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Eastern Glades was open to the public today.  It was kind of empty of people because it was raining, but I would imagine this will attract quite a crowd when the weather starts getting cooler.   Very

I biked through the park today and noticed that they have begun installing the pre-fabricated sections of the tunnel.  I think this is the east tunnel (the one closer to downtown). It is much bigger t

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Dont forget the goats are currently at the arboretum! they are seriously so darn fun to watch haha! Everyday when i ride my bike from galleria to downtown and back i stop each way just to say hi to them 🐐

they are only there until Saturday! 

 

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@CaptainJilliams that video is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

thank you so much for finding and posting that!

it makes me so proud of houston and Memorial Park! how lucky are we to have that in our incredible city?!

i already love riding my bike there but once this project is done...wowsa...🚲

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7 hours ago, nate4l1f3 said:

Will I still be able to see 👀 the trail joggers 🍭when driving down memorial? Looks like the trail will be pushed back. 

 

Hopefully it is. It's terrifying being right up on memorial drive with nothing separating you from cars going 50+ but a small curb. I always worry that someone is going to be texting, try to change lanes and pop a car over the curb and turn me into hamburger meat. 

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I used to skip the Memorial Drive section for that very reason. Back when I ran a lot, I'd run semi-circles from light to light multiple times. Besides my fear of cars jumping, during jogging rush hour, I was always afraid I'd watch someone fall/get bumped into the street on the "hill" section by the ditch. 

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14 hours ago, HouTXRanger said:


Finally, that rail corridor is seeing some good work done. Imagine how much traffic a bike trail there would get, directly connecting Memorial Park to Westheimer and Richmond?

 

Looking at the satellite view it looks like that trail could go all the way to the Brays Bayou Greenway and beyond.  That would be a major connector in the trails system.  Does anyone know if there are plans to do that?

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On 10/7/2020 at 1:21 PM, jmitch94 said:

 

Hopefully it is. It's terrifying being right up on memorial drive with nothing separating you from cars going 50+ but a small curb. I always worry that someone is going to be texting, try to change lanes and pop a car over the curb and turn me into hamburger meat. 

Hmmm never really thought about that. Has that actually ever happened though?

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44 minutes ago, nate4l1f3 said:

Hmmm never really thought about that. Has that actually ever happened though?

 

Cars jumping curbs and killing pedestrians on sidewalks is a common occurrence throughout the age of the automobile. Also happened with horse-drawn carriages, probably more often. I am not sure if it has happened on Memorial Drive, but would not be surprised. Just about every bizarre thing you can think of has happened in Houston.

 

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It's been a while since we talked about the hike and bike trails, but...the fence on the west side of Jensen is now open. Looks like the new bike route through clayton homes to the downtown trailheads and out to the East End is open.

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15 hours ago, JBTX said:

It's been a while since we talked about the hike and bike trails, but...the fence on the west side of Jensen is now open. Looks like the new bike route through clayton homes to the downtown trailheads and out to the East End is open.

 

Where is this? Is this the right thread?

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Yes they just finished a week ago! It took about 2 weeks to build...

while i do like it, i am wondering why they then laid/planted only grass on that entire median...

it looks nice but super lonely haha!

 

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On 11/5/2020 at 8:42 AM, H-Town Man said:

 

Is this new?

 

 

Has to be. It has quite a presence on Memorial Dr that I had never seen before. It's sort of like a grand entrance driving into Memorial Park now.

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interesting that you say that...

i had mentioned above, yes it is new BUT my first thought which i forgot to express previously is why didn't they have this facing east and west not north and south...

as you come up on this in either direction TRAVELING east/west you just see a skinny block of concrete and you have to turn your head to look at it as you pass by to see what in the heck it is...and on top of that, the "Memorial Park" blends in with the monument since its all the same color (just etched in)...

i think it would have looked a bit better and been more of a statement turned the other way to actually face you as you drive into Memorial Park...but yep still like it...just hope they eventually do some sort of landscaping on the median or around the monument...

 

 

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Even if that monument isn't actually used for anything it's still quite a nice touch. It's things like that which will give the park a kind of timeless feel. It will still be there 100 years from now, assuming someone doesn't get in a wreck and a dump truck hits it next week.

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9 minutes ago, zaphod said:

Even if that monument isn't actually used for anything it's still quite a nice touch. It's things like that which will give the park a kind of timeless feel. It will still be there 100 years from now, assuming someone doesn't get in a wreck and a dump truck hits it next week.

I was thinking the same thing but more likely from a drunk driver. They need to add some huge rocks on either side of it to protect it.

