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  1. I'm not starting with a conclusion, I'm starting with a lot of desires. - the desire to not see communities displaced - the desire for less pollution - the desire for overall less traffic - the desire to not see small businesses displaced - the desire for kids to not get asthma from living and going to school near freeways - the desire to not see even more traffic for a decade while this thing gets built these should be desires we ALL have, and maybe I am delusional for wishing we could have this. this is an extra-ordinary crisis we are forced to live through. every change that we have to make as part of it something we should look at and consider. there should be lessons learned in more areas than just how we deal with a pandemic. not every job can be remote, and I'm not suggesting that. to suggest that all the jobs that can be remote were already remote before this event is not even remotely (heehee) accurate. WFH doesn't have to be every day WFH. there is somewhere in the middle of where you assume I am coming from, and where you are positioning to be coming from. there is a lot of fruit on the tree not just for WFH options, the city/state should be looking to encourage ideas like this (and other creative ideas) and honestly, freeway expansion should be what happens after all the other options have been tapped. as for this, take a breath, you're making assumptions and there's no need to come at me simply because I am writing things you don't agree with on a message board. I am not sure what I wrote that made you feel the need to write that, but I am sorry for doing so.
  2. thank you, it had been a while since I read that study. anyway, point is, the 7 billion we are planning on spending to build one bigger freeway could be used as tax abatement to companies that provide WFH based on number of staff doing WFH, and days they WFH. rather than reducing traffic for a few years on one highway (and displacing thousands, and maybe reducing pollution), we'd see reduced traffic everywhere, reduced pollution everywhere, and nobody displaced from their communities for as long as they continue to provide the tax incentive.
  3. as I have been venturing out of my home and just driving around in an effort to change the scenery a little bit, I am struck by how absolutely empty freeways are. It frustrates me to no end that our state is not willing to embrace public transportation, but I still want to see that idea happen, and this freeway expansion not happen. as we all sit here working from our homes, rather than traveling into offices, another thought sticks out like the cliche'd elephant in the room. why not spend the money that would go towards this freeway on programs that encourage working from home? I have referenced a study previously in this thread from Belgium that a reduction in 10% of cars results in a 40% reduction in traffic. surely we are seeing an even greater reduction in cars for a 100% reduction in traffic. the benefits are obvious, lower pollution, fewer accidents, less traffic. this city could reduce traffic ALL OVER TOWN (not just on this freeway) it could reduce road/highway maintenance costs, it would reduce road closures for projects like this. it would remove the need to remove people from their homes and communities, the cost savings alone is reason to choose this instead of more construction. I have a hunch that even if the government doesn't offer incentives for WFH that a lot of companies that had resisted will probably start to adjust. even if that adjustment is only to allow 3 days WFH, and 2 days in the office, we are going to see a change naturally as a result of this pandemic.
  4. this is as good a thread as any I guess to not only post oil updates, but covid-19 updates. if you hear a rumor about the port of Houston closing, this is a gross overstatement: https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/port-of-houston-closes-2-terminals-after-worker-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/285-8daf3e82-91ba-4189-a3da-5490628e3870 just 2 terminals and from the way it reads, it's only going to be a short period of time.
  5. or even worse, like Libya. if it weren't for the corona virus, we'd be staring at an escalating Libya conflict.
  6. most oil is in the mid 20s for price. Halliburton just announced furloughs, which is better than just laying off, they are furloughed for 60 days. shit's about to get real, Houston is not going to be alone in this though.
  7. this is one of my favorite projects to watch on this side of town.
  8. If the goal is to allow for growth in the suburbs, then why is the project being sold to everyone as a way to reduce traffic and pollution?
  9. thanks @BeerNut gave it a shot.
  10. use HEB curbside, or whatever grocery store you go to, use their 'pickup outside' option. add it to your cart, pick it up tomorrow, no muss, no fuss. let them worry about making sure it makes it into your bag. unless it's more about the act of going on a quest, and less about getting what you are looking for with minimal impact to your life. in which case, it's my uninformed opinion that once all the nutters have stocked up, you will have access to all you need. yesterday was crazy at the local Kroger, I didn't go in, but as I rode by I observed the parking lot at levels even superbowl sunday can't match. I didn't want to go in. people were saying shelves were empty, produce, etc. with dry goods, I get it, they are overstocking, just in case, but produce? are they blanching it and putting it in the freezer? are they just going to toss it in a week if they don't eat it? what a waste of food. this event is causing a major panic, and I'm not saying that they shouldn't be worried, we all should, but they weren't worried until they canceled the rodeo, so now, rather than isolating, they are going to go stand in line with hundreds of other people who might be spreading this, or another disease you don't want? no thanks. I'll wait to go till early in the morning at some point next week.
  11. where do I start? so there is a entry to my neighborhood that people continue to park within 30 feet of the stop sign, which is a no parking area. it is a dangerous corner, I've almost been in a few accidents at the intersection because of cars parking too close to the stop sign, oncoming traffic comes into the oncoming lane, and you can't see them when you turn onto the street. I've asked 311 to take care of it by putting in a sign, but they opened/closed the ticket immediately with no feedback as to why. I tweet @houparking every time I turn here and see someone illegally parked too close. who do I reach out to for this? I am not trying to stop people parking where they are legally allowed to, but I do want to make sure the signage is clear and people aren't parking in an unsafe location.
  12. I mean, I'm honestly surprised they let it stay open as long as they did. I wouldn't be surprised if most of April ends up being canceled as well. NCAA basketball will probably still have their tournament, but I wouldn't doubt if they have already decided to play at empty arenas.
  13. that's not how I read the question, but whatever, neither here nor there. both freeways will sit mostly within the current ROW, i10 will go under Elysian, i45 will go over Elysian.
  14. this is a good article: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-First-Casualty-Of-Tanking-Oil-Prices.html at the start of the 2014-16 thing it was over $70 for break even. then when 2016 hit and Saudi decided it wasn't worth it, it was around $40 for break even. that article states that now it is around $25 for break even. if that's to be believed (I can't find data to back it up anywhere else), things aren't quite as doom and gloom, they just aren't as awesome as they would have been 3 weeks ago.
  15. it's Houston, everything is oil related. granted, Houston is more insulated than it used to be, it's still tied to the hip with oil. I think the one saving throw here is that this probably won't be a protracted thing. hopefully. remember a few years ago, Saudi decided to not turn off the pumps and kept oil at $30 a bbl for a long time, all this did was push fracking companies to become leaner and use more automation. when Saudi realized all it was doing was pressing innovations, they decided to slow their production. before that 'price war' it would take a month and 20 guys to set up a drill in west Texas, now it takes 2 guys and some automation software. this might push for even more efficiency. that's me being optimistic.
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