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Disturb anyone else that there appears to be a green light to ram directly into the lightrail?

 

It's normal.  If you look closely, you can see the train has a horizontal red bar, meaning it must not proceed (it gets a vertical white bar when it is allowed to go).  But I've watched the trains at the intersections a lot, and I can say they are as bad at ignoring red lights as Houston drivers are.  Not surprising, though, since the trains are also driven by Houston drivers. It's a wonder there aren't more collisions.

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Disturb anyone else that there appears to be a green light to ram directly into the lightrail?

 

Well its not like people couldn't possibly see the passing train, warning signs, elevated wires, etc..... nope people are smart and will absolutely not drive in front or walk in front of the train and then blame others for their stupidity....nope not this train!

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thank you Monarch! yeah i was flying/controlling the quadcopter. i got it recently and with the controls being as sensitive as they are, I'm still getting used to doing movements slow enough for fluid videos.

Cool! What model do you have and are there any rules when it comes to flying these things? I would be nervous of an officer saying something to me haha

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This is a very well done video. Thank you!

To Nate: there are some Federal rules out there now for commercial drone usage and more rules are coming. It is a grey area now. I am uncertain if there are any State laws or local ordinances.

I know nothing about drones and how they work but I would guess that like anything else, they could have a malfunction (or operator error) and fall from the sky. While they likely don't weigh very much, in a crowded city, if one fell, hit a car windshield on the street which then caused the driver to "lose control" of the car and hit a pedestrian or something..... Yikes......

Folks have been flying "drones" for decades and decades. But, unless I am mistaken, they typically fly them at "model airplane fields" not in downtown areas or around freeways, etc.

As drones begin to proliferate and possibly try to co-exist in dense urban areas, I will be curious to see if there are a raft of "personal injury" lawsuits.

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this is about to be a heck of a multi-quote.. but first off, thanks everyone for the positive feedback! I'm still new to the aerial videographer/photographer scene, so ill have to spend more time on the videos in the future instead of just doing one take without any edits.
 

Cool! What model do you have and are there any rules when it comes to flying these things? I would be nervous of an officer saying something to me haha

 

a Phantom 2 Vision+.
as for rules, as UtterlyUrban said. its a pretty grey area still. there is apparently an FAA law either in effect or planning to go in effect regulating them to under 500', no night time flying, and must have a sight line on the drone.
about the worst someone could do is come up and tell you to leave afaik. if you were flying over private property or something there could be some illegalities to it if the owner didn't want you there, but i was in a public park.
 

This is a very well done video. Thank you!

To Nate: there are some Federal rules out there now for commercial drone usage and more rules are coming. It is a grey area now. I am uncertain if there are any State laws or local ordinances.

I know nothing about drones and how they work but I would guess that like anything else, they could have a malfunction (or operator error) and fall from the sky. While they likely don't weigh very much, in a crowded city, if one fell, hit a car windshield on the street which then caused the driver to "lose control" of the car and hit a pedestrian or something..... Yikes......

Folks have been flying "drones" for decades and decades. But, unless I am mistaken, they typically fly them at "model airplane fields" not in downtown areas or around freeways, etc.

As drones begin to proliferate and possibly try to co-exist in dense urban areas, I will be curious to see if there are a raft of "personal injury" lawsuits.

about the only way one could "fall from the sky" is if it somehow lost a prop. otherwise, the nicer quads nowadays have a "return to home" feature if remote connection is ever lost or the battery gets too low.
yeah I've wondered if they will ever require us to have licenses or insurance for accidents and what not. wouldn't be a terrible idea..
as for flying it in a "downtown area", admittedly the idea was a little beyond my comfort zone at first, but after seeing a few other videos of people flying at Discovery Green i figured why not? i did notice some signal interference when i was flying in the area though (not sure if it was due to the electrical substations near Discovery Green or a large source of metal nearby when i calibrated the compass).

 

Seems like you could make these and sell them to property owners for vids.

heh, you actually aren't the first person to tell me that. its not a bad idea for paying off the cost of the quad. i could definitely see it being ideal for high end suburban real estate, getting aerial views from around the property..

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Cloud713:

I won't quote all the above but I do want to make a small point.

But, before I do that, thanks again for the video and, as you get your moxy up, I would love to see more where ever the law and your confidence allows! I really like the "professional" feel of your video. Good stuff.

Now the point of claification: unless I am wrong, discovery green is NOT a public park. It is actually private. It is a private, tax-exempt, charity that owns the property and manages the park. It is not publicly owned. And, there are, in fact, fairly draconian photography permit requirements on the park (check the website). That said, there are about 500,000 wedding and engagement portraits taken in the park by "pros" every 32 seconds. I really doubt any of them have permits. So, it doesn't seem like this rule is well enforced. Or, actually, enforced at all.

Anyway, the minor point of clarification is that the park is really not public.

Have fun with your drone and let us know if you film something else!

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Cloud713:

I won't quote all the above but I do want to make a small point.

But, before I do that, thanks again for the video and, as you get your moxy up, I would love to see more where ever the law and your confidence allows! I really like the "professional" feel of your video. Good stuff.

