In the wake of my 2 part story on downtown Houston, 2 of my Texas friends, and another friend, tossed their 2 cents in, and I replied, all in the comments. I’ve decided that the discussion deserved more attention and so have promoted it…
(2 pt. story begins here: http://goo.gl/F3ZGI )
I lived in California (mostly SoCal) for nearly all of the first 62 years of my life, and I have been in downtown LA only three times: once to court over child-custody; once to the theater (one of the last performances of "Phantom of the Opera" there) and then to a restaurant; and once to take a tour of one of the original Bank of America buildings when they were first opened.
Over almost 30 years as a teacher, I took students to LACMA, USC, Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits, the Schubert Theater ... oh, wait! Those places aren't in downtown! I've been all over the Los Angeles area since I was about 14, but only those three times in downtown. Do I think I missed anything? No. Do I like the Metrolink system? You bet!
It's far superior to Houston's 7-mile toy train!! We could go from my parents' home outside of Riverside to any of the beach towns during summer without having to get on freeways!
Houston has a wonderful aquarium, zoo, theater district, and museum district. I've been only to the first two, though, because I refuse to drive in that city ... or even to the city and find parking! Houston's main problem is travel ... the streets, the street-level train that is terribly dangerous, the awful drivers ... and
the powers that be don't seem to be very interested in building a train system
like LA's or SF's BART or DC's Metro or any number of others.
The system needs to bring people INTO the downtown area from the suburbs and airports. Otherwise, they are just spouting air!
Danger Train collection:
I love Part 2 of your series. So much to explore online... and maybe get my daughter and grandkids interested in exploring on our own.
(I need my daughter to do the driving!!)
Marilyn Smith, Spring TX