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  1. While it has really high ridership numbers, London's subway isn't what I would call a terrific example of efficient mass transit. It is by far the oldest subway system, to provide some perspective they have subway lines that were constructed when Lincoln was still president of the USA. It's like the first smartphone. Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry, they all hold a distinction of being smartphones before Apple introduced the iPhone, but we can all agree that you'd not want to use any of those smartphones as examples of what an efficient, or well built smartphone is. So how about more modern systems that learned from the mistakes made in the past by places like London? Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. Honestly, I think any city is unique, and while you can use previous systems as thought models for the basis of a system in Houston, if you just took an overlay of their system and splatted it in Houston, any system from anywhere would be a horrible system if implemented here.
  2. There's still at least one on the gulf freeway out by the beltway. As an added bonus, there's a Casa Ole down there too. Jose Lima approved! As I recall, their margs used to be super cheap.
  3. as far as the addition on top of the parking garage, there was a lot of foundation work done, and a lot of time spent in that hole before the garage started to rise, maybe it was to have a foundation capable of supporting the addition? and then again, maybe they were just moving hoffa here?
  4. and they just featured an Astro on the cover, which means we're for sure doomed now.
  5. At some level it's comfort food. Pappasitos is what a lot of Houstonians grew up knowing is good texmex, and specifically, good fajitas. Personally, I have an irrational love of Los Tios. This was one of the only texmex restaurant that my parents went to as I was really young. I don't think their salsa recipe has changed in 40 years, I can go in and taste the salsa, and I'm 5 years old eating chips and salsa in a corner booth with their weird half moon windows. the other Mexican place we went with any regularity was that fajita place in the Corillion, they had that workstation in the middle of the restaurant with the 3 ladies making the tortillas fresh. I can't remember the name of it, but my parents would get coupons for that place and we'd go once a month or so. I wish I could remember the name of that place, it was a clever name, I seem to remember, and any time we ever went it was always packed. Anyway, I agree with you, I didn't grow up eating at Pappasito's, so to me, it's not comfort food, it's just another tex mex place that is over priced, and not really that good, but it's rare that they aren't always packed. Pappadeaux would do really well here too, or a Pappa's Seafood.
  6. sprouts, trader joes, aldi, lidl whatever other small grocer. I don't care who comes in. some grocery competition in the area is needed. Randalls in midtown and Kroger in the east end are it, and both have some big downsides that make me wish for more competition.
  7. Wait, how many bus routes did the red line replace? I think you said 4 farther back a few pages?
  8. Was LA as dense as NYC (since that's the yardstick) when they started their light rail system in 1990? How about San Diego? Were they as dense as NYC in 1980 when they started building their system? Maybe Portland? They started their system in 2000. Was Portland circa 2000 as dense as NYC today? Heck, were any of these places as dense as Manhattan was in the 1870s when the first elevated rail lines were put in?
  9. that's not true! There's a spa, a dentist, and a veterinarian specializing in cats!
  10. Other than #s being a relic of a different time, is there some news I haven't heard yet?
  11. But what makes a road different? They are both projects funded by everyone to increase mobility along a specific corridor and then that corridor isn't used by everyone. Look, roads and mass transit are both forms of public transportation. One is a bus/train/gondola/whatever that people sit in at the same time. One is a road/street/avenue that people drive on at the same time. I'd say the biggest difference between roads and mass transit is that drivers are under the very false assumption that the money they pay in tax for gasoline fully funds roads, and so they have a right to it. Here's a fun article to read through!
  12. Yup. Metro compensates businesses when they are building. Bloody nice of them I'd say. That was the payout for all affected construction of 3 new lines (red north, green and purple). How much is being paid to all the businesses over the past 7 years of construction of 290/i10/610? How many businesses have gone out of business as a result of the expansion that has spanned the better part of a decade? Massive works like these take their toll during construction. Good point. The benefit that these lines are proving for mobility are far greater than the short term losses during construction.
  13. My understanding is that by cutting canals they move the problem downstream. So logically, they'd rather flood out the ship channel than buffalo bayou park? Just like every other aspect of this project as it pertains specifically to the central business district, it makes tons of sense to me.
  14. Since it's so obscure, it shouldn't really matter whether it's an industrial site, or big box retail. There was a higher and better use of the land than industrial today, that means that there may be a higher and better use of the land than generic retail tomorrow. Then I'll be hopeful that nordstrum rack and movie theater are part of the list, and that a kohl's is in the list rather than ross.
  15. It's pretty vibrant, and not just during games. Considering the traffic, the remaining surface lots around disco green should disappear.