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  1. Instead of doing that I-45 widening project, just extend the Hardy. It would displace fewer people. Though I don't know if would impact more people with car exhaust pollution.
  2. What would it take to just get a bus from Galveston to Houston up and running? Seems more attainable and a better fit for the likely ridership at this point.
  3. So they are going to paint part of the street green and not much else then? Still see above ground power lines and skinny sidewalks.
  4. This is a crazy idea, but Seabrook and Bacliff seem to have a critical mass of stilt houses to make it viable and so do areas of Galveston Island... A private pay parking lot that's elevated on reinforced concrete piers bored deep into the ground, above the highest known storm surge level. Catering to residents who live in stilt houses whose homes will survive a flood but whose cars won't. It would be located in neighborhoods like this so people could walk home after dropping off their car a few hours before the storm hits. Alternatively buy a lot in Montgomery or Willis or somewhere
  5. I think it depends on what you are accustomed to buying. Kroger seems to have more national brands and better selection of things like microwave dinners or canned soup or string cheese and yogurt or whatever. HEB has more sundry items like laundry detergent, store brands for ice cream, junk food, etc. It's a tossup on produce IMO, some HEB's have great produce areas and others have undersized ones whereas Kroger tends to be consistent. HEB does have more beer selection, usually. Regardless, I am glad we have both chains. I would hate for one or the other to knock off the competition. It's
  6. This is an old post, but what does this mean exactly by "pay a premium"? In my real-world experience living in close proximity to HEB, a Kroger Marketplace, and a Walmart Neighborhood market, it is that the Walmart is actually the most expensive on many items and it requires a lot of compromising as they lack a lot of selection or brands the other stores have. Aldi is hit and mess and the quality of what they sell is usually low and makes you compromise even more. Kroger is the most consistently reasonably priced option, IMO HEB is a little bigger and a little better but costs s
  7. Blah, so why did they start on the Elysian viaduct then? From what I can tell, the proposed Hardy extension would only lead to the removal of maybe 4 or 5 houses and a couple of likely to be disused industrial structures. Given the concerns about the I-45 expansion the Hardy extension would have lesser impacts but still achieve similar goals.
  8. I noticed that there was a mult-story steel framed building going up in downtown Conroe the other day, and didn't see anything about it posted on HAIF. Not a huge project or anything but very interesting to see a "urban" type of construction happening in the old part of Conroe. I always thought it would be cool if downtown Conroe grew. Woodforest Bank tore down its small branch in old downtown Conroe and is replacing it with a larger 3-story office block as pictured below: Article from courier/your conroe news: Woodforest Bank building a downtown Conroe landmark of the past, bea
  9. Does anyone know why it is necessary to widen I-45 North AND build the Hardy Toll Road extension? I assume planners and engineers took the completion (or non-completion) of either project into consideration in their traffic forecasts, right?
  10. I don't know if this was the intent behind building them in the first place, but a benefit of the trolleys is that they would encourage beach tourists to park in the strand/downtown in the parking garages there. People think the trolleys are cool and unlike a bus they seem safe and will take them where they want to go, which is down to the seawall. This is a graceful and fair solution to the problem that is tourist parking near beaches, it is better than either building huge surface lots by the seawall or alternatively not having enough parking and excluding visitors from Houston who have been
  11. That Walgreens was there when I was a kid in the late 1990s and also its architecture looks similar to some other Walgreens or former Walgreens I've seen, are you sure it was a hobby shop? I think there was a Ben Franklin Crafts somewhere in that shopping center. I vaguely remember the little Walmart that was the Big Lots, it moved across the road into the building that's now a self storage warehouse. The Hobby Lobby and Dollar tree further to the west was a Kmart. What a blast from the past though. That shopping center had a bunch of neat things. There was a pet store called Wet Pet
  12. I hope this place does well. It's really unbelievable how well its turned out architecturally speaking.
  13. But "Puppies for Breakfast" got your attention and you remember it. Hope those events do well and it doesn't turn into Coffee with Cars. I guess the equivalent would be trashy people with aggressive dogs coming and ruining it for everyone.
  14. Well they did announce about 5 locations and seem to be expanding in outer suburban areas so Rosenburg fits the bill. I imagine they'll build a few more in Cypress, Katy, maybe Kingwood or Conroe or something.
  15. What, aren't you familiar with Mount Houston? Back in the day the postal workers had to use mules to ascend it's treacherous slopes using a well beaten path we now know as Aldine Mail Route.
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