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  1. I'm not opposed to using tax money to build trails and such. But if a toll road has paid for itself, why not get rid of the tolls? That's what Connecticut did with Interstate 95. Seems like a taxing/tolling authority is trying to find ways to keep itself employed.
  2. I don't think I've heard anyone other than the potheads in my high school say that pot smoke is good for your lungs. I'm not sure there is much of a body of serious research around it. Without that, I feel pretty confident in saying that no smoke in your lungs is better any smoke in your lungs.
  3. I think it's just that elevated parks are trendy to do so now. I don't know where it started, but New York was the big start of it in the U.S. with the High Line. Chicago did The 606, and is doing two more. I'm not against elevated parks, but the elevated nature of the Pierce Elevated is what made it a neighborhood-killer. Why keep its worst attribute? Make it a ground-level park. Much easier to access and maintain.
  4. Considering that most international human rights organizations say that construction in Dubai is done with the equivalent of slave labor, I don't think it's the same thing. Also, this is a state and municipal project. The Dubai stuff was all funded with private money. I'm sure Exxon could build this in a few years, too, with its money to burn. But you're not going to get the same speed with scarce tax dollars. So, really, that's a false equivalency all around.
  5. You'll forgive me if I choose not to believe that you checked the card catalog. I say this because the card catalog was taken out years ago. If you say so. I have no idea what that means. Too late. Then again, I'm not the sort of person who employs emojis as part of my rhetoric. Because it's off-topic. This thread is about the 610/59 construction. I'm not interested in taking it any further astray. If you'd like to start a new thread about it, that's a better idea.
  6. I think I've seen that play: A Diesel-Electric Intra-Urban Rail Car Named Desire
  7. Some were, but it backfired. There was an article and photo in the newspaper showing the immigrants being welcomed with open arms by various relocation groups. Many cities and states are happy to have immigrants (that's why so many sign up for refugees from overseas). More immigrants = more federal money.
  8. I've often found it odd how some cities and states spend so much money on anti-smoking campaigns, then turn around and say, "But it's OK to smoke pot!" Well, make up your mind. Is smoking bad, or not? (I'm not a smoker of anything. I'm just glad people can't smoke in airplanes and buses anymore. That was awful.)
  9. While I generally support the idea of petitions, has a change.org petition ever changed anything in the history of ever? They always seem to end up being nothing more than an echo chamber of people on the internet doing the absolute minimum possible to support a cause. Signing something at change.org seems to be the equivalent of changing your social media avatar to whatever the trendy causes célèbres demands, without actually accomplishing anything. See also: "Raising awareness."
  10. Your questions are neither new, nor unique. These were all answered decades ago. And asking a bunch of questions in a long screed doesn't make you right. It just demonstrates that you lack knowledge of the topic. The answers to all of you questions can be found here and here. I'm not going to do your homework for you.
  11. So I guess when I see "street tacos" at a restaurant like Flora in Buffalo Bayou Park (https://www.florahouston.com/menu), I should regard that the same way as "fun size" candy bars: Nothing to do with the street, or fun. Just another way to charge more money and give less product.
  12. I'd say it's likely in the short term, unless they've already got contracts for the panels. Hopefully, once domestic manufacturing ramps up, it'll ease the crunch. Since I live in a city full of energy experts, I'll state first that I'm not an expert on solar energy. But I believe the following factors play into this: Supply chain crunch that affects every other industry is making it harder to get panels out of China. The U.S. is cracking down on China dumping panels in America as fire sale prices. The U.S. is cracking down on shoddy Chinese panels that don't do what they're supposed to. The second-biggest supplier was Germany, but Germany and the rest of Europe need all those panels for their own energy projects. I'm sure there are more learned people out there that can provide corrections and better context than me.
  13. Amusingly, they're all related. It looks like Related Companies is the parent of both Related Group (your link) and Related (my link).
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