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Old 02-19-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: 77059
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Sit tight - NASA Rd 1 is undergoing massive construction right now, which will be completed in probably the next 18 months? A bypass is being built to shoot you from I-45 to the Space Center, because the street itself (esp through Webster) has become a traffic nightmare.

As far as the SE side from the tollway to just inside the loop, it's ''fear invoking'' to some, and perhaps annoying to others because of one or more of these reasons: English is essentially second to Spanish around here. Lots of 1st generation Hispanics live & work here. All-bills paid, crappy $400/mo apartments with Mexican flags in front of them are common. Many people ride bicycles/tricycles on the freeway feeders & side streets, disregarding traffic laws. Lots of junky cars, no doubt fully insured. Numerous strip clubs and porn stores at your convenience, right on the freeway feeders. This part of town is notorious for flooding. Clear Lake (Houston side) doesn't really flood, but commuting in, you'll have to be prepared for an absence 1-2x per year due the freeway and all the side streets getting serious flash-floods. Or the 2+ hour drive home due to an afternoon flood, also 1-2x per year. Hang out in the SE for awhile and you'll understand why Houston is called a ''sanctuary city.'' But on the flip side, some of those restaurants and bakeries are absolutely excellent and cheap as hell.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Went down NASA 1 this Sunday. OMG, what hell that is. I can't imagine it during rush hour. What is that big ramp/freeway they are building. New access I hope.
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: 77059
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That big ramp they are building is the NASA Rd 1 bypass. Right now you need to exit NASA Rd 1 and take all dozen stoplights (through the school zones) to get to JSC. When it's complete, the new bypass will take you straight there. Maybe for a toll, not sure. It's filling in that blank space between exit #25 (NASA Rd 1) and exit #23 (FM 518), so it might be #24. Go figure, new development has been popping up like crazy there the past couple of years.

Contrary to popular belief, the commute from Galveston to Clear Lake is no pleasure cruise. Also the 45 weekend traffic is just like rush hour, with the miles of shopping and traffic to the areas by the water. Everyone piles on the freeway without trying to figure out the side streets, which are never clogged. Works for me.
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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Sit tight - NASA Rd 1 is undergoing massive construction right now, which will be completed in probably the next 18 months? A bypass is being built to shoot you from I-45 to the Space Center, because the street itself (esp through Webster) has become a traffic nightmare.

As far as the SE side from the tollway to just inside the loop, it's ''fear invoking'' to some, and perhaps annoying to others because of one or more of these reasons: English is essentially second to Spanish around here. Lots of 1st generation Hispanics live & work here. All-bills paid, crappy $400/mo apartments with Mexican flags in front of them are common. Many people ride bicycles/tricycles on the freeway feeders & side streets, disregarding traffic laws. Lots of junky cars, no doubt fully insured. Numerous strip clubs and porn stores at your convenience, right on the freeway feeders. This part of town is notorious for flooding. Clear Lake (Houston side) doesn't really flood, but commuting in, you'll have to be prepared for an absence 1-2x per year due the freeway and all the side streets getting serious flash-floods. Or the 2+ hour drive home due to an afternoon flood, also 1-2x per year. Hang out in the SE for awhile and you'll understand why Houston is called a ''sanctuary city.'' But on the flip side, some of those restaurants and bakeries are absolutely excellent and cheap as hell.

Am I to assume you're talking about the areas along Galveston Highway in particular?

Telephone Road from Almeda-Genoa to the Beltway isn't all that great either.

There's an odd mix, in general, to this area but those two highways in particular seem to stand out.
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: 77059
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Yes, both Hwy 3 (Old Galveston) and Telephone from just inside the loop to the beltway pretty much fits the description I mentioned above. Telephone is close to Hobby, and we all know how desirable it is to live next door to an airport. Hwy 3 is where the more hard/heavy industries are. That holds the city of South Houston, which is basically your extension into Pasadena. Pasadena, esp in the north half also fits the description. The rest of Pasadena is quite a bit nicer, but the streets and the Beltway still flood like crazy. Don't expect to avoid SE side flooding by taking an alternate route through there. Stay home.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:28 PM
 
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It depends upon where you live next to the airport. Garden Villas gets some noise, but Glenbrook sits in the middle of a "V" shape of the runways and doesn't get much noise at all. You can look at google earth and see what I am talking about on the runway positioning.

I have not experienced any worse flooding on the SE side than any other part of Houston, and I have lived all over.

The main streets around there are definitely the worst, especially Broadway, Bellfort & Telephone. Although to me Telephone really doesn't look a whole lot worse than parts of Shepherd/Durham through the Heights or just north of Garden Oaks. (Like that is saying a lot!)

There are decent pockets on the SE side close in, but a lot of people wouldn't like it. That's fine by me. One of my criteria for anywhere I live is it has to horrify suburban soccer Moms or it is just no fun!
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