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skooljunkie last won the day on June 22 2016

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  1. While I agree it’s kind of ridiculous to consider building a toll road here already, 290 inside the beltway also serves as the connector to the 249 corridor via 8. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me if one day there’s a Westpark-like toll road down Spencer Rd (FM 529)—that would connect nicely to a Hempstead toll road. The Southwest side is served by Westpark Toll, Southwest Frwy., and Fort Bend Pkwy. whereas this quadrant only has 290 to funnel into Loop 610. Ugh, but geez...more concrete.
  2. I like it but it should probably read “Ignore the line, don’t expect a fine* Small print: *the city lacks resources and the state doesn’t really care“
  3. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while for work...using 2018 pop estimates by census tract (as well as manually adjusting large suburban tracts that are half ag. uses/half urban), the center of population (green hexagon) for the metro area is Ella at 11th. The blue triangle (TC Jester at 18th) is the pop center after removing Austin County, Chambers County east of the Trinity River, Galveston Island, and Lake Jackson/Freeport.
  4. This is above my COH Public Works sarcasm pay grade.
  5. I spotted them running yesterday. Pretty neat. From what I witnessed, the buses didn't seem to have any issues driving in the lanes.
  6. Unrelated but nearby...I spotted survey stakes around the nearly 1-acre property with the small office building at 300 Jackson Hill. If redeveloped, a tower here would be surrounded by parks and have incredible views of DT, UK, and Uptown...and also the AIG building heh. Maybe it's nothing though.
  7. Right? It's probably easier to drink yourself silly instead of getting to the bottom of it. You'll want to do that anyway after you start listing all the planning problems. 🥺
  8. A Summer Street light was added at the same time as the one by McDonald's. Now it's easier to turn here if traffic is stopped at the aforementioned signals. I'm just guessing that three signals would have been overkill. I've lost count of how many times that dinky signal post at the northeast corner, situated inches from the curb, has been hit by cars. I'd be curious of the cumulative cost of continually repairing that signal over the years.
  9. I don't have a storage unit. Most people I know don't. When I peer into open garages I see some crammed with items. Other garages are spotless and vacant, but many just contain items along the walls. Suburban driveways are often crammed full of cars because there are multiple teenagers/young adults who drive as well. Also, I am a town home person and the ratio of vehicles on the street to homes around here is extremely low--mainly because very little street parking even exists. As for trucks, in my shared driveway, fewer than 15% of households contain a person who drives a truck. In the 10 town houses across the street its 20%. I'll be the first to admit that using just two examples in a metro area of 7 million+ people is not enough data to pipe out generalizations about basically everyone who lives here. That's baseless and tired. However, not everyone drives an over-sized truck, maintains a garage full of storage items, and rents a storage unit.
  10. I like the incentive idea. Before Houston started having disasters every six months I would periodically read about deals between the city and billboard companies. I believe five or so years back 10-15 short, wooden billboards along Richmond Ave were removed and replaced with a few modern freeway types in more prominent areas.
  11. Well it's a start in reducing sign blight. The ordinance changes add an abandoned category for your typical business sign (Chili's, CVS, generic beige shopping center, etc.). Citywide, an owner with a sign that's not in use must now maintain (pay for) an annual permit or the sign can be removed after two years of non-compliance. I believe, but I'm not certain, prior to this, a sign not in use merely had to meet certain visual requirements to stay up: no words/symbols blacked out, and the pole maintained. Also, signs within 600 feet of the freeways outlined on the map now must be smaller in size and height. For example, a freeway sign (excluding billboards) now has a 31' height max instead of 42.5' and the size of the sign must now be 25-33% smaller in area. I'm guessing they wanted to get this set up prior to the North Frwy. rebuild so anything removed must be rebuilt with the new rules. I'm more concerned with LEDs though. I think this is an area the City needs to focus next. Many cities have brightness regulations. From what I can tell, Houston's are loose suggestions. It seems the city has made it easier to convert existing signs to LED with this ordinance as well. So yay...more bright lights in your face at night. I've never understood why some business owners don't use a proper dimmer on LED signs so that people could actually read the damn sign at night. Some can't even be read: ahem, Star Pizza. I might order from them again if they dim that solar flare out front.
  12. Star Stop? Damn. Was hoping for a Timewise.
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