Now the point of claification: unless I am wrong, discovery green is NOT a public park. It is actually private. It is a private, tax-exempt, charity that owns the property and manages the park. It is not publicly owned. And, there are, in fact, fairly draconian photography permit requirements on the park (check the website). That said, there are about 500,000 wedding and engagement portraits taken in the park by "pros" every 32 seconds. I really doubt any of them have permits. So, it doesn't seem like this rule is well enforced. Or, actually, enforced at all.

Anyway, the minor point of clarification is that the park is really not public.

Have fun with your drone and let us know if you film something else!

Ahh, so you are correct. As for photography, the rules at discovery green are only for commercial/professional photography I believe.

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Ahh, so you are correct. As for photography, the rules at discovery green are only for commercial/professional photography I believe.

I believe that you are correct.

But, as in all things, their website says one thing and their policies say another. It seems from their policy at ALL photography needs a permit! Go figure! " hey, lady, stop using your cell phone to take a picture to send to your dad ...... You don't have a permit". Sure.

http://09386884b485c871ec98-261f167dd14131de9e2c0863c81c425d.r77.cf1.rackcdn.com/3543722d-27b2-40a1-a0bf-bbbc8c53809d.pdf

Oh, and did you notice the part that EVERY park patron must agree to be photographed and NO children under 14 can be photographed without first asking for parental consent? Sure. Any idea how many trillions of images a year are snapped that violate this provisions?

Good lord!

It would be essentially impossible to take a photo in the park if one was to strictly comply with this policy.

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Well, that's not the first time some outfit's overly paranoid corporate counsel wrote up something that ends up being totally unrealistic in an effort to cover the corporate tukus twelve ways from Sunday (and/or Saturday and/or Friday if those are days of worship in a particular tradition), together with any and all holidays, including but not limited to the secular and religious, without regard whatsoever to the number of actual practitioners of said traditions that are or who may be present or consciously or peripherally aware of the celebration.   :mellow:

 

For the record, I was an early adopter of the Plain English movement in my own practice.

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There is a factory preset on mine limiting it to 400' in height. If you turn that off/change the limit past 400' a message appears warning you from certain things. The controller range is 700 meters (like 2,400'?), but I'm not sure that translates vertically?

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There is a factory preset on mine limiting it to 400' in height. If you turn that off/change the limit past 400' a message appears warning you from certain things. The controller range is 700 meters (like 2,400'?), but I'm not sure that translates vertically?

 

I've seen videos of people taking them up above 3000'...however, most of them ended in disaster or near disaster due to the battery dying or just barely making the full trip.

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As downtown fills in will there be a squeeze on event parking at Minute Maid and other venues?

I am quite sure that will be a hotly discussed topic with the City and the press and landed interests. There are lots of suburban folks who believe that unless the parking facility has 110% capacity and is adjacent to the venue, that there is a shortage.

The reality is that events typically take place at night or on weekends. Given that, there are garages all over downtown, some only a few blocks away from the venues, that will hold all the needed cars plus some.

I think that a bigger issue as downtown fills out is traffic. There was an epic "city jam" last winter when the rockets were playing and there were a few corporate Christmas parties at the Hilton and other venues with stuff going on DT. It took some folks 30 minutes to go 3 blocks. Others turned around and went off to dinner and came to the Christmas dinner party late.

Everyone found a parking space..... But traffic was epic!

Summary: there is plenty of parking. Congestion is likely a bigger issue as more and more comes to downtown. A robust rail/Mass Transit system will help in the future.

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As downtown fills in will there be a squeeze on event parking at Minute Maid and other venues?

Sounds like a win for metro ridership numbers to me. some people find it easier to park along or near the rail and then ride into downtown or TMC. We just need to find a way to turn that "some" into "many"

Downtown has what? Over 100,000 parking spots? With a residential population of what 5k?

Plus all these residential projects are building more parking exceeding the number of units they are building so although the lots are decreasing the total available to ballpark attendees, the new residents are not exactly competing with attendees for spots.

But wow, with all the hotels, apartments, offices etc being built I'm sure downtown Houston will hit 150,000 parking spots soon. Even with all the open lots being obliterated. But like someone mentioned, congestion is going to be a B.

the development is removing 100 car surface lots and replacing them 500, 600+ garages with more built in users. Scary thought. Metro sounds more attractive to me

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Looking at that aerial map makes me wonder where should Houston's Metro Center go and a good bus terminal should go also. Actually downtown is so big it needs several stops. Would be interesting to transpose DC Metro Map over Houston to see how many stops would fit in Downtown/MidTown/Med Center with similar distances. Now is the time for Transportation HAIF to start dreaming, we need that to make it all come together. You can see the broad outlines of the future with these views for sure.

The post office site or court house district ate the choices obvious to me.

House commuter rail, high speed rail, city bus and greyhound there and then it's an easy transfer to light rail.

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It's just so nice seeing some steel construction in this town (the other being MATCH) when it's completely dominated by concrete (which I love concrete), but there is just something about steel construction that is just great to watch

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^^^ depressing, no way!  there are many many haif patrons that may not even be around once houston cbd reaches it's full potential.  let us just take what we have and live life to the fullest.  this is what GENERATIONS do.....

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A unified skyline from downtown to the med center is very very far away. What I'm more excited about is seeing downtown fill up. It is already very dense from this view and this side will be almost filled once all the proposed projects finish up. The south/southeast side is what needs more work.

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