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  1. 17 hours ago, Ross said:

    I don't think they killed the project, but they did fight it tooth and nail, which was totally predictable. They were never asked what their opinion was, or asked for input on mitigation for the objections. When TCR popped up and used the ED words, it really raised the hackles of rural landowners who didn't see why they should have to suffer just so city folks can get to Houston or Dallas faster.

    I doubt the airlines lobbied against TCR, since they are apparently getting close to saturation with flights between Houston and Dallas

    And that's the problem - sometimes, you've got to suck it up for the greater good, and rural landholders around here think they're entirely exempt from that. It's a completely toxic notion of freedom.

  2. 9 hours ago, samagon said:

    since our state and national legislatures have no term limits, neither group really wants to commit potential political suicide by being labeled as the group that raised gas taxes.

    the gasoline tax (and most use taxes) in and of itself though is a bit of a regressive tax (especially since the way our governments built out the infrastructure, alternate forms of transportation that do exist aren't really a replacement for single occupant vehicles). it can be said though, that as regressive taxes go, a gas tax isn't horrible, if I can't afford gas, I just get a car with higher fuel efficiency, and luckily, most of the economy cars are the cheaper ones. so I can get a car that nets 30+ mpg for cheap, vs an escalate that maybe cracks 15 with a tailwind. so as regressive taxes go, gas tax isn't horrible.

    considering the push for EVs though, the gas tax will have to be replaced soon, or augmented. I'd love to see something that measures miles driven and factors in the weight of the vehicle to come up with how much tax liability someone owes. when you go in for your yearly inspection, you could be given a tax report based on miles driven since your last inspection. the tax could be paid as part of the registration process. seems pretty simple to me.

    as it relates to toll roads, the use cost is totally optional if you choose to live in an area that is serviced by a toll road, you know exactly into what you are entering as far as a use tax. otherwise, toll roads are sometimes a convenience to create a shorter trip, but are not necessary.

    Honestly think it would be easier/more efficient/more progressive to convert the gas volume tax to an energy quantity tax (per gigajoule or kilowatt-hour sold).

  3. On 5/13/2022 at 9:54 AM, Texasota said:

    Just because you disagree with someone doesnt mean theyre being disingenuous. Ad that's, at most, a difference of degree not kind.

    After years of argumentation, the only coherent argument made is a purely NIMBY one - that the East End (and only the East End) should be forever preserved against any sort of potential public development whose benefits to the city and region at large may exceed those to the neighborhood itself. The grounds are purely moral - a justice-based argument stemming from the historical wrongs perpetuated against the community by admittedly racist and sectarian local governments, separated in place and time from the proposed development.

    The arguments become disingenuous when they stray from these grounds. It's clear when the arguer does not actually care about the points being made, and that they're only being made to buttress the core argument, whose merits the arguer is not confident enough to support on their own.

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  4. 2 hours ago, Texasota said:

    Stop trying to accuse people of feigning sympathy or pretending to care about others just to hide whatever you think their real motivations are. Just stop it. You can disagree with them. You can think they are misguided or wrong. That's all fine. 

    But let's not call each other liars. 

    There's a difference between calling someone an outright liar, and saying that their argument is disingenuous.

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  5. 2 hours ago, editor said:

    After looking at the presentation, I'm relived by what I see.  This could have gone very bad, but as it is — it's fine.  It's not spectacular, but it's far better than a lot of freeway trenches and caps that were poorly executed in other cities (*cough*Cincinnati*cough*).

    I'm not excited about the Third Ward Signature Bridges.  They look very much like the ones over the existing trenched portion of the Southwest Freeway.  And I expect them to be maintained just as carefully.  Meaning, not at all.

    That set of bridges used to be a spectacular asset to the city.  Now they're an embarrassment.

    We just need a Super Bowl here every 5 years

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  6. Water features lead to higher demand for nearby property, leading to higher property tax revenues. It would be foolish for the city to not place amenities here.

    Brays is different because the area around it is already high-income and politically influential, and they most certainly do not want any inducement for higher density development.

