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3 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

No worries those are all shit stores. Other shit stores will take their business. 

Topman’s styling was questionable and way too European. Their shorts are super quality. Have outlasted every other. Price point was too high for their younger market.

 

Forever never changed. I liked getting cheap bathing suits and tank tops but I knew pineapple and other prints wouldn’t last forever. No pun intended. It is literally the same style when I was actually 21, 9 years ago. They never adapted. H&M at least progresses and offers staples, like solid colors.

 

As long as Brooks Brothers stays in that section I’ll still be shopping there. Although they should seriously consider a Rice Village location.

 

The Galleria needs some wider spaces and better transfers between floors. The walking room is not sufficient in some bottleneck areas. It’s poorly planned and a unified vision could fix it if they did it in phases.

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Which explains why they ripped off that notice so quickly! (although not so quickly that it got posted here and everywhere) 🤪

But that is good to hear...I am just glad to not see another empty space that will sit there forever...plus with Kona Grill empty and then the thought of Forever 21 being empty, the front of this part of the Galleria from the street would have looked pretty sad to say the least. 

speaking of which, I am wondering if anything will take over that Kona Grill spot any time soon. I am not sure what would even be a good addition but with major street presence (and indoor Galleria access) I am thinking something more fun and/or more accessible like a Torchy's (despite one opening on San Felipe soon), or a late night Pizza place/bar like Home Slice in Austin or even moving La Madeleine or similar style place up there...imagine commuters and pedestrians being able to walk in out for coffee and baked goods etc as well...I don't know...just thinking aloud haha!

 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

Which explains why they ripped off that notice so quickly! (although not so quickly that it got posted here and everywhere) 🤪

But that is good to hear...I am just glad to not see another empty space that will sit there forever...plus with Kona Grill empty and then the thought of Forever 21 being empty, the front of this part of the Galleria from the street would have looked pretty sad to say the least. 

speaking of which, I am wondering if anything will take over that Kona Grill spot any time soon. I am not sure what would even be a good addition but with major street presence (and indoor Galleria access) I am thinking something more fun and/or more accessible like a Torchy's (despite one opening on San Felipe soon) or even moving La Madeleine or similar style place up there...imagine commuters and pedestrians being able to walk in out for coffee and baked goods etc as well...I don't know...just thinking aloud haha!

 

 

Empty space sitting there forever has never really been an issue at the Galleria.

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Until now...

McDonalds in the food court, the back end of the ice skating rink as well has a large empty space, the lower level of what was TopShop, Kona Grill, Claire something or other across from H&M (which will be Toys R Us supposedly), the cool gift store that was across from TopShop on the upper level,  and a few other spaces (maybe 4 to 6?) you will see when walking through....

so not tons, but enough that i notice.

Let's hope you are right though and all these get filled before the end of the year.

 

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20 hours ago, gene said:

Until now...

McDonalds in the food court, the back end of the ice skating rink as well has a large empty space, the lower level of what was TopShop, Kona Grill, Claire something or other across from H&M (which will be Toys R Us supposedly), the cool gift store that was across from TopShop on the upper level,  and a few other spaces (maybe 4 to 6?) you will see when walking through....

so not tons, but enough that i notice.

Let's hope you are right though and all these get filled before the end of the year.

 

 

I guess if your definition of "forever" is the end of the year. . .   😉

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14 hours ago, BigFootsSocks said:

We’re finally getting a Uniqlo yessss 

 

Article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Japanese-retailer-Uniqlo-to-open-in-Galleria-mall-15086819.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

 

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The company is working with New Jersey-based KCG Architects to build out the two-story, 22,460-square-foot store, according to an architectural filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

 

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I was aware of Uniqlo from their sponsorships of Djokovic and Federer, but had not heard of Balenciaga, so I looked them up. 

 

Who knew I was so forward fashion thinking when I dressed like this as a geeky 12 year old kid from the 'burbs.  Fashion is a strange business, more power to them, I guess. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Nate99 said:

I was aware of Uniqlo from their sponsorships of Djokovic and Federer, but had not heard of Balenciaga, so I looked them up. 

 

Who knew I was so forward fashion thinking when I dressed like this as a geeky 12 year old kid from the 'burbs.  Fashion is a strange business, more power to them, I guess. 

 

 

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You should go to SAKS and check out the men's shoe department to get a really good feel of where fashion is right now.

 

Uniqlo looks like if Forever21 decided to adapt and not put prints on everything.

