Watch Valet Crash This $335,000 Lamborghini (VIDEO)

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No doubt somebody there's got good coverage.
The concept of valet parking has always been a fascinating one to me.

Here is an item that for many people is one of the largest tangible things that they own, for most second behind their home, and yet when we pull into a driveway at a hotel or restaurant, we are totally cool with just handing over the keys. I don't even trust close relatives to drive my car, yet I'll gladly hand the keys over to Tony the valet guy, even though he might have five DUIs and 20/200 vision.

Why do our brains just automatically assume that valet drivers are capable drivers? Does it strike you as a vocation that is particularly diligent in its vetting process? Maybe it is, but that doesn't change the fact that you're tossing the keys to a complete stranger.

Well, perhaps videos like the one below will bring about the proper amount of pause.

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Thanks to CenterPoint, We'll Get Biking Trails and LED Streetlights

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The LED lights will have a bluish tint. Prettier, no?

We told you last week that a bike plan was on the way for Houston. Thanks to CenterPoint Energy, Houston cyclists have another win to celebrate.

Hiking and biking trails will be allowed along CenterPoint's utility ROWs (that's right-of-ways). According to a press release from the mayor's office, the ROWs will provide north-south connections to Houston's growing network of trails, most of which either run east and west or are planned to do so.

CenterPoint is giving Houston $1.5 million for trail construction.

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What's the Deal with 6737 Southwest Freeway?

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The three cars in the showroom have been there for years.
"Thank you for calling the Tennessee Titans. If you know your party's extension, please dial now."

Maybe you're like me. Maybe you've seen it and wondered what the hell it was doing just sitting there.

At 6737 Southwest Freeway you'll find an abandoned car dealership. For years, as I drove on 59 South toward my mother's office, I passed the dealership. Three cars in a showroom. Another car in the lot, where a security guard sat.

At night, the lights turn on, illuminating the emptiness.

It wasn't until I started working at the Houston Press a few weeks ago that I ever had an outlet to investigate the property. Who owned it? What are their plans for it? Hell, why not at least lease it rather than just let it sit there?


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"Visual Blight" or a Cheaper Bridge for METRO?

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City Councilman Robert Gallegos, right, is not down with METRO.

Updated May 29: This story was updated to include information from an interview with METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia.

Members of METRO's Board of Directors who were in attendance at a meeting last week voted unanimously to build an overpass at Hughes Street. The problem: Some East Side residents don't agree with that move.

The overpass will connect METRO's new Green Line, which will open in the fall, from Hughes Street to the Magnolia Transit Center. Until the overpass is finished, the line will only run from the Theater District to Hughes Street -- a total of seven stops.


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While You're Out There Driving, Don't Forget the "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

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Whether traffic is bumper-to-bumper or nonexistent, the Texas Department of Transportation wants drivers to buckle up.
Police officers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers (drunk and sober) who aren't buckled up this Memorial Day weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation will be conducting its 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign in the Houston area until June 1.


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10 Things Houston Drivers Should Relearn From the Driver's Handbook

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Houston has some of the least courteous drivers in the country, a study shows.
Driving in harmony in Houston is a rarity, especially during rush hour. Drivers here might just be a little more difficult than motorists in other cities, too. According to the In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey released this week, Houston ranked first on the least-courteous-driver list.

So we thought we'd share the ten things that Houstonians need to relearn from the Texas Driver's Handbook.



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Houston "Biketivist" Targets Motorists Violating Passing Law

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Dan Morgan is battling unsavory drivers with a flag and a pole.
You can call Dan Morgan a biketivist, but don't call him a bike vigilante, which is how he was referred to in a recent news report.

He's just trying to raise awareness for his fellow bicyclists who prefer to move around the city on two wheels instead of four. Armed with a flag that sticks out three feet from his bike, he's something of an inspiration to serious riders all around Houston.

Morgan, who has been supporting the local bike community for years, has repeatedly taken his mission to city hall, and last week showed off his three-foot flags to Mayor Annise Parker and City Council. The space requirement was made into law in the last year after numerous accidents involving bicycles and cars, and even several bicyclists' deaths. All of which really hits home for Morgan.

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Potential Taxi War Could Get Serious After Ruling

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Ride share services like Uber are working against city ordinance, but that could change soon.
What's going on in Houston's livery scene (and in several major cities across the country -- no, the world) has the makings for a cable television reality show. Let's call it Houston Taxi Wars, wherein the traditional style of transporting people around a city for a cash or credit card fee is challenged to its core by a couple of young start-ups whose customers use smartphones to pay for and hail rides.

It's not an original concept, but one that's freshly playing out here in the Bayou City. And things are moving along faster than you can say "pink moustache grille."
After a full-court press at last week's city council meeting that included testimony from Lyft executive Jim Black as well as a half dozen or so young leaders from the city's business community, it looks as if mobile app ride share services Uber and Lyft are moving ever closer toward an official green light.


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Cops Know Street Racers Like the West Side

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Doing it on the west side.
Boys and their cars. The display of testosterone and souped-up engines has been a yearly thing for over a decade here in Houston. It's all thanks to the TX2K auto racing event at the Lone Star Motorsports Park in Sealy.

The event draws racing nerds with fast and furious ambitions who talk smack to each other in online forums dedicated to modified engines and most of them look nothing like Vin Diesel.

How do we know? Because Harris County Sheriff's Deputies this weekend were looking for the TX2K spill over, as they do every year and caught nine speed racers.


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This Might Be the Greatest Craigslist Ad Ever Written

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This Jeep Laredo features "fire breathing devil ass stank power," among other features.
You ever read a Craigslist ad that was too good to be true? Then you saw the product being hawked, right there in your face, and come to find out the real thing was less than advertised. Doesn't that just piss you off?

Well, we were hipped to one Craigslist poster who's selling a nifty, silver SUV. What grabbed us about the post was that it read like part stand-up routine, part Pimp C rap lyric. In fact, the best thing about it was that besides being funny, the ad didn't hide the vehicle's faults.

"I'm just naturally hilarious," said Lara Wright who wrote the post. She's sold plenty of items on Craigslist (even gave away some kittens), but never went with the tongue-in-cheek approach. "It's not a BMW or anything," she said. She was upfront about her SUV's 210,000 miles and faulty transmission.

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