescue?

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21 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Do we normally have aerial rescues from the highways during floods? 

 

We do not.

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Could these also include ideas of what the Innovation Distrcit Master Plan is? There is clearly a plan for the Wheeler Transit Center and just north of it are multiple buildings where the Sears is at.

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The Fannin and Caroline caps along with the "garden" bridges appear way to chopped up in my opinion .... i wonder why they decided to do so instead of making it one cap with a continuous park area like they did next to  Eado?

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1 hour ago, Toopicky said:

The Fannin and Caroline caps along with the "garden" bridges appear way to chopped up in my opinion .... i wonder why they decided to do so instead of making it one cap with a continuous park area like they did next to  Eado?

 

18 minutes ago, kennyc05 said:

Yep smh

 

I agree, yet I don't. No reason they can't do it later, but I honestly hold out for buildings to cap those portions. That would be interesting.

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7 hours ago, Toopicky said:

The Fannin and Caroline caps along with the "garden" bridges appear way to chopped up in my opinion .... i wonder why they decided to do so instead of making it one cap with a continuous park area like they did next to  Eado?

The reason presented to MPNA was ventilation. The freeway is much wider by EaDo and has room to install ventilators. Here, the engineering was apparently more difficult, and by chopping up the parks, ventilators would not be required.

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I would agree with a ventilation argument except that the EaDo cap is much longer than the Main-Caroline cap section. If they were so worried about it then this section could contain ventilators in part of the additionally capped areas

 

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