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Apparently, FM 1960 is getting a new name. Bucolic strip malls! Fairies tripping up and down the new medians! It will be fabulous!

From ABC 13 - KTRK

On an only slightly related topic, I believe TC Jester now connects all the way though from Cypress Creek Parkway (there - I used it!) to FM 2920 (soon to be known as "Willow Creek Turnpike"!) I can say for certain that it goes from Cypresswood all the way to FM 2920 and Google Maps says it goes all the way to FM 1960, but I did not have time to verify; can someone confirm this?

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On an only slightly related topic, I believe TC Jester now connects all the way though from Cypress Creek Parkway (there - I used it!) to FM 2920 (soon to be known as "Willow Creek Turnpike"!) I can say for certain that it goes from Cypresswood all the way to FM 2920 and Google Maps says it goes all the way to FM 1960, but I did not have time to verify; can someone confirm this?

Yes, it does now connect between Cypresswood and "the road formerly known as" FM 1960. T.C. Jester is one seriously broken up road. Never understood why they do that around here. Cypress-North Houston Rd. is not as extremely broken up as T.C. Jester, but is another example and I'm sure there are many more examples around town. It doesn't have an overpass at 290, yet it continues on the other side of 290. Why not just use a different name? Seems like it would be confusing for someone looking for an address who's not familiar with the area. Guess that's why more and more of us have GPS on our phones now, huh?!

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I drove down 1960 this weekend from 45 to 249 and there are medians down the entire thing, dividing the six lanes in two. It looks really great and I bet it's helping traffic flow and safety a ton. The only place it opens up is for left hand turns and they have dedicated turns lanes at those places. It looks like they're getting ready to put some vegetation in the places where it is wider.

This is the first smart thing I've seen Houston do to the streets. Hopefully they keep doing stuff like this everywhere.

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As far as this being a "Vanity" renaming, that is not true, all the signs are changing to Cypress Creek Parkway, the USPS will be delivering mail to Cypress Creek Pkwy addresses, and on maps it is already changed, go to Google Maps and type in "Cypress Creek Parkway, 77068" and all of FM 1960 is already renamed from SH249 to I-45... you were greatly miss-informed.

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For all those that like to print out directions using Google maps before heading out may have noticed a recent change to the F.M. 1960 Corridor. GPS drivers may have even heard the change.

“In one mile, turn right on Cypress Creek Parkway.”

The actual signs are not placed just yet, but the alternate name designation assigned to F.M. 1960 by Commissioner Jerry Eversole back in July 2010—between Aldine-Westfield Road and Highway 249, known also by its alternate name designation, Tomball Parkway—is now digitally present.

However, all the businesses along this stretch are still displaying F.M. 1960 as their address location via Google’s online maps.

http://www.hcnonline.com/klein/news/article_f6fbf882-fb6e-11df-8037-001cc4c03286.html
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If FM 1960 needs to renamed to make SOMEONE happy then go ahead and rename the damned thing. I agree with JLWM though, let's please stop being idiots and renaming everything a parkway. Allen Parkway (formerly Buffalo Drive) is a parkway. St. Joseph Parkway (formerly Calhoun) is in no shape, way, or form a parkway. I vaguely remember (that's the way I remember everything these days - vaguely) hearing that streets running perpendicular to Main Street in downtown Houston were originally designated avenues, e.g. Texas Avenue and that Main Street and those running parallel to it like Travis Street were thus designated. It would be great if anyone could confirm that. "St. Joseph Avenue" I can live with. JLWM, I'm sure you're o.k. with that too :) but "parkway" still bothers me after all these years.

The renaming that really p****s me off is NASA Parkway. Again, not a parkway at all except maybe where it runs in front of the West Mansion but there it retains its NASA Road 1 designation. Recall it was once known as FM 528 all the way from Seabrook to Alvin. Why do we feel the need to abandon the old Farm-to-Market road designations and the historical perspective they provide? It is also an historical slap in this region's face to diminish the importance of the literal path that leads to our prominence in space exploration. Grrr! :angry:

Is it too late to go back to Jackrabbit Road and forget this Cypress Creek Parkway stuff?

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I vaguely remember (that's the way I remember everything these days - vaguely) hearing that streets running perpendicular to Main Street in downtown Houston were originally designated avenues, e.g. Texas Avenue and that Main Street and those running parallel to it like Travis Street were thus designated. It would be great if anyone could confirm that.

Check out this 1913 map, it confirms it.

http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/maps/images/map0435.jpg

The renaming that really p****s me off is NASA Parkway. Again, not a parkway at all except maybe where it runs in front of the West Mansion but there it retains its NASA Road 1 designation. Recall it was once known as FM 528 all the way from Seabrook to Alvin. Why do we feel the need to abandon the old Farm-to-Market road designations and the historical perspective they provide? It is also an historical slap in this region's face to diminish the importance of the literal path that leads to our prominence in space exploration. Grrr! :angry:

Didn't the readdressing come around the same time the NASA 1 Bypass Fwy opened up? This Google Streetview photo looks like the NASA Road 1 designation was given to the new freeway going by the street sign.

See the sign here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Nasa+Road+1,+Houston,+TX&sll=29.644982,-95.356005&sspn=0.130394,0.336113&g=Cullen+Boulevard,+Houston,+TX&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Nasa+Road+1,+Houston,+Texas+77058&ll=29.521301,-95.124296&spn=0.004117,0.010504&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=29.521381,-95.124352&panoid=oowNQqm1issQawL7Y-ETOA&cbp=12,324.84,,0,-2.63

Maybe that's why the old NASA Road 1 became NASA Parkway? Still doesn't give them an excuse for the incorrect use of "Parkway". "Old NASA Road 1" might have been a better choice.

