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  1. You’d have to assume Rice is lobbying pretty hard to get them to be involved in some way with the Innovation District.
  2. Any HSR or hyperloop that is built along the I35 corridor will likely pass Austin to the east.... along SH130. I always imagined a stop at or ~ the Austin Airport.
  3. The Texas project is also ~ 1/2 the length of the California system as well. That helps a lot.
  4. No one is in the booth. I've been in enough bumper to bumper traffic on 59 to look at that booth between Kirby and Buff. Sp. and know no human has occupied that in a long time. Ever since they opened the HOV for HOT, it made enforcement virtually impossible. 1.) How does a Metro police officer know if you've paid the toll via driving the in the HOT lane or used the HOV lane.... during hours both are allowed? 2a.) Are they really going to pull someone over during peak usage? That's going to hamper traffic A LOT more than a single illegal HOV user. 2b.) They can only really enforce if you're exiting, or trying to enter the HOV lane. So...… unless they park a cop at every entrance and exit, its really impossible. 3.) Are the penalties of using the HOV strict enough to actually dissuade use. You have to figure that a ticket will cost you ~ $200-300. A HOT toll can be upwards of 6.5. 3-4 weeks of using the HOT lane illegally essentially makes up for any ticket you get.
  5. Instead of building a concurrently running toll road and tie-in to the stub, I've got some ideas: 1.) Use the powerline ROW (like I said earlier) - but probably won't work / the neighborhood that it would run through would reject it.... even more than they're going to reject the tollroad running along Post Oak. In addition, the direct connect tying into 610 would require home demo. 2.) Build direct connectors at 610 for the existing Alt 90. - This would require a lot less $ than a new toll-road. There would be ROW purchase.... but a lot less $ I would think. As far as the 90 corridor as a whole, I think a lot of thought should be given to: 1.) Extending a tollway along Holmes road to tie into the 288's tollway / 610 east. This would actually make 90 alt an almost complete alternative to taking 59 into downtown and the medical center (the medical center is less of a need it is really already accessible via 90. But this does split / provide an alternative path to the medical center). In addition, it almost makes for a new east/west way of traversing Houston that can help in moving goods / products / people in Houston. It kind of provides a pseudo-tie from Southwest Houston to the Ship Channel.... and tying one area of heavily industrial Houston (South of Reliant / Almeda corridor) to another (Ship Channel / Petrochemical 225 complex) However, you'd have to expand the sections of 90 between Chimney Rock and the Mainstreet. But you would necessarily have to build a completely separate road. My guess is that the section would have to be upgraded to more of a interstate quality with better traffic management via separate frontage roads and on/off ramps to S. Post Oak. 2.) Completely rebuild the S. Post Oak and 90 overpasses / bridges. Grade is way to steep. It slows down traffic. S. Post oak should be an underpass under the railroad. Then the main 90 traffic can be at a more gradual grade seeing as it no longer needs to be such a high bridge.
  6. Oof. Karen is the worst. Of everyone who attended this meeting, what percentage of them do you think own a MAGA hat? No need to answer. I've tabulated the results and present to you the Venn diagram:
  7. Solar Energy: Wind Energy: Heavy lift Rocket for manned space flight Rural Broadband Internet
  8. . This is key. Not only population, but workforce concentration. It's a great location for getting to a large % of the white collar jobs in Houston. Remember, business folks can easily expense an uber and the station is 10-20 minutes to Uptown, Downtown, or the Energy corridor. The only real misses are that it isn't convenient to the two large education institutions in the city and that the medical center (a huge employer and economic driver for the city) isn't easily accessible from the location.
  9. This is the kind of forward thinking that helped win WWII and put a man on the moon.
  10. It doesn't even seem like they've started building the new westbound span of 610. I don't know how this project is going to be done in 3/4 of a year like the last projection I saw (3rd quarter 2020). Or is 3rd quarter only when the 288 stuff is going to be finished... meaning that the 610 work is even later?
  11. Curious that I've never seen a proposal to use the High voltage ROW for the extension.....
  12. Just make one large surface parking lot. No shade to worry about and no basket of deplorable renters.
  13. I guess that's why my argument is that in a climate like this.... maybe having these areas represented by a more local / more accountable municipality could hold this decline off or incentivize the developers to stem the tide. My original argument here, which I think is being lost, is that a development like the grid would not have happened at its location in an area surrounded by the housing stock / tax base around it without the fact that it was in a different city than the COH. That's it. Stafford wanted this for the sales tax $... even if it is a little out of place. It's still close enough to Sugar Land in their estimations (developers) to make this work. I looked at Dallas / the metroplex and its development to see if that might be a better model. Somehow I was told that I didn't know what I was talking about.
