Places generally along the South Freeway (I-45), and south of the Ship Channel, including Clear Lake, Deer Park, Freindswood, the Hobby Area, League City, Pasadena, Santa Fe, South Houston, and Texas City.
Do not recall a C&W club/bar by that name in Houston but there's the historic Yellow Rose strip club in Austin. If i'm not mistaken, it's the one Katy native Rene Zellweger worked while at UT. I heard she was "just a waitress" but that's what they all say.
Interesting. I lived in Mission Bend (Leona) at that time & saw none of this. My parents got a lot & had a really nice home built at the end of 83, we moved in around Feb of 84 & that's where I lived all thru high school at Elsik. Never once saw a foreclosure or even an empty house until the 90's. In fact, we still had empty lots on our cul de sac when we moved in and over the years new homes were built around us. Purchase price of ours in 83 was about $120k and it was sold the first time in 2005 for a profit. I just saw it was listed a few days ago at $250k. Not sure what part of Mission Bend you were referring to but I'm guessing the back part that's closer to the Ft Bend county line...the smaller, single story ranch carbon copy ones in old school Mission Bend?
As far as pollution I don't recall any at all, although southeast around the oil & gas refineries didn't exactly smell like roses. If you venture far enough east & into downtown & the winds were right, you can smell ol' Stinkadena. Trivia: this was the Urban Cowboy era which was filmed in Pasadena in 1980.