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Old Posted May 3, 2012, 1:56 PM
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Im sure some NAs will never be on board with anything the city does but aparently the plan has had major support from several public panels throught the city and everybody on the Planning and zoning commission voted in favor of the plan. Even Bill Spelman stated he was impressed that it unanimously passed the Planning and zoning commission. One of the members on the board, that guy with the long grey hair and classes got interviewed on the news and said that the goal is to get people to live as close to where they work and less of a need to use a car. What I like about the plan is it really builds up the central core. I think most people, even those who are not happy with growth realize we need to grow right.
The guy with the long grey hair was probably Dave Sullivan; he chairs the Planning Commission; and is an urbanist (although he gets along pretty well with the neighborhood interests, he has never kowtowed to them).

The Zoning & Platting commission is a different beast. Much more short-term, specific zoning cases. I don't remember them even getting to look at the IA plan.

And the ANC has fought Imagine Austin the whole time - even though IA put a lot of hedging in there at their behest (claiming to not want to conflict with neighborhood plans - even though the majority of the neighborhood plans passed here in Austin, unlike the one Dave and I worked on in OWANA, are irresponsible garbage).
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The guy with the long grey hair was probably Dave Sullivan; he chairs the Planning Commission; and is an urbanist (although he gets along pretty well with the neighborhood interests, he has never kowtowed to them).

The Zoning & Platting commission is a different beast. Much more short-term, specific zoning cases. I don't remember them even getting to look at the IA plan.

And the ANC has fought Imagine Austin the whole time - even though IA put a lot of hedging in there at their behest (claiming to not want to conflict with neighborhood plans - even though the majority of the neighborhood plans passed here in Austin, unlike the one Dave and I worked on in OWANA, are irresponsible garbage).
You are right about these neighborhood plans, totally out of touch with reality. My neighbohood Association Southwood NA is begining the process of developing a plan to which im intent on attending some of these sessions and I plan on making some noise.

IMO the ANC should be abolished, their ideals are out of step with the city and they act like they are a totally seperate governing entity than the city council. The ANC may have worked when Austin was a small city, but its redundant and obsolete now.
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Old Posted May 3, 2012, 8:31 PM
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Nice. Yep, I went on a crane spotting ride today and dropped 4 pounds in the process! Bicycling rules. There's some sweet skyscraper views forming west of the convention center.

Oh yeah, and I saw Evan Smith (from Texas Monthly) downtown across from the W. I snapped a photo of him from across the street and he gave me a glare. lol
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 7:36 AM
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They totally are...Just wait until August or September.
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Nice. Yep, I went on a crane spotting ride today and dropped 4 pounds in the process! Bicycling rules. There's some sweet skyscraper views forming west of the convention center.

Oh yeah, and I saw Evan Smith (from Texas Monthly) downtown across from the W. I snapped a photo of him from across the street and he gave me a glare. lol
That's funny that Evan Smith gave you a glare. He is my neighbor and even though I see him every day, sometimes he does the same to me when I'm sitting on my porch. On the other side, my second neighbor is Juan Miro who designed the observation tower at the F1 track. I love my street and my neighborhood.
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 9:16 PM
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7 Rio spot has some work happening. Anyone know if they're building soon?

Also saw work happening at the proposed "Bremond" site
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What was proposed at the Bremond site?
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What was proposed at the Bremond site?
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Old Posted May 5, 2012, 2:11 AM
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I'm wondering if they're readying the site for construction...?
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I'm wondering if they're readying the site for construction...?
I would say yes....there were core sample drills there this week.
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I'm wondering if they're readying the site for construction...?
Interesting to note: At the time of these renederings they did not plan on having the property on the corner. You can see the old aparmetns sill there in the rendering!
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Interesting to note: At the time of these renederings they did not plan on having the property on the corner. You can see the old aparmetns sill there in the rendering!
yeah but the photo posted by ahealy, the other buildings are still a few lots further up. was the building scaled down?
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yeah but the photo posted by ahealy, the other buildings are still a few lots further up. was the building scaled down?
OMG those old efficiencies are gone!!!!
((((((( They better fucking build something nice there.
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OMG those old efficiencies are gone!!!!
((((((( They better fucking build something nice there.
I wonder if they did change the design of the project? Since that one place is now demolished will it be for more parking?
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Old Posted May 5, 2012, 5:29 PM
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I wonder if they did change the design of the project? Since that one place is now demolished will it be for more parking?
Ugh, I really hope not
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Old Posted May 7, 2012, 6:52 AM
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Being bored and unable to sleep, I went on a late bike ride and saw old gingerman/ghost room and was curious if this is going to be revived? Anyone know??
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Found this online. Some interesting facts in it, but no surprises.

http://www.manchesterfinancialgroup....e_7%201311.pdf
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