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  1. TxDOT seems to have this fixation on making all Houston-area interchanges uniform even if it means downgrading them. In my mind, a cloverleaf with the surface street passing over the freeway seems much more efficient than a "diamond" interchange with traffic lights and the freeway passing over the surface street. Call me crazy.
  2. Originally I had said, "Just FYI, the 'Richmond Road' referenced in this petition is not Richmond Avenue, it's the current Bissonnet Street." But looking more closely at the map, I was wrong. Richmond "Road" on the map is the current Richmond Avenue, although there was a separate Richmond Road that later became Bissonnet.
  3. Let me preface this by saying I do not live in Pearland or any other suburb for that matter. I just travel in this direction quite often. What is the deal with the 288-Beltway interchange? I've heard absolutely no talk of upgrading it to a full interchange or even just adding a few flyovers. It's ridiculous that two freeways are joined by a series of traffic lights, and as the Pearland area has grown exponentially the traffic situation at the interchange has only gotten worse. Has anyone heard anything about upgrading the interchange? Forgive me if this topic has been discussed before but I didn't see anything.
  4. Yes, Houston is one of the most littered cities in America, but what can you expect when everything was built so ugly for so long? What's one more piece of trash in the face of rusty freeway columns, billboards, feeder roads and 1970s apartment complexes? Even in the newer suburbs, like the instaslums along Fry Road north of I-10, litter is bad because of all the cheap new houses and concrete-concrete-concrete-plain beige stucco box strip malls. What beautiful landscape are we trying to protect from litter? That being said, no matter where I am, litter makes my blood boil.
  5. I wasn't trying to get into a discussion of Amtrak ridership. Amtrak as a system is a joke (except in the Northeast) and I don't think more investment in this current system is the answer. It would take enormous investment in an entirely new system, such as that in Europe, for it to work. My whole argument is that even under the current awful Amtrak system, Houston has a decrepit train station compared to most that I've seen. Many other cities, no matter how small, have seen fit to invest in their train stations under the realization that it is a number of people's first impression of the city. I must be pretty naive, though, to think Houston actually cares about first impressions considering the views from our freeways. Still, considering the money that is raised for so many causes around this city, I don't think putting together the funding for a decent train station would be so far fetched.
  6. I realize Amtrak's system delays are the main reason people won't ride the train, but I've seen a lot of the other stations along the Sunset Limited route, and Houston's is by far the worst. Even tiny towns in Louisiana and Mississippi have nicer stations than ours. It makes it that much worse to know that they bulldozed the grand old Southern Pacific station to build the current concrete bunker shoebox. If their goal was to make train travel as unappealing as possible to Houstonians, then they surely succeeded! It would be nice for someone to take up the cause of building a new station, which would be yet another asset for downtown and a point of pride for our city. People might even consider using Amtrak if they didn't have to wait in a building that makes the Greyhound bus station look luxurious.
  7. Amen to the trees instead of feeders part. Houston's image would be enhanced greatly if we didn't have all these feeders lined with low-end businesses. MARTA is good, too. The ridership is decent, although still pretty low.
  8. Many of the major thoroughfares west of Bellaire used to have letter names (e.g., Chimney Rock was Ave. D, Renwick was Ave. E, Hillcroft was Ave. F, etc.). And of course Bissonnet was called Richmond Road at this time because it was the road that led to Richmond.
  9. Where was the Bellaire Theater located? I've only lived in the Bellaire area for a little over four years (and no, not in a McMansion...my house was built in 1955). I can't really picture where it might have been.
  10. Saying that sexuality is a choice is the ultimate in ignorance. Who would choose to be gay, given the extra million hurdles that are thrown into one's life? You love and are attracted to who you love and are attracted to. Nobody chooses that. Again, if it were a choice, nobody would choose it. That being said, I'm not certain this law is necessary or even wanted. While it's nice to know that gay people won't have to live in fear of losing their jobs if it passes, how much more must people's free will (including employers') be squeezed in this country before we're no longer the Land of the Free? Political correctness and policing of thought are a cancer in America today, and even if I do stand to gain from the passage of this law, I can't help but think it's just more chipping away of individual freedoms.
  11. Obviously I haven't visited this post in a while! When I started it, I didn't anticipate that it would turn into Defensiveness 101! Let me clear some things up here: when I said people drive 20 MPH in light traffic on the freeways, that was what we call an exaggeration. But it is no exaggeration to say that people drive in the range of 40 MPH on the freeways. When the general flow of a road is 60-70 MPH, can we not agree that this causes a dangerous situation? Can we also not agree that the people driving 60-70 MPH are driving more safely than the slowpokes? From a safety perspective, having these cars that refuse to keep up with the flow of traffic is akin to having random concrete poles sticking up in the middle of a lane (again, exaggeration...for effect...no undergarments in a twist, please). Either way, it's a (near) stationary hazard to moving cars which causes people to weave, brake, speed up, slow down, lose tempers and generally cause our freeways to be a mess. I'm not advocating driving 90 MPH on these dense freeways...that would be insane, and people who do that are just as much to blame as the slowpokes. However, a huge part of the traffic problem here is, as I've already mentioned, people have no concept of getting out of the way. Lead, follow or get out of the way: if someone behind you wants to go faster, move to the right. How difficult is that? And while we're on the subject of defensiveness, people (or cities) who refuse to listen to constructive criticism are doomed.
  12. 1128 sq. ft. Built 1955 Green Mountain $92 Even for the size, my bill is significantly lower than most of the posts I've seen so far. Just FYI: - I keep the thermostat on 75 - I turn off the A/C completely when I'm gone for a few days - I have a programmable thermostat that brings the temp up to 80 during the day and back down to 75 when I come home - I have two huge trees in my yard that completely cover my house and shield it from the sun - I have all gas appliances (dryer, stove, water heater, furnace). Even so, my gas bill is only $22 this month. $92 is the highest it's been all year. The month before it was $80 and it was as low as $25 during the spring.
  13. You know, this makes perfect sense to me, because people of different cultures have different ways of life that are not always compatible with other cultures' way of life. For example, my neighborhood is well represented with white people, Asian people and latino people, and we all get along and talk to each other, but the things each of us does can drive the others crazy. Hence the misery factor. If I lived in a neighborhood full of white people, I'd probably be less stressed, not because they're all the same color as me, but because they likely come from the same background and have a similar way of life. But, other factors keep me where I am. Long story short, just because people of other cultures stress you out doesn't make you a bigot or a racist or intolerant. You are who you are and your natural reaction to the BEHAVIOR (not skin color) of others that you share close quarters with is just that, natural.
  14. 290 ceases to be a nightmare near Barker-Cypress. This thing is going to extend the nightmare to Fairfield. Way to go, Houston planners! Next stop, Brenham!
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