Thursday, March 10, 2005

Trees coming to a freeway near you

A New York Times article on the transportation bill that just passed the House has a listing of sample pork projects, including "$35 million for landscaping around freeways in Houston". Having seen the very nice landscaping improvements in my neighborhood around the recently rebuilt West Loop at Beechnut, it should be a pleasant improvement for the city and make some progress on our less-than-aesthetic national image.


At 12:43 PM, March 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a consumer of nice-looking freeways, I'm sure I'd agree that the landscaping looks nice.

But as a card-carrying (?!) libertarian, I say: You want landscaped freeways, go form a community action group and plant some frickin' trees, don't do it on my tax dime!!!

At 2:03 PM, March 23, 2005, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

I tend to agree. The federal government now gets way too involved in what should be locally-decided and funded initiatives. It switches the local mentality from "What's the right and cost effective thing to do?" to "How much money can we squeeze out of the feds?" Unfortunately, as long as that's the situation, Houston is doing the right thing going after everything it can.

At 10:45 PM, March 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yous guys, speaking as a non card carrying Liberal, that landscaping you're talking about, is *IN THE CITY OF BELLAIRE*.


At 11:02 PM, March 23, 2005, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Well, partially. I actually pass a Houston city limits sign going along the southbound 610 feeder before getting to Beechnut. All the Meyerland retail area is in the City of Houston. In any case, I believe the freeway landscaping is a TXDoT initiative, not a local city thing.


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