Archive for February, 2007

Town hall meeting this Thursday!

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

This Thursday, Congressman John Culberson will host a town hall meeting not too far from Richmond Avenue. We’re planning to be there. Mr. Culberson continues to insist that “the majority of people along Richmond” oppose rail, but we know that just isn’t true. We invite you to come out with us Thursday night and let the Congressman — and the media — hear what his constituents really think!

What: Congressional District 7 Town Hall Meeting
When: Thursday, February 22, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Rice University, McNair Hall, Shell Auditorium (campus map)
Enter from Rice Blvd., gate #20. Free parking will be available in the Central Campus Garage beneath McNair Hall.

Neartown neighbors know a good thing

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

METRO rendering of rail on Richmond at Montrose

Our thanks to everyone who spent Saturday morning getting the word out in Neartown! Unsurprisingly, everyone we talked with in Castle Court and Richwood Place prefers rail on Richmond to Culberson’s elevated backyard option!

rendering of Culberson's backyard rail option
Given a choice between Culberson’s elevated structure that carries trains past without stopping, or METRO’s “Richmond-Cummins” option which will put stations on Richmond to give us easy access to our jobs, homes, schools, shops, museums, and restaurants, the choice is clear.

Our new friends at the dog park get it, too — even our four-legged friends like Frankie! Building rail where the people are just makes more sense.
Frankie wants rail on Richmond
But many in our neighborhoods are still unaware of the options. You can help! Talk to your friends and neighbors. Talk about what we want our neighborhood to be like in the future. And talk about rail on Richmond!

Richwood Place endorses Richmond-Cummins!

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

On February 5th, the Richwood Place Civic Assocation formally endorsed METRO’s “Cummins” alignment, becoming the fourth civic organization on Richmond between Shepherd and Main to do so:

“We believe that rail on Richmond Avenue through our neighborhood offers the most benefit to the greatest number of residents and stakeholders within Richwood Place.

The Cummins option best supports our desire for neighborhood friendly rail, maximizes ridership and appears to be the most cost effective solution.

On the contrary, Richwood Place Civic Association finds the Montrose/US 59 option to be the total antithesis to neighborhood friendly rail and as a result, vehemently opposes this selection. An elevated rail structure along US-59 would destroy our historic neighborhood through property condemnation as well as destroying the quality of life for the remaining properties.”

Given that Richwood Place touches both Richmond and US-59, any of METRO’s three final alignment options will affect them. It means something that Richwood Place neighbors decided rail on Richmond will work better for them!
Neartown Association logo
And Richwood Place is not alone. The Neartown Association, which spans the corridor from Shepherd to Spur 527, has also endorsed the “Cummins” option. Five Neartown member organizations have officially joined their support: First Montrose Commons, Roseland Estates, Castle Court, Lancaster Place, and the Museum Area Municipal Association (MAMA). And there is further support for Richmond from Friends of Mandell Park, the Museum District Business Alliance (MDBA), and the Boulevard Oaks Civic Association (BOCA). Can you say overwhelming support for rail on Richmond?

Neartown area Richmond supporters

Have you signed our petition yet?

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Support for rail on Richmond just keeps growing! In addition to all of the organizations that have endorsed Richmond, more than 2,700 people have signed our petition of support. Are you one of them?

Some people claim that “no one wants rail on Richmond,” but we know that’s not true! This petition is our best way to prove — to our elected officials, the media, and METRO — that we really DO want rail on Richmond. So if you have not done so, please sign our petition today! And if you want to keep in touch with us, be sure to supply your email address.