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Geographer

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  1. How about Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Germany? They are liberal democracies that have gotten a handle on the pandemic in their countries. Your attitude is indicative of the Tea Partiers -- the government can never be professional or competent so why even try? Why even try to fund programs that help society? It's a convenient attitude for rich people who want an excuse to lower their taxes and defund government programs. It's an attitude that is totally wrong and one reason the coronavirus is ravaging this country. The Trump administration and many state governments refused, and continue to refuse to learn from South Korea and Taiwan.
  2. Does anyone remember the refusal of a single Republican senator to vote for an $800 billion stimulus package during the Great Recession because they said the nation couldn't afford it? Where are those senators now? A silver lining from this crisis will be the end of the Tea Party. Reagan's idea that the government does more harm than good will be discredited. This crisis has shown that a strong, professional, competent government is necessary to address public health emergencies and prevent mass unemployment and social unrest. Massive Federal spending now and for the coming months is the only way to prevent rampant unemployment, despair, and homelessness. Don't forget that most people receive their health insurance from their jobs, so if they lose their jobs they lose their health insurance, all during a pandemic.
  3. Highway expansions may not reduce congestion in the long run but they add capacity and enable growth. That is a worthy goal. The purpose of transportation infrastructure is to allow people to go where they want to go, when they want to go, as quickly, cheaply, and as safely as possible.
  4. There are strong examples of modern buildings using classical architecture around the world. Notre Dame's architecture school teaches it. Many of the bad attempts at classical or traditional Western architecture are in China. Here are some recent projects in America: Schermerhon Symphony Center in Nashville, opened in 2006: Tuscaloosa Federal Building, opened in 2011: Here's a persuasive article on America's classical architectural revival by Yale architecture professor Allan Greenberg: https://www.city-journal.org/html/american-architecture’s-classical-revival-13725.html "The last decade, however, has seen the reemergence of architects who have studied classical architecture, and new classical buildings are once again being constructed. Steeped in the study of classical architecture, the four architects whose work we present here—which ranges from a U.S. courthouse in Alabama to a college library in Illinois to a church in California to a New York apartment building—are leading representatives of this movement. Their growing body of work is driven by client and marketplace demands, not the ideology propounded by the academy. Their buildings represent not so much a reaction to modernism as a re-embrace of our uniquely American democratic ideals of architecture and urbanism." -- Allan Greenberg
  5. Why was an underpass constructed instead of an overpass? An underpass is vulnerable to flooding.
  6. Are any new homes in the greater Houston area being built with some like of elevation to guard against flooding?
  7. I think architecture schools, with the notable except of Notre Dame, view classical architecture with contempt because it has rules and standards. Architects want maximum freedom to design whatever they want in order to put their personal imprint on the project. These schools see classical architecture not as a timeless classic but as obsolete. The American public, however, continues to admire classical buildings. There is a disconnect between what the architecture profession in 2020 likes and what Americans like.
  8. You put it very well, HoustonIsHome! I completely agree.
  9. I doubt it. The map ends at Braeswood for a reason. There should fewer cross streets. The architects should remove E, O, and S streets to improve the pedestrian experience and safety. It would be awesome to have a long, uninterrupted pedestrian mall.
  10. You should be skeptical of any private college without a history or reputation, especially for-profit colleges, some of which have managed to secure non-profit status with minimal changes in their business model. ITT Technical Institute was rubbish and its closure in 2016 was long overdue. Public community colleges like HCC and Lone Star offer far better value and quality than private vocational schools, especially the for-profit ones.
  11. Has anyone heard news of an IAH to SGN (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) route?
  12. How much would it cost the city to put the HSR station downtown?
  13. I'll believe this project will get built when I see it get built. I love the idea and want the government to allow it to be built but I'm skeptical it ever will.
  14. It's smart to have parking right above the transit center. Large open parking lots are wastes of space and potentially require so much walking from the edges to the bus or train platform that it dissuades people from using transit. How similar is the Gold Line BRT route to the defunct University Line rail line?
  15. Posters on another thread said that Tom Delay and John Culberson were primarily responsible for the cancellation of the University Line for MetroRail. Now that both are out of office, will MetroRail include it in their construction plans?
  16. How did two Congressmen in Washington prevent a light rail line from being constructed in Houston? Also, both those Congressmen are out of office now so why isn't the University Line being reconsidered?
  17. I'm new to this forum and somewhat new to Houston. Why was the University Line scuttled? The route would have connected high density, working class housing around Gulfton, large employment centers in the Galleria and Medical Center, and three universities. The route was also a mostly straight shot so the average speed would have been high.
  18. This plan is not necessarily bad since it at least eliminates brutalist and post-modern styles. I would like to see a revival of traditional architecture but I have an expansive definition of that which includes Beaux-Arts (examples of which include the UT Tower and the Met) and Spanish Colonial. I particularly enjoy the symbolism and details of those structures. For example, the facades of cathedrals are covered in statues and inscriptions that mean something. A blank wall is boring.
  19. Good afternoon, Houstonians! I am a new member of this forum. It's an exciting time to be a resident of Houston! Why doesn't this building have piles buried into the ground? Houston's geology is rather soft and porous, right? It seems that without piles a big, heavy building will sink into the soil over the decades that it will be used.
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