Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Htown Bingo, beaucoup Hou kudos, not living downtown, fixing the airport shuttle, and more

And the smaller misc items just keep piling up...
    A few random items from the Houston Digital Ambassador newsletter:
    And, finally, our anchor item...



    With SeeClickFix, Houstonians can aid local police by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. SeeClickFix is an online tool that lets residents report non-emergency problems, like potholes or illegal dumping. The reports can be made in seconds, so residents have real-time interaction with police and other city departments. Such collaboration is already working in cities like D.C., Tucson and New Haven.


    To help get this powerful tool on its feet in our city, Htown Bingo is putting a competitive twist on SeeClickFix! Each bingo square is an issue to report or improvement to suggest. Not only will the most active citizens win a prize, they'll see their neighborhood transformed. Visit www.HtownBingo.com to learn more about SeeClickFix and start playing Houston's community-building game.

    And for all you players out there, here's the newest piece:



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    6 Comments:

    At 4:56 AM, July 13, 2011, Anonymous Mike said...

    Many people won't mind blocked views if they can have the interesting street life a developed downtown offers. The problem is that downtown Houston only has the beginnings of such a streetlife. I think it's just a slow process... you can't have too many residents if there aren't interesting shops and restaurants, and you can't have interesting shops and restaurants if there aren't a lot of residents, and you won't have either if there are still (relatively) cheap empty blocks being developed just outside downtown, so all these factors must slowly progress (along with the economy) for that number to rise.

     
    At 2:23 PM, July 13, 2011, Blogger Peter said...

    sorry for repeating myself, but METRO could increase transit utilization AND make money (or at least stop losing it) if it were to form a partnership with private sector, for example, SuperShuttle

     
    At 2:06 AM, July 14, 2011, Anonymous awp said...

    The primary factors reducing residential demand in downtown are the large commercial demand downtown and the low commute costs to downtown and, as mike points out, the lack of retail services, which is kind of a chicken and egg problem.

     
    At 2:57 AM, July 17, 2011, Blogger Rail Claimore said...

    I'm looking at that 2000/2010 racial comparison map. I'm assuming lighter colors means a lower plurality.

    Is it me or is the area a lot less segregated on a neighborhood level?

     
    At 9:03 AM, July 17, 2011, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

    I think Houston is more mixed than other cities, partially due to the lack of zoning, but also the growing Hispanic population is moving into all areas, mixing things up.

    Fun exercise: drill down on the map until you're focused on downtown out to about River Oaks on the left. Then move the middle map line back and forth over west Midtown, 4th Ward, and Washington Ave. Also the Museum District. You can see some pretty dramatic changes...

     
    At 9:21 AM, July 17, 2011, Blogger Tor Hershman said...

    ...& B I N G O was the
    savior's name

     

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