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  1. People can be so defensive For what it's worth, I'm not trying to argue anything about whether I like Houston, whether it's a good place to live, or whether you can get a nice house here. I'm specifically ONLY interested in the way that the tax structure impacts the purchasing power of buyers in Houston, and therefore leads to lower listing prices than we would have with lower taxes. @RedScare: I added this comment at the end of the post, and it adresses the same point you made.
  2. I'd take a look at ZipRealty. I've been working with their Houston Agent, Theresa Turley. She has been extraordinarly helpful. They also offer a rebate of 20% of their commission which works out to about $600 per every 100k of home you're looking at. So, $1800 cash back on a $300k home! I've been really impressed with them, they're worth a look. I can also tell you, I was doing the same thing - meeting just with sellers agents as I searched - and it worked fine to get to see some properties. However, the difference when we brought in a buyers agent was surprising. I thought I was being pretty
  3. I've been doing some research recently, that I thought you guys would find interesting. I was chatting with my brother-in-law who lives in Seattle, and he and I were comparing notes on shopping for a home. He was lamenting how expensive things were, and we both were complaining about taxes. Then we got into details, and I realized that his taxes were so much lower than ours that he and I would be making similar monthly payments on two very different prices of homes! And Washington DOES NOT have an income tax! I thought they did, but they don't! I then decided to dig into the issue and compare
  4. I've thought about that, and I think it's a great idea from a technical standpoint. The question is, can it happen politically?
  5. My concern is that people are thinking only of tomorrow's growth and not on the area as it's currently built. All I'm really trying to argue is that we need to pay attention to addressing the regions most urgent transportation needs today rather than giving up and skipping on to the next problem. That's why improvements in the SH6/1960 corridor are so important. My other biggest concern is that people are content that the proposed GP alignment will be the only major route crossing NW Houston, and that if that ends up being the case the areas in the middle of the GP, 290, 8, 10 'wedge' will be
  6. I'll try and figure those numbers out. I calculated the pop and density inside the loop using the census estimates broken down by zip code, and it took a long, long time. There are way more zip codes outside (ie it would take even that much longer) and they don't match the boundaries of the freeways as much... so I'm not sure it would be as accurate. In any case, I'll gladly post numbers if I can find them, or if I have the time to calculate them (or find a better way to calculate them). Thanks.
  7. @theNiche: You're right, I meant 8.4 million, my bad. @Everyone: What I'm saying is Houston is screwed either way with the current plan. Either: A. That area doesn't develop very densely and form new activity centers, in which case the mega-freeway isn't needed... or B. The area does grow as projected, in which case the Grand Parkway won't be enough. As you get farther and farther out from the core there are fewer and fewer major through routes. This is the biggest cause of congestion and the biggest restraint on infill development. If y'all are interested in really arguing this topic with me,
  8. Well, sorry if the clipping from the post is too out of context. The boxes are not meant as any kind of constraint, they're just illustrating the relative areas served by different freeways. My point was, most of the defenders of the Grand Parkway argue something like this: "It's just like when Houston built the loop or the beltway. We have to build it or growth will overwhelm us and traffic will be out of control." However, because of the size and scale of the Grand Parkway (the area between GP and the Beltway is 14 times bigger than the area inside the loop) you really can't compare the cons
  9. Hey everyone, I just uploaded a big post to my blog that I think you'll enjoy. You can read the complete story online at http://www.neohouston.com/2009/04/new-mobility-northwest/ Here's one of the main highlights: I hope you guys enjoy the post. I'd love to hear comments, either here or on the blog is fine, though I'll probably reply faster on the blog. Thanks!
  10. So, do you think the building is too small, or the parking lot is too small? Just curious.
  11. New Library in River Oaks is LEED Silver. Dave at neoHOUSTON went on a tour and posted a recap. Here are some of the vital stats, the full write-up is at: http://www.neohouston.com/2009/04/looscan-...eed-tour-recap/ if you're interested. Building Info Owner: City of Houston General Services Department, Houston Public Library Architect: Jackson and Ryan Architects Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates MEP Engineer: I.A. Naman and Associates Structural Engineer: Ingenium, Inc. Interiors: Bennett Design Group Contractor: Gilbane Construction Company Project Size: 21,175 sq ft. Total Proje
  12. There are good alternatives, too, like linen pants. Think about what people wear on a golf course. It can look nice but be light and breathable.
  13. I got an idea from the De Lange Conference last week, based on a speech by Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bolivia. The background for the idea is described here: http://www.neohouston.com/2009/03/antanas-...ulated-society/ Take a look if you care to, I thought the whole idea of three dimensional regulatory policy was pretty interesting... Anyway, the part that really got me thinking is when Mockus talked about addressing water shortages in Bogota not by trying to impose new regulations, but by advocating for lifestyle change. I was thinking of what we struggle with in Houston, and clearly
  14. Went to the Urban Corridors discussion, it was pretty good. The complete recap including some more background on urban corridors is available at http://neohouston.wordpress.com/2009/02/26...rridors-debate/. Enjoy! What say you, is the city's sidewalk idea brilliant or bogus?
  15. Hey all, I thought this was something you might enjoy: The rest is too much to fit in the window here, but you can read it all on my blog at: http://neohouston.wordpress.com/2009/02/19...andidate-forum/. I hope this is helpful for those interested in the mayoral race!
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