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  1. Future of Downtown

    Produce delivery will require a certain level of trust, true. A trust that some are not ready to embrace. However, general grocery delivery does not require that same trust factor. A box of cheerios is a box of cheerios, etc.
  2. Future of Downtown

    Instacart is not a grocery store, it's a third party delivery service. Peapod, instead is a direct supplier of online groceries that directly delivers its products. But yeah I get what you're saying. Grocery delivery to your door is the future. One other benefit, besides the time savings, is buying in bulk. In car-free urban environments, you are hindered by only purchasing the groceries that you can hand-carry with you on your walk home. You mentioned curbside pickup. Something like that could work in downtown if HEB offered it. Up here Peapod offers a pickup service too. The pickup option is still not a grocery store but allows you to pick up your order at a small Peapod distribution center. If your order is too small and not eligible for delivery then this is a good alternative. I could see HEB having a small footprint pickup center (not a store) in downtown, where downtown residents could pick up their groceries.
  3. Future of Downtown

    I think the opportunity has come and gone for a large scale full size grocer in Downtown. Grocery delivery services are upending traditional grocery chains in urban neighborhoods. Here in Chicago, In an absolute shock, long time Chicago grocery chain Treasure Island Foods announced they are closing all their stores by next week. I think the best downtown can hope for is Peapod delivery (if it ever comes to Houston). https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2018/09/30/in-a-surprise-chicagos-beloved-treasure-island-grocery-chain-says-it-will-close/#3a952f3d11bb
  4. WSJ has a report today about auto-bicycle deaths amongst the largest US metros. Apparently the deadliest metro for bicyclists is Tampa-St. Pete. The state of Florida in general seems to be extremely dangerous for bicyclists. Houston didn't make the list, of the top ten most deadliest metros: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-most-dangerous-place-to-bicycle-in-america-1537867800
  5. Yeah, the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will break it down by metro sometimes. This link is from 2009. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6128a2.htm NYC metro and LA metro have higher deaths, but Houston is right behind them, while only being a fraction of the size (population).
  6. The report by the Chronicle is close to being an opinion piece. The next "report" will no doubt push public transit solutions. But the big picture is accurate. There are more deaths on Houston roads compared to other big cities. The solution is more enforcement of traffic laws. Unfortunately local voters have tied their own hands. Rightly or wrongly the voters in the city decided to remove the traffic enforcement cameras. Fair enough, we're in a democracy. However, police enforcement recourses have consequently thinned out. Normally, the Texas legislature should be providing reinforcements for Houston and Dallas, unfortunately Austin has bigger problems right now. The bulk of new DPS hires have been deployed to protect the border, because well, we lack a wall and the border is a public safety issue for the entire state.
  7. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    Light rail is less expensive than commuter rail. Also, heavy commuter rail could not work in Houston like it "works" in Chicago (metra ridership numbers are plummeting in Chicago) because Houston has multiple business districts. In Chicago all of Metra's lines terminate in Chicago's core. In Houston only a small fraction of the population works in any one of the major business districts. But I agree I don't know why Houston is so focused on light rail. With a lack of zoning, spread out geography and a booming economy making automobiles accessible to the masses the focus should instead be on buses, not light rail. Cheap, clean, safe busses for citizens to use until they can afford a car.
  8. Future International Routes Out of IAH

    Beat me to it! https://twitter.com/united?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author I agree that IAH doesn't always get new routes like some of other hubs but I think the "shaft" should also include allocation of newer aircraft. When including aircraft types, I would say ORD gets shafted the most. Some of the United planes flying out of ORD are junk.
  9. Future International Routes Out of IAH

    I agree the French, especially Parisians are rude. But have you flown United lately? It's a nightmare. A rude AF employee doesn't compare to just one UA flight attendant on a power trip. The worst euro carrier on its worst day is far better than the best US carrier on its best day across the Atlantic. CDG I agree with you has issues, but most airports outside of Asia do. When I flew through CDG in March I paid 60 euros to rent a day hotel room inside the Airport. I slept for several hours, took a shower, got refreshed then cleared security in less than 2 minutes (because it was the middle of the afternoon). Made CDG much more pleasant.
  10. Future International Routes Out of IAH

    I think for just two? Continental merged with United in 2010 then United cut IAH CDG in 2012. It is true Continental and Air France operated the route just fine for many years but I assume that was because they were both SkyTeam partners. Actually, I think United's and Continental's combined operating certificate was not complete 'till late 2011, so AF may have still been benefitting from a CO code share even after the corporate merger but before the "FAA" merger. But I may be misremembering. Now, in 2018 they are competitors in every way. In my opinion I would rather have AF fly the route that UA. I am not a huge fan of UA.
  11. Future International Routes Out of IAH

    I'm worried about United and AF competing on IAH-CDG. AF is my favorite euro carrier out of IAH (at least when I'm flying on my own dime). Their premium economy product is the best out of IAH. Not just the seats, but overall on the plane and at the airport it's a damn good product. I would hate for AF to reduce frequency at IAH or leave all together.
  12. Future International Routes Out of IAH

    Once United starts delivering 787-10 to EWR later this year, then I could see how that will open up extra aircraft for the other United hubs, including IAH. -If- IAH will indeed get more United European routes then I hope it's something other than Paris. It's fun to speculate, but United has a lot of hubs with a lot of needs, lets hope IAH doesn't get left out.
  13. Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Harris County should be grateful it has spent as little on light rail as it has and be done with future expansion. Instead, Metro should pour more money into maintaining and upgrading existing local/commuter bus routes. Cars are just too inexpensive and convenient for Houstonian's to give up for public transportation. Outside of the region investing 25 billion for a regional mag lev and or hyperloop, people are not going to start riding Metro in high enough numbers to justify the costs.
  14. Metro Next - 2040 Vision

    Metro's 40 Telephone Rd bus from downtown to Hobby is actually faster than a light rail extension costing hundreds of millions of dollars. lol. https://www.ridemetro.org/MetroPDFs/Schedules/BusSchedules/n040-Telephone-Heights.pdf
  15. High Speed Rail / Texas Triangle

    Yes, typically if you abandon the easement right of way, then it reverts to the landowner. However, tell that to the landowners who got screwed over in the rails to trails nightmare. https://www.supremecourt.gov/qp/12-01173qp.pdf