North Loop is a quiet area, heavily populated with seniors. It is not far from the Seton medical center complex. Savvy developers should consider VMU development targeting the senior demographic. That makes greenspace and connectivity especially important. Unlike "young professionals," seniors will be living here all day long. Quality of the outdoor environment will be a critical success factor.
To get there, we need more ped/bike connectivity than the VMU ordinance envisions, especially to the existing Yarborough Library in the southwest corner of the district. This is the civic "jewel" of the area, as is the woody creekbed behind the library. This public space should be extended to provide connectivity between the library and a future transit station at the intersection.