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Old 05-17-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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Can anyone explain to me why it seems as if every new high rise in Houston comes with so much land surrounding it? I looked at ssp renderings of the new high rises being built or planned for Houston but could'nt help to notice that every building has large unused grass areas or large setbacks from the sidewalk, why is this?
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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The renderings of the newly announced buildings are all over the city, primarily in the suburbs, like Energy Corridor and San Felipe.

The ones in Downtown and Uptown don't have the grass barriers, the downtown ones are right along the sidewalks, uptown ones are a bit set back but no where close to the extent of the high rises built outside the loop.

For example, here are the three districts (they're all different):

Energy Corridor

Downtown

Uptown

As you can see from all three, all of them are differently laid out. With Energy Corridor, you can see how it's not pedestrian oriented at all, no sidewalks and large grass lands, or like a courtyard or something because it's in an auto-centric area where no one walks and has no chance to walk around. It's like an office park district basically in the suburbs.

Uptown is a suburban business district, while it has sidewalks the buildings are set back and there are definitely medians with some tree lineage and grass areas in between. The sidewalks are also narrower to where maybe two people can walk together side-by-side max. Drastic improvement from the office park like districts like Westchase and Energy Corridor but much more set back than places in the Inner Loop (Greenway or Downtown or Medical Center).

While downtown still caters to the cars (via parking garages and surface lots), the buildings there are primarily built to the sidewalk and the sidewalks are very wide. The lack is sidewalk accessible retail to keep people entertained with the idea of walking there, ala lack of amenities.

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