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  1. One thing METRO could do is partner with a taxi or ridesharing service and subsidize fares to/from rail stations, to be (partially) recaptured through the fare box. Even if it is mildly exploited by people not going to the station to use the train, it gets people in the mindset of taking shared modes to transit-oriented nodes.
  2. Amazon just snapped up Whole Foods. Wonder if that changes anything about this project?
  3. Agreed. I'd be fine with a portion of the SkyPark plan if the caps were fully funded. They are not, so I'm opposed.
  4. Looking at old topographic maps, it appears that it was just "Airline" before East Montgomery was renamed to Airline Rd, at which point it became "Steubner-Airline".
  5. Yep. You'd have redlining and neighborhood segregation like in Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia around the turn of the last century, but you wouldn't have the mass exodus to newly manufactured suburbs with big, sprawly single-family houses if everyone was still relying on the trolley to get around, and no one could afford a house because 10-15 year mortgages were too expensive. Edit: you also wouldn't have the leaded gasoline that led to the massive crime wave that convinced many/most white families to pack up and get on out of the city.
  6. White flight wouldn't have happened without cars, freeways and subsidized 30 year notes.
  7. Yep. "Airline" used to be a pretty common word for what we'd call a "beeline" nowadays, and even that term is falling out of use. Airline Highway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is so named because it followed straight lines between towns, rather than the curves of the Mississippi as the previous highway had done.
  8. It's not so much the zipper merge that's the problem, it's the unsystematic and unpredictable way in which it's done right now, along with the weaving from the Shepherd entrance/HOV exit. I agree that a soft barrier should go up about where the Shepherd ramp merges onto 59, but that Kirby entrance would still cause weaving issues.
  9. If you can't see how, in the system we currently have, taking and demolishing a 20 floor new privately operated highrise would be more disruptive than taking and demolishing an HHA-owned facility, saving them money on renovations and giving immediate cash-in-hand for new facilities, then there's not much more else for me to say. I'm not implying that the above is fair in any substantive sense. I'm just saying that this is how it works.
  10. Looking at Google Maps right now, it appears that they'd have to take 19 buildings, including a new residential high-rise, in order to build a right-exit flyover with proper geometrics. That would be extremely expensive and disruptive.
  11. Sure. But master plans are rarely developed to their original specifications.
  12. Houston's arranged like a giant spider's web, with nodes that developed at the intersection of transportation corridors (primarily the freeway system). To produce an effective rapid transit structure, what's primarily important is connecting those nodes (with commuter rail/bus). Once you're at those nodes, lower-intensity forms of transit like buses, light rail, full subways, or cars at park-and-rides (where densest) can take you through that "last mile". It's better to think of Houston as a region of interconnected cities (Downtown, Uptown/Greenway, Medical Center, Westchase, Energy Corridor, Willowbrook, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Kingwood/Humble etc), rather than a single city itself. Each one of these "cities" have their own transportation flows that nevertheless interact with one another. The trick is trusting these "cities" to handle their local flows while coordinating the regional flow, something that Metro has struggled with in the past.
  13. No doubt there will be park land on the south side of Memorial, along with the area adjacent to Spotts Park, but I'd be shocked if the northwest side weren't developed. It's already isolated from the rest of the Buffalo Bayou Park system, and would be one of the most prime plots of land for a residential tower.
  14. I'd say that would be the perfect spot for a SPUI. Only question is if you keep running Waugh over Memorial, or elevate Memorial, keeping Waugh at surface level and facilitating development in the areas freed up by the removal of the outside ramps.
  15. Obnoxiously suburban, but having a Nordstrom Rack there will be nice.