There's more coverage today of the new Metro plan. I'm kind of amused by the calls, in the article and elsewhere for a do-over vote on the issue, if only because it would put John "Bill White is da man!" Culberson in an awkward position. You just can't vote on some things too often, I guess.
I'm sympathetic to the folks in Afton Oaks, who are worried about losing their trees and median on Richmond Ave. I feel reasonably confident that there's a way to avoid too much aesthetic damage. Westpark really is the best road to run this down, except for the inconvenient fact of it terminating at Kirby. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm sure there will be plenty of suggestions.
If I had one wish for this plan, or any plan, it would be to include a real option for north-south travel inside Loop 610. Look at any map of Houston, and you'll see that primarily due to the location of Memorial Park, there's only one road that goes all the way from the South Loop to the North Loop, and that's Shepherd/Greenbriar. Speaking as someone who lives in the Heights and works near the Astrodome, I have to do a lot of driving on Shepherd/Greenbriar and Kirby, and it's just hell, even without any godawful construction projects gumming things up. These roads are crowded, there's lots of stoplights to contend with, and there's no relief in sight because there's absolutely no room to do any widening. The only way to ease the congestion is going to be giving people non-car options. The Downtown/Galleria route is great for those going east-west - and make no mistake, the non-highway arteries there are clogged up, too, though at least there's more of them along with 59 - but we need more than that. I just hope we get it sometime soon.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 15, 2005 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles | TrackBack