- More Than 85% of Retail Space Has Been Committed in River Oaks District [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot]
- Behind The Woodlands Development Co.’s Strategy for Buying Back Commercial Properties [HBJ]
- Judwin Properties Planning First Luxury Apartment Project in Fulshear with 4-Lane Bowling Alley, Other Amenities [HBJ]
- Houston’s Real Estate Market Feeling the Effects of Oil’s Price Drop [Texas Monthly]
- Broadmore Health Realty Acquiring 7.5 Acres Near IAH for Senior Living Facility [HBJ]
- Inside the New Krispy Kreme Store Opening Later This Month on Highway 6 [Isiah Factor]
- Historic Bungalow Moved from Heights to 2-Acre Plot in Acres Homes for ‘Pocket Neighborhood’ Restored [Houston Chronicle]
- Transit, Development Issues Face Houston Mayoral Candidates [Urban Edge]
- Rice University Radio Station KTRU Rice Radio Returns to FM Today After 5-Year Hiatus [Culturemap; previously on Swamplot]
Photo of El Real Tex Mex: Bill Barfield via Swamplot Flickr Pool
Re: Transit & Transit Oriented Development. I would hope that our elected officials will look to improve the system-wide efficiency of transit rather than simply to encourage TOD. TOD is not a panacea. It does not and cannot resolve regional transportation problems. If we were to build a brand new city on a greenfield site, then okay, that would be different. We’re not. We’re stuck with the legacy of what Houston is that is a function of what Houston was.
We need grade-separated mass transit; ideally some kind of elevated heavy rail, subway, or a combination of both. Removing auto lanes on major streets to put in toy trains and bus lanes is half-assed. We need real transit before we worry about the TODs to go with it.
Wow, that’s a remarkably dour description of the housing market from Texas Monthly. Would have expected to see some numbers to back it up though coming from such a reputable source. Not saying I disagree entirely with their statements, but it could use a little fleshing out.