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I wonder where Uniqlo will go? any guesses? It would have been perfect to just take the 2 story space where Topman/Topshop was but now it's those 2 kooky stores that left the escalator area intact just covering it up....

i too am excited about Uniqlo! 

i love living across the street from the galleria in general so this is an added bonus 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

I wonder where Uniqlo will go? any guesses? It would have been perfect to just take the 2 story space where Topman/Topshop was but now it's those 2 kooky stores that left the escalator area intact just covering it up....

i too am excited about Uniqlo! 

i love living across the street from the galleria in general so this is an added bonus 

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. . . Uniqlo is taking over the former Topshop location, which closed last year. The company is working with New Jersey-based KCG Architects to build out the two-story, 22,460-square-foot store, according to an architectural filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Japanese-retailer-Uniqlo-to-open-in-Galleria-mall-15086819.php

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Houston has really become a top luxury market especially in the Central Time Zone. I know Dallas used to be thought of as a more luxury shopping destination for this part of the country but I don't think that's the case anymore. This is especially true when you consider Houston receives many leisure travelers from Latin America. This shows what a few mixed-use developments and marketing will do to a city. Many stores now opening their first Texas or US locations in Houston more often lately than ever before.

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

. . . Uniqlo is taking over the former Topshop location, which closed last year. The company is working with New Jersey-based KCG Architects to build out the two-story, 22,460-square-foot store, according to an architectural filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Japanese-retailer-Uniqlo-to-open-in-Galleria-mall-15086819.php

 

Oh nice!!! The portion of Topman upstairs looked pretty permanent for that new shop (save the escalator)...but the downstairs portion being that PopUp Shop place definitely looked temporary! So that is good news that Uniqlo will indeed go there as it makes the most sense... thanks for that info!

 

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7 hours ago, Trae said:

Houston has really become a top luxury market especially in the Central Time Zone. I know Dallas used to be thought of as a more luxury shopping destination for this part of the country but I don't think that's the case anymore. This is especially true when you consider Houston receives many leisure travelers from Latin America. This shows what a few mixed-use developments and marketing will do to a city. Many stores now opening their first Texas or US locations in Houston more often lately than ever before.

You really think so?

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4 hours ago, HOUCAJUN said:

You really think so?

 

After River Oaks District and BLVD Place, Houston really exploded with luxury retail. Houston has increased it's profile as a luxury shopping destination fairly quickly and a lot of that was because it didn't have the setup that attracts the clientele until ROD.

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6 hours ago, Trae said:

 

After River Oaks District and BLVD Place, Houston really exploded with luxury retail. Houston has increased it's profile as a luxury shopping destination fairly quickly and a lot of that was because it didn't have the setup that attracts the clientele until ROD.

 

There's a little place called the Galleria that has for many years been doing  a very good job of attracting the luxury retail clientele (and probably has the biggest concentration of luxury retail in the state).  

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34 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

There's a little place called the Galleria that has for many years been doing  a very good job of attracting the luxury retail clientele (and probably has the biggest concentration of luxury retail in the state).  

 

Lmao well obviously the Galleria has existed but walkable districts such as the River Oaks District was non-existent in Houston and this is what attracts the luxury clientele nowadays. It's not circling around a mall. The Galleria has luxury retail for sure but the real high-end stuff is locating in ROD. Why do you think it was so easy for ROD to pull so many luxury retailers? Look around the nation at where luxury retailers setup shop. You're more often than not in a walkable area like River Oaks District, Rodeo Drive, Michigan Ave, 5th Ave., Brickell, etc..

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28 minutes ago, Trae said:

 

.... It's not circling around a mall. The Galleria has luxury retail for sure but the real high-end stuff is locating in ROD...

The Galleria is a great mall, but malls are a dying breed.  It won’t happen overnight but I’ll wager in the next 20+ years we will see the big box centers along Westheimer disappear and convert into walkable districts like the ROD.  These will continue to pull tenants from the Galleria.  Eventually it too will be redeveloped.  

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2 hours ago, Trae said:

 

Lmao well obviously the Galleria has existed but walkable districts such as the River Oaks District was non-existent in Houston and this is what attracts the luxury clientele nowadays. It's not circling around a mall. The Galleria has luxury retail for sure but the real high-end stuff is locating in ROD. Why do you think it was so easy for ROD to pull so many luxury retailers? Look around the nation at where luxury retailers setup shop. You're more often than not in a walkable area like River Oaks District, Rodeo Drive, Michigan Ave, 5th Ave., Brickell, etc..

