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  1. I think it's just supposed to sound "prestigious." There are businesses that use "River Oaks" in their name as far east as Montrose, and even south of 59. Unfortunately, I think Google uses stuff like business names (e.g. "popular opinion") in how they define an area on their maps. So, someday we may see the entirety of the west loop evolve into "River Oaks." haha
  2. Some of you all seem really emotionally invested in this project. I'm out of this thread.
  3. Honestly, I think a single lane added in each direction would help immensely. There are four main lanes in each direction north of the downtown, and four south. But going through the downtown, where the congestion is, it bottlenecks to three lanes in each direction, and down to as little as two lanes in each direction at 59. I did a little more reading and I found this slide. It seems a lot of the drawings that I've seen floated around are the two alternative designs which do save some Eado businesses. The original TxDOT proposal does add extra capacity, but basically bulldozes everything west of St. Emanuel. I guess that original proposal makes more sense to me in the grand scheme of things, while really screwing over a lot of small businesses. The alternatives seem literally pointless. If TxDOT is going to put the city through all this trouble, there should be a serious net gain out of all of this.
  4. I think for me, it comes down to "is it worth it?" In particular, the section around the downtown has me concerned. That's the hub of the city's freeway layout. Unlike other opposition I've seen, I have no ideological objection. My objections are practical. And, I'm not opposed to the project as a whole either. The section between the downtown and the beltway simply needs widened. I have no objections there- the lanes are too narrow for the posted speeds. And the ramps south of the loop need merge lanes. I get that the current design of I-45 around the downtown is not optimal in terms of ramps and interchanges, but last time I looked at the plans, they feature little to no additional lane capacity in the downtown. Their plan to alleviate congestion is to simply smooth the flow. Is that enough? Additionally, I've not been convinced that there is anything wrong with elevated freeways. Yeah, they're kind of ugly. But if you have more than parking lots around them, they don't visually stand out. In terms of the effects on everything else, I have zero issue with the Pierce elevated, or US-59 next to Minute Maid. To me, one man's elevated freeway is another's covered parking. Additionally, I've looked at elevations for the proposed below-grade freeway and the road surface sits just below flood stage for the Buffalo Bayou. I think it's just a given that this thing will flood when we get a slow moving tropical storm. To me, that fact outweighs the benefits of burying the freeway. The big thing to me is how insanely disruptive the project is likely to be. To be blunt, I don't believe any government timetables for road construction. We all know that if they say a road will take two years to build, it's reasonable to assume it will take five. The best information I can find on this project anticipates that the downtown would be significantly affected for eight years. So, to suspect that the downtown might be affected by this plan for twelve years does not seem unreasonable. That's well into the 2030's. That's crazy. So, while I am generally all in favor of freeway improvements. This project seems to offer little gain for an enormous imposition on time and budgets. What would make it worth it to me? 1) Secure funding for those park caps. They're certainly cool and all, (I do like the Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas) but I'll believe it when I see it. Maybe get some corporate sponsorships. I'd be okay with "Exxon Park." 2) Somehow hard-limit the construction to 5-6 years tops. Surely construction doesn't need to last half a generation to have something nice. 3) Add lane capacity to I-45... even one extra lane in each direction through the downtown.
  5. Either you double the size of the elevated portion, or you double it and then place it in a moat. I don't get your point. Also, I'm reminded of 288 between McGregor and 610 during T.S. Beta. It went totally underwater while most of the other freeways were just fine. I still got to work okay, but it caused a headache for many people. It didn't flood because the bayou overflowed. The bayou was fine- I drove over it. 288 flooded because it's a ditch. I don't see anything wrong with elevated freeways except that they don't have park caps which no one is going to pay for.
  6. Boston's Big Dig is what this project reminds me of. It looks expensive. It looks like a decade-long project. And it looks incredibly disruptive. Which is why I'm generally opposed to this project. Honestly, in a city that is susceptible to flooding, I don't know that it's worth the effort, time, or expense to bury the freeway. And, as planned, the freeway would certainly flood without continuous pumping. I'd be a lot more favorable if they kept things elevated. Not just to add resiliency, but also to reduce the cost and time of construction.
  7. New 420-unit apartments to be built on 19101 Kuykhendahl Rd. at Spring Cyprus Rd. Based on the owner address, it seems to be associated with Greystar, though they have nothing on their site. Design by Meeks + Partners.
  8. Every time I see this thread bumped, I get a bit excited hoping something got revived and that we'll see some new high rise in midtown. But, alas, nada. I suppose a pastry can be nice too.......😭😭😭
  9. "Group to bring 30 Tim Hortons restaurants to Houston area" "Houston may be in line for a local coffee/bakery chain war, as a plan to bring 30 Tim Hortons restaurants to town was announced on Monday. Ten of the popular Canadian coffee and bakery shops are expected to open in Houston in the next three years, according to the announcement." https://cw39.com/news/local/group-to-bring-30-tim-hortons-restaurants-to-houston-area/
  10. I'm a small-time hobby trader and I bought some oil stocks early last May, focusing on companies with Permian Basin investments. No. Regrets.
  11. I don't dislike it. Basic brown bricks are not exciting today, nor will they be at any time in the future. At the same time, the whole design is fairly "value-engineered" classic post-modernism. The design of this building would have looked as good 40 years ago as it does today. I expect the design will look just as good 40 years in the future. Buildings are fairly permanent. I think architectural design which compliments that permanence is desirable to a degree.
  12. The coffee is solidly "perfectly acceptable." But it's the combination of solidly consistent coffee and a toasted bagel with cream cheese, both available quickly from a drive-through, that makes Tim Hortons special. That, and decent doughnuts and other treats.
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