Ross

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  1. For decades, Dallas was not doing well at all. It's better now, but it's still vulnerable, as the city is completely landlocked. As are all of the incorporated entities around Dallas. We lived in Plano from 1969 to 1972. There were 16,000 people there then, with open fields everywhere. About 18 months ago, I read that the last open space in Plano was under development. There's no opportunity for growth in that situation.
  2. Which I am opposed to. If Cypress wants to incorporate, either beg Houston to allow it, or beg Houston to annex the area. There's no need for more cities to surround Houston and suck all the tax money out, which is what happened to Dallas. Houston would be stupid to allow itself to be surrounded.
  3. State law allows them to incorporate, as long as Houston gives permission. Which isn't going to happen, although Houston has allowed Katy, Pasadena, and Baytown to annex areas Houston didn't want. I care about Cypress. As a source of funds to improve areas Inside the Loop😁
  4. If the folks in the ETJ want to live in a city, it's easy. Just vote to be annexed by Houston. As for the taxes collected by Houston in the ETJ through strip annexation, it's great that those areas contribute something to Houston, where most of them work and use the streets. Not a lot different than me paying for their police protection from HCSO who will not respond to a call in the City of Houston.
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    347 W 20th

    Why would Houston have gone vertical when there are no geographic restrictions on horizontal development that is cheaper to build, and more palatable to most folks?
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    1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    That's reasonable given that 4 of the 5 boroughs have populations close to or larger than Houston, and Staten Island is a 3 day trip from Manhattan. Please try again.
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    Day 18 of Government shut down

    That story was from December 21, and the House had not passed the bill, so there was nothing to sign.
  8. There's a list here https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/article/An-update-from-the-editor-of-the-Houston-Chronicle-13375182.php
  9. I haven't noticed any issues using Chrome. I get the same performance as before.
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    Extracted today from the CoH site, averages for the year: STREET NAME SEGMENT ADT YEAR SHEPHERD N DURHAM TO W 34TH ST 47227 2018 SHEPHERD N KATY FWY TO W 11TH ST 34958 2018 SHEPHERD N KATY FWY TO W 11TH ST 33958 2018 SHEPHERD N LITTLE YORK TO NORTH FWY 20167 2018 SHEPHERD N PARKER TO LITTLE YORK 35175 2018 SHEPHERD N PINEMONT TO TIDWELL 31605 2018 SHEPHERD N TIDWELL TO W MONTGOMERY 30899 2018 SHEPHERD N W 11TH ST TO W 20TH ST 25355 2018 SHEPHERD N W 34TH ST TO W 43RD ST 46498 2018 SHEPHERD N W 34TH ST TO W 43RD ST 46498 2018 SHEPHERD N W 43RD ST TO PINEMONT 41366 2018 SHEPHERD N W MONTGOMERY TO PARKER 34891 2018 STUDEWOOD KATY FWY TO WHITE OAK 16654 2018 STUDEWOOD W 11TH ST TO N MAIN 9091 2018 STUDEWOOD WHITE OAK TO W 11TH ST 15158 2018
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    According to the City of Houston Traffic Counts site, Shepherd between 11th and 20th carried 10,000 more cars per day than Studewood between 11th and White Oak. If you are biking, there are better streets than Shepherd and Durham a couple of blocks to the East. You would be insane to bike on Shepherd and Durham until the City gets around to redoing the pavement. Right turns will back up the one lane and a turn lane you propose, since people can't seem to make a right turn without stopping in the middle of the turn. A light at 10th would be stupid. A better choice there would be an island that forces people to turn right from 10th onto Shepherd, not allowing them to cross over to Merchants Park and the stores. Otherwise, there are plenty of lights between 11th and 610. I spend more time driving on Shepherd and Durham than any other streets, and would hate to see any reductions in traffic flow.
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    Old Blueprints, do they still exist?

    You can check with the Houston Permitting Center, but I don't know if those documents are still available or public.
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    Shepherd 10 Business Park @ 600 N Shepherd Dr

    Oh, hell no. That's honestly one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in a long time. Shepherd and Durham work fine as they are. You are suggesting cutting the travel lanes in half, which would result in massive traffic jams and backups trying to get out of the businesses on those streets. And, that's ignoring the costs to redo the traffic signals on both streets, and making the merge North of 610 work.
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    Porretto Beach Abandonment

    It's all pretty complicated. The Open Beaches law doesn't apply to this beach. There's more information here https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/Galveston-still-struggling-with-public-vs-private-12363957.php Open in an incognito window to avoid the paywall
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    Porretto Beach Abandonment

    Galveston is fine as it is. There is no need for any further big development. There's no reason to turn the Island into a Texas version of Miami Beach, or any other place. In fact, making the entire island a state park with minimal development would be great.