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Suburban Mom Braves Downtown Houston Traffic in SUV, Lives to Tell About It

Driving to Downtown Houston – Stephanie Click – MommyMadnessHouston.com from Stephanie Click on Vimeo.

Can the Jon Krakauer ghost-written tale of survival be far behind?

OK, this poor woman has been mocked enough over at Swamplot.com, but my first thought, reading that site’s account, was: Wait, GM is now giving out cars to bloggers to test drive and oh-so-non-critically review its fleet? No wonder they’re in the tank!

Driving alone in heavy traffic (to paraphrase the Gang of Four, “we live as we drive, alone”), she then notes that this congestion is why she’s glad she doesn’t live downtown. A bit ironic, given that it’s suburbanites causing the traffic, and that if one lived in central Houston it might actually be possible to do a thing or two without a car. Or, if you lived downtown and worked in the suburbs, you could reverse commute. But c’mon, you’ve never changed lanes? Madness indeed.

(Horn honk to Dan)

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7 Responses to “Suburban Mom Braves Downtown Houston Traffic in SUV, Lives to Tell About It”

  1. Carice Says:

    As a former Houstonian, I can say that the Carrabba’s on Kirby is hardly “downtown”
    Not only is it not located in actual downtown, it’s part of a suburban arterial strip, only a few blocks from a 6 or 8 lane controlled access highway. That neighborhood is relatively dense for Houston, but compared to neighborhoods in Boston, it’s really suburban.
    I will say that Houston highway driving can be really terrifying-it’s like being on the autobahn or a parking lot, without much in between.

  2. Amy Says:

    The first commenter beat me to it – Kirby is hardly “downtown”.

    But here’s a concept folks – there are more roads in Houston than the freeways. I lived there six years and was proud of the fact that I could get around any traffic snarl just by getting off of the freeway system. Houston is fortunate; unlike cities like Boston (and I’ve driven there, too,) many of Houston’s streets are on a fairly grid-like pattern. Turn off the GPS, learn to orient yourselves, and get off of the freeway!

  3. Jack Says:

    I too lived in Houston but it was over 30 years ago and traffic was a problem then too. I use to walk to many places but sidewalks abruptly end and drivers would yell out the window “Hey Loser!” (even though I was always wearing a suit). The one and only time I got rear-ended was there. Yes there are alternative roads I used for cycling, but the majority don’t live in River Oaks.

  4. Amy Says:

    Just to be clear (in case you were referring to me), I did not live in River Oaks. I lived three neighborhoods over the course of six years – Montrose (when I used Houston’s lovely public transportation system), Fountainview/Westheimer, and the Hollister/290 area.

    If you weren’t referring to me, then please disregard.

  5. Lee Watkins Says:

    That’s exactly why I do continue to live downtown despite my job moving out to the suburbs – reverse commute! Plus I only need the car for getting to work – anything else is the bicycle.

  6. Peter Says:

    Wow, it comes with mirrors! What a great feature.

  7. houston condos Says:

    heh peter, exactly what i was thinking.

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