Let’s pack this brand new, shiny stadium next year; we’ve got a lot of talent staying with us. Hell, even the light rail that stops RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STADIUM should be open by then. No excuses.
The city also avoided any bike-related fatalities in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
This almost seems too good to be true, but it’s definitely heartening. We senselessly lost friends here in Houston last year and it doesn’t have to be that way.
Great series starting at Atlantic Cities about Millenial-friendly cities. This generation has graduated into a weak job market and operates under the assumption that they will never be wealthy. Houston makes this list as a place where this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. This is a city of opportunity, still, even if much of the rest of the country is still looking for theirs.
Old, but still good. I wonder if the inventors of the internal combustion engine ever thought every adult would insist on owning and lugging around two tons of metal with their engine everywhere they went…
A feminism comic I did for my uni’s newspaper. I wish I had a bit more time to work on it, but I’m pleased with how it came out considering the tight deadline!
It only takes a simple perspective adjustment to realize the cultural standards and colloquialisms you prescribe to DO have a tremendous effect on your own prejudices and those of people around you. If you want to criticize, make sure your metric isn’t inherently tied to an assumption that a particular class is inferior than others.
Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown: The Dinner Table Debate
This debate is surprisingly civil. Savage leads off with some well supported citations supporting his “BS” comments regarding the Bible for which Brown expectedly dismisses as misinterpretations. Brown’s only seemingly objective argument is the policy implications of a change in discrimination law and the rights of religious organizations or state agents (with “pro-marriage” convictions) to not observe them. However he seems to ignore that religious organizations can continue their exclusionary practices (read: discrimination) and that state agents are in fact that: agents of the state and not agents of themselves when they conduct their business.
A potential high-speed rail project in Texas (in this case DFW to HOU, though ideally it would connect Austin as well) is encouraging news. When you live in a state where people often fly between these two metropolises for business, a 90 minute train trip (on a rail car with a smaller ecological-footprint than an airplane and less TSA nonsense) is very appealing.
"The Texas Central Railway says it expects to complete an environmental study on a bullet service connecting Dallas to Houston by the end of the year — complete with station locations. Company officials say 200 mph trains (the same as those used on the Tokaido Shinkansen in Japan) could start carrying passengers as early as 2020.”
Downtown 2-Way Street; NACTO’s before and after.
It’s interesting what a few simple changes can dramatically improve the usability of a roadway for all of its users.