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Old 12-22-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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I was crossing the street with a baby in a stroller when some guy in a truck literally threatened to run us down. I had a walk signal; he was turning left and didn't want to wait for us to get out of the way. He sped forward as if he was going to hit us, then stopped just short, and laughed. It was a really funny joke. That was the day I stopped trying to cross Richmond.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Yeah, I have noticed that Houston drivers are some of the most inconsiderate in the world. It can be raining and you can be on the sidewalk trying to cross the road and the cars (I mean SUV's) will not even slow down for you to cross. You have to wait for a looong break in traffic.

I have been in cities where the minute you make a motion to cross the street all traffic in both directions stops and allows pedestrians to cross, especially when the weather is poor! Why not in Houston where walking is a horrid experience.

The few times I have slowed to let someone cross, even the elderly, SUV's will just drive swerve around anyway preventing the pedestrian from even trying.
In comparison, though they're an aggressive bunch, too, Boston is a place where they'll almost go in reverse to avoid hitting pedestrians (especially students). From any perspective Boston has a lot of things going on mobility wise and while you can toot your horn all you want. You have to be careful though, because here, you might have a light rail, pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists and other cars to watch out for.

I believe the real problem is that few people in Houston have experience being a pedestrian (outside of their lunch break). Once they actually experience and realize the fear associated with having a 2 ton hunk of metal flying dead at you at 100 MPH, then they're probably a little more conscientious.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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In comparison, though they're an aggressive bunch, too, Boston is a place where they'll almost go in reverse to avoid hitting pedestrians (especially students). From any perspective Boston has a lot of things going on mobility wise and while you can toot your horn all you want. You have to be careful though, because here, you might have a light rail, pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists and other cars to watch out for.

I believe the real problem is that few people in Houston have experience being a pedestrian (outside of their lunch break). Once they actually experience and realize the fear associated with having a 2 ton hunk of metal flying dead at you at 100 MPH, then they're probably a little more conscientious.
Very good point.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Well, it's definately not me, I scored a lousy 29 - and only because of a strip center not too far away.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Default Houston Street / House-ston Street

Probably the most walkable part of Houston is Houston (pronounced "house-ston") St. in Manhattan.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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I got an 86!

But of course "walkability" and "walkable" are not necessarily the same in Houston.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:24 PM
 
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In comparison, though they're an aggressive bunch, too, Boston is a place where they'll almost go in reverse to avoid hitting pedestrians (especially students). From any perspective Boston has a lot of things going on mobility wise and while you can toot your horn all you want. You have to be careful though, because here, you might have a light rail, pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists and other cars to watch out for.

I believe the real problem is that few people in Houston have experience being a pedestrian (outside of their lunch break). Once they actually experience and realize the fear associated with having a 2 ton hunk of metal flying dead at you at 100 MPH, then they're probably a little more conscientious.
I agree about the pedestrian experience of Houstonians. My wife (a native) never learned how to operate a crosswalk until traveling out of town. Drivers are much better in the loop than outside, where drivers seem incapable of looking to their right at intersections for bikes or pedestrians.

I was in Boston a couple of weeks ago and they were rebuilding the sidewalk at a corner intersection. The sidewalk was roped off, a walking lane was created in the adjacent street, and a full time cop was there to direct car and pedestrian traffic. And, all of the work was completed in a couple of days! I was told by Houston that the sidewalks on Richmond can't be fixed because the entire street is scheduled to be rebuilt after the rail is added (2014?). Today I saw 2 people in wheelchairs at different locations on Richmond struggling to get to their bus stops.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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Westchase.

The Meadowglen and Briarpark axis. I love it. Rated 77 vs the 55 Houston average (top Houston score 84).

It's clean, the mix of high rise offices with gobs of retail around. I like the vibe of it. Kind of a nouveaux urbanity that Houston doesn't get enough credit for.

Lots of people walk around there. It's reasonably safe even if my Mitsubishi got broken into twice (at least they had the decency to jimmy it rather than break the window). Just don't go to the convenience stores or get gas at night and you'll be OK. Avoid ATMs outdoor also. Buy some apples and get cash back, I typically do.

Nice 24 hour Kroger for anything that's needed. Love walking to the wine bar, Sherlock's, La Madeleine's, Marini's Empanadas, 713 Sushi, Rio Ranch (over-rated but when in the mood for conty breakfast at the right serving time, staffed by luscious Latinas, not a bad splurge), Starsucks, Basra Persian, Yao's...just taking strolls near the roundabout.

Westchase would be complete if they had the old Westchase theater there. I loved walking by that little train store on the way to a flick way back when.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Don't live in Houston....

But live in Northern Pasadena, which i think has a VERY HIGH WALKABILITY, though for the most part not that WALKABLE.(Good thing they're currently redoing Shaver and Pasadena Blvd, while Main St is gathering Funds, and Southmore is in the drawing Boards...)

I got a 55, but EVERYTHING is less than 1 mile away, excluding bars....Ive actually walked to the Library, the mall, Walmart, School, etc
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:52 PM
 
Location: ITL, Houston
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Westchase.

The Meadowglen and Briarpark axis. I love it. Rated 77 vs the 55 Houston average (top Houston score 84).
FYI... 84 is just an average score of the top 10%. The average for downtown is 87.
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