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  1. Major thing to note, that's a dangerous way to base it off of. Occupied units that haven't been renewed also show up. Considering the majority of renters don't renew after a year in most markets, you will see a lot more listings than there are truly vacant units.
  2. 1 Manhattan Square is a seriously underrated office tower. It's incredibly simple without being a basic box. The rounded corners, subtle taper, and beautiful base/lobby really make it stand out in a crowded market of "just okay" office towers in the immediate area. It has a quality to it in person that the others in Hudson Yards don't. Hudson Yards' most prominent office towers, 10 and 30 HY by KPF, seem to have taken the same approach that Honda and Toyota take with their cars these days. They don't know when to put the pencil down and reduce. They just keep adding and adding. I don't hate 10 and 30, but they don't have the elegance of Manhattan Square. When 2 Manhattan Square is finished the scale and relationship is going to evoke aspects of the original World Trade Center but does it in a way that isn't, well, horrible to the pedestrian experience.
  3. The terracotta panels are different and "rotate" back and forth as they rise. It creates arching bands of light and shadow when looking at the building in certain conditions. Very much on purpose.
  4. 261 space garage for 66 apartments? Are they planning on each household having 4 cars? Or are they planning to use this garage for further development nearby and to take advantage of the topography to create below grade parking for multiple future buildings? Or is that a typo? 66 units on a site that large seems pretty low.
  5. Additionally, a TON of buildings in OTR have completely new brick patched in all over, sometimes entire facades. As a result the raw brick is extremely unsightly.
  6. I love how gung-ho they were about this development then just fell off the face of the earth the moment it opened and became clear it was going to struggle. I still remember my one and only visit shortly after opening and seeing water damage in the residential buildings, the hotel and on that weird rooftop park space and just knowing this things was thrown up to make a quick buck (which seems to not even have happened) with no care really for the future.
  7. Main Street is likely more densely populated than Vine Street purely due to the fact that there were very few demolitions along Main Street and almost all the buildings are residential above. Whereas on Vine there are still several large gaps and a lot of the new infill and rehabs are office space. Which is good since variety is what a mixed use neighborhood needs. The downside though is that BECAUSE Main saw fewer demolitions there are more storefronts to fill. The reality is that Main likely won't be "full" until Sycamore gets developed with primarily residential buildings and Pendleton fills out more since both those areas will be much lighter proportionally in terms of ground floor retail space.
  8. Yep. Construction is extremely expensive right now. The fact that they went with steel and concrete framing instead of the typical 1 over 5 wood framed building alone is a huge step up from typical student housing. Everything mentioned above sounds like things that haven't been picked up since the punch-list. Which happens. Sometimes you leave many little items until after opening because you have no choice on timing of opening. My statements above shouldn't be used to make it out as me thinking this is a great building. It's an average "good enough" building with a nice amenities package. Which is the reality of the market right now. My statement was about being annoyed by Jake's constant need to berate anything designed, styled, whatever, etc. for younger people. It's exhausting. It's not 1996 anymore, get over it.
  9. There's no such thing as a 6 story walk-up that's newly constructed. This 100% has an elevator unless the top 3 stories are all one connected triplex. Which they're not.
  10. Is there anything you don't hate? What does your constant, "I'm better than anything geared towards people younger than me" attitude add to the discussion? Don't like The Deacon? Perfectly fine, don't live there. But honestly, for an affordably designed and built student housing building that is being used as a proof of concept and an asset to put up against future development, it has done its job well and provides a ton of amenity spaces to residents. Yeah, sure, they're not necessarily my personal taste or what I'd design in buildings I work on, but style isn't worth discussing since it's subjective. As a building, it provides pretty much anything someone could ask for and is hopefully going to be the catalyst necessary to create the rest of the area.
  11. It's actually really impressive how much they have planned and so far it doesn't seem like they're running into any roadblocks. I will admit I'm a bit cautious/hesitant about the amount of ground floor retail here, but maybe it'll be fine. I walked around Clifton Heights a bit when I was in town for Blink and it looked a little healthier from a retail standpoint than I remembered when I left in 2016, so maybe it'll be all good. Plus it's looking like in the end they're planning for, what, over 1,000 units between all the various phases plus what appears to be a large hotel? That should be enough to activate quite a bit of retail space in and of itself.
  12. Architecturally there's obviously not a ton to write about here. It all falls into the "good enough" category. What's more important is that it seems like they're achieving and understanding the mixes of activities, uses, etc. to achieve street activity. The ground floor is pretty well activated in every building, the access to parking is fairly well minimized, the parking is pretty much entirely shielded by other programs, the streetscapes have a nice mix of seating, plantings, etc., along with moments to create interest and anchor each intersection or major node. The streets have curb bumpouts at crosswalks, cars are deprioritized enough to make a comfortable space for pedestrians, etc. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with how much care they're taking to create an important district (no pun intended) around UC. They could have just done the typical and threw up a 1+5 box with no street interaction, did a typical concrete sidewalk, and called it a day. This goes a few steps past that which I appreciate. Here's to hoping they achieve what they're setting out to do and even get that tower in there. Those views would be incredible and it would help with the placemaking of the development.
  13. That's not what it's saying. There's no way in hell the energy efficiency premium was 200k on that house.
  14. Topography lines. They show where a certain elevation exists.These look like 5' increments.
  15. It has been. For good reason. It's a huge undertaking and the reality is that its specifics really depended on the long-term successes and failures of The Banks. I'm nervous it's going to wind up being parks. Not that I dislike parks, but it won't do a good job of bridging the gap and will detract from the world class park on the riverfront that is already fairly huge for the population it serves. There should be a strong push to build out buildings on the caps.
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