I don't mean to piss you off any further, but did you know that Cullen Blvd. in Pearland is now being called Cullen Parkway? They also renamed McHard Rd. to Shadow Creek Parkway. It's like a disease! :blink:

I guess when it comes time to give Riverside a boost, they'll rename N. and S. MacGregor Way (I like the term "Way", you don't hear it often) to N. and S. MacGregor Parkway? To be technical, they did have parkway attributes in the 20s and 30s when they connected MacGregor Park to Hermann Park along mostly undeveloped lots. Perhaps the "Way" in MacGregor Way is an abbreviated version of Parkway for that very purpose? Hmm..,

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Didn't the readdressing come around the same time the NASA 1 Bypass Fwy opened up? This Google Streetview photo looks like the NASA Road 1 designation was given to the new freeway going by the street sign.

See the sign here: http://maps.google.c...324.84,,0,-2.63

Maybe that's why the old NASA Road 1 became NASA Parkway? Still doesn't give them an excuse for the incorrect use of "Parkway". "Old NASA Road 1" might have been a better choice.

Yes, it did and I agree "old NASA Road 1" sounds more appropriate.

I don't mean to piss you off any further, but did you know that Cullen Blvd. in Pearland is now being called Cullen Parkway? They also renamed McHard Rd. to Shadow Creek Parkway. It's like a disease! :blink:

I cross it on BW8 every time I drive home and sigh. Re-naming in and of itself doesn't bother me too much except when the descriptor is so patently inappropriate. I grew up in a house on a cul-de-sac that accesses nine houses. It's name still is _________ Court. At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if some idiot re-named it Something Parkway.

I guess when it comes time to give Riverside a boost, they'll rename N. and S. MacGregor Way (I like the term "Way", you don't hear it often) to N. and S. MacGregor Parkway? To be technical, they did have parkway attributes in the 20s and 30s when they connected MacGregor Park to Hermann Park along mostly undeveloped lots. Perhaps the "Way" in MacGregor Way is an abbreviated version of Parkway for that very purpose? Hmm..,

I like MacGregor Way. "Parkway" would fit better here than in most recent instances because of the attributes you referred to but it is fine like it is and should be left that way. At least the Cullen part was kept in Cullen Parkway. Dispensing with historical names like Calhoun and Stuebner (as in Stuebner-Airline) is a pity. I guess it is just the powers-that-be telling us that we are too stupid to appreciate the history of this area.

You can't expect a young person or someone who has moved in from a diffentent area to know who the people, e.g. Cullen, MacGregor, Holcombe, or Westheimer, or places that no longer exist like Almeda or Westfield to which street names refer were but by taking away those names it ensures that they will never even have a reason to ask.

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Personally I think that from I 45 to at least Veterans/Stuebner, 1960 Sucks now. I moved into the apartments behind Denny's in 1990 when I moved here from Louisiana. I was no stranger to Houston since I spent summers here growing up. the 1960 area at least from 45 west had a classy feel to it. Had a good variety of stores, etc. and most of all the neighborhoods were just black and white for the most part. Fast Forward 20 years and that whole area SUCKS! the apartments at I 45 behind that chevy dealership now, Cypress Station, all the way to at least North Oaks Shopping center, the area is crawling with ILLEGALS, DRUG HEADS and all kinds of other assorted trash.

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I left 1960 area in 97, moved back in 99 and left again for good in 2008, living more centrally located now. I think the only reason they changed the name is to try not to see it end up the way Sharpstown, Greenspoint or Northline did, but its too late, it happened and all those wealthy folks in North Oaks and Champions did not do anything to keep the unwanteds out and now that's why the Spring, and Kline School districts suck, glad I dont have kids because they would never go to school there.

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Margo, if you had children I recommend that you raised them in the prestigious neighborhood, The Woodlands. FM 1960 has no value... couldn't agree more. In time the mansions in Champion Forest and Northgate will be invaded and value will be WAY below market value. I keep hearing that it resembles Greenspoint from common everyday people. Everyone is rushing to The Woodlands. You should hurry before they run out of inventory. The Woodlands is quite the investment I hear. This information is only leaked to people who specialize in real estate. Just a pointer... Good luck!

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Now that I've got some skin in this game and live off this road, I've noticed the problem isn't simply boundaries and economics. The poor live alongside the affluent everywhere more successfully than what you're crediting to 1960. The problem here is all the derelict structures alongside the road. 1960 is a stripmall ghost town. I think a simple solution would be to eliminate a number of the empty buildings at owner's expense. I'd like the county to require a minimum of 25% occupied capacity based on square footage on a five year rolling cycle. If a property can't maintain that capacity, then the owner should be required by law to bulldoze the structure and plant some pines in its place. Leaving the number at 25% is fair to the owners, but forcing the bulldozing would make land owners and developers more cautious and certain of success (as much as is possible) prior to construction. Plus, this law would virtually require the proper cycling of old, worn-out structures with newer and better construction.

Then again, who cares?

 

I know this is a really old thread, but I've gotta say, God, I love that idea. It needs to be done along Dairy Ashford between Westheimer and Briar Forest. There is an old strip center along there that most of the tenants have left, and about a third of it burned down, and has not been rebuilt, just left as an eyesore. The whole strip center needs to be bulldozed.

 

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Yay! I can't wait for the name change!!! Westheimer used to be FM some kind of number too. About time!!! Anyway, I'm glad they are trying to change things around here. It has to start somewhere... Usually great things are rejected in the beginning... Yay NORTHWEST HOUSTON!!!

 

Actually I believe Westheimer Rd was Westheimer Rd before FM1093 was designated. The name was just logically extended westward

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