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cougarpad last won the day on February 14 2019

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  1. It still doesn't take away from the fact that capitalism was involved in the construction of the railroads. It was just not government building by itself. When investors are involved it means that the projects will be built as efficiently as possible so that there is profit. You can look to California as an example for a true boondoggle when a government tries to build on their own using tax dollars with no financial restraints on blowing budgets. Just as in the past with railroads being built with capitalism, it is going to take the same approach if we are going to see highspeed rail in the US.
  2. Please stay away from the politics and bashing voters. I support the current president and also support high speed rail. It should also be noted that Trump is all for using tax dollars on infrastructure. He has also mentioned rail in the past with private public partnerships. It short sighted and very ignorant to label all people a certain certain way just because you dislike a political figure. I am all for Highspeed rail and believe this the best way to do it through capitalism. The 1800s railroads were not built by the government but instead capitalist who saw a good investment.
  3. Even just putting the top and spire on the building as in the original plans would of made a difference in making the building look more complete.
  4. Any updates on the construction and reconstruction of the Farmers Market?
  5. Perfect place for a grocery store. HEB shoud be all over that vacant Forever 21 space.
  6. I am a conservative and I never can understand why Republicans act like mass transit is the boogie man. The inner core of Houston does not have anymore room for more roads. Mass transit is needed as an alternative to gridlock, and also not everybody has a car. To all those who where trying to shut down the Post Oak line, I would like them to show me where else they can build a road in that area to help in lessening the congestion? The money they always are ready so spent on projects like the Grand Parkway is no different then spending money for a BRT line, both are used in the movement of people it is just that the BRT line is moving people in larger groups instead of a few people as is being transported in a car. I dont live in Houston but if able to I would vote for Buzbee who at least is open to mass transit and I believe would follow the will of the people if the Metro bond passes which it should. I could never vote for the weasle in Turner.
  7. A big chunk of the land is in a utility corridor on people's property that already is owned by a power company. Also how is it a vanity project? All these investors are not putting money on the line if they did not think the ridership was there. The line is no where near as big of a footprint as TXDOT is taking out of properties across the Texas to build highways. The company is paying the property owners for the land as well. It is not like they are just walking up and taking the property without compensation.
  8. You do realize that the partner Japanese company behind this has other lines built and running around the world? It is not like this is some start up company building their first rail. The builders have plenty of financial backing.
  9. Based on rendering it looks like they are going to carve out room in the trees for the building and parking lot. I just hope they do this with any future expansions on the land. The campus they are building in Pearland is being built with maintaining foliage in mind. Also, I believe there is a chunk of the land in the flood plain so they can not build on some of it anyway.
  10. That property has thick woods on it. I hope they do right by designing the building into the woods without tearing all the trees out. It be nice if they would just carve out room for the buildings and parking then leave as many of trees as possible on the land.
  11. The med school will have a real grand entrance from MLK Blvd!
  12. There also has to be some shenanigans going on that somehow HCSA always chooses Aramark. Like to know if some of the board members own stock in Aramark or there is some under the table money exchanging hands.
  13. You can blame Aramark and their overpriced and crappy food for the ridiculous beer prices at Houston sports events. It amazes me how they basically have a monopoly on all the sporting venues. UH wisely just gave Aramark the boot from its sports facilities. I know many UH fans are happy about it.
  14. The proposed high-speed rail station is supposed to be only a couple of blocks from the Northwest Transit Center. The Uptown BRT would only need to be lengthened a short distance north. The schematics that I have seen for this new Metro plan have the BRT accommodating for this.
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