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Millennium Kirby Apartments Under Construction, 7600 Kirby Dr., Braeswood Place, Houston

Photo of Millennium Kirby: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool


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  • There is no talent pool to pull from in the downtown area. It makes sense now to invest in the suburbs. In 10 years when the downtown housing has been established and the neighborhoods around downtown are being fully developed, there will be a larger focus on downtown businesses.

  • As far as I’m aware, ExxonMobil has already vacated Greenway Plaza and 800 Bell.

  • “They said they do not want their tax dollars to pay for additional traffic.”
    please just do whatever it takes to keep these woodlanders happy and away from Houston


  • Setting fire to the toilet paper aisle in a grocery store? What a sh*tty thing to do.

  • Isnt that what happened in Austin? They thought if they dont build it, they wont come. And now, they have worse traffic than Houston.

  • @Mr.Clean19,

    In 10 years when the downtown housing has been established…

    Isn’t that what they said when they were building the rail line for Super Bowl 2004, which was, oh yeah, 11 years ago?

  • i’m wondering if there will ever be a larger focus on downtown office space. houston’s easy freeway access and high automobile ownership rate means there’s no need for companies to focus on high-rent centralized areas. there’s still tons of land to build on along the beltway and the grand parkway is already laying the track for the next generation. without higher energy costs downtown will probably never be a primary destination for most industries or companies.

  • I, for one, am crushed that Börk will not be sparkling among the Galleria’s “Jewel Box” – so called.

  • Tall buildings waste gravitational energy.

  • The downtown v. burbs study is based on data from 2007-2011. During that time period, the professional services industry (law firms, accountants, consultants, etc.) took a beating and recovered very slowly. This industry is responsible for a lot of the demand for office space downtown. After 2011, things picked up in a big way downtown and rents shot through the roof. I suspect that the burbs would still exceed the downtown growth rate from 2011 to present due to ExxonMobil and the “add water” energy corridor spec office building boom. But, you would certainly see substantial growth downtown during that time period.

  • Re: Downtown vs. Non-Downtown Employment Growth. Yeah, Old School said it before I could. The 2007-2011 period isn’t really representative of a long-term trend. I would also argue that in the scope of an MSA, its more important to identify and analyze an “urban core” than a traditional or statutory downtown area. In a growing city, its fairly easy to infer where the jobs are going, and that’s by looking at where the construction is. All net new industrial and healthcare jobs are not downtown. The vast majority of net new retail jobs are not downtown, and even if the growth rate downtown is faster than non-downtown, its probably just statistical noise because the downtown base is so small. Office jobs are split, and they are harder to infer things about because the density of office space can vary a great deal. Government and institutional jobs tend to be downtown and have been largely stagnant — except school districts, the largest subsector of government, and their impact has been very nearly exclusive of downtown or the urban core.

    My point being, these comparisons as they are presented aren’t very meaningful. Its good clickbait, though.