Originally Posted by JACKinBeantown
It's easy to accept things the way they are. It takes a little effort to make things a little better. It takes some work to make things as good as possible. I don't mind having a positive attitude and doing a little hard work to do the things I do in the best way possible. I wish these developers had the same attitude.
I tend to agree with you and also with the folks who are just happy with increased density. It would be nice if there was a policy focus on live work or first floor apartments with commercial capability. The fact is that we have so much space that is underutilized for commercial. Any one of these apartment developments has vacant or underutilized lots up and down both ways of the street. And frankly those developments with retail components have traditionally struggled to sign up and keep tenants.
I am game for housing/density focus until demand dictates need for first floor retail. Honestly most of this 3-4-5 story development is of such inferior quality that it is not built to last more that 40 years. Knowing that SA is probably 10-20 years behind other sunbelt cities in urban core development can you cite examples of cities who overbuilt on the residential side only to realize that they have failed in the retail/commercial/entertainment side? It is possible to have an interesting mix of higher density residential areas with dining/entertainment in nearby zones. From places I have lived I would consider Austin with the Rainey street area and Dallas with the Knox/Henderson area. Not exactly high urbanism I know, but where can you find that in cities with our development patterns?