 

Then why would Tom Ford move from ROD to the Galleria.  Why would Akris (apparently) move from ROD to the Galleria. Why would Balenciaga choose to locate in the Galleria?   How do you explain Gianvito Rossi  and The Golden Goose choosing to locate in the Galleria?  Explain to us all of the stores added to the Galleria just in 2019?  (And note how many high-end stores were added to ROD in the same time period.) How does the Galleria continue to have probably the largest concentration of luxury retail in the state?

1 hour ago, arche_757 said:

The Galleria is a great mall, but malls are a dying breed.  It won’t happen overnight but I’ll wager in the next 20+ years we will see the big box centers along Westheimer disappear and convert into walkable districts like the ROD.  These will continue to pull tenants from the Galleria.  Eventually it too will be redeveloped.  

 

Not all malls are dying.  Generally, the higher-end malls (like the Galleria) are doing well.  I agree we'll probably see more walkable development along Post Oak over the next 20 years. But I don't think that equates to the death of the Galleria.  If that was in the cards, at some point, surely we would start to see some evidence; like stores moving out of the Galleria and into one of the outdoor walkable developments, rather than the other way around.

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22 hours ago, Trae said:

Houston has really become a top luxury market especially in the Central Time Zone. I know Dallas used to be thought of as a more luxury shopping destination for this part of the country but I don't think that's the case anymore. This is especially true when you consider Houston receives many leisure travelers from Latin America. This shows what a few mixed-use developments and marketing will do to a city. Many stores now opening their first Texas or US locations in Houston more often lately than ever before.

 

Amen to that!  I'm glad someone else mentioned the obvious here about the current and future status of shopping in Texas between these two markets and the very obvious fact that Houston's is now second to none here in Texas, PERIOD.  It's time for the marketers, advertisers, and media outlets to realize this and run with it, instead of continuing that old tired adage that dallas is somehow bigger (it's not by a long shot) better (nope once again (a truly BORING city to visit)) and more popular (if it is, and that's a big IF these days, it's only because of their own shameless self promotion for decades using false information as the basis of their "superiority" and all that is just so laughable now for the past 10 years, and probably longer.  Having been in both places and visited the "other place" many many times because of friends and business issues, I can safely say Houston is NUMBER 1 in Texas on just about every major listing of top ten (fill in the blank).  And, more recently in the top 10 way past dallas (which is no longer in very many top 10 lists even) nationally.  So, yeah, maybe I'm a bit partial, but Houston totally ROCKS!

 

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ROD is nice and since I live nearby, I walk there a lot.  It seems to be drawing more people now than it was initially, but mostly because of the restaurant business.  The high-end clothing shops still look pretty empty.   I was told that Chase Bank took ownership a while back after the original developer from San Diego exited.  My gut feeling is that the whole project would have been more successful if the developers had completed it a couple of years earlier, so it would have gotten established before the local economy slowed down.

 

Since Houston's economy has been going up and down with the price of oil, timing is important.

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On 2/28/2020 at 11:40 AM, ArchFan said:

ROD is nice and since I live nearby, I walk there a lot.  It seems to be drawing more people now than it was initially, but mostly because of the restaurant business.  The high-end clothing shops still look pretty empty.   I was told that Chase Bank took ownership a while back after the original developer from San Diego exited.  My gut feeling is that the whole project would have been more successful if the developers had completed it a couple of years earlier, so it would have gotten established before the local economy slowed down.

 

Since Houston's economy has been going up and down with the price of oil, timing is important.

 

I don't know about any repossession (one would think that would have been mentioned in one of our newspapers), but the developer was purchased by Brookfield a couple years ago.

 

Just did a very quick Google search.  It was not anything like a repossession, as was seemingly implied, and the original developer did not "exit."  Back in2016, JPMorgan Asset Management purchased the River Oaks District, in a partnership with Oliver McMillan  (the property's developer).  The cash transaction was more than $550 million, and Oliver McMillan retained an ownership stake in the property and a management role in the partnership.  Then in 2018, Brookfield bought Oliver McMillan, so presumably took over their interest in the ROD partnership.  https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/River-Oaks-District-fetches-550M-plus-in-cash-7973054.php

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Thanks for the additional information.  I was just passing along a tidbit that a local developer mentioned to me.  I think the article you linked was from 2016 and $550 million is a lot more than I would have guessed.  In any case, I think that in the long run, this development will be good for Houston, especially if the 1 or 2 high-end hotels adjacent get built.   However, I think it would also benefit by addressing one of my pet peeves, which is improving pedestrian access from the other side of 610.   Better sidewalks on the inner-loop side would help, but the death-defying trek across 610 is daunting.

