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  1. Exactly: LA's skyline actually looks massive from the northwest along the 101 freeway near downtown. Houston's skyline also looks biggest from a similar angle, due to the uncannily similar layout and massing of both skylines. If 3 Cal Plaza had been built in the early 90's, LA would have a supertall on its flank just like Chase Tower in Houston. LA is getting a new supertall anyway to balance out the skyline. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilshire_Grand_Tower
  2. If worse comes to worse, I predict they'll build a second level of the West Loop trenched/underground, similar to what's being done to 635 in Dallas.
  3. PEK isn't going to pass ATL within the next two years. Growth at PEK has slowed considerably with the Chinese economy.
  4. Nope. With one Tollway closer to downtown and (soon) another one just a little out, there's no incentive to expand capacity on any major road between the two. I actually think it would be neat for them to convert SH 6 and FM 1960 into a 3/4 freeway loop around Houston in addition to SHT and GP, but unless those routes become "free" in the future, it isn't going to happen unless the development in the area gets so dense/intense (we're talking what's typical in say, Southern California) that additional lane-mileage won't take away traffic from the tollways.
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    IAH vs. DFW

    If I were a bettin' man, I'd say it will be NH to NRT to complement UA's existing daily service.
  6. With the way Metro's finances are, they may very well sell the ROW they have along Westpark in the future.
  7. I'm fine with move-over/slow-down laws. I'm NOT fine with law enforcement conducting sting operations with this law: it does nothing but back traffic up at best and cause needless lane changes that lead to wrecks at worst. Half the close calls and accidents I've witnessed over the past 5 years of driving have been when someone in the right lane feels the need to move over and cuts another driver off in the adjacent lane because they forget to look since their attention is focused on the flashing blue lights.
  8. Yellow-painted signals are pretty common in the Eastern US. Black is more common out west. The only states east of the Mississippi River I can think of that make black standard are IL, WI, KY, GA, FL, and NY (outside NYC).
  9. I completely agree, and it's very fitting for Texas. That being said, a "little" color is okay: If they continue with the state flag design in the state outline, that would make it damn near perfect.
  10. I went to the Aichi Expo in 2005. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
  11. I dunno why you started a thread like this on a Houston forum, but while the architecture of most of Atlanta's tallest buildings puts most cities in its peer group to shame, there are certainly ugly sides of the city as well. Many neighborhoods of Atlanta look like half-abandoned small towns in East Texas, only with more trees. On top of that, while Midtown Atlanta is very nice, Downtown Atlanta looks quite dated from street level because little has been done to improve it in the past 20 years. The area around Centennial Park is the only notable exception to this. I would also not like having Atlanta's homelessness and aggressive panhandling problem.
  12. They should have kept United's tulip and incorporated CO's globe into it.
  13. I think the school bus thing varies by jurisdiction. Protected right turn arrows are odd in a lot of places, but some states use them quite liberally. They seem to be on every other major interesection in states like Illinois and California, where there's a signal for practically every lane of traffic and additional signals at katy-corners for increased visibility. The Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex also has more right-turn arrows than most metro areas I've been to.
  14. Where would all the businesses be located? That's easy... where they are now. In Texas, most stretches of interstate highway were brownfield developments. They basically upgraded the respective US highway to interstate standards and put the old US highway lanes on the side as feeder roads. In most of the eastern US, interstates were built as greenfield corridors, meaning that most existing US highways remained surface roads. Compare Houston's highway network with Atlanta's. Houston has only 3 signed US highways: 90, 290, and 59, but has more freeway center-lane miles than Atlanta primarily because existing US highways and certain state routes were simply upgraded to freeways. In Atlanta, practically every limited access road carries an interstate designation because they were built on completely new routes. The original US highways serving Atlanta remained: 78, 278, 19, 23, 29, and 41. All of these are major 4 or 6 lane arterials that radiate out toward Atlanta's suburbs anywhere from 1 to 5 miles from a parallel interstate. It is on these roads where you'll find those businesses you find along feeder roads in Houston. Cobb Parkway (US 41 northwest of the city) is a prime example of this. And here's a picture of that road a couple miles south of the previous picture, looking northbound at the interchange with I-285. Imagine Galveston Road in SW Houston looking like this. That's what would have happened if the Gulf Freeway had been built without feeders.
  15. I have no idea. I did a google image search to find an image of the traffic signal setup I was talking about. That's an older 70's-ish assembly that seems very common in industrial areas of the city.
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