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  1. Perhaps I spoke too soon. Elgin (eastbound) already has a pothole large enough to cause a major THUD! if someone is careless enough to hit it (which the 82 Westheimer unfailingly does). If only they had stretched the job out a few more years, and done it right....
  2. It certainly helps to be intimately acquainted with the neighborhood. The casual visitor would justifiably assume that a major street will allow one to travel from point A to point B. It's frustrating to walk a good distance from the closest main cross street only to have to retrace one's steps, and still have no indication as to how to access the closest and easiest route. My observations are from the perspective of someone who sometimes walks without having a fixed destination in mind, and who doesn't carry a GPS device. I realize that that's not everyone. Still, it might be nice to have some warning - maybe "NO PED ACCESS - YOU'LL REGRET IT" signs posted at White Oak Dr. and I-10? Yes, you can get there from here, but it's not as obvious as it ought to be.
  3. HAIF users have an identifier and icon next to their names (Low Rise, High Rise, Lighthouse, Factory, Hotel, Ferris Wheel, etc.). Are these arbitrary designations or is there a hierarchy? If so, is there a key that explains the ratings, and how they're obtained?
  4. Please forgive me if this issue has already been addressed on this thread, but a major impediment to making this development pedestrian accessible is the Studemont bridge over White Oak Bayou. I cannot walk across it. I'm willing to bet that most people can't. A two foot tall railing and an 18" sidewalk do not inspire confidence. There may be other routes to cross the bayou but they are not evident to the hapless pedestrian who discovers that You Can't Get There From Here. Are there any plans to widen this bridge and add adequate sidewalks and rails?
  5. Johnson's influence is evident; Michael Graves (IMO) even more so.
  6. Recently I've noticed that Google Street shows only the most recent image. I miss being able to contrast and compare the same view captured over a period of years. It was a valuable tool for determining the approximate construction date of new buildings, and to jog the memory as to what building used to be at a particular locale. Further, I've found that broken links are increasingly common (for example, the inability to make a virtual turn onto a side street). This can be especially annoying when attempting to find a particular address, only to come to an abrupt stop. Also, the view that appears is often several numbers off from the address requested in the original search. Is this related to the browser used to access Google Street or is this their new standard?
  7. Perhaps this space is strictly for appearances sake and not meant to be open to pedestrians (much like the sunken Zen garden formerly at 611 Walker).
  8. I'm unclear as to which lines you're referring to.
  9. Not really. I understand that convenience is the operative word in "convenience store", and that close proximity and extended hours are their selling points. I'm not an expert by any means, but the impression I have is that the Holy Trinity (beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets) make up a substantial portion of their profits, and that the hoi polloi often indulge in these items. These stores seem to attract a grittier crowd than the national branded stores but heck, isn't a bit of gritty to be expected in a downtown urban setting? Replacing them with shinier versions with stricter standards won't have much effect on the street denizens other than an increase in nicotine fits and the DTs. But yes, I agree - it would be nice if there were more clean, well-stocked, non-scary convenience stores downtown. In the meantime, these places are better than nothing.
  10. Virtually all public transportation in Midtown is oriented to the north and south. It's approximately a mile from its eastern to western edges, and public transportation doesn't run in that direction. Imagine a circulator bus (similar to downtown's GreenLink) that would intersect with the light rail stops. For example, it could start westbound at the McGowen stop, continue over to Bagby, cut south to Elgin, jog over to Milam, then go east on Alabama (HCC/Ensemble rail stop), turning north on Crawford, and looping back to McGowen. This would bring people close to Randall's, Spec's, Whole Foods, and numerous bars and restaurants on the west side, provide broader access to Elizabeth Baldwin Park, and encourage development on the east side. It would unify Midtown as a neighborhood. No, I don't know who's going to pay for it, but it sure would be nice. Thoughts?
  11. I agree. And just imagine - maybe, someday, Camden at McGowen Station will be completed, too, and we'll have Main Street back again.
  12. The chapter "Waugh" appeared in The New Yorker.
  13. By any rational standard, this is a great improvement. Still, I'm taken aback. It's like seeing Tom Waits in a tuxedo.
  14. @Libbie, I think that the railroad track has been converted into a hike-and-bike trail (Columbia Tap Rail Trail). Thanks for sharing your recollections.
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