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Old October 25th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #121
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pariclez: people do like single detached houses for the privacy and space they provide. Don't blame the developer for merely fulfilling a market demand instead of catering for urban planning whining activists. The most "efficient" way for a human to live is like not being born first place.

I despise, mock and bash whatever pipe-dream of taking economic and costumer considerations out of the urban planning process just to make cities look "nicer" for urban planners who have an obsession with seeing people walking or close together to the point some (not naming anyone specifically) almost reach the pervert level of "people watching" or measuing the "life" of a place by its mere transportation arteries instead of what happens inside buildings.

People don't like transit, at least a reasonable number of them to support a sprawl-based urban organization. Planners should abide to that trend and serve their citizenry accordingly, not try to "reshape" the city according to their own whims.

As for "windfall profits on land", that is as old as humanity. Get over it. It's part of land holds being private property. Unless you want communism, that is not going away.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 06:07 PM   #122
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Communism?? Please. Yeah, NYC has an extensive public system, and we all know what a hotbed of Marxist thought it is. Brimming with feuds between the Leninist and Trotskyite factions who dominate the city government, LOL.

How about the pipe-dream of taking economic and consumer considerations out of the urban planning process for urban planners who have an fixation on a developmental model that exists primarily to provide an economic windfall to property developers, and is based on the assumption of a never ending supply of cheap petroleum?

Sorry you don't like cities and enjoy mocking and bashing them. It's fine that you like the suburbs, just remember that the simple fact is that these were developed because of market distortions enacted by state, local, and the federal government (in the U.S. at least) and not due to the so-called free market.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 01:32 AM   #123
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pariclez: people do like single detached houses for the privacy and space they provide. Don't blame the developer for merely fulfilling a market demand instead of catering for urban planning whining activists. The most "efficient" way for a human to live is like not being born first place.

I despise, mock and bash whatever pipe-dream of taking economic and costumer considerations out of the urban planning process just to make cities look "nicer" for urban planners who have an obsession with seeing people walking or close together to the point some (not naming anyone specifically) almost reach the pervert level of "people watching" or measuing the "life" of a place by its mere transportation arteries instead of what happens inside buildings.

People don't like transit, at least a reasonable number of them to support a sprawl-based urban organization. Planners should abide to that trend and serve their citizenry accordingly, not try to "reshape" the city according to their own whims.

As for "windfall profits on land", that is as old as humanity. Get over it. It's part of land holds being private property. Unless you want communism, that is not going away.
Funny you should mention that as demand for condo's and apartments inside Loop 610 is at an all time high and developers just can't build them fast enough.

Also I recommend that you read this article.

The Next Real Estate Boom

Basically they are saying that housing value in areas that are more walkable are rising faster than in areas which are more car dependent.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:38 AM   #124
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Elevated structures (rail, highways) are cheaper than tunnels, but it seems nobody wants elevated freeways or railways built anymore.
Noone wants to wake up to a big concrete structure that blocks out the sun every morning.

These are fine in very dense urban areas, but not in less dense suburban style cities like Houston.

HOWEVER, I do think that Houston's MetroRail could use a few relatively inexpensive grade separations here and there. I think an open trench under Fannin would have worked nicely.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 08:33 PM   #125
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pariclez: people do like single detached houses for the privacy and space they provide. Don't blame the developer for merely fulfilling a market demand instead of catering for urban planning whining activists. The most "efficient" way for a human to live is like not being born first place.

I despise, mock and bash whatever pipe-dream of taking economic and costumer considerations out of the urban planning process just to make cities look "nicer" for urban planners who have an obsession with seeing people walking or close together to the point some (not naming anyone specifically) almost reach the pervert level of "people watching" or measuing the "life" of a place by its mere transportation arteries instead of what happens inside buildings.

People don't like transit, at least a reasonable number of them to support a sprawl-based urban organization. Planners should abide to that trend and serve their citizenry accordingly, not try to "reshape" the city according to their own whims.

As for "windfall profits on land", that is as old as humanity. Get over it. It's part of land holds being private property. Unless you want communism, that is not going away.

RE: Windfall profits on land, you can accuse me of being a communist. But if you used that line, you'd also have to accuse that flaming commie, Adam Smith. Adam Smith originally used "free market" to describe an economy that was freed from the parasitic grasp of landowners collecting unearned income from land rent. The free-market paradise you're describing is feudalism.

Yes, we're all aware you like to mock bad urbanism. You mock a lot of other things too, but we'll focus on bad urbanism in this paragraph. You can ridicule the hipster idiots who quote from the developer's PR guide and wax poetic about sidewalks and small blocks ensuring urbanism. That type of urbanism is only incrementally better than the worst of sprawlburbia. Strangely the bad new urbanist stuff is promoted by the real estate industry too, just like your more straightforward hatred for urbanity. The fake urbanism and your sincere hatred for it are just two parts of a false dichotomy. You're either actively dismissing functional urbanism, or you just like to make a very similar point to the most shallow of the faux-urban hipsters out there.

