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  1. Heights Transit Station to become park

    Aerials seem to indicate houses between Louise and Adele. Lot was also cleared--the trees that were there were torn down completely, though the trees that are there now have grown up. The transit center was dedicated in March 1992. I can't find the date it was (largely) abandoned.
  2. Heights Transit Station to become park

    Drive by this all the time and never saw it in use (given METRO never uses it these days, I guess why). The gas station that once operated there (closed between 1989 and 1995, though I can look it up) was only the southern "tip" (the triangle south of Louise Street, which was closed when it became a transit center). There is the La Coqueta bar there, which has red neon at night (unknown if it's still open, as the neon I've only seen at night) and looks pretty sketchy.
  3. Identity of a building in a 1920 photograph

    It was next to a railroad, which is going to limit walkability in some regards. But really, I suppose one way to back up what the building was is tracing back the land history of the apartments north of the freeway. If the entire property was condemned and then split off and sold, then probably not, but if part of the land was condemned and the original owners sold out then it might be traceable. From what I found, the address of the apartments, legally, isn't on Castle Court but rather 4508 Graustark, but I can't find anything on that property prior to 2016.
  4. Can anyone help an out-of-towner?

    Wow, they're still on that? I remember reading about that circa 2006. There have been signs in Hempstead protesting a landfill for over a decade, and there are probably still Ashby High Rise signs around the Museum District (haven't checked in a few years). Guess the more things change the more things stay the same.
  5. 2401 Watson Street @ Woodlands Heights

    I did some MS Paint copying and pasting to imagine if the building was at Watson and Usener accounting for the same setbacks and all that. It wouldn't be perfect since Watson and Usener don't intersect each other at a 90 degree angle. Already you can see some problems with it: - a blank wall that was not visible from the street or parking is now prominently facing the parking lot - bike parking is farther away - one less parking space, it could be relocated to the corner - less green space, even if you don't use it for the parking space - because of the dead end, another parking lot space is unusable
  6. 2401 Watson Street @ Woodlands Heights

    Maybe because other people might want to visit it, either on the way home or making a special trip? It's not part of the apartment complex, and they don't hold exclusive rights to it, same as the Little Buddy convenience store behind it.
  7. New HEB in Bellaire

    The H-E-B is/was right on the edge where the nice part of Bellaire ended and the crappy part began.
  8. The Pierce Elevated/I-59 Redesign Thread

    Any urban highway is going to cut through neighborhoods in the city no matter what. The big question was the urban highways cutting in the central business district. As for your other comment, I commute under 610 on a daily basis on one of the major roads that go under 610 North. On either side, there are old buildings and the occasional business. Yes, looking at Google Earth, there are more of the dense townhomes on the southern (more affluent) neighborhoods than the north side but even that's starting to change.
  9. The Pierce Elevated/I-59 Redesign Thread

    Of course there would be demolitions. If you wanted minimal demolitions, you would have to re-route 59 up to Kirby and Richmond (east of Greenbriar was where the heaviest demolition starts for 59, and even then a lot of that is reduced due to a tight right of way and using the railroad). The real question is if you want "core" to mean "CBD with few to no single family houses" (which I-45 DID avoid) or "core" to include "established neighborhoods". If you want to change the definitions, then anything in the Beltway is "core" as well. I find it interesting how the same people who accuse the Pierce as "cutting" through Midtown and shouldn't be there are the same ones who hold 610 as a dividing line between "muh inner loop core" and everyone outside of it.
  10. The Pierce Elevated/I-59 Redesign Thread

    In a historical sense, the highways DID bypass the core. The reason why I-45 is always bad because of the sharp curves in the road, and those were there to AVOID THE CBD. Interstate 10 went clear on the other side of the railroad while US-59 also avoided the core. With the exception of Boston's defunct Central Artery (which pre-dated the Interstate system), the Interstates were largely designed to go AROUND the downtown area. Anyone telling you otherwise either has no idea about history or is trying to push an agenda (usually both). Don't believe me? Fire up Google Earth (I think there's still a desktop version if you don't already have it), go back to 1944 when the freeways didn't exist (but leave the roads layer on) and tell me what you see.
  11. The Navasota location is big and prominent, it's at a gas station constructed about five years ago that had space for a fast food and actually located 5 miles south of where the bypass ends and even longer to the city proper.
  12. Midtown Sears to Become Houston's Innovation District

    Wait, so the Sears had a ground lease that it only would've had for 100 years? Who owned it? I thought Sears had all that land, and leased some space to Fiesta. Huh. A while back we had discussions if Rice owned the land or not. I guess they really DID all along.
  13. Fiesta at 23rd & Shepherd Closing

    That's what I thought about the Tower Point H-E-B back in high school...back in high school, I remember getting really excited that the Google Earth maps view was from February 2010 and not from 2006, then looked at the empty patch where a new H-E-B was supposed to be and wondered how they would get it open, but no, by October it was open. When I drove home, I was surprised to see a new building for H-E-B that had just been a foundation a month or two before (it too is supposed to open by fall). I'm looking forward to it...the 43rd Street Kroger is fine for all intents and purposes, but there's a number of items that I prefer to get at H-E-B...
  14. Unless there's a really strong compelling case and they were already considering it, petitions to have businesses locate in cities/areas are a lost cause (or petitions in general). The property is still leased by H-E-B if I recall and even if it is now closed, H-E-B keeps that lease, and they are often reluctant to lease it out to food and drug retailers. It also assumes that the demographics of the area will still hold and the flood didn't create/is creating a situation where potentially lower land value would allow less affluent residents to move in. Any "elevation issues" would require Trader Joe's to demolish the entire shopping center, too. Is the traffic count even that high where that H-E-B was?
  15. 2105 Yale

    I've been wondering what this building was (I don't remember it having a roof), so construction/demolition must be VERY slow. Assuming that the August 2017 Street View is all demolition and no construction, the building styles are completely different (different columns, roof, etc.) behind similar stucco (also, a third of the building was torn down). And indeed, on Google Earth, it looks like the "corner" of the building (where the main Dorsey's facade was) is the oldest portion, everything else (ironically now torn down or mostly torn down) was newer.