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  1. I passed by yesterday while driving to work and noticed it. I like that they're restoring the window size back to its former glory.
  2. I've seen County Roads in Brazoria County renamed when they link up with other roads to make a long, continuous street, even going as far as to renumber addresses. Ex: The 2600 block of CR 59 is now the 11600 block of Magnolia Pkwy.
  3. I live across the bayou from these apartments located at 3200 N. MacGregor and Sampson and noticed a few nights ago that it was completely dark at night. No lights whatsoever. I thought it was a power outage until I drove by and saw the parking lot was empty except for 2 cars. I guess they've been abandoned. Did they get bought out or are they undergoing renovations or what?
  4. I realize this is conceptual, and I'm not sure if this was covered earlier in the thread, but this video shows a potential multimodal station with elevated lanes called a REAL Station placed on part of the Pierce Elevated ROW. I think this is a good idea, but isn't the whole reason for moving 45 to eliminate an elevated structure? You can look a little further and see what looks like a connection to the connector ramps that will feed into downtown from the relocated I-45. Does this mean that TxDOT is planning to redevelop the old Pierce Elevated ROW into another type of elevated road structure, and thus keep an elevated road barrier between Downtown and Midtown?
  5. A quick check on HAR.com shows 2 properties nearest this site renting 1bd/1ba for $2k-2.9k/mo. I wouldn't call that cheap when the average rent in Houston for 1 bedroom is $1200-1300.
  6. Going by the latest rendering, I guess they're going to build over the remaining RR spur that ran behind Grocer's Supply and replace it with a road? That's too bad. I always thought that would be a good route for a commuter rail line from Pearland, and Levit Green would've been an ideal spot for a Medical Center station with a bus tie-in to the TMC campus. They could've shifted the Columbia Tap trail alignment somewhat to put rail back since the ROW is preserved all the way to the edge of Downtown.
  7. Who's to say 610 wouldn't still be suffering if they'd gone ahead with the project? The project was killed in the early 90s. Had 610 been expanded as planned in the mid 90s, its not unreasonable to think it would be congested again 25 years later in 2021. Just look at the Katy Freeway.
  8. More detours starting this weekend. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/Houston-288-610-highway-closure-ramp-16629438.php
  9. The site of the ground collapse just south of 610 reopened on Sunday morning.
  10. All I've seen are the schematics posted in this thread a few months ago. Construction seems to be corresponding to them pretty closely.
  11. Read this on chron.com. Guess they didn't get the memo that the cloverleaf plan was scrapped in favor of a conventional setup. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/fannin-exit-closed-south-loop-610-16586011.php
  12. I hope they do. They reduce the amount of places where graffiti can be placed.
  13. 1 vote for TxTag. Whereas the EzTag costs $15 and requires you to load $40 to start using it and automatically reloads a minimum of $40 when your balance dips below $10, the TxTag is free. You have to load $40 to start using it, but there's no minimum reload amount as long as you enroll in the automatic reload program.
  14. The City of Houston has actually been pretty responsive in fixing damaged signal equipment in a timely manner. When I report most traffic signal related issues to 311, they're fixed within 24 hours, unless it's a bigger issue that requires more work.
  15. Take into consideration that in a car centered city like Houston, driving is sometimes the only option in areas where transit is non existent or sparse. In that case, it's not a privilege when you're forced into it.
  16. They have them, but they operate in a flashing red mode to save power and operate for a few hours or days before going dark if power is not restored.
  17. The City of Houston maintains just about all traffic signals within the city limits, including those installed by TxDOT and those on TxDOT maintained roads like Westheimer, Almeda, and feeder roads. Exceptions would be ramp meter signals and HOV signals.
  18. People take the train to work there so it's not a wasted resource. The dealership pre-dates the light rail stop by decades. It was formerly Sam White Oldsmobile in the 1950s. It didn't become a Cadillac dealership (Don Massey) until the late 90s when Bland Cadillac shut down and was replaced by Lofts. There was some old school charm about having a dealer so close in town in a vintage building, a domestic dealer at that, imagining the old fintailed 88s and 98s on the showroom floor. San Francisco doesn't have a single domestic car dealership in its city limits. The last one closed in 2011. If you're rich enough to afford to live in SF, a domestic car is beneath you. We still have Knapp Chevy though, still rocking its Art Deco digs in the shadow of downtown, so that's a sign that central Houston isn't that unaffordable. . . yet. http://swamplot.com/your-next-best-bets-for-houstons-most-historic-car-dealership-building-once-1621-milam-gets-demolished/2018-10-25/
  19. The only original bridges over 288 to get a new coat of paint during this project were utility bridges. Go figure.
  20. I'm not an old timer, but the elevated 59 we know today didn't exist in 1962. In 1962, US 59 followed what's now Spur 527 and ran on Travis and Milam and picked up some east-west streets to connect to the Eastex portion of US 59. I think the routing was Jefferson and Pease to La Branch and Crawford to Franklin and Preston to the Eastex. The elevated part and the connection to the Eastex through downtown didn't open until 1974. Here's a 1962 street map of Houston. You can see how 59 followed street routes downtown to connect the Southwest Freeway with the Eastex. https://www.texasfreeway.com/Houston/historic/road_maps/images/1962_houston_american_highres.jpg
  21. Central Automotive Group owns it. They also own Central Houston Cadillac's current location on Main.
  22. The 288 mainlanes at Holmes Rd. are set to reopen tomorrow. That means no more detour/free ride on the toll lanes between Southmore and Beltway 8. https://abc13.com/sh-288-reopens-pavement-failure-safety-purposes-structural-damage/10874778/
  23. SH 130 is actually signed along I-410 from I-35 SW of Downtown San Antonio to I-10 east of Downtown San Antonio where it's signed on I-10 to the point where the tollroad picks up outside Seguin. The idea was that truck traffic on I-35 would see the SH 130 sign and bypass San Antonio on SH 130/I-410 and SH 130/I-10 to pick up the tollroad and bypass Austin.
  24. Luckily, Houston's skyline is full of post-modernity, and I don't think they'll be demolishing any of those buildings anytime soon. Hopefully they don't get any ideas from this: https://gothamist.com/news/270-park-avenue-quintessential-modernist-skyscraper-being-slowly-destroyed-chase-bank
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