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They're not changing the elevation of Memorial Drive itself; they're just building a pair of planted bridges across it. It's hard to say exactly what effect that will have on how frequently Memorial Drive floods, but I wouldn't be surprised if it actually decreases it somewhat.

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1 hour ago, M@tt said:

Feel like this is a dumb question, but they are aware Memorial Park floods. 

Is that even a question? 

 

I'm quite sure that they now how memorial park floods more that anybody else of the planet.  

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17 hours ago, Skyboxdweller said:

I walked through the Eastern Glades two weeks ago. I was very impressed with the landscape, water features and the hard scape used to define outdoor rooms and to provide a place for group activities and  individual reflections. 

 

 

What time of day you went?  The last two times I went it was like going to Galleria in December.

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On 12/10/2020 at 1:04 PM, HoustonBoy said:

Im excited to one day walk on the first hill/change in elevation in Houston history 

There are actually some changes in elevation. Timbergrove has some, Lawndale near Wortham Golf Course has elevation change. Downtown has noticeable elevation differences as you approach the Bayou.

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it took 6 tries to bring up the "add post" box here...

 

Anyway, Saturday was a nice day to be outside trying to figure out how much of the work a gym's treadmill does for you as you "jog"... (it was definitely more than half... a stair stepper machine does 75% of the work for you)

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14 hours ago, mkultra25 said:

 

I suspect that particular analogy may not be operative this year. :ph34r: 

 

actually you would be surprised! i live across the street and currently on any given day there is quite the crowd...all wearing masks of course! the interesting part is that only a few stores are limiting how many people are allowed in per store...so you will randomly see lines of people waiting as much as 20 deep to get into Gucci or Burberry or even Hot Topic 🎅

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45 minutes ago, gene said:

 

actually you would be surprised! i live across the street and currently on any given day there is quite the crowd...all wearing masks of course! the interesting part is that only a few stores are limiting how many people are allowed in per store...so you will randomly see lines of people waiting as much as 20 deep to get into Gucci or Burberry or even Hot Topic 🎅

 

I went last week on Monday at about 11am. it was as full as it would have been in years past on a random Monday morning in December.

 

I suspect that some stores may keep the lines.

 

not that Hot Topic will, but Louis Vuitton may decide it makes sense to provide a 1 to 1 relationship with their customers that come in the store. they can keep people who aren't serious about buying from distracting their staff from a customer that will buy, and they get to provide the customer that will buy a more personalized experience.

 

LV in Vienna, for example only admits customers with an appointment, or if you stand in line.

 

but then, LV in Cologne doesn't have a wait list to get in, so maybe they only do that when they have too many people just wandering in and distracting their staff.

 

not that I am a LV person, but the wife has been waffling on getting one for the past 3 years, and they are cheaper in Europe, so whenever we go, she seeks out the LV store to see if they have the perfect design for her, so I have become knowledgeable on how they handle their stores. if we had been able to go to Europe this summer, I probably would be able to give feedback on the LV in Prague and Berlin too! hahaha

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funny that you mention the "keeping the line for the 1 on 1 experience"...

i went into Burberry this past weekend after standing in line for about 10 minutes and as they let me in the assigned me a salesperson who followed me around...

while i do not like that, i can only imagine it will benefit those who like that type of service and in turn definitely help eliminate shoplifting etc at these high end stores

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10 hours ago, gene said:

actually you would be surprised! i live across the street and currently on any given day there is quite the crowd...all wearing masks of course! the interesting part is that only a few stores are limiting how many people are allowed in per store...so you will randomly see lines of people waiting as much as 20 deep to get into Gucci or Burberry or even Hot Topic 🎅

 

9 hours ago, samagon said:

I went last week on Monday at about 11am. it was as full as it would have been in years past on a random Monday morning in December.

 

Interesting. My wife's office is very close by the Galleria, and the last time she was there, her take was that foot traffic was way down. That was several months ago, but I'd assumed that the trend would likely continue into the holiday season given that the virus hasn't exactly disappeared. Guess not. 

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2 hours ago, mkultra25 said:

 

 

Interesting. My wife's office is very close by the Galleria, and the last time she was there, her take was that foot traffic was way down. That was several months ago, but I'd assumed that the trend would likely continue into the holiday season given that the virus hasn't exactly disappeared. Guess not. 

 

Judging from traffic and random visits to stores around town it seems like crowds are getting somewhat back to normal.  And everyone I see is wearing a mask.  Who are all these maskless people I hear politicians constantly complaining about?

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