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  1. Has anything happened on this? South Post Oak is getting really bad traffic wise and I would bet that if the Fort Bend tollway didn't dump you onto the street network miles from any employment center it would have more usage.
  2. I had read somewhere that certain hazardous freight can't share rail with passengers. Since that freight still needs to reach the port, it leaves no path for a commuter rail system to follow going north.
  3. Yeah, it would make too much sense. Instead of a train that gets people in and out of employment districts or to airports quickly, we will get another billion dollar bus line that, takes 10 years to plan, doesn't really go anywhere, takes commuters to where they don't live, and then leaders will point to it as evidence to why mass transit can never work in Houston. Someone should tell these people that everything will be fine, Commuter trains still run on diesel, and people will still buy lots of gas for their cars.
  4. Full view. To summarize, two hubs (east and west), heavy rail loop connecting them, commuter rail stops get more frequent outside of the beltway, and Pearland gets nothing because it's between two freight corridors and its about to get one of those tollway-inside of-freeway-inside of-avenue things and should be groovy for a while. Remaining railways get expanded and grade seperated to move chemicals and freight.
  5. I figured that it would attract more riders if it passed through Greenway Plaza.
  6. The commuter rail is meant to serve areas outside of the beltway so the majority of the stops would be in the more distant suburbs. The red stations are supposed to be transfer stations.
  7. Therein lies the rub. Inner city housing (read that to mean near major job centers) has become prohibitively expensive in Houston. Commuters from new communities on the outskirts of Houston can expect 45 minutes to an hour on a good day and up to two hours on a bad day - each way. You mentioned more bus service earlier. I don't understand what the fetish is with grade seperated commuter bus routes when the word "train" implies multiple bus like coaches being pulled together. I have talked to other people (in leadership positions) who are offended at the thought of having trains deliver shoppers and workers to their doorstep every day. It's as though they can't grasp that there are six million people in the region, the roads are massive, and are still jammed. Why not jam more busses in the mix to make things interesting? The way I see this is that it isn't so much an urbanist utopian dream of everyone taking trains and living in disneyland-like villages, but a way to preserve the value proposition the brings so many people to Houston. You get plenty of space with access to big city amenities for a low price which makes for a great value. The schools have left the picture, which isn't unique to Houston. What is more threatening is the loss of access to the city itself, which will ultimately starve the city of Houston of the employment growth, tax base, and commerce that it needs to pay its bills.
  8. Exactly. I call bullflurf on people who say we can't have a subway because of the water table or flooding, etc. We have freeways below grade. And we live in the city that invented fracking. Do you mean to tell me that there is no engineering talent in this city that can figure out how to drill a (cost effective) horizontal tunnel and then make it waterproof? They should take advantage of the low oil prices and snag some of that equipment.
  9. What is the deal with this place? I was browsing some MLS listings and came across some very large (ugly 70's era) luxury homes for prices that looked too good to be true. I started checking around on the internet and it looks like the verdict is still out on this place, as to whether or not it's in decline. However, statistically I can't figure out why such large homes are so cheap. Is anyone familiar with the area and willing to shed some light on this? What's the catch? Is there radiation or are late 70's modern homes really that ugly?
  10. Town Centre One is coming along! That is going to be a quality urban development. you can see the theater pad on the left, the garage coming out of the ground in the back, and the courtyard area in the middle.
  11. They base these on % rates. So if Austin has around 2,000,000 people in its metro area and grows by 2.5%, it comes out as a net population increase of 50,000. If Houston has a metro population of around 6,000,000 people and grows by 1.82%, it comes out as a net population increase of 109,200. So in summary, whenever a Forbes article is talking about "fastest" growing metros and is using percentage rates as a measure, "fast" means growth relative to size as opposed to growth overall.
  12. That's fine with me. The radio in this city really needs to be shaken up a bit. I'm still surprised that there is absolutely no electronic music to choose from aside from Soular Grooves on Saturday nights. And how does the Buzz get away with calling themselves "Houston's new rock alternative" while playing "new" 20 year old Pearl Jam and Nirvana?
  13. I would hope Chevron doesn't follow suit and move out to the suburbs. I know of several angry people who work/worked for Exxon and were living in the Pearland-Clear Lake area at the time who just saw 60 miles in peak traffic added to their daily commute. If they end up doing that I hope they at least have the sense to find some land closer in that is more easily accessible by commuters who aren't fortunate enough to live in far far north Houston. If they truly compete with Exxon or Shell for talent, it would make sense to have that option to recruit workers who want to work for a great company but either want to live in the city or don't want to move to the Woodlands.
  14. Now all they need is a large antenna to attach to the top and voila! New tallest in the city.
  15. I doodled one up on a population density map from flickr. Black is Commuter Rail. Red is Light Rail. Green is Heavy Rail. You have east and west Commuter Rail Circuits tied together by Heavy Rail serving the inner loop and Westchase business districts tied to light rail to serve inner city neighborhoods. Hardy Rail Yards would be the main hub with secondary hubs at Greenway Plaza, Wheeler, and Northwest TC.
  16. New tower announced at Town & Country Village: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Tall-building-ahead-at-west-side-shopping-center-4615885.php?t=86f7acc94c
  17. Not to be a downer but our skyline probably will be the same. It's going to take something pretty bold/pointy and away from the main cluster of massive buildings to make a big visual change on the skyline. But as long as things keep happening, shine on!
  18. So assuming the typical 25k sf floorplate, that brings it to about 52 floors. It could be higher if they decided to make some of the upper floors smaller or put a crown on it. Do you know anything about the details?
  19. I would love for them to build something like this; http://www.willfox.com The colors and shape would look amazing at night. But, the cynic in me knows that it will likely be value engineered enough to where it will just be a glass box that will get lost in the rest of the towers. With the boom that is happening now, which we know will not last forever, it would sure be nice if someone built something bold... I would do it but I need to locate a few hundred million first.
  20. I live around there too, but I don't see why; 1) They have this love affair with putting the Light Rail in the middle of a busy street. Main Street worked because there are numerous parallel streets that handle the traffic, but Post Oak and Richmond don't have that. It's just going to be a clusterf**k where you can't turn left (or do it easily) and everyone who isn't on the train is going to be waiting through multiple lights. 2) They need to create a garden around the tracks. It's a waste of space and a waste of money on upkeep. How hard is it to just build a functional train that runs on tracks and stops at stations where riders pay money to ride on it? 3) They don't care to enforce the fares. They spent all this money on creating fancy glass stations but didn't seem to bother with anything to keep vagrants from hassling people while they wait, or to systematically make sure that you can't wait on the platform without buying a ticket.
  21. The project doesn't have a website as of now, but it looks like the dots are connecting. I guess we will see what happens. Someone has obviously gone to much trouble to make renderings.
  22. I actually thought the one in Spain looked like a lava lamp at night. But you are right, Houston probably wouldn't build anything unless it was cheap. We are a city of supporting towers looking for a focal point.
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