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Everything posted by Texasota

  1. I think the more naturalistic style (especially the wings) makes it pretty different.
  2. Blech such a giant parking lot on lower westheimer.
  3. I don't know that the issue was her views so much as her interpersonal reputation. She treats people absolutely horribly and that's the last thing you want in a mayor. Whitmire isn't turning out much better in that regard either though.
  4. Given how much Amazon has driven Whole Foods into the ground I would no longer consider them competition for HEB.
  5. Ha ok fair. To me she's just an inherent part of an architectural rendering at this point. I'd be confused and scared if she *wasn't* there.
  6. ? Looks like pretty standard architect's copy to me... maybe even a bit more thought through and site specific than normal.
  7. No, the problem is the archdiocese. This garbage is 100% in line with their other projects.
  8. Exactly. What else was anyone really expecting?
  9. Permit procurement is not difficult in Houston compared to peer cities in other parts of the country. Not to say it couldn't or shouldn't be better, but pulling permits is an issue in *every* big city and Houston is absolutely faster than most.
  10. More units under 500sf is a good thing. They don't work for everyone, but 350-500 sf is sometimes exactly the right size (depending on where you are in your life) and will help with affordability.
  11. It more than insinuates it. Pretty clearly they're taking two spaces for the patio. Good trade.
  12. This building has a good 25' to the curb, which is plenty of space for a patio area and a sidewalk. That's not to say the rendering isn't bad. The building's proportions are wrong, and the street itself looks weird, but there is absolutely space for the patio shown in the rendering.
  13. Interesting to compare Norhill's deed restrictions to the limitations applied by the historic district. The historic district really just regulates scale and exterior materials, so garage apartments and 2 story multi unit buildings are no problem. Especially since both were built in the neighborhoods during the historic period. The deed restrictions actually limit you to one unit per lot though, so they block any kind of small-scale densification, even garage apartments.
  14. The Norhill area? A lot of that is already historic districts and/or deed restricted.
  15. what a welcoming gate. who wouldn't look at that and think "these people want me to be here".
  16. Huh. Strong Enron vibes. Fits in with Greenway but wouldn't be my first choice for the site.
  17. I worked at a (different) Whole Foods for two years, and I can promise you that the idea that only rich people shop there is nonsense. Its reputation for being expensive has also always been overblown- it has expensive items but it's (mostly) not overpriced and their house brand stuff is really good. That said, it's gone downhill quite a bit since the Amazon buyout. But if you want a store that really is overpriced, I'd argue for Randall's personally.
  18. Why would you argue with someone who literally chose the name "MaxConcrete"? That's, at best, not someone you're going to convince.
  19. Yes, good point. Apartment dwellers rarely buy groceries.
  20. His and Hers bathrooms where Hers is always significantly better really irritates me. Also, why does the toilet need its own door if you're not sharing the entire bathroom with *anyone*? Why are massive rooms better than more bedrooms/true dedicated home offices?
  21. This is a deeply unhelpful tangent. In no way is anybody's ability to access their home by car being threatened.
  22. It is not possible to eliminate all opposition with *any* project, and road diets in particular always have opponents. You don't like this project. We get it. That doesn't make it unsuccessful. 11th St was unsafe and uncomfortable and now it is much less so. Is it perfect? No. But it does a much better job of prioritizing human life and was able to be implemented relatively quickly and cost effectively.
  23. They didn't "rehab" these; they're almost entirely new materials.
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