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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Speedway-Front Property

How desirable could it be to live in the shadow of a four-lane toll road or an eight-lane freeway? There are two relatively new residential developments in Houston that I pass occasionally that are within a stone’s throw of major roadways – the Hardy Toll Road and Interstate 45 North. I cannot understand why the developers would put houses in such close proximity to highways that generate what I imagine would be unbearable noise and air pollution. I cannot understand why any sane person would willingly purchase a house in such proximity to a freeway. It is not as though the developers are taking advantage of low-income individuals, either; these houses – cheaply constructed, cookie-cutter homes though they are – are priced starting in the $100s. Not only are the houses unsightly and right on top of the busy, noisy thoroughfares, but also the developers left nary a tree standing, neither amongst the houses nor as buffers against the cars racing by. It appears as though if you build it, they will come.

I guess that is what you get when Houston lacks zoning and the developer’s lobby holds enough sway in Texas so as to prevent the legislature or municipalities from enacting laws or ordinances that govern or restrict development.


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