Not every European city was a bombed out shell of itself, and not every European country followed car centric development. The places where care centric development really took off were the U.K. (which developed more in line with the rest of the Anglosphere and was bombed to hell and back by Germany) and Germany (which the Allies pounded to cinders). Scandinavia was not bombed to hell. Neither were Switzerland, Spain, or Portugal. Italy and France, despite being invaded, were left relatively intact (Paris and Rome were mostly untouched compared to London and Berlin). Meanwhile, everything east of West Germany fell under the Iron Curtain and followed Commie Block style of development. This idea that Europe suddenly became like America post-WWII isn't really true. Many cities were bombed out shells (see Rotterdam after the Rotterdam Blitz), but many were intact, and even the ones that had to be rebuilt aren't in any way recognizable as anything similar to an American land use pattern today.
I'm pretty sure the American way is driving at this point. Car manufacturers didn't tell me that. Urban planners and urban planning boosters like Not Just Bikes have been telling me that, for years. Their entire mantra is that Americans are too attached to their cars and need to get out of them more. That's literally what they've been preaching. They've also been preaching about how the European lifestyle of walking everywhere and mass transportation is superior to the American style of driving for most trips, despite the fact that Europeans do in fact drive, in many cases just as much as Americans when it comes to medium and mid-long range trips. So if the European lifestyle doesn't exist and the American lifestyle doesn't exist, then what are we arguing over?
Imagine living in a world where none of that matters because your cost of living is so low, you can easily afford it. Oh wait, you don't have to imagine it. People in Houston live that life right now.
Nobody wants to pay for transit they don't use or don't want to use. Paying an arm and leg to live in a matchbox apartment in the middle of a crowded city, to walk taxi or drive to the nearest bus/subway station to ride in slow mass transit with people I don't want to be around to get within a few miles of my workplace that I still have to hail a cab to get to doesn't sound like my idea of great time.
It is when I don't want to take the transit. Which is what you are missing.
The Philippines are still a developing country that was a third world dictatorship not that long ago. Its an apples to oranges comparison.
Wage comparisons are helpful, but at the end of the day, if cost of living is low, then you simply don't need as high a wage to live comfortably anyway. Which means even having lower wages is not necessarily an issue.
That $1000 extra disposable income is merely an assumption on your part. Once again, cost of living will wipe out most of those savings, just in housing and utility costs, not even getting into things like the higher costs of groceries, or higher taxes. City-Journal did an excellent article actually look at this issue, comparing Houston to New York, and looking at the variables we've discussed, including the differences in wages, cost of living, the cost of owning a car vs. not owning one, etc.
TXDOT doesn't have the money to cover all forms of transportation. They barely have the money to cover the state's highway network, which always needs work and maintenance.
You've posted a lot of nice pictures, but the one thing you seem to neglect is what is actually in them besides cars or the lack thereof. Look at the pictures of Lisbon and Copenhagen. What you notice is that the cities themselves haven't changed at all between the then-vs-now pictures. The city is the same. The same with the pictures of Toulose and the Netherlands. This is what I mean when I say America isn't Europe. The bones for the walkable city utopia you speak off was already present. In Lisbon, they took a plaza that had been turned into a parking lot and turned it back into a plaza. In Copenhagen, they just blocked off a street. In Toulouse, they changed an old parking lot into a park (which even Houston has done with Discovery Green). But the cities were already designed in such a way that minimal change was necessary to achieve this. American cities are generally built to be car centric, with the exception of a few older cities on the East Coast. It will take a lot more effort to achieve the same end goals as Europe, because European cities are in fact centuries old and designed with walking, maybe the horse and buggy in mind.
Plumbing permit was pulled today for 3921 N Main St.
Located on the property is El Cucuy, which is undergoing renovations. It bills itself as a restaurant, bar, and discotheque.
I assume the Montie Beach neighborhood bar may open sometime in 2024.