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mollusk last won the day on August 14 2014

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  1. 708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

    Wow... they couldn't have gotten a more recent photo than 5+ years old? Either that or the JW decided Main Kitchen wasn't cutting it over the weekend and let Domino's come back in.
  2. 509 & 517 Louisiana to be Demolished

    It's not going anywhere yet - repairs are now under way. But yeah, taking out the buildings on Louisiana pretty much sucked.
  3. Parking Garage to be built next to the Le Meridian

    Please take your rail bickering to the appropriate forum. Crikey.
  4. GreenStreet Redevelopment + 21-Story Hotel Alessandra

    Not to mention that pretty much all of the Gashouse Gang came through here playing for the Buffs...
  5. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    The reason I brought up the Katy line was that it would have allowed a relatively easy detour for the UP main line freight traffic if they ever wanted to do a major rework of the line near Washington. You're right - it's nowhere near adequate for TCR. FWIW, Hobby's further outside the loop than Northwest Mall, and even further from the Galleria area Uptown (**urk**), the BFEnergy Corridor, Westchase, etc. The big downside to the Northwest Mall site is intuitive street access (said the guy who can walk from work to a downtown station). Speaking of MKT RR sites of days gone by, the east bank of White Oak Bayou near the Burnett Transit Center isn't built up, and would be relatively easy to get to if one could somehow have the TCR tracks just follow the freeways from Northwest Mall. The elevated tracks and station would naturally keep it above whatever flood plain you want to specify. It would also be a good jumping off point for a line to NOLA. All it would take is a visit from The Money Fairy and we could have cake and pie.
  6. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    Traditional railroad right of way is owned by the respective railroads in the same way any other property owner owns theirs (TCR is only getting easements). They don't like to share. Urban rail transit generally runs on such a short frequency and at such a speed between stations that it and freight would be stepping all over each other. It's also vanishingly unlikely that UP is willing to put up with the disruption that would occur with trying to put dedicated transit lines either above or below its ROW inside the loop, particularly since the generally parallel Katy ROW is now mostly a bike lane - regardless of how practical an idea that might really be.
  7. 1803 Pease

    They'll have problems every time someone wanders out the door to the corner of Chenevert, and Pease. ( I'll show myself out...)
  8. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    uh, Hobby started being the main Houston airport during the Coolidge administration. And there were complaints in the 1960s about IAH being so far out in the country. (map from 1962) (dang kids... they need to get off my lawn...)
  9. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    This isn't a particularly "random" area of town. It's two or three miles from the Galleria area Uptown (**chokes on marketing name**), 5 miles - ish from downtown, and fewer than ten miles from almost all of the BFEnergy Corridor. That last five miles into downtown would take a LOT of capital, both political and financial (said the guy who was once very dismissive of the NW Mall site). If the now being converted into yet another use downtown post office site still had a mostly unused SP passenger station on it, and there wasn't an issue of getting the dedicated tracks to it, that might be a different deal.
  10. New HEB in Bellaire

    Why yes... daily, during the work week, and occasionally on weekends. Granted, the view ain't much, but the molluskmobile doesn't seem to mind.
  11. Looks like we've got several bots that have their spam knobs set to 11. Yikes.
  12. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    measure twice, cut once, less flurf.
  13. 40-story High-Rise for Block 98, Behind Hess Tower

    Looks like they'll be using nearly every buildable square inch. The remaining sidewalk widths will be similar to what was all over the place before the Cotswold Project and the street rebuilding took a lane (or more) out of a bunch of streets in favor of sidewalks. For example, the columns for the arcades at the old Texaco building and at the Rice used to be right behind the curbs, and the sidewalks on some of the older parts of Walker are still about this width.
  14. Metro Rail Left Turns

    Houston driving is a contact sport.