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ig2ba last won the day on December 21 2012

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  1. I think that explains it well. There are two types of people in this situation: those who need signs to tell them exactly where to park and those who just park. Some people need a signs leading them all the way from 288 telling them to park at on street parking in the museum district to go see a concert at Miller Outdoor. It's probably mostly a suburban/city divide, but not entirely.
  2. I'm cool with a parking garage north of Hermann Drive in the context of more development of the Museum District. Hermann at Jackson looks good. For within the park, here's a question: would you be for a parking garage if it meant a smaller overall footprint for parking by removing surface parking lots. The zoo could be expanded or just plain old fashioned green space for now. If you'd still oppose such a parking garage, how would you feel if several levels of it were below ground? Or all of it?
  3. My first observations are about a couple roads in particular, but it looks like this is a wider topic which hasn't been discussed yet that I could find. Washington Ave is now 8 lanes north of I-10, plus center turn lanes and not counting a 2 lane "feeder road" to the southwest. Does anyone know the reason for this widening project? It looks to be outside the scope of the 290 widening project. I didn't realize that this section of Washington is particularly busy or that it is expected to be busy in the near future. Does anyone have any information on why this project was done? inb4 "corruptio
  4. Exactly. I was going to link to a video of that but decided against it. They lobby about legislation and regulation related to their particular industry, just like industry in general. More specifically, they might lobby to open up more lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. They currently lobby on pending regulation on hydraulic fracturing and reinjection. They lobby on greenhouse gas rules. They lobbied and reshaped the upstream oil and gas rules published last year. Also, they lobby in Washington regularly just in case there was some outlandish idea to target their industry with an ind
  5. Yep. I see that too. I usually just park a little further away, requiring an extra 3-4 minute walk but probably a time savings overall, since I don't have to wait for a line of cars to figure things out. Only on rare occasions do I have to find a spot much further away.
  6. I still don't understand your question. If the quotation marks aren't quoting someone, are they irony or something? I would like to cooperate but don't know...
  7. Even car-dependent cities spend more on housing than on transportation. In denser, more compact cities, the cost of housing increase is not offset by a drop in transportation expenses.
  8. Whom are you quoting? The only one that I saw who used those words is you.
  9. Anyone getting a new house with a mortgage in a crowded city would pay more. That would continue forever. Make more posts like this. They are easier to respond to.
  10. Just so we're clear, is this part of the same conspiracy led by oil companies to bribe politicians to build roads, or is it a separate entity?
  11. Argue against whatever strawman you want. The proposal was to eliminate all freeways inside I-610. I demonstrated that this proposal is more extreme even than just about any city, including the ones you listed. Number of freeways that just happen to touch downtown is not a good metric. Other cities have freeways near downtown: Kansas City - 5 or more, depending how you count LA - 4 Minneapolis - 3 Philadelphia - 3 St. Louis - 3 Washington DC - 3 Chicago - 2 Distance to the nearest interstate might be a better metric, but whatever you're trying to say with the all caps, it's not getting thr
  12. I was saying that in a hypothetical world where Houston had no freeways (other than maybe I-10), and had the same number of people as now, that housing prices would be double. It would cost more for everybody. Most people, especially Houstonians, would resist such a scenario because it costs more. They would resist it by demanding more transportation options, and because our starting point is around 1950, I'm more than sure that they would have demanded more freeways. Oh, look. They already did!
  13. Apparently the conspiracy theory has not been properly explained. Do oil companies enjoy getting profits from the gasoline that Houstonian drivers consume because of some symbolism about Houston being the O&G capital? Why would it make a difference whether they bribe-->fund a freeway project in Houston instead of Minneapolis, which has no oil but plenty of freeways? It would be all profit for the oil companies any way.
  14. I too marvel at the freeways we have and the freedom and mobility it provides outside of rush hour. However, it's possible for some to commute to work, do daily activities, and still go weeks without ever going on ANY freeway, much less the West Loop.
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