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  1. with the exception of Sonic, and Star Pizza I believe each of these is a one-off business? probably some of those businesses are owned by people who have multiple businesses though. sure, most of these places are destinations, but if there's construction and a place is harder to access, there are other destinations that the prospective patrons will go that are easier to access. unless the place offers an experience that is that much better. but you're still going to see a reduction in clientele. as a business owner, the prospect of a reduction in top line revenue for 3-5 years is not something I want to consider, and no matter how many more patrons I might after that 5 years is over, I need to stay in business for the next 5 years to get to that positive outcome.
  2. I obviously failed the possessive adjectives part of English class.
  3. I wasn't. I am absolutely dumbfounded that people still have this mentality though.
  4. I was working out near BW8 and I-10 recently. Google saved me 5 minutes on my drive home (Telephone and 45) by exiting me at Wirt, and cutting over to Memorial. what kind of messed up world is it, when it is faster to take surface streets instead of the freeway? I-10 needs to be expanded again, screw these pet projects for toy trains, we need 14 lanes on every freeway, stat.
  5. just so I understand clearly, you're holding Lime responsible for how Chris Matthews of Houston Business Journal used one of their scooters when he rented it?
  6. something as old and unique as this building, and let's tear it down, but all those bungalows that look exactly the same, we need to preserve those. what a joke, and what a waste.
  7. there's a lot of places that do consignments. boone's cycles, and cyclone cycles come to mind. there's also Houston bicycle in montrose, (Taft and Westheimer), not sure if they do consignments or not.
  8. I assume (as with most Americans) you either never had a bike, or haven't had a bike since you got your first car when you were 16? you don't have to spend a lot to get a great first bike, anywhere between 500-1000 will get you in a really nice starter bike. when you get over that price, all you really gain is lighter weight components. (I've been doing the adult bike thing for about 15 years, and I have as of yet to buy a bike over $1000). unless the bike you're looking at will have a battery and electric motor assist, you're probably wasting your money spending more on a first bike, or even a second. don't waste your time on a walmart or academy bike. they are ok for riding around UH campus as a student, but will not make you want to keep riding. gravel geometry is a good place to fit. you interface with the bike in 3 places, the handlebars, the seat and the pedals. on any bike, these are designed for average riders, consider replacing each of these with something comfy for you. the seat being the most critical.
  9. GFR would be nice, but considering the flooding issue I doubt that would happen, unless ground floor was about 10 feet higher than current ground.
  10. they stripped the surface asphalt off the NB lanes from about 45 to Polk. the equipment is silent and hasn't moved in weeks. why is it taking so long for this project to move?
  11. for their time, they were transformative. sharpstown was another development that happened even earlier that was transformative. these are all master planned communities, they are all iterations of previous MPC, but they were all transformations of the previous. sharpstown added a mall to the suburban MPC, kingwood put the MPC in some trees and added a lot of outdoor activity possibilities, woodlands added some serious outdoor event areas, even gondolas if I am remembering right. these days, we still get master planned communities, we just call them 'city center' instead of suburbs. they are far more dense, but still are iterations of the previous MPCs, and actually the MPC developers use market research to know what people want. in the 60s, 70s, and 80s it was suburban sprawl. in the 00s and 10s it's density closer in. if gondolas don't go in the water, then what is this hamster driving?
  12. or maybe it encourages what we have seen over the past decade. more density. look at montrose, where once there were single family homes and garden apartments, there are townhomes, condos and apartment towers. sure, the people may not be able to afford a ranch style home on a 10,000ft plot inside the beltway, or a bungalow on a 5,000ft plot in the loop for an affordable price, but they will find a condo, or an apartment, or a townhome. all of these are denser than a single family home on a huge plot with a yard. that is density. and that is the only way our city is going to increase the amount of money coming in considering what they can't do to make more money. A 10 million dollar apartment tower paying 2.5% in taxes brings in more for the city than 10 homes paying 2.5% on $300,000.
  13. this article states that if you move 10% of the population from cars to motorcycles, it can reduce congestion by 40%. https://newatlas.com/motorcycles-reduce-congestion/21420/ There's a link to the actual study that came to those findings in the article as well. I'd submit that this probably translates well to commuter trains, and other options. when you expand freeways it increases sprawl and then traffic is right back where it was before you expanded. that is proven time and again, right here in our own home town. You can see the results on I-10, you will see the results soon on 290, you continually see it happen on the Gulf Freeway, and when 288 is done, you will see the results there as well. meanwhile, in Houston and beyond it is shown that if you don't have density when you put in fixed guideway transit (LR, BRT, whatever), the density comes naturally. why is it important to create density, rather than continue sprawl? Houston has a city limit that is pretty well fixed, the Texas legislature made it harder for cities like Houston to keep expanding. We, as Houstonians made it harder for the city to raise property tax rates. how then, is a city going to make more money to fix potholes, have a better police force, etc? Increase property values! to do that, you need density. So is expanding freeways to make it easier for people to live farther away from town, and not help pay taxes for services they use really the answer? so yeah, don't expand freeways, build better services for alternatives to single vehicle travel. good enough that 10% of the population will choose to travel that way and leave the car in the garage. reduce congestion by 40%, less emissions floating around the air to get people sick, more options for everyone. there are so many pluses to going a different direction than wider freeways.
  14. you're gonna have to provide a source. here's what metro states on their website: https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/AboutMetro.aspx there's nothing in either of those two statements that say anything about who they target with their service. if indeed what you are suggesting was their only task in life, then why is PARK and ride even legal?
  15. certainly right, but the 82 isn't a BRT. I've been on the metro in Paris, and indeed some of the lines do have rubber wheeled vehicles. I don't consider them more comfortable, and I don't know if they are cheaper to maintain, maybe cheaper to install than rail.
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