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by Katie Pearce
Alternate link for Houston-Dallas article: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11532566/dallas-houston-follow-different-paths-on-rail-development
Dallas’s rail has been a disaster, contrary to this terrible piece. Their obsession with serving the suburbs has strangled the city and left its trains empty most of the time. Houston’s suburbs have outpaced its own growth, but Houston has grown a lot as well, and the rail plan is effective, if ugly. Harris County government hates Houston actually looking out for itself and would love to waste the city’s taxpayer money on commuter rail in existing rights of way which would encourage even more sprawl. For once I agree with Barry Klein, but for the opposite reason: Houston has been lucky to be less successful with its rail program.
“Street designers seem to be asking themselves, "How can I make it less unpleasant for pedestrians to interact with cars on this street"?, when what they should be asking themselves is "Is there a need for us to have cars on this street at all?"”
– Joe B
In response to "Shared Space: The Case for a Little Healthy Chaos on City Streets"