Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Urbanists Running Around with their Hair on Fire.


And they respond in kind.

(Walmart Plan Too Suburban for Site, David Dewayne, Offcite blog, ChronBlog)
Opposition to the new Washington Heights development argues that it is a troubling and regressive chapter in the development of Houston's urban core. Instead of high-density, mixed-use, neighborhood-scaled planning that would strengthen the character of the city, Washington Heights represents the low-density, box-and-strip retail that dominates and defines suburbia.


In terms of vision, Washington Heights shopping center remains regrettably lacking in ideas. It is a suburban box and strip clad in slightly better materials than the typical Walmart, which seem to be the building's only acknowledgment that it occupies a significant site.

Two things:

1. The Wal-Mart isn't in the "Heights". It's just not. Therefore any comparisons to the Heights and the Suburbs (many of which are just as nice (if not nicer) than the Heights) is not only elitism but elitism based on a false premise. It's like New Jersey feeling superior about New York.

2. There's nothing more "significant" about this piece of land than any other piece of land around Houston outside of the fact that this piece of land is seemingly surrounded by several people who think their wants, needs and tastes are superior to everyone else. There's a word for that, but this blog is PG rated. (You know, for kids.)

Aw...forget it.....

Keep running around in hysterical circles....It's funnier.

1 comment:

  1. It would be quite intetresting to know who or what is really behind this effor to squelch Wal-Mart. Some say Safeway and the unions are looking for any opportunity o slow Wal-mart growth.


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