  14. Because that's the reality. There is a huge gulf of development and decay between 610 and the Beltway almost 360 degrees around Houston. I didn't make this up. That's what the reality is. The only area where this is not the case is along I10... where it just so happens that there a small, mostly wealthy cities abut. Is that an accident? The city of Houston is very large. The out parts of Houston are not growing. My argument is that regionally southeast Texas might be better served by smaller Houston with more mid-sized cities surrounding it. Cities competing against one another would help to invest in areas that might not get investment if they were all in one large city. It's about equity and distribution of investment. Having large areas of stagnant growth is bad. The grid is good because it is actually working against an area that is trendy downwards. That's all I'm trying to say here. Have you never driven along 59 south, 59 north, 45 south and north, 288, I10 east, etc between 610 and the Beltway? There's almost nothing new.
  15. If it's so obvious I don't understand why you can't give an example. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Look, the parts of Stafford / Meadows Place / Houston that is close by this development aren't all that nice. Heck, you're a 5 minute drive from Beachnut …. where you see actual street walking ladies of night. It's across the street from a Walmart where people have been shot in the parking lot. Maybe I'm way off, but if this area was in Houston I just think don't think there would have been the incentives in place to develop this plot in the manner they are. Again, I could just be way off base.
  16. And I stand by my statement. What is your argument? That because of this one development at the Beltway (actually outside but close enough) that there is not an expanding area between 610 and the suburbs that is in need of re-investment / revitalization? This development also doesn't happen without City Centre which I referenced above. Outside of this one development, please list all the other ones between 610 and @/around the Beltway. I'll wait.
  17. Maybe within 610. Every other major redevelopment is within 610... or at least immediately adjacent to 610. What are examples of anything other than that? Town and Country mall? Memorial City Mall area? both of which seem to be one-offs due to the fact that they are adjacent to super wealthy municipalities themselves. This. What once was the 'donut hole' has now become a 'ring' in the city where older neighborhoods are on the decline w/ minimal development. That's all I was trying to point out. I have a hard time believing this project would have gone forward if this was Houston as Stafford could provide the incentives to make completely redeveloping a corporate campus into a mix-use development.
  18. A nice upgrade for an area that's on the battle line between suburban and the 'ring of decay' around Houston. El Tiempo's addition to the Fountains, the Grid, and hopefully the Sugar Refinery develop will create a bulwark against any further progression of the 'decay'. On another aside, thank god the TI site was in another municipality and not in Houston. If this was Houston proper, the site would have just decayed and the whole area would have suffered. If this particular example and Dallas [ducks!] can teach us anything, it might be that a dominate world class city w/ larger surrounding suburban cities might be a better for development than just Huge city + mostly unincorporated county + only 2-3 major suburban cities + more unincorporated further out county land.
  19. Well maybe we just be really fair about it and eliminate all other university systems and just absorb them into Texas system and separately into the A&M system. The you can lose all control of UH and it'll just be A&M Houston or UT-Houston. Go full California. Would you like that? My guess is not. The PUF was set up as part of the land grant federal bill that was specifically set up to establish a flagship university and a mechanical/agricultural college. That's it. If you want to talk about fair, maybe you can look at it in this way: The UT system has a mandate to be pan-Texas. It's in every corner of the state. That's why it's funded w/ a large land endowment that was forked over to it by the feds/state. UH does not have that mandate. It is a regional city college. A much smaller mandate. There's no UH Laredo or UH San Angelo or UH Texarkana. They should not be entitled to that money unless the state legislature decides that they need to revisit each system's mandate. But if they were to do that, my guess is they would probably streamline the systems and UH might actually be a big loser in that scrum.
  20. As town? 😉 Stros-berg? I like Stros-berg.
  21. Sorry if the tone came across aggressive. In my head it was more snarky than the plain text. Now get off my lawn.
  22. Yeah.... I'm going to have to call foul. Scapegoating the youngest generation for the failings of previous generations is tired trope. As a millennial, you're just falling into the trap now that a new kid is on the block. Tisk, tisk. Like you said, boomers have been blaming Millennials for 10+ years now for pretty much all the stuff they've done. The real reason is tax $ and government policy of at least the last two decades. Plain and simple: As more and more states have reduced education spending and support for universities, the cost of education has gone up to make up the difference. The ability to take out essentially endless amounts of $ to fund your education has led to no downward pressure on university prices. And to attract this seemingly endless supply of students, an arms race of facilities / amenities took off.... which then caused education to further rise and creating a sort of synergism on rising prices. In addition, universities (and especially smaller, private ones) began to rely on foreign students who paid the full price tag to cover their increased costs. Globalism and a rising India & China seem to produce an endless supply of these students willing (or at least their governments were) to pay full freight. More and more people have kept taking out larger and larger loans.... more and more students from around the world came.... until recently. The debt burden has grown so large that the return on the investment doesn't make sense to people anymore… especially for smaller, private liberal arts schools. Recent government policies around immigration and the rise in credible educational institutions around the world (like in the gulf and China) has had a chilling effect on foreign students willing to come here …. and pay full way. That's why St. Thomas has to reduce costs. They've incurred large amounts of debt w/ the investment of new facilities. More and more people are asking whether going there makes sense when it cost so much. Less people paying full sticker price. If they don't start getting ahead of this, they will cease to exist.
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