Getting fleeced on the way to the game
In the best of the American tradition, amounts exacted from ballpark goers for the privilege of temporarily entrusting their cars to a Downtown surface lot are what the market will bear: $20 - $30 and up, compared to about $2 - $7 for parking in the same spots during the day. And the fans are reaching into their pockets, looking for a green Jackson or two to hand over to the parking attendant. The honor system with the iron money slot box in the corner (or a more sophisticated modern payment machine) only operates during the day. Honor not called for. Just cash. No shame either, as far as pricing.
|Parking for Lawyers and Juror during business hours is a lot cheaper.|
Even the theater district underground parking garage has more reasonable pricing. Metro should promote its new East-West light rail service as a vehicle to connect moderately-priced parking with MinuteMaid. But taking a train may be deemed as much an inconvenience as walking a few city blocks to the venue, - perhaps hopping on a train may be judged even worse. Not to mention that word may not have gotten out that light train hopping is now an option.
Houstonians' aversion to locomotion by foot -- even when the evening in town involves a sports event -- has its price, and in the case of special events at MinuteMaid, a steep one.
|Minutemade District Map and Directional Signs|
|Incarnate Word Academy - Historic building ensconced by new one|
prior to its demolition in 2015
|Incarnate Word Building (1905) - The Architectural jewel is gone 110 years later|
(August 2015 pic)
GIFT-WRAPPED SOUTHERN PACIFIC STEAM ENGINE 982:
DONATED DECADES AGO, WRAPPED ONLY IN 2015
BEFORE AND AFTER
|Steam Engine 982 under wraps at the [planned] Nau Center|
|Downtown Houston in the Summer of 2015: A busy skyline|