I received this email from city hall on Friday and I called a source wondering exactly what was the point. I wanted to know the significance of Carroll Robinson sending this letter to the Mayor. That person told me they were wondering the same thing because Robinson is no longer a council member and has no authority over METRO issues. So here’s the email that left me scratching my head and several other people at city hall:
February 2, 2007
Honorable Bill White
Houston, Texas 77002
Dear Mayor White:
I am writing to express concerns about the need for the city to make clear to METRO that it wants METRO’s light rail and Bus Rapid Transit development to be consistent with the city’s developing plans for Mix Use and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and its on-going Urban Corridor Planning process.
The City should make it clear to METRO that it will not grant access to city
right-of-way if METRO’s TOD plans are inconsistent with the city’s efforts and not fully discussed with the impacted neighborhoods now rather then later.
Thank you in advance for your prompt and full attention to this matter.
cc: Houston City Council Members
METRO Board of Directors
Frank Wilson, President & CEO, METRO
Carol Lewis, Chair, Houston Planning Commission
Marlene Gafrick, Planning Director, Houston