Eastwood Park’s Missing Clock; How To Sit on Discovery Green’s New Porch

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  • A common thread between a few articles. Paying for intangible design and architecture.

    Tricon is a business. Business pursues the greatest return. If the market supports quality construction and design, the market will provide. As Berlanga said.. You want lofts? We will deliver lofts… But we want to maximize return on investment. It would seem that lofts, given the area could max returns. If the buyer planned to live there for awhile or knew that investment in quality would be rewarded in resale. Likewise, if builders who invested in specialized design and architecture or higher quality materials were rewarded with higher profits, one would assume that it would motivate.

    So…if Tricon rebuilt the apartments as designed, but with updated efficiency, charged a higher price, would consumers buy into it?

    In other news, additions to projects like the clock to the rail and chairs to the patio go unfunded. These additions enhance the project and have been part of the plan. In essence, the plan is not complete until these ammenities are added. Economics and cost trump final plans.

  • Why doesn’t midtown get any recycling love? It seems dense town homes full of yuppies would be some of the more avid recyclers if given an option. (Now that may of the easily accessible recycling centers are closed I’m left without an option. Now I’ve just become a crazy hoarder of bottles.)

  • I could not be happier to be getting a big green can. No more carrying multiple boxes out to the street to get rained on and knocked over.

  • @Chris, some of Midtown doesn’t get the recycling love because some of Midtown uses a private garbage service. No CoH garbage service means no CoH Solid Waste services at all, including recycling. See e.g. Baldwin Square, which uses the Midtown Management Corp. to manage things like garbage pickup: http://www.baldwinsquare.org/index.php?page=management

  • Protesting against widening Alba Street. putting in sidewalks and better drainage? Totally “first world, white people” problems. Alba runs from 610 (and I’m not even sure it enters onto 610) to a few block north of 43rd, it isn’t a major thoroughfare and the people who zoom down it now are pretty much locals and will remain so. And as for wanting to avoid becoming a cookie cutter community? Look around you–you may be holdouts in your “vintage” homes, but a big clue, even if you missed all the new homes, is the Perry Homes sales center on Alba & Wakefield that opened last year.

    Nearby in Oak Forest many residents want sidewalks for safety issues (pssst: lack of sidewalks is not the problem–it’s the a-hole drivers which we will still have) however for the most part we already have curbs and real drains instead of open ditches. At one time these were sleepy, country like suburban places (there were stables where the Judiway post office stands and a small island in White Oak Bayou somewhere around where the Boy Scout building stands I think) but no longer.

  • @Chris – careful what you wish for. I live on a block lined with single family homes, but there are two large townhome clusters at the end of the block, each with 48 townhomes between the two. On recycle day, there are 96 trash and recycling cans placed on the curb for those townhomes, vs. only 2 per house on the rest of the block. Of course, there is not nearly enough curbside to accommodate that, especially when the prime areas are taken by parallel-parked cars. And when it’s windy, look out – it becomes trash can rodeo.

  • Galvetraz has made a whole $83K with it’s Seawall parking in almost a year?? WOWWWWW!!!! SO worth it.

    Where are all of the new bathrooms that were promised? Quit dragging your feet.