League City residents know that the traffic on 45 can be ridiculous, sometimes for no identifiable reason at odd times of day, but I experienced a new first with Clear Lake Area traffic last week. Real estate was literally stopping traffic. I was traveling north on 45 near Baybrook Mall, and there was an extreme slow down just north of the mall. There was no accident or stalled vehicle, but when I passed the mall, I realized that traffic was slowing down because the real estate developers of the most recent shopping center had installed a sign announcing the businesses that would be coming soon, and everyone wanted to find out what they had to look forward to.
The sign announced that REI, Container Store, Dick's Sporting Goods, and a couple of other businesses would be coming soon. Those of us who have lived in the area for a while now, know that this is a huge development in local real estate and will prevent many of us from having to take excruciating drives downtown. But what I think had drivers most excited was the sign announcing that Total Wine (an alcohol superstore) would be making an appearance. Even if they weren't actually drinking, they sure were driving under the influence.