Better 288 plan, top rankings, NASA JSC Gangnam Style, and more
We've got a big backlog of smaller misc items to kick off the new year with...
HGAC Mobility Now episode on the 288 corridor. I was excited to hear about the two reversible HOT lanes being planned in the median, but disappointed to hear that the long-term plan is four lanes with two lanes each direction, the same as the Katy Freeway. Bi-directional lanes make total sense along the Katy because there are many jobs on the west side in the Energy Corridor and Westchase, so the traffic demand goes both directions during each rush hour. 288, on the other hand, like 290, is very uni-directional: inbound in the mornings and outbound in the evenings. There just aren't that many jobs in Brazoria County pulling people south in the morning and sending them back north in the evening (and the free lanes provide plenty of capacity for those people), so those toll lanes will just sit empty during those times. What a waste of potential capacity. Why not make it like 290, with 3-4 uni-directional reversible lanes?
In a NYT profile, West describes what makes a city more resilient than a corporation, “Think about how powerless a mayor is. They can’t tell people where to live or what to do or who to talk to. Cities can’t be managed, and that’s what keeps them so vibrant. They’re just these insane masses of people, bumping into each other and maybe sharing an idea or two. It’s the freedom of the city that keeps it alive.”
Houston interactive accident hotspot map. Check the types of accident and the year. Then zoom in and out to find hotspots. Interesting stats at the bottom of the page. I was surprised that only 1 in 10,000 accidents involves a fatality. Impressive levels of safety, when you think about it.
That's probably enough for this week. And if you haven't already caught it, this NASA JSC parody of the Gangnam Style video is really well done and has gone viral. They put some real effort into it. I actually added it to my backlog of misc items for the blog before it went viral, but it took me a while to get it posted. My bad.
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