Do It Neighborly

I went to the Responsible Growth for Northcross community meeting last night, and it was well-run and informative. The executive committee presented results from the survey, a possible mixed-use vision of what Northcross could be, and upcoming events. What really stuck with me was a comment made by Chip Rosenthal as he presented results of the survey. When he pointed out the portion of respondents that are for the Wal-Mart, he said, “Remember, these people are your neighbors.” Exactly. We would all do well to remember, when we get upset with a neighbor for wanting Wal-Mart or for not hating Wal-Mart in the same way and to the same degree we do, that the people we’re getting upset with are our neighbors, people who live on our street or around the corner. People that we should treat with respect and civility rather than angry words and insults, regardless of their opinion. As RG4N has said, “Do It Neighborly.”

5 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    I still see nothing specific anywhere about what kind of density they’re willing to support on this plot — and am still dubious, given that “like the Triangle”, expanded to cover the footprint of Northcross, would be roughly the same amount of retail as the Wal-Mart plan _plus_ a thousand or more units of multi-family housing – which these neighbors have opposed in this area in the past.

    I’m a bit surprised that given Chip’s talents, they couldn’t just have switched on the plans on RG4N’s site as soon as the meeting was over.

  2. msw (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    RG4N will be posting the survey results soon, as well as information about the upcoming events on February 10 and beyond, including a city-wide boycott of Wal-Mart. I suspect Chip was busy answering questions immediately after the meeting and couldn’t post the proposed redesign or survey results last night. I also think he’s been very busy the last few weeks just collating the survey data and preparing for last night’s meeting.

  3. native austinite (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    I wonder if Chip has ever heard of Don Quixote.

    Talk about an utterly pointless exercise.

  4. M1EK (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    Looks like it’s up now.

    My initial impressions:

    Not Triangley-Enough, as I expected. Most of this is two or three stories; not tall enough to make up for the lack of retail space.

    I like the imposition of a street grid.

    But big demerits for claiming to be in favor of high-density development and then coming up with something less dense than the average suburban apartment complex.

    Triangle Phase I is more dense than this, as far as I can tell, and Triangle Phase II will be much much much more dense. I don’t see how this offers the developer enough profit to make this doable, personally, considering they surely won’t be able to achieve Triangle-level rents in apartments this far away from downtown.

  5. Veronica (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    This is just a proposal of the type of development could be done.

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