Observations

June 28, 2009

SqFt_comparison

Square footage comparison: Interchange vs. shopping strip

Having visited the interchange a few times already, we’ve made a number of observations. One of the most important (and recurring) one is the shear size of the space. Read the rest of this entry »

Highway Laughs

June 28, 2009

XKCD

Here is some xkcd highway humor. As you can see, we are at the mercy of highway engineers. Treat them well!

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Parking Garage_Stuttgart1

This parking garage in Stuttgart, Germany is across the street from the recently completed Mercedes-Benz museum. The three story parking garage is a perfect example of the integration of highway residual space and meeting the needs of the surrounding city. Read the rest of this entry »

By Car, By Bus, By Rail

June 24, 2009

The Northwest Transit Center sits on the north west corner of the interchange. Fourteen routes pass through the transit center, from 4a.m. to 12.30p.m., going from the Sam Houston Tollway all the way to Downtown and the Magnolia Transit Center. As well as several shorter routes taking passengers through Memorial and the Galleria. Also, as noted before, Metro’s 2012 plan proposes a light rail line stop at the Northwest TC, connecting the site to the greater network of rail lines.

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Metro

Under Construction

June 23, 2009

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Here’s a collection of wonderful construction photographs of the I-10 / 610 interchange, courtesy of KatyFreeway.org

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Walkability

June 23, 2009

Walkability MapWalkscore.com ranks cities and neighborhoods on their walkability.  Here is a snapshot of our sites current levels of walkability- which is about average for Houston.

Jumping K-Rails

June 22, 2009

THOUGHTS ON OUR FIRST SITE VISIT

Existing Conditions

Once, when I was about 13 or 14, we had some massive flooding out in Humble. Highway 59 was totally under water starting just north of FM 1960 going almost all the way to Kingwood. We lived in a neighborhood right off of the highway and I remember wading out to the freeway with my cousin. We just sat there in the middle of this concrete speedway.  It was quite the experience. Remembering walking along the deserted highway always brings to my mind Stephen Vincent Benet’s short story, By The Waters of Babylon.  There was something powerful about being there, in that space, totally unprotected, small, and vulnerable. Maybe that is where this whole obsession started.

We made our first “official” site visit to our site on an early Sunday morning.  After consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine, and recovering from the shock of finding other people actually awake at 7am on a Sunday, we made our way to the empty Northwest Transit Center Park and Ride. Read the rest of this entry »

The 610 West and I-10 interchange is the second busiest bottleneck in the nation, with 295,000 vehicles per day and 25,181 annual hours of delay. It is only second to LA’s Us-101 at I-405 with 318,000 vehicles per day and 27,144 annual hours of delay.
Here are the other 8 bottlenecks featured in the top ten of Worst Bottlenecks in the Nation:

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Source: American Highway Users Alliance