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  1. gondolitis, it's most pervasive and distinct in places like Phoenix, or other desert areas though, and rare in a place like Houston. I offer counseling, rates are reasonable considering it is such a rare condition and requires some specialized shock treatment.
  2. I love this as well. they better sync up with Metro on their BRT to make sure there's alignment. I was talking to a friend last night about EE near the bayou. between this and East River, both will be nearing completion in 10 years. I told him to get in now, in 10 years the area will be unrecognizable and not anywhere nearly as affordable.
  3. actually, I thought you were right too (and you and I may have been right once upon a time, the ordinance was updated in 2021 specific for bicycles). I could swear when I last saw the ordinance (again, years ago, maybe 10 or more at this point) it said only commercial area. this clarification to be more specific opens up a lot more sidewalks.
  4. only problem here is that Matty isn't interested in any kind of open discussion, so making it look like 004n063 isn't interested in discussion through a funny meme is disingenuous.
  5. that one car that was illegally parked in the middle of the crosswalk got lucky! I wonder if the police that showed up issued him a citation? "Good news! you didn't get hit by a boulder, but you are being hit with a parking violation!"
  6. considering that until 1999 you couldn't build a single family residence on a lot smaller than 5000sf, and even then, free standing homes on lots smaller than 5000sf was confined to the inner loop (has since been expanded outside the loop). Houston may not be zoned, but there are some silly rules we have that have absolutely forced us into a single mode of transit.
  7. that's a fair and accurate stat. to have value though you need to fly a bit lower than just some high altitude numbers regarding the MSA, and consider things such as land use. for instance, Amsterdam's metro area has huge tracts of farm land, national parks, and other things with small dense towns as part of the metro area. according to this website: https://hollandcircularhotspot.nl/cities/metropole-region-amsterdam/ most of the IJsselmeer is included in the Amsterdam Metro area? which that's a lake that takes up about 1/5 of the area in and of itself. so it's not really comparable. Houston MSA is sprawling, but it is indeed sprawling, most single family homes for instance are on lots that are minimum of 5000sf. Amsterdam MSA may be 'sprawling' as well, but if you drill in you see it's pockets of very dense livable areas surrounded by farms, lakes, parks, etc. most homes with a yard (and yard usually means 400sf on average) share a common wall with another home, and actual detached homes with 5000sf of land, that's rich folk territory.
  8. I was thinking more along the lines of a road being renamed. I'm sure there's some road named after a confederate supporter that still needs renamed.
  9. it depends, but in Houston pretty much yes. if I remember correctly, sidewalks and bikes is a no-no near commercial areas. I think this is a CoH ordinance.
  10. hopefully something will be named after him in this city, other than helping to grow Enron (which he left in 96) he has done a lot of really great stuff for Houston. it probably mentions it in the article on click2houston, but there's a total of $310,000,000 federal, local, and philanthropic money (which includes Kinder). if I am reading things right, this donation put them over the threshold to start the project. it's kind of obvious, but this plus east river, east end is is going to lose the status as an affordable inside the loop option.
  11. once this i45 project is done, it will be world class, I promise!
  12. the way they are building, they are going to use every inch of it. I was shocked the first time I drove down Jensen when construction was underway how close they are starting this phase to the road. and then you turn on Clinton and it feels like forever before you get to the end of the property. the scope of this thing is really immense, and there is so much potential to completely transform so much in the area.
  13. the reflection off the exquisitely brown water gives one the sense they can smell the stagnation in the water. :D can't wait to experience it while enjoying a drink on their patio area.
  14. https://residencesattheallen.com/the-developer/ according to that page, there's a Chinese real estate company involved. Tianqing Group. considering the issues with Chinese mortgages right now, this may be having some impact on their ability to move at pace.