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  7. I think what a lot of people are missing is that in the long run, it's either a depressed urban freeway, or it's no freeway. There simply isn't any political will for keeping the Pierce, beyond a handful of roadgeeks and people ideologically opposed to giving urbanists a W. TxDOT doesn't want to maintain it anymore, and doesn't like what its continued presence does to its safety numbers. Developers have rightly seen that it's what keeps that area of downtown and Midtown permanently depressed.

    The Pierce was a decent concept for a time long past - how to connect the Gulf Freeway to the proposed North Freeway. It's far outlived its usefulness.


    @aachoryour argument is "I don't want to be personally disrupted by this". You don't think that would evoke emotional responses?

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  8. 3 hours ago, aachor said:

    Either you double the size of the elevated portion, or you double it and then place it in a moat. I don't get your point.

    Also, I'm reminded of 288 between McGregor and 610 during T.S. Beta. It went totally underwater while most of the other freeways were just fine. I still got to work okay, but it caused a headache for many people. It didn't flood because the bayou overflowed. The bayou was fine- I drove over it. 288 flooded because it's a ditch.

    I don't see anything wrong with elevated freeways except that they don't have park caps which no one is going to pay for.

    All that water wasn't in your neighborhood. Freeways that flood during major events are a good thing - that's retention capacity that would instead be impervious cover with an at-grade or elevated structure.

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  9. On 1/19/2022 at 10:43 AM, Eastdwntwn said:

    All the tenants in all three buildings at the Lofts at the Ballpark will be out during the first quarter of this year. They are no longer taking new leases and stopped renewing early last year. The belief is that all three buildings will be demolished not just the one in the path of the expansion. Both sides of St. Emanuel.  

    Good. Stick construction means the demolition will likely be inexpensive for the buildings. That's going to be a prime location for highrise development, especially 2189 where you don't have to pay for a parking structure. Possibly a pair of slim residential/mixed uses?

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  10. 2 hours ago, wilcal said:

    Thank you for posting, I just watched the whole thing, and I still think TX Central is going to prevail. 

    It seems like the landowner's case is just so thin here. I also think TX Central's attorney came across much stronger here.

    I don't know how TX Supreme Court will rule, or how TX Central is gonna raise the cash, but still interesting to see the result. 



    I'd agree, except that these justices are elected, and the yahoos will come out to vote.

  11. 15 hours ago, Big E said:

    I apologize to anyone here who may have voted for this schmuck, but Ken Paxton is an idiot. My only question is who's paying him off to get involved at this point? Or who benefits from his involvement? Because the only reason I can see him getting involved here is because it benefits somebody he's attached to (or in the pocket of) to stop this railroad. Its the age old question of politics: who benefits? Not him. Not the state. Not Dallas or Houston. So who benefits? His legal argument would, taken at a face value, make it impossible for any brand new railroad to be built in Texas, which was almost certainly not the actual point of the law.

    And even more distressingly, why the hell did the Texas Supreme Court even bother reopening this open and shut case?


    Edit: Oh, and check this out, in case you needed any more proof this guy is a slimeball.


    Jackass rural landowners trying to throw their weight around. Sadly, the Bushies don't have enough power in the Texas GOP to beat the yahoos into submission anymore (thanks, Trump!)

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  12. On 9/9/2021 at 11:34 AM, Luminare said:

    Every state claims they have the worst motorists. Even people in Utah here say the traffic is bad, and the motorist are bad, but by far Utah has the best drivers, and lightest traffic I've seen. Do you want to know what are the craziest drivers? Arizona. Particularly Phoenix. That would be hilarious if they had crossing signs, but instead of people it was Ape's.

    Worst drivers I've been around are in Tampa, but even there I heard how Miami drivers are on a whole new level

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  13. 2 minutes ago, august948 said:

    What I find interesting about this photo is that the bar(s) appear to completely block passage.  Could be that it's an optical illusion, but that's what they should do at all crossings.

    Four corner gates at level crossings are required for all high speed rail (above 79 mph) in the US by FRA regulation

  14. On 8/31/2021 at 7:35 AM, scarface said:

    But look at Dallas? That's about as business as it gets. But there's no denying that a little bit of flash helps that city stand out.


    That's just it - Dallas has always sought the flash to attract its business (in the tertiary realm like finance and corporate HQs). Houston is driven by resource extraction and small business - two sectors notorious for penny-pinching.

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