What if These Five Cities Had Houston's Beltway 8?

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Our loop freeway system has its origins in a City of Houston Planning Department planning report from the 1950s. Ten years later, it was an official project taken up by Harris County.

It's been through a lot of ups and downs, but generally Beltway 8 is how we get around our massive Houston. Someone passed us a link to a series of maps that placed our 83.13-mile beltway on top of other major metropolitan areas. The results are pretty interesting and give you an idea of just how large our area really is.

The map compares Houston's area with those of London, Honolulu, Paris, San Francisco and New York City.

5.) London

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This actually looks quite familiar, especially the way the River Thames cuts through the Beltway like that.


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15 comments
Dee Martin
Dee Martin

Can't wait to see these with the Grand Parkway added.

Lee-Ann Nyman
Lee-Ann Nyman

All of these cities with the exception of Honolulu have a good public transit system. They don't need our madness. Houston needs to take a lesson and build a train system to ease up our traffic.

David Roberts
David Roberts

Houston needs Paris's huge public transit system more than Paris needs Beltway 8

mr2695
mr2695

Also, Paris has the RER which beats sitting in a car during the summer on the beltway.

Kendra Clemons
Kendra Clemons

Urban sprawl at its worst. The fact that we're adding a third ring is just a new degree of ridiculousness.

Scott Newby
Scott Newby

Are the map scales the same in the comparisons?

Tara Oakes
Tara Oakes

I wish Phoenix had Houston's freeway system. The freeways here in Phoenix are a mess and so confusing. I'll never complain about Houston freeways ever again.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

SH 99 will soon be the new "Beltway 8".

nguyenhm16
nguyenhm16

Paris actually has both a 610 and a Beltway 8 equivalent, the Périphérique and the A86 motorway. Just like 610, there's a difference between inside and outside the Périphérique.

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