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  1. The problem with homeless care is the chance for actually incentivizing homelessness. San Francisco screwed itself over on homelessness by actually having stipends for the homeless for years (even now they're guaranteed a small cash grant monthly, from what I've heard) and other homelessness initiatives to the point where tents are now crowding out sidewalks and the amount of human fecal matter is 10 times more than New York and 21 times than Chicago [https://www.realtyhop.com/blog/doo-doo-the-new-urban-crisis/#figure1], and the "poop maps" are used as political ammunition.
  2. The Wolfe Nursery at Shepherd and North Freeway was there in 1982, with 8223 North Shepherd being listed for "Wolfe Garden-Land Nursery", with the building (and the address, though changed to North Freeway later) is the same and operating as Cash America Pawn today.
  3. I was impressed at some of the details researched, and even the things that I thought were errors actually weren't (the dry zone WAS repealed in 2017, not 2016, from online articles, and I thought they had goofed on the Fiesta on Wirt, which was still open, turns out they were reporting on the Long Point/Wirt location). However, online says that the former Confederate House (known as State Grille by that time) closed in 2008 (despite the property being sold in 2006, like it says). It does not, however, answer a mystery about the restaurant, a second location. Sometime in the mid-1980s, they appear to have opened a location in College Station, TX with the same logo and from what I've heard from others, same sort of service. The founder of Confederate House did grow up in the Brazos County area and had relatives there, but I can't find anything else on it. It ultimately disappeared in less than five to six years, and the building (part of a FedMart, originally) was recently torn down for new development.
  4. One of the things that's annoyed me about the newer homes that my uncles (two different uncles, two different houses, though admittedly only one is actually in the Houston area) have bought is high ceilings. They're hard to clean, they make heating and cooling more expensive, and they destroy the warm, intimate feeling that I feel like houses are supposed to have. This was in stark contrast to the houses they both used to have, which were darker with lower ceilings, and more interesting floorplans.
  5. Ooh, that's not good. Some remarks that come to mind: - The light rail yard essentially forces a right-turn-only out to the southbound frontage road rather than do something sensible like connecting it to Mykawa. - The highway would reduce visibility for the troubling railroad crossings and make it difficult to revamp the crossing. - The rerouting of Wayside south of 610 means that the rest of South Wayside's extension down to Beltway 8 will never happen.
  6. Land where the freeway is now was never part of UH, the university effectively ended past Calhoun, save for a few additional buildings and parking lots. As time went on, UH claimed most of the land, but that wasn't until after the freeway was built. What I'm curious of if it will include some sort of revamp for the Griggs/Mykawa railroad crossings.
  7. What I mean is that no one's building big cut-through-city-blocks freeways anymore or entirely whole new routes, but across the nation there are still freeway projects underway, usually involving upgrading existing roads (like divided U.S. highways), loop roads and bypasses around large cities or small ones, and a few other projects, happening across most states, even today. California wants to build a "desert highway" to connect some of the isolated communities in the L.A. area (despite significant resistance, because California), Louisiana wants to upgrade I-49 to New Orleans and has recently opened a new segment of I-49 in Shreveport, a little over a decade ago, Tampa opened a short-but-wide connector freeway (think the new interchange between 290 and I-10), and a bunch of other projects I'm probably forgetting. Spur 5 isn't even cutting through a lot of territory as land has been cleared as far as Dixie Road south of 610. As a whole, I wouldn't consider new freeways radiating outwards to be "overkill" as long as the area is still growing, which it is.
  8. Freeway-building starting slowing down around 1970 (at least, big ones) due to new environmental concerns and land value issues. It's not a recent issue.
  9. Why would a state-funded freeway be tolled to go to a local entity?
  10. Ending oil "subsidies" probably wouldn't do much except hurt the economy. You could save about $10 billion by... - not allowing oil companies (including smaller exploration companies) to write off unsalvageable wells and force them to keep an asset that produces nothing. This would de-incentivize the smaller companies from doing business entirely and become a legal challenge for the bigger ones, but it would be too late for the smaller companies. - increasing royalty payment reductions on federal lands (wouldn't save much) - not treating reserves in the ground as a capitalized asset that can be written down by 15% each year (wouldn't affect big oil, since those companies are not allowed the exemption). - exempting the oil and gas industry from a 2004 subsidy that encouraged domestic production (would only mean that refineries would rely on overseas operations, which would be bad for refinery workers, not so bad for big oil and end users) - exempting the oil and gas industry from taxes paid in foreign countries as long as the money comes back to the U.S. (all companies get this, and it's only $900M) - ending Master Limited Partnerships which would decrease money paid out to pensioners, widows, etc. with stock in the company. The other $90 billion comes from military and other uses, including low income households. You could argue that harming the economy and driving people out of town would reduce the number of cars on the road, but I don't think that's what you were aiming for.
  11. It depends on what the prerogative is, either creating a taxpayer-supported solution for the less fortunate to get around town, or reducing congestion. For the former, it would probably be best to establish some sort of "transit credit" program that would allow the user to see fit, either through ride-sharing or bus tokens. For the latter, probably something like timing stoplights better and establishing viable alternatives to existing corridors. (I've long said that one of the reasons 610 near the Uptown area is so bad is not necessarily lack of lanes, but there's no true north-south corridor in the area). Trying to force additional expenses on road users only makes driving accessible for the upper class and widens the wage gap, which is a bad thing all-around, unless you particularly like dystopias.
  12. Using mass transit as a way to "get cars off the road" is always going to be a losing proposition and a poor justification for mass transit on a cost/benefit level, but it's still used to sell mass transit to the public anyway on the basis that most city dwellers vote on mass transit policies based on the idea that it's for a greater social good (in line with their political beliefs) that light rail is implemented and could reduce congestion, not that they'll actually use it. The end result is that miles of light rail could be built at taxpayer expense and it wouldn't make a significant (if any) dent in congestion, which is what is happening in the Los Angeles area.
  13. That's a negative, the Jack in the Box is next to it. The Washington Avenue location has been home to a few other businesses in the last 10 or so years including "Manor" and "The Rig". It doesn't show up on my records as a chain, either at least to my records.
  14. That looks right. https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/maps/images/map0435.jpg I knew that there was a spur that went to the Sears warehouse on Montrose, and finally disconnected in the early 2000s (late enough that Memorial Heights Drive and Washington was built with a crossing in mind), but not that it went through to Westheimer and beyond. Grant Street was built over the right of way where it curved southeast but it looks like by the mid-1940s the right of way had been built over completely.
  15. Stafford's Main Street is South Main Street, which would arguably be different than (bisected) Main or North Main. All depends if the addresses are contiguous.
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