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  1. I thought Seattle runs theirs underground and shared with their bus routes in the same tunnel. LA runs their Blue Line downtown for a short length before tunneling to meet the Red Line subway, although the Gold Line has been extended years ago on its downtown east edge. Adding to the list of cities that run LRT on surface streets of downtown: San Francisco - the historic F Market trolley line on Market Street, and the cable cars. Sacramento Salt Lake City New Orleans Memphis Norfolk Baltimore Phoenix
  2. MUNI's light rail service (coincidentally called MUNI METRO) was actually an evolution of their longtime streetcar system; same can be said for Boston and Newark.
  3. From a closer look I think the reason the vertical signals are arranged that way as opposed to the typical horizontal look you see all over is due to the size of the traffic arm stick. The city just wanted to fit as many signals on that stick as possible based on regulations. As for cities in Texas that have vertical traffic signals, Beaumont and Amarillo take the cake on having the most.
  4. I don't understand why Texas has a tendency to convert underpasses to overpasses. It doesn't make no sense. They could have just built a new bridge on top of the interstate with wider lanes and or a wider clearance between support columns to accomodate a wider freeway like they did the Post Oak bridge over the Katy. I think it screws up traffic by funneling it all in a narrow space to take out a bridge, not to mention forcing cars on the feeders to sit through new traffic signals once the interchange is taken out.
  5. To a degree I have doubts about the world's largest freeway system being that nice. A handful like the Hollywood Freeway or the Foothill Freeway (I-210) has greenery around it. The rest are wall to wall and the only saving grace to them aestheticallly are the mountains in the distance. In the case of California, San Francisco and the Bay Area have better looking freeways than LA does. They don't have as many noise barriers as LA does plus they have more of an oleander look due to the regionality, as well as having nine major bridges cut across water. Many of em cut through undeveloped el
  6. Just caught wind of this story on another sight but it seems like Belo is exiting the television business soon. Gannett (USA Today's owners) is expected to buy out most of the Belo stations including KHOU. http://www.chron.com/business/article/Gannett-buys-20-stations-from-Belo-4597999.php Just sad how conglomerates keep getting bigger and bigger.
  7. Attention gospel music listeners in Houston: we are set to lose the inspirational KROI Praise 92.1 next month. Ironically Radio One (Black-owned and operated conglomerate) did not sell the property but has decided to take on a news format. From All Access: RADIO ONE has announced that Christian Inspirational KROI (PRAISE 92.1)/HOUSTON will flip to News/Talk "NEWS 92 FM" on the week of NOVEMBER 14th. The 24-hour news and information station will be fortified by the world wide resources of ABC NEWS RADIO and ASSOCIATED PRESS PLATINUM; The Gospel format will move to sister Urban MAJIC 102's HD
  8. I'm surprised black folks in Mo City are all clustered in the Hunters Glen subdivision and scattered elsewhere to the other side of Texas Parkway. Just when I thought it was diverse everywhere in the suburb of its size. So much for being a continuation of the Fort Bend side of Houston below the belt.
  9. Source: The Atlantic Wire http://news.yahoo.com/s/atlantic/20100922/cm_atlantic/mappingthesegregationofuscities5133 Mapping the Segregation of U.S. Cities Heather Horn – Wed Sep 22, 1:13 pm ET WASHINGTON, DC – Many people have an anecdotal sense of what areas in a particular city are predominately black, white, or other ethnicity. Eric Fischer has a more precise sense, creating maps that visually represent segregation in urban areas. Using Census Bureau information and the methodology of cartographer Bill Rankin, who produced a racial map of Chicago, Fischer created maps for each of the forty
  10. I don't understand why there HAD to be construction on I-10 West between the 45 junction and inside Loop 610. I'm specifically talking about in the Heights. I went shopping a few days ago at the Sawyer Heights Center (where Target is) and noticed bridge pillars and bridge beams right next to the mainlane freeway presumably for feeders from Studewood to Taylor. Another construction spot is between Shepherd/Durham and Yale. Why the hell would TxDot do another useless construction project? The freeway was fine the way it was without feeders for the most part. But now they are putting in mor
  11. I'm confident Houston has a good chance of getting two more urban competitors. We do have a huge Black population to support those opportunities. Right now the music played is slanted toward the teenboppers/young adults and people who grew up in the Motown era. So that means folks who grew up on late 80s and 90s music in the Old School Hip Hop and New Jack Swing eras don't have a choice here (unless you're listening to noon lunch mixes or on Friday and Saturday nights). I'm glad I'm not the only one on here who has issues with Majic 102. I know people here in town who only defend the statio
  12. Houston is one of the top 10 radio markets but unlike most other radio markets, we have one hip hop/RnB station (which is watered down anyway) and one R&B/Classic Soul station. It is not fair that other radio markets like Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Detroit have at least two hip hop stations and two RnB/classic soul stations and one gospel station in some cases. On a local scale, it is not fair that we're limited to only three Black radio stations - like most cities we should at least have four or five. Not to mention 97.9 has a two hour playlist loop or
  13. Yeah that was bullsh-eye-t about the Krackernuts losing their job recently. I wish 97.9 had more freedom in their playlist like for example this station in San Francisco that plays old (80s and 90s) and new stuff AND local artists in balanced rotation. At least Madd Hatta a.k.a. Mista Madd didn't get replaced by radio syndicates.
  14. Unfortunately Radio One's budget affected Majic too. First Inspirational Wednesday w/Kandi got cut (it ain't like every single person could listen to 92.1 everday anyway), then the 5:00 request hour got cut, now the Sunday Vintage Classics is gone. Now 102 is just another R&B station with a good selection of music with a cookie cutter playlist approach - the one that never allows RARE lost soul hits to be dusted off to see the light of day. I would like to see another R&B station in Houston with a focus on 80s and 90s R&B and new jack swing music this time (i.e. Power 97.5). So
  15. I don't know if this thread was done already, but anyways: Source: http://personals.aol.com/articles/2009/08/24/top-10-cities-for-black-singles/ (I knew this was originally on Black People Meet's webpage but the link has since been taken down) Top 10 Cities for Black Singles Text Size A A A Filed under: African-American, Black People Meet Posted Aug 24th 2009 6:00PM Print Article by Staff, for BlackPeopleMeet Tired of looking for love in all the wrong places? If you're single and Black, you're not alone. A whopping 42 percent of black men and 41 percent of black women are unmarried, according
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