Harvey’s Record Rainfall; Crosby Plant Explosion Risk; A Ponderosa Forest Boat Ride

Photo of Spaghetti Warehouse, 901 Commerce St., Downtown: Kelsie H. Dos Santos


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  • Here come all the articles about everything wrong with Houston….. From zoning to govt spending to climate change… very annoying

  • Not sure what a map of household income has to do with hurricane damage, but that’s the NYTimes for you.

  • Careful Toby and meh, I left a comment several weeks ago criticizing the NY Times, and took a bunch of grief for it. Was told how much I must like “Fake News”, Yes, me , a moderate centrist who voted for Bernie, a closet Trump supporting Alt Righter.

    I must LOL whenever I see one of these articles blaming our flooding on our lack of zoning, and as an example of our lack of zoning, the article will show some subdivision in SugarLand or Katy. Last time I checked, neither of those places are inside the city limits of Houston. Also, don’t those subdivisions having zoning up the ying yang? Yard Nazis â„¢, anybody ???

    And I’m sure all of the NY Times authors so quick to criticize Houston about Climate Change causing storms and floods also said as much after Hurricane Sandy. Oh, wait…

  • We need to dredge Buffalo Bayou, Braes Bayou, White Oak, etc to make them deeper. Also new homes should be built on pier and beam off the ground

  • Darn. I guess “Warehouse Wednesday” is off for tonight.

  • @ Toby: Yeah, well that’s par for the course. Whenever I’ve been anywhere in the world that there has been a disaster and I know more about that place than national/global journalists, it’s very clear that their efforts are totally ad hoc, and that much of what is said is said with hyperbolic rhetoric because they are entertainers first and journalists second (or third or fourth, maybe). Then, sadly, I too often catch myself tuning into the next set of stories about what’s going on on Wall Street or in D.C., furrowing my brow, and trying to make sense of the world through the same smudged, smeared, and distorted lens.
    @ meh: Personally, I observe with morbid fascination the subtle differences in emergency management between the different socioeconomic pockets of the Houston region — I’ll bet that there will be a lot of grad students using this sort of thing as the basis for their theses in years to come. It’s not only that outside help is going to be apportioned inequitably, but also that the hyper-local response to hyper-local conditions will vary widely. There is a (I’m going to invent a term, here) psychosocial equilibrium, a kind of give and take, at play, I think. And there are so many different permutations to the dynamic that…well, I just wish that I could be there.
    Actually, emergency management is something that UH might should endeavor to create a well-rounded core of expertise in. The Houston area is an excellent urban laboratory in that and many other respects, but that body of knowledge seems that it might be increasingly and more globally useful in decades to come.

  • Osteen didn’t open his “church” until he was pushed to by social media outrage when other small churches, mosques and synagogues opened as shelters. So much for helping the community. Disgraceful.