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  1. I can't quite remember where I've been posting these, so I thought I'd just throw this up on here. If the mods can help consolidate them in my location, I'd appreciate it. http://youtu.be/6FH9BIiZ1jY
    3 points
  2. people who use the "it gets too hot in houston during the summer to walk" excuse are just flat out lazy. it gets damn hot in NYC during the summer AND they're winters are atrocious, something houstonians do not have to worry about at all. grow a pair.
    3 points
  3. From around noon today: I'm going to try to get out tomorrow and get some shots from the other side of the building. My time only allowed for me to quickly stop and grab a quick shot from across the freeway.
    2 points
  4. Thanks for saving me from having to make those points, guys. Appreciated. Count me in on the LA skepticism too. And obviously having everybody near business districts is not exactly helping their traffic. On that housing + transportation stat: next they're going to notice Houstonians take their extra discretionary income to eat out more than any other major city (according to Zagat), so we spend a higher proportion of income on food, so that means Houston is an expensive city keep yourself fed. Jeesh. Everybody see the flaw in that logic?
    2 points
  5. Actually, the Briarglen Commons project isn't quite as small as you might think. What you see in the pics is just the first 8 of 24 patio homes that will be built. Plus, the adjacent lot -- on Bancroft behind these & next to Highland Tower -- will have more. I live nearby and see a lot of potential buyers checking them out. When this area was full of run-down apartments, it was known as "Sin Alley". It sure has changed.
    1 point
  6. Almost finished. They're just finishing up the final interior work:
    1 point
  7. All kinda bad pictures. Sorry about that. I was a little rushed (and the last one I was actually driving and trying to take a picture with my DSLR, so it came out kinda wonky): My car is totally not conspicuous in that picture, is it?
    1 point
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  9. From earlier today. They were disassembling some of the scaffolding while I was walking around taking pictures: Also, I noticed some bare wood down the side street I parked on, and found this little thing going up in the neighborhood behind the Highland Tower (here: http://goo.gl/maps/3DbNe):
    1 point
  10. From earlier today. Very little change since lockmat posted his pictures:
    1 point
  11. As seen from across the freeway:
    1 point
  12. I agree that many times commute distances are a quality of life choice. Having lived in the suburbs for a number of years (yes, I have kids) and having done commutes up to an hour at times, I can tell you that commute time is not all wasted time. I get a lot of phone calls out of the way during my morning commute (something that I wouldn't be able to do on public transportation) and use the afternoons as my downtime. Those of you that have raised kids know, sometimes you don't get a lot of time to yourself. Having an opportunity to have some mental health time to prepare you to really be available to your kids when you do get home can be a benefit. I've personally always found that about 30 minutes was a very manageable commute and I don't think that it's a coincidence that the average commute time across the country is right in that range. The main question that I have with the transportation costs though, is that I would expect that the higher costs would be directly reflected in commute times and given that the average commute in Houston is 10% higher than the national average, that doesn't seem like the type of indicator that I would expect to see. To Tory's point, that would seem to indicate that the majority of the additional expense is discretionary.
    1 point
  13. I think on the housing and transportation stat, it's best to compare cost/sqft and gasoline prices and distances traveled. The size of house a person would choose to buy and where it is located are choices made for reasons that improve that individual's quality of life. The cost of a BMW X5 is going to be the same in Houston as in LA (maybe not for used quite so much), it's the distance traveled and the price of gasoline that because our cost of housing is so low can be more variable. Being single with no kids (yes ladies, I'm available), I couldn't imagine sitting in hour long traffic going into work. If I had a kid though, I might use that hour to reflect (as I sit crawling in traffic) that my commute might suck, but at least my kid is going to school in a good district.
    1 point
  14. Whew! I was in a bad mood! Article about panhandling and related court decisions.
    1 point
  15. So to sum things up: Cyclists, it does not matter how in the right you are, if you get hit by a car you're effed. Drivers, it does not matter how much of a jerk the cyclist is, if he's folded in-half under your car you're effed. Skateboarders, your dad just got your report card, you're effed.
