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  1. Except NOBODY IS MOVING. As you said, there will be cuts in the berm for things to pass through. Its no more disruptive than your average railway. In fact, because of the cuts in the berm, it will probably be less disruptive. It will definitely be less disruptive than a highway or road. There is no real reason, no good reason to oppose this, at all.
  2. What @cspwal said. This is a rail easement. Nobody's land is being taken here. Hell, most of the people opposing this project are probably just salty they didn't have more land to sell to make more money. This won't even disrupt the property around it, since it will be built on a viaduct that will allow everything from vehicles to animals to pass completely unimpeded underneath. No property owner loses on this deal.
  3. Except this isn't running through living rooms, but fields. Nobody's losing their house over this. When it goes through populated areas, it will follow existing rail corridors, and when its traveling through the country, no one's house will be in the way.
  4. Heck, nobody's posted any pictures of the site in well over two months now. How's construction going? How far along is it? Does anybody know?
  5. Then I don't really see what your problem is then. This isn't a land grab in any real sense. The only land being taken will be for a railway easement, which isn't much land in the grand scheme of things and it would only ever be used for a railway. If the rail isn't built, the land remains untouched. I don't see how this would be anymore of a boondoggle than anything else the government would spend the money on.
  6. They aren't ones the pushing for this. The federal government are already trying to spend this money. Nowhere in that article does anyone currently associated with the project push for federal money. And look, Biden and his cronies up in Washington seem intent on spending that trillion dollars anyway. Don't want them to? Contact your local representatives and voice your displeasure at this trillion plus dollar infrastructure bill and the tax hikes they are trying to push through. And if the bill does go through, if the government wants to send money to this project, let them; they'll spend it
  7. I would like to know what you think the city/TXDOT could do to adequately connect it then? I picked out that Fry's because its generally indicative of the types of businesses we are talking about here; the types of businesses you can find in any strip mall in Houston. I mean, I guess I could have picked the nearby Panda Express...or the Chipotle...or the Starbucks...or the Chili's...or the numerous car dealerships...or the Gamestop. These are the types the businesses that nobody on HAIF would give a crap about in any other situation, but because they are being torn down for a freeway,
  8. While lamentable in some aspects, none of these are insurmountable issues. The schools can be replaced (and I suspect that, if they are public, there are already plans to move or close them), the churches can be moved, the house and condo owners can be compensated and moved easily enough, and the apartments are filled with renters who will simply rent somewhere else. The hardest replacements would, theoretically, be the businesses, but I suspect most of them are strip retail (like that Fry's Electronics), older hotels and motels, restaurants, gas stations, and the like fronting the freeway, mo
  9. The only negative I'm looking at is this getting kicked around ten more years. Just get started so you can get it over with already.
  10. In what way exactly (other than mandatory parking minimums) is Houston more egregious than any other city in America? I was under the impression that the city was generally more permissive than most cities when it came to permitting.
  11. Man, this entire project has become the clown show to end all clown shows. This really is Houston's Big Dig.
  12. Looks like there may be a third, taller building behind the wrap around in this pic (check out the very top of the building).
  13. I keep seeing similar sentiments expressed in other threads, but has there been any large scale move in any American city to tear down large of amounts of older Class B or Class C low rise office buildings and replace them with anything else? From my experience they just stick around and look unassuming forever.
  14. My guess: nothing is being done on that because that is specifically part of the Hardy Toll Road extension, which would make it Harris County's issue (they maintain the toll road). The viaduct replacement is probably being done by the city of Houston.
  15. I think those will be the freeway entrances/exits to the Hardy Toll Road extension (when it gets started, whenever that is.
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