Empty lanes, dog rescue rally, and the new UH Master PlanTonight we have a collection of small items. First, if you didn't catch it on Channel 2 News, check out the video of this story about 4-year-old, closed, unused diamond/HOV lanes up near The Woodlands, staring Christof Spieler of the Citizens Transportation Coalition. The hang up seems to be that TXDoT doesn't have an entity to hand off the lanes to for operations and enforcement. They somehow figured Metro's jurisdiction was going to get extended northward (where did they get that idea?), but it didn't happen. It made me think of the diamond lanes in Ft. Bend County on 59. Does anybody know who enforces them?
Our second item is a public service announcement, if you're looking for something fun to do on this beautiful weather weekend:
Kuff's post is here. I've also been told from an insider that it will be swarmed by women who drink beer and love dogs - so single guys should strongly consider attending.
The third annual Dogtoberfest Rescue Rally will be held this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1-5 p.m. at the Ginger Man Pub, 5607 Morningside in the
. The event will feature animal rescue groups from throughout Rice Village and will focus on breed awareness and education. Basically we are talking about dogs, beer, wine, games and a silent auction – what a way to spend a Saturday afternoon!!! Houston
Finally, thanks to this Houstonist post, I discovered this site about the University of Houston's long-term master plan, which is pretty impressive. It should go a long way towards helping the university get to the next level ("slated to be Texas' third Tier 1 research university"), a critical need for the city. Watch the video if you're casually interested, and download the 79mb PowerPoint if you're want the deep detail - including some inspirational pics of very impressive improvements to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. And if you have the ability to direct or influence big philanthropy money, please consider a donation to the effort. I don't care if you went to UT, A&M, Rice, or wherever, if you care about the future of Houston, you should care about UH.