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1 hour ago, ArchFan said:

Thanks for the additional information.  I was just passing along a tidbit that a local developer mentioned to me.  I think the article you linked was from 2016 and $550 million is a lot more than I would have guessed.  In any case, I think that in the long run, this development will be good for Houston, especially if the 1 or 2 high-end hotels adjacent get built.   However, I think it would also benefit by addressing one of my pet peeves, which is improving pedestrian access from the other side of 610.   Better sidewalks on the inner-loop side would help, but the death-defying trek across 610 is daunting.

 

Agreed. I wish ROD had gone on Post Oak Boulevard.

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Apologize in advance for misspelling as I was typing quickly in between conference calls lol.

 

Additionally: I am interested to see the new Zadok Jewelers flagship boutique (2 stories, 20,000 sq. ft.) off Post Oak. They hired Michael Hsu to design a beautiful small luxury mixed used development and their boutique will be designed to feature watch and jewelry boutiques for individual luxury brands- similar to what you might see in Zurich or the Middle East. This will put pressure on the fine jewelry departments at Neiman Marcus (which is seriously struggling financially), Saks, Deutsch, Lewis and others. 

 

One final point: I believe the addition of luxury and/or boutique hotels near mixed used developments is important. ROD has forthcoming Equinox Hotel as well as at least one additional hotel nearby. Highland Village might be working on a new RH flagship with a hotel component similar to what they've done in NY and Dallas. The twin Westin Hotels were a big part of the appeal for international visitors over the years. People and to stay at certain hotels over and over and explore that neighborhood. I wish ROD had gotten the Ritz Carlton deal done prior to opening because it would have added another 250 people a day of a certain demographic to its restaurant and retail landscape.

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4 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Then why would Tom Ford move from ROD to the Galleria.  Why would Akris (apparently) move from ROD to the Galleria. Why would Balenciaga choose to locate in the Galleria?   How do you explain Gianvito Rossi  and The Golden Goose choosing to locate in the Galleria?  Explain to us all of the stores added to the Galleria just in 2019?  (And note how many high-end stores were added to ROD in the same time period.) How does the Galleria continue to have probably the largest concentration of luxury retail in the state?

 

Not all malls are dying.  Generally, the higher-end malls (like the Galleria) are doing well.  I agree we'll probably see more walkable development along Post Oak over the next 20 years. But I don't think that equates to the death of the Galleria.  If that was in the cards, at some point, surely we would start to see some evidence; like stores moving out of the Galleria and into one of the outdoor walkable developments, rather than the other way around.

 

I feel like you just enjoy debating. ROD clearly stepped up Houston's game in the luxury retail department. It doesn't take anything away from the Galleria. All you have to do is look at the list of luxury retailers within each. The ROD has ones commanding the most dollar.

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On 2/27/2020 at 1:27 PM, gene said:

 

Oh nice!!! The portion of Topman upstairs looked pretty permanent for that new shop (save the escalator)...but the downstairs portion being that PopUp Shop place definitely looked temporary! So that is good news that Uniqlo will indeed go there as it makes the most sense... thanks for that info!

 

 

I was shocked when I saw TopMen leave. I sport a more European look, so now I only have H&M and Zara that I know of, unless others know other places. It was a great store between an H&M and Zara in terms of price. I bought a long black jacket from there last winter and I continue to get compliments on it, so was sad to see it go. The location it was in though is a tough spot to survive in that mall. Very few venture into that area of the mall, so good luck to this new place. If Top Men were in the main area of the Mall I think it would have done a lot better.

 

5 hours ago, arche_757 said:

The Galleria is a great mall, but malls are a dying breed.  It won’t happen overnight but I’ll wager in the next 20+ years we will see the big box centers along Westheimer disappear and convert into walkable districts like the ROD.  These will continue to pull tenants from the Galleria.  Eventually it too will be redeveloped.  