    1 point
  16. http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/1572/img0758.JPG http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/7765/img0801rk.jpg http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/9816/img0845gk.jpg http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/6393/img0857bv.jpg From the past few weeks- the basement.
    1 point
  17. . . . and those supposed 5 minute waits at stop lights (mysteriously caused by the light rail that runs parallel to his route) aren't really that much of a problem after all.
    1 point
  18. I'd do it, then run the redlight too, you can't stop me I'm on bike! Your only mad that you got passed. Silly Cagers.
    1 point
  19. I'm glad to see they're saving it, although the big sax isn't something I would ever have considered a local landmark. If it were up to me they would have preserved Bubba the neon roach instead. Now that was a symbol for Houston!
    1 point
  20. Why are y'all arguing with marksmu about bicycle rules of the road? He is seldom, if ever, correct, and only wants to make everything the cyclist's fault. Of course a cyclist may move to the front of the line at stoplights, just as cars may pass the cyclist while moving. Only marksmu would try to suggest otherwise. There is no requirement to do so, only the permission to do so. Seriously, you will enjoy much lower blood pressure by ignoring marksmu's bicycle rants. He is the driver of that pickup that gets too close to you on those weekend rides. You won't change his mind on this forum.
    1 point
  21. The trail through part of Terry Hershey has some signs suggesting bikes pass pedestrians at 10 mph. They are not "official" looking signs, maybe a park conservancy group or neighborhood association put them up. Most bicyclist are riding 10-20mph, and if they are going to pass somebody from behind they call out "on your left" to give fair warning. I myself only do this if the situation calls for it, i.e. I can't get past without having somebody move out of my way. I don't yell at everyone I pass on a bike path just as I don't honk at everyone I pass in my car on the streets. In part that's because sometimes when I do signal my approach, walkers will make some random move rather than just moving over to let me pass, which can be dangerous for all of us.
    1 point
  22. I got curious and checked it out on Google Maps If it's meant for pedestrians as well as bicycles then all the markings on the road are wrong, all the markings on the path are wrong. The markings where street crossings do not have a zebra path for pedestrian crossing, nor are there signs on the roads designating that there is a crosswalk ahead. So, if it's a shared ped/cycle path, then the city needs to follow the states codes and mark it correctly.
    1 point
  23. What is pedestrian unfriendly about it? It will have sidewalks. Besides, how much retail could 600 apartment dwellers support? Don't guess. Put some actual thought into it. How much effort should be put into pedestrian friendliness for a retail site that abuts a bayou and a freeway?
    1 point
  24. best way to keep transportation costs lower? better transit OPTIONS. Personally, I'd wish we'd spend some money fixing roads rather than building new ones. Greenbrier, Cullen, Woodway, Richmond, etc... are in such poor shape that it isn't uncommon for them to damage vehicles, especially tires. Memorizing potholes is my new hobby.
    1 point
  25. This is good enough for you? MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF COMPARABLE Tax dollars are already being used to splay housing farther away from job centers in form of highways. Let's not get into what tax dollars SHOULD be used for or you will be exposed as the corrupt propagandist you are. The report undercuts your cheerleading by showing that on average Houstonians spend more on transportation and housing thus eating up any potential cost of living savings that you blew chunks about in your rag. "Error has no rights."
    1 point
  26. Well, there is the "restaurant row" phenomenon, but I have never seen any research suggesting that the same phenomenon applies to movie theaters. For those who have never heard of "restaurant rows", studies show that one restaurant in an area may struggle, but as more restaurants open in the same area, that area becomes known for having several restaurant choices. People who are unsure exactly what they want to eat will tend to drive to the "restaurant row", confident that at least one of the many choices will satisfy them. For instance, I may drive to Washington Avenue, or Rice Village without having a particular place in mind, and decide where to eat once I get there. Again, I am unsure if this applies to movie theatres. It might. That could help explain multiplexes.
    1 point
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