Originally Posted by MichaelB
Hey ya, We are in agreement. I tried to carefully say: " If it happens in the proposals, great, I would prefer a local,". And I would.
I do think we have people in Austin that are every bit as good as anywhere else and more than capable of putting forth equally competitive proposals. Like Speck, who did Discovery Green in Houston. Discovery has done wonders for that horrible part of Downtown Houston that has always been just a bunch of parking lots. They have lots of massive new hotels, and another 1000+ room hotel that was recently announced for it, and the convention center saw an immediate boost of 20% when Discovery opened. I would love to see that same level of development that is happening around Discovery, happen around Waller.
However with Discovery he pretty much just brought Austin to Houston, and it worked. I'm not saying that is what he should do here, and I think he knows that. Austin already has tons of 'Discovery Greens' around downtown, so that is not what is needed, or really wanted. But with other things like Second Street here in Austin I think he has shown he can be very cosmopolitan in an Austin way with lots of bike racks and such. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't Sabine going to be shut off from cars and turned into a pedestrian/bike road as part of this project?
And not just him but there are others too in Austin, and also San Antonio, that I think are very capable at the 'cosmopolitan or international' that many are looking for. Hopefully they will get a fair shot at it. I know several locals put in bids. This would be a huge opportunity for them. =)