 

Not really dying, just transforming. I think I've stated multiple times in other threads that internet markets killed the "generic mall", but not malls in general. There will always be a place for a closed in conditioned mall environment especially in this town. They just built a brand new mall in NYC at Hudson Yards. Before I left Berlin in Germany, they were building several. If you look at their profiles though they are anything but "generic" when it comes to design. Design is becoming a lot more important for malls now in order to compete with online markets. You just can't get by with "generic" anymore. You need to sell yourself as a destination or place or experience which you can't get online. Especially with the updated interiors for The Galleria it really does feel like a place. Its constantly busy, and is in one of the best spots in town, and has a long legacy to pull from. What I like about places like ROD and new ones coming up is that it will help ramp up competition which will keep indoor malls and outdoor malls fresh.

 

3 hours ago, ArchFan said:

ROD is nice and since I live nearby, I walk there a lot.  It seems to be drawing more people now than it was initially, but mostly because of the restaurant business.  The high-end clothing shops still look pretty empty.   I was told that Chase Bank took ownership a while back after the original developer from San Diego exited.  My gut feeling is that the whole project would have been more successful if the developers had completed it a couple of years earlier, so it would have gotten established before the local economy slowed down.

 

Since Houston's economy has been going up and down with the price of oil, timing is important.

 

I agree with this. I like walking around ROD, but its pretty evident when you look at the restaurants and then the retail why one is working and why one is not. Each restaurant from the outside and inside looks like a destination or place tailored for whatever experience they are trying to sell, but then I walked into one clothing retailer, and it was just....bland, and way over priced. If I'm going to spend money on something over priced then at least dazzle me a bit or have a little bit of fun, or have a since of style to go with your collection. These little retailers are making the same mistakes that big malls used too, they are too generic. Just because you are in a new trendy open air urban core doesn't mean you are going to get business if your product is bland. It needs to grab peoples attention. You want to see what is grabbing peoples attention then start taking a walk down Westheimer and how the new vintage shops are grabbing people. They have a style, they have a feel, they do special launches/drops with people lining out the door, they push their stuff, and they are very selective with what they sell that will separate them from others.

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I never said The Galleria was dying, merely that change is inevitable.  In 20 years it’ll be vastly different from what it it today - it will have to adapt (or be adapted).  Those big box stores and the sea of parking lots on pretty much every side of TG will eventually be redeveloped into places like ROD or any of the others we’ve got springing up all over town.  I’m not saying it will be demolished, but it will be different.
 

I foresee a more interactive indoor/outdoor component, and an actual street scene.  At least I hope that these changes happen by 2040!

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1 hour ago, DevelopmentX said:

Apologize in advance for misspelling as I was typing quickly in between conference calls lol.

 

Additionally: I am interested to see the new Zadok Jewelers flagship boutique (2 stories, 20,000 sq. ft.) off Post Oak. They hired Michael Hsu to design a beautiful small luxury mixed used development and their boutique will be designed to feature watch and jewelry boutiques for individual luxury brands- similar to what you might see in Zurich or the Middle East. This will put pressure on the fine jewelry departments at Neiman Marcus (which is seriously struggling financially), Saks, Deutsch, Lewis and others. 

 

One final point: I believe the addition of luxury and/or boutique hotels near mixed used developments is important. ROD has forthcoming Equinox Hotel as well as at least one additional hotel nearby. Highland Village might be working on a new RH flagship with a hotel component similar to what they've done in NY and Dallas. The twin Westin Hotels were a big part of the appeal for international visitors over the years. People and to stay at certain hotels over and over and explore that neighborhood. I wish ROD had gotten the Ritz Carlton deal done prior to opening because it would have added another 250 people a day of a certain demographic to its restaurant and retail landscape.

 

Just trying to clarify and get some information.  I know it has been rumored and talked about for years, but is RH really building a hotel (or Guesthouse, as RH is calling them) with their upcoming new Knox Street store in Dallas? I thought that was no longer happening.

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I like ROD. I could see it becoming to the Galleria something like what Rodeo Drive/Little Santa Monica Blvd. is to the Century City mall in LA. I suppose Highland Village fulfills some of that function as well but it doesn't have a layout that is very pedestrian-friendly.

 

What I miss in Houston from more obviously tourist-oriented cities like LA and Miami (with Lincoln Road, Brickell, Wynwood, etc.), are the number of walkable, outdoor shopping/eating/people-watching areas. ROD, along with CityCentre, goes some way to rectifying though it's small by comparison and it's more high-end. As a pedestrian, though, I just wish there were more of it to explore.

 

 

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