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cspwal last won the day on December 18 2017

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  1. The argument I always heard for eminent domain power for infrastructure projects is without it, the last person to sell has an incentive to set a ridiculously large price, since a multi-billion dollar railroad/pipeline/road/etc that needs to cross their land or else it fails would have to pay vastly more to buy it. It's a point on the supply demand curve where supply goes to near 0, demand goes to the maximum of the project, so the price could be whatever number the landowner could wring out of the company building the project. By making it so they have to sell at a normal price, it enables
  2. This would have been a helpful list during Flying Saucer's easter keg hunt this year (one of the clues was fountains)
  3. you would have to pair it with vastly improved public transportation that would serve that path - which is only in the concept & early design phase.
  4. Usually I replace my demolished Taco Bell with more Taco Bell
  5. Sounds like a good weekend trip
  6. I suspect Amtrak is even going to try more NOLA service for now because of how congested the rails are in downtown, specifically the at grade crossing just east of where the Amtrak station is. The trains stopped in the East End are often waiting for a green at that junction. The San Antonio & Dallas trains wouldn't have to go through it, so they try to do more service
  7. The lot for the parking garage behind the Houston post building is nicely graded. I feel like they're waiting before for something preceding
  8. The Rice ones are probably older
  9. Ideally the train should leave from East downtown, have a few stops on the way (maybe move Bay Area park and ride 2 blocks west to the train tracks and have a commuter rail station?) and terminate in Galveston it would need to run 7 days a week at least every 30 minutes to really be useful; probably would mean at least 4 train sets. Biggest problem is just getting in/out of downtown Houston - that line is always busy with freight traffic
  10. I can see a lot of logic in Home Depot wanting to build here - its near other big stores (Target, Kroger) - There's no Lowe's or Home Depot nearby - its sufficiently far from Gulfgate and Meyerland - It's a large tract of land, one of the few that could fit their very large stores + parking lots
  11. It could also be coupled with work from home meaning fewer downtown workers feeling a need to live down there
  12. 290 has a new contraflow HOV lane, and that's something they might be able to implement on other freeways on the cheap
  13. Super selfish post but here goes When are the COVID schedules going to end for METRO? I just started a job a block away from a park and ride, and the reverse commute bus used to go in front of our house but now only picks up downtown. Does anyone have any info on when the park & rides and the network in general will go back to normal? As a additional question, when do you think the express bus network will be implemented? Next few years, or closer to 2040?
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