Sunday, November 22, 2020

A better alternative to channelizing Buffalo Bayou, VC leaving CA for TX, top life science and entrepreneurship rankings, big solar, and more

My lead item this week is my proposed alternative to channelizing Buffalo Bayou or an expensive tunnel to better drain the westside reservoirs and avoid a future Harvey flooding tragedy: a 27-mile drainage trench or pipeline(s) using power-line right-of-way, satellite mapped here. I got inspired after reading Jim Blackburn's Chronicle interview about how bad the Army Corps of Engineers study was.  And if a trench is problematic for some reason, maybe giant pipelines like these could work for a small fraction of the cost of a bored tunnel? Or the trench could be covered?  Would genuinely love to hear feedback in the comments on the feasibility of this from people more knowledgeable than I...

On to this week's smaller items:

"Houston is on track to be a top market for life sciences. The report factored in size and growth of life-sciences employment, venture capital and National Institutes of Health funding, and more." 
"California’s restrictive zoning laws make it nearly impossible for many essential low- and middle-income workers to live anywhere near major cities. In Texas, permissive zoning allows every member of our staff to live close to work and spend time with friends and family instead of enduring grueling commutes."
Finally, I wanted to end with a really cool set of pics from The Atlantic: Texas - Images of the Lone Star State. Definitely worth checking out.

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At 11:48 AM, November 23, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

So after consulting with a very knowledgeable engineer, the tunnel alternative is probably not realistic: pipelines aren't big enough, there are a ton of utilities that would have to be moved in that RoW, and any trench would have to be capped and water-tight to allow pressure flow across elevation changes as well as support the power lines (unrealistic). The bored tunnel is expensive but the least disruptive solution that solves the problem.


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