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  1. Why do people like that place? Not only is it the worst tex-mex food but it's over-priced!
    2 points
  2. Houston only became a big city in terms of population recently (since the 1970s). you get it that Houston's geography has been and continues to be the primary driver of its economic development? and there is nothing about that development that would have favored the development of heavy rail transit. no geographical limitations on expansion, no desirable geography period - mountains, lakes, oceans, etc = cheap land. cheap land = cheap commercial and residential property = cheap cost of doing business and living. no history of zoning b/c available land not limited enough = not expensive enough
    2 points
  3. In many ways comparing Houston and Chicago is pointless when it comes to development. In Houston you've had a series of short-term, fairly powerless mayors who do what they can with their limited power in a city with no zoning. In Chicago they had one mayor and his son rule the city with an iron fist for the better part of 60 years. In Chicago the mayors Daley had the power to tell developers, "You WILL build in THIS neighborhood, and your buildings WILL be THIS tall, or else." The Chicago mayors also exerted massive amounts of influence over the development of the surrounding suburbs. I
    1 point
  4. Imagine if affluent families didn't insist on sending their children to schools with mostly-white children from other affluent families. Imagine yourself a frickin' time machine... Most people don't care about being within an hour of any destination. They mostly just want to be convenient to work or school, to where their kids go to school (if applicable), and reasonably close to basic shopping. If they're younger, they probably care about being somewhat close to a breeding ground (whether that's a club scene, bars, church, or whatever). Besides which, heavy rail is about the worst kind of
    1 point
  5. There are more pedestrian-friendly designs than dodging cars in acres of blacktop. Maybe if more people talked about it, we'd see more of them here.
    1 point
  6. Chronicle Blog article A few pics, more in link.
    1 point
  7. I've been a pedestrian in Houston for nearly thirty years, and have been struck by cars three times. Each incident required medical attention. Each time the driver was 100% at fault. Lest you think this is some moneymaking scheme on my part, in only one instance did the driver's insurance pay my medical bills. I cannot count the number of times I've waited, and watched cars speed across the crosswalk 2 or 3 seconds after the light has changed. Almost NEVER do drivers check to their right when making a right-hand turn from a stop sign. "Look both ways" applies to cars, too. I've taken to bangi
    1 point
  8. oh no doubt, peds that do not cross at crosswalks, do not wait to walk until the lights are in their favor, they should be 'at fault' for their own stupidity. the same goes for cyclists, or other non-motorized vehicles using the roads. I don't proclaim to be innocent, I'll walk across a street at random points, and I'll walk when the sign says don't walk, but I have enough sense of self preservation to wait for cars to pass, and to look before I even think about entering the street. The same goes for when I am on my bicycle. even if I have the green light, I still look, and I even do it in my
    1 point
  9. BRT blows compared to LRT. I'm speaking as someone living in a city with BRT, who rides both BRT and LRT. I doubt any significant portion of the LRT detractors on HAIF have ever ridden BRT. Everything they know is from what they've read from other BRT detractors who also have never ridden it.
    1 point
  10. The center lane changing directions depending upon commuter patterns and time of day is a terrible idea. It was promised as a temporary fix until the new Spur was completed. The Spur has been complete for awhile now... I hate that I can't turn left now onto my own damn street so that others who don't live in the neighborhood can whiz on by more quickly. I also hate that the bike lane that I used to ride on to UH is gone. That said, my biggest complaint with West Alabama occurs on the West side of Kirby Drive when the road configuration turns into 2 westbound lanes, a turning lane, and a singl
    1 point
  11. Now a Biz Journal article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/09/20/daily7.html Read more: Midway eyes CityCentre Three - Houston Business Journal
    1 point
  12. Locate Delilah McKenna and then run the opposite way.
    1 point
  13. This is the back of the mansion that faces the bay. The front looked exactly the same as the back. There was a pool in between the front and back buildings with tons of plants and a walkway over the pool. This is the glass covered area in between the front and back portions of the mansion. It contained the pool. This is where Mr. List was shot. The partial door visible at the bottom right is the doorway to the garage. Smiley was waiting at the top of the spiral staircase with a shotgun. Mr. List was killed as he came through the garage door.
    1 point
  14. There are less restrictive ways of keeping the garage doors off the front of the houses, and in fact, it has been done on my street without the historic district. As for your statement that camelbacks make for attractive streetscapes...or for that matter, using attractive and camelback in the same sentence at all...I now have a concrete reason for ignoring any opinion you have regarding architectural attractiveness. And to think you once posted a reply that you have tried to educate people on the value of architecture.
    -1 points
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