  15. Polk street crossing going away, access to Bell street from EE going away and there's better connectivity between downtown and East End? that dog doesn't hunt. but yes, 4th ward is absolutely getting better access (not just to downtown, but southwest as well connecting directly to Allen Parkway). I guess we'll have to see how traffic entering the 45 connector only entering from Pease, rather than Pease and St. Joseph, but there won't be traffic they have to merge with from Pierce elevated. it'll be interesting to see how this plays out for access to and from midtown during rush hours. hopefully being able to just cross Brazos and not have to merge with other traffic, they'll be able to just get out of the intersections asap, and people won't be blocking the box for those headed south on Smith. me too, but I've been watching them put in bases on the Gulf Freeway south of downtown for the huge flood lights. it'll be interesting to see if they are updating tech at the same time they are replacing the old lights. so have LED and make them more directional to light only the freeways and not create a lot of light pollution for the surrounding neighborhoods. that to be said, I don't think they are going to shorter flood lights, maybe they'll at least be more modern.
  16. it's not just about the views, it's about the impact to those living near, and the impact to the wildlife of the area. removing freeways you don't have to worry so much about how it will negatively impact those living in the immediate area, or the impact to wildlife, do you? ignoring as well the possibility of the greenway that DT Houston has suggested might happen. the West, South, and East of downtown is very well served as far as that goes. as far as views being opened up, literally, the only views that will be better will be between W. Dallas and 59 interchange, basically, the stretch of the Pierce Elevated. the downtown connectors for the west side of downtown are going to be more impactful to views than the current freeway structures. the illustration from TXDoT that shows the elevation next to Sabine street lofts, the new structure is going to be even higher than the existing structure. and that cutaway is cleverly placed away from any flyover ramps, which will make the elevation even higher. good times. https://www.txdot.gov/content/dam/project-sites/nhhip/docs/segment-3-pm4-exhibit-01-overall.pdf on the plus side though, at least the west side of downtown will receive better local connectivity with Houston getting connected to Allen Parkway, and the sunlight that will get into that area of BBP should be greatly increased. so good for those living in close proximity to that area of downtown. on the east side of downtown, yes, we'll have a section of freeway that is below grade, but for the distance that will be below grade, we'll have an uninterrupted view of the back side of the convention center, or a great view of the back side of the baseball stadium. .. otherwise the interchanges between 59/45, and 59/45/10 will all be well above grade, so no real improvement there.
  17. my only issue ever with Hobby is the situation for dropping off and picking up. the drop off area isn't covered which becomes an issue in the rain. the pickup area being designed for many lanes to be accessible to pick up passengers, but then they have most of them blocked off for either ride share, or remote parking. it's just not good at all with how they have everything closed off.
  18. when the competition is King Liquor #2? the amount of dust on some of their bottles is concerning, but not as much as their prices. I've not been into . Liquor, but at that point, I may as well just go to Specs in Midtown. I've not been into Ly's Liquor either, but from their google reviews, it might be worth a stop.
  19. ha, well, certainly Chevron moving everything but their corporate office here this year helps as well.
  20. yep, on the drive home from work it was silent again. I guess the people I saw were just inspecting/maintaining and then gone.
  21. every time I see this thread pop up, I am reminded of the uncyclopedia article on Houston, specifically for airports: https://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/Houston Houston is home to more than 36 airports of various sizes, however the two most used are the George H.W. “Don’t Confuse Me With My Son” Bush INTERGALACTIC Airport, and William P. “Don’t Confuse Me With His Son Either” Hobby Airport. China Airlines does not currently fly to either airport; therefore the safety record for both is actually pretty good.
  22. I paid close attention on my drive into work this morning, there is a crew on site, and equipment is moving around.
  23. there was definitely one on 249 by the Compaq campus. I went there frequently when I worked up there.
  24. I agree, Austin is close enough that a quick road trip should be easy to sample the staples, and then Houston concepts can thrive, we have enough creativity in this town to survive without being inundated with Torchys. Only caveat I have to this is Thundercloud. they used to have a presence here in Houston, but pulled back. best subs ever, and when the competition is Subway, or Firehouse, or other chains, I'm all about that TC sub.
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