- Group Aims To Raise $10B for Houston-Dallas High-Speed Rail [Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Newswatch]
- Language for Metro Ballot Measure To Extend ‘General Mobility’ Payments to Smaller Cities Due in June for November Vote [Houston Chronicle]
- Upper Kirby Borders Getting Cleared Out for Ulta Cosmetics, Texas Children’s Hospital [Culturemap; previously on Swamplot]
- Ashford Place Homes Built with Chinese Drywall Getting Repaired [Tomball Potpourri; previously on Swamplot]
- Checking In on Houston’s Once-Famous Neon Signs [Culturemap]
- Andrea White Writing Book on 100-Year-Old Baker Family Playhouse [Culturemap]
- Canton’s Monday Flea Market May Be the Best-Kept Shopping Secret in Texas [abc13]
- 300,000-Plus Attend 25th Annual Art Car Parade [Houston Chronicle; slideshow]
Photo of Percy Peacock on Allen Pkwy. during Saturday’s Art Car Parade: Candace Garcia
Canton Trade Days would not have lasted this long if it was a “secret”.
I used to go there twice a year, spring and fall. It was fun stomping around on the grounds amid tables and tents full of so many varieties of ‘stuff’.
Then, the owners started building all these covered pavilions, permanent structures with concrete floors and tall tin roofs. Naturally the vendors love them but rent is higher. So naturally the vendors have to charge more. So naturally, being a buyer, I’d buy less. And so on and so on etc.
It’s not so fun anymore. But….I’m sure that there will always be those like the author of the above article who will discover the flea market and think it’s wonderful, thus establishing a family outing tradition for a number of years until it’s no longer fun for them. And so on and so on etc.
Instead of wasting $10B on high-speed rail, people need to start putting money into the development of self-driving cars. Once everyone has their own personal automated taxi — or a share thereof — every consumer rail network in every major city will become one big High Line.
But what about railfans!? And autistic people!? They want OPTIONS. We must give them options. They said so.