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  1. The Houston Section of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter is hosting its fall signature event, " The Texas Big Six 2040 Workshop". With a horizon year of 2040, the planning directors from Texas' six largest cities, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, will present about the major plans, policies, and projects currently underway that will shape the livability, resiliency, and competitiveness of these cities and our region's future. This is one of the few times in history the planning directors from the states' largest cities have been convened for a single workshop and panel discussion. The panelist include: Greg Guernsey, Director of Planning, City of AustinDavid Cossum, Director of Sustainability and Construction, City of DallasCarlos Gallinar, Deputy Director of City Development and Planning, City of El PasoRandle Harwood, Director of Planning and Development, City of Fort WorthPat Walsh, Director of Planning and Development, City of HoustonJohn Dugan, Director of Planning, City of San AntonioKeynote Speaker: Andrew Howard, Team Better BlockOur panelist will provide exciting presentations about how our cities and region will mature from 20th century cities into 21st century metropolises that are livable, desirable world-class places that sustain the health, vitality, and happiness of residents, businesses, and visitors. In addition, ample time has been set aside for conversations and questions between the audience and panelist. Don't miss this opportunity and register now! The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop Friday, November 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs Cleburne St at Tierwester St Houston, TX 77004 Registration is required. Please register at this link or see the flyer: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-texas-big-six-2040-conversations-about-our-future-registration-13367160537 For more information contact Houston APA at houstonapa@gmail.com Big Six Workshop.pdf
  2. 70 specialty stores and boutiques and at least 3 department stores.
  3. That would be great, and quite pratical. It's a shame that we are losing one of the few viable options to shop at not only Downtown but along the lightrail routes that will be constructed for the forseeable future. I wish the MD or the city could've worked out some sort of financial incentives to keep them open, at least until a new location downtown could be determined.
  4. Couldn't they just restrict left turns all together. I know that would be a hassle for motorist but it would certainly make things easier for transit.
  5. Well, when they come to Houston, hopefully they will locate either downtown in the Pavillions or at Main Place, even West Ave would be okay. Chances are they will probably go to the Galleria area or Memorial City.
  6. I'll add to that list Washington D.C., there downtown isn't really the most intriguing. Downtown Dallas, Los Angeles, even Miami.
  7. I got to view the webinar. It seems to me that this will be Houston's newest edge city. I can't say that this is really a good thing. They also tout that this is infill. I don't quite by that. They are also banking on the northline light rail being extended out there, I think that is an inappropriate mode for such a far out local. Commuter rail would be the best option. All in all the development could be much worse, however what makes this "less" sustainable in my eyes is the far flung location, the constant chatter about the Grand Parkway (let's face it, that doesn't qualify this development as transit oriented), and the lack of transit to be with, it also appears to be rather insular. Anyway, it could be worse, but I'm not sure that that makes it good.
  8. I tend to agree that the system needs more grade separation. I have difficulty calling the current system rapid transit since it does stop at traffic lights. Hopefully with the restructuring of the bus system for the rail will include increased frequencies and a few 24 hour trunk lines.
  9. Its a shame that this is taking so long. Maybe they will come back with a proposal that is more feasible, maybe even better than what we are getting now. Grade Separation anyone! Yeah right......
  10. I wonder if they could go in at the Pavillions somewhere, or even at Main Place. I like the idea of having a movie house of any kind downtown. Midtown would be my second choice. I feel that Bayou Place as most of the museum district is really horribly designed to begin with. The parking out front and the interface was not appealing at all.
  11. I hope they have whole grain pasta in some if not all of their dishes. Eating all of that cheese, I think a little fiber would go a long way. Now days they even make that smart pasta that has the texture of white pasta but with the nutrition and fiber content of whole grain.
  12. I second that. One more caveat, they must also construct an urban store that is green and pedestrian, maybe part of a TOD for the Inner Katy Line. Design is my biggest issue in my book.
  13. I will say that it isn't fair to compare Houston and Dallas. Houston has always been the bigger city. Remember that D/FW comprises two historic cores therefore only combined are they bigger than Houston. The D/FW area functions considerably differently than Houston ever has, so Houston would logically seem bigger because its far more centralized. Houston is large enough that I think there are is always something to do. I agree that it might be best to know someone here, but I can say that with the internet there is always some type of activity going on at all times of day and night (at least on the weekends). Like some have said before even New York slows down at night. As to the poster that said "Don't you wish the Gulf was cool like the Pacific?" I do everyday between June and September. I wish at least cooled down at nice. Then I might be able to take a stroll somewhere. I do think that the lack of sidewalks in many of the neighborhoods detracts from being able to experience the city. I find it that pedestrian places are more interesting in general. Sometimes it can be just as nice to sit back with a cup of tea or a drink and watch the world go by. There aren't a lot of places here in H-town that one can do that. It a drag that in many place in this city one has to drive to take a walk. Houston has all the makings of a dynamic world class place minus the transport and built environment, which in my opinion are crucial.
  14. Transit isnt always about reducing autombile traffic. Sometimes its about giving options, therefore avoiding the need to expand the highway.
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