Cool it with the "people like sprawl" line. People may also prefer pepperoni sticks to celery, but what is ultimately more sustainable, more practical, more pragmatic? Considering people in even the wealthiest places have problems with money, and suburbia is by far the most expensive, most ecologically unsound way of building, and the fact that suburbia's costs are generally deferred via municipal bonds that inevitably need to be repaid... Yet you never talk about this.

How is a transit line so bad? Even in Houston, it's a start. It'd be even better if it were grade separated, and Houston would be more functional if urban planners had some say, as opposed to development strictly benefitting the small number of developers and their profits.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #126
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Unsafe transit is not good, that's what.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 05:21 AM   #128
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A time lapse video of the East End Light Rail line construction at Harrisburg and Lockwood.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:06 AM   #129
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Reliant Energy partnered with METRO to provide FREE fares on METRORail to every Texans' home game. to help promote the event, METRO wrapped one of its vehicles with the Reliant free fare message featuring a larger-than-life likeness of the all-pro receiver, Andre Johnson.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:08 PM   #130
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(better off muted as well)

I'm so against window-wrapping ... funny how, after all these years, we've yet to see private vehicules so wrapped
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Old October 31st, 2011, 10:58 PM   #131
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[QUOTE=diablo234;85159885][url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/soonerpa/3587368269/]

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Houston METRORail Lucy Decal by [email protected], on Flickr

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P4080256 by wordjunky, on Flickr

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Looking north from the Rice Hotel balcony by Stephanie Warrior Princess, on Flickr

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Houston Metrorail southbound on the Fannin transit median 3 by Stephanie Warrior Princess, on Flickr

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Missed the train by 3rd Coast Chick, on Flickr

Does the Houston Metrorail always operate with a single car? or does it sometimes arrange trainsets with 2 or 3 cars?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:07 AM   #132
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Does the Houston Metrorail always operate with a single car? or does it sometimes arrange trainsets with 2 or 3 cars?
I'm curious about this too. Somehow this line has one of highest ridership per mile of light rail systems in the country, yet we only see it running single cars, while the Los Angeles Blue Line has an even lower ridership per mile yet it requires 3 car trains 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:14 AM   #133
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Does the Houston Metrorail always operate with a single car? or does it sometimes arrange trainsets with 2 or 3 cars?
To answer your question for the most part the light rail line only uses single car trains unless it is during rush hour or if there is some big event taking place at either Reliant Stadium or Downtown.

The trains also run at a pretty high frequency during the weekday with trains running every six minutes from 4:30am-7:30pm and every twelve minutes from 7:30pm until 9pm.

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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:36 PM   #134
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I'm so against window-wrapping ... funny how, after all these years, we've yet to see private vehicules so wrapped
What is wrong with window-wrapping? That company is sponsoring free fares, it's only fair they get the right to wrap a vehicle, isn't it? No free lunches...

As for wrapping in private vehicles: I guess it doesn't happen because: (1) it is difficult to organize a massive wrapping operation and it is probably not cost-effective to wrap them since the 'wrappable' area is small (windshield, front windows must remains clear); (2) private cars stay usually more than 90% of the time parked, often in places with low visibility.
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Everything's wrong with it, particularly safety ... if it's not --uhm-- cool for private traffic, then it ain't cool for public either. Would you really think your bird be comfortable having her vision cloaked throughout her nighttime rides? For instance, where can she look for relief while that creep over there keeps ogling at her (this happens more and more nowadays)? Same for mucky weather, especially if your transit operator ain't inclined to wash its fleets after storms. It's plain wrong to compromise passengers' vision.

Ultimately, it prooves transit operators'/fundraisers' imagination in the deficit in addition to messed-up priorities.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 01:55 PM   #136
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Everything's wrong with it, particularly safety ... if it's not --uhm-- cool for private traffic, then it ain't cool for public either. Would you really think your bird be comfortable having her vision cloaked throughout her nighttime rides? For instance, where can she look for relief while that creep over there keeps ogling at her (this happens more and more nowadays)? Same for mucky weather, especially if your transit operator ain't inclined to wash its fleets after storms. It's plain wrong to compromise passengers' vision.

Ultimately, it prooves transit operators'/fundraisers' imagination in the deficit in addition to messed-up priorities.
Modern wrapping doesn't compromise vision from inside to outside. To ensure safety within trams like that of Houston, cameras, not clear windows, are needed.
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Then I suppose your opthomologist must be a quack.

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This video illustrates how In-Road warning lights are being used at signalized intersections along the light rail route to provide notice to approaching motorists of the oncoming light rail trains.

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Remedial, somewhat I wonder how the apparatus might work under snow.
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What a beautiful scene there, btw Houston has a very nice tram system, even if a bit accident-prone. What is the latest figure on ridership?
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