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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.
  15. I think he was referring to that - gentrification. Even still, I struggle to come up with a lot of examples where gentrification improved schools to the point where they are now considered "good" or anywhere near commensurate with the median value of the new houses of the newcomers. Would anyone say that the houses of the Museum District are good? Of Midtown? EaDo? Montrose? Rice Military? Are the schools in the Heights even good compared to Katy, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land? There are isolated cases I'm aware of, but not enough to change a whole elementary-middle-high school path.
  16. Right, but we're talking about preferences. Maybe a lot of those young people would prefer to live nearer to downtown but can't afford to? Maybe? I also noticed that nearly everyone living in River Oaks, WestU, Memorial, or the nice parts of Bellaire are over 40. That or they did several international assignments, hoarded cash, then came back and bought an expensive house in the loop.
  17. When making an investment of several hundred thousand dollars (your house) or in something that's priceless (your child), most people have pretty low risk tolerance and go with established neighborhoods or suburbs. The chance that the area doesn't turn around is just too high. Several things can make this happen: Your child is a few years older than the average yuppie child in the area. So the elementary school improves when they are in middle school. The middle school improves when your child enters high school, etc.The area being gentrified never reaches a critical mass of yuppies. It could
  18. For the first time in a while, I agree with everything in your post. However, I would add that it matters less what people under 30 want when a company decides whether to "pull an Exxon". They just don't have the pull and are more expendable if they decide to quit. Will this change in 15+ years? Maybe ... but it's also possible that the people who are 30 now will suddenly find themselves with kids, wanting a media room to chill in to escape their screaming kids (if only for a few minutes), unable to tolerate the nighttime noises from the nearby bar scene, less confident in their abilities to
  19. Who is asserting that there's no corruption in road construction? What has been alleged is that there is enough corruption to fundamentally change how we move about the country and how we build our cities, and somehow the same pattern shows up throughout the world, so the same type of conspiracy is everywhere, repeated with essentially the same result. What are the odds of that? There's the economics of it too. If housing costs in a more compact city will be double that of the way that Houston currently is (400,000 vs. 200,000), then an extra $1100/month mortgage payment exceeds the, let's s
  20. I see. So the economics of bribing politicians to support road projects throughout the country - and including projects that are nearly certain to be approved - is a good use of their money. Do the companies collaborate on this? If so, how do they decide which companies have to spend and how much they should spend for each project? Is Chevron in control of bribing politicians in the Bay Area? And Exxon does it for Dallas? How do they allocate for states that have little to no oil production, like all the freeway projects in St. Louis or Florida or Washington, DC or North Carolina? Also a b
  21. No one is alleging that "freeway construction is always corrupt", but some are always alleging that "freeway construction is corrupt". At the moment, you and Slick Vik are saying this. Without proof. Without relevance to the topic. Out of anger that things are happening which you don't like and that you can't explain. Like all conspiracy theories.
  22. What about the people who are concerned about the schools and couldn't care less about a huge house? I know a couple couples right now who like living inside the Loop and are applying for their kids to go to private schools. Given the limited number of such schools, there is a lot of competition to get in. If the kids don't get in, they will move to the suburbs, ones with excellent schools. It's not like they prefer Katy but are making sacrifices for their kids. For at least the next few decades, I see this being a trend of people moving to the suburbs, some of them for no reason other than
  23. I know Houstonians. I've talked to many people who want their company to build a suburban campus like ExxonMobil is doing because they don't want to deal with downtown, I guess implying that the suburbs don't have traffic and only downtown does, that downtown is overrun with homeless, and that downtown has no advantages over some far-flung suburbs - none. I sorta see where they're coming from but don't agree with them. It doesn't really matter though whether you or I think they are wrong or can prove it. It matters whether enough people share their perception and a company moving to the burb
  24. Convenient how? What are you alleging?
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