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  1. This. Very much this. The 35mph limit on North Shepherd has become nothing more than a mere suggestion. Once you get past Tidwell it's suggested @ 45mph, but I've seen most drivers scaring the hell out of 70 down the stretch between Leago and West Little York. People want slower speeds on Shepherd, and that's great. We, that live off of North Shepherd, need the cops to be at more places along North Shepherd than just the Shipley's at Luke.
  2. @IronTiger I think the 1700 West Loop South address is accurate, Tiger. Seems there was a Wolfe there, and the HPD horse stables were next door. Getting to be too many years. @Specwriter You know, you've really jogged the ol' memory. I believe you are dead on with your memory. It sat on the east side of 45 right before West Gulf Bank, not too far past Canino. I believe the new Auto Nation facility has been built where the nursery once stood. Prior to the new Auto Nation, that was where Fred Fincher Motors stood for umpteen years.
  3. Can I throw my two cents in from the sprawling beauty that is Acres Home, mkultra? Having grown up in the Sunset Heights, Yale was always considered the split between Garden Oaks on the west side and Studewood on the east. I still call it Studewood as that's what we grew up knowing it as. Independence Heights and Studewood are the same thing, as oldtimers like you and I already know. However, this only held true from the North Loop to the Burlington Northern Railroad. North of 38th where all the warehouses are, Studewood sprawls across both sides of Yale and that continues north of Crosstimbers. That encompasses Barkwood, Janisch, Martin, Victoria, Thornton, etc. etc. West of Shepherd is Shepherd Park Plaza and Candlelight Forest, at that portion of the old Spur 261. From Crosstimbers to Tidwell, the split is also Shepherd, with Acres Home on the west side, Independence Heights on the east. North of Tidwell, it gets even better. Acres Home (and Highland Village, btw) is on the west side of North Shepherd, Suburban Terrace, Wildrose Gardens, and Parkway are on the east. That is, until you get to Parker Rd. North of Parker, Acres Home cuts across Shepherd now and is considered as such until the 45 service road. I thought it was odd that the Acres Home Dialysis Center opened up at Rittenhouse & Stuebner Airline a few years back. Why would you name it Acres Home? Come to find out, it IS now considered to reside in Acres Home. I never knew...
  4. @TimoricThere was once a place on Richmond Avenue that was called the Trail Dust Steakhouse. They'd cut off your tie and nail it to the wall if you wore one inside.
  5. According to my ancient but always reliable Humble Oil map, 45 stopped just south of the present day North Loop. It was then designated as U.S. 75, sans the I-45 designation, then jogged slightly west to Airline Drive and then continued on south to N. Main. From there, U.S. 75 proceeded down N. Main to Houston Ave. and then turned south down Houston Ave. to Washington and then turned east into downtown. South on Bagby to Pease, which curved into what appears to be a brief 4-6 lane road until Scott St., at which point it reappears on the map as I-45. I can tell you with near certainty, that there was no Interstate 45/U.S. 75 signage left on Houston Ave., N. Main, Airline, or Bagby when I was growing up in the 70's. Edit to add: I-45 had the dual U.S. 75 designation until at least the late 1980's. Much like the present day 69/59 set up. U.S. 75 always ran the length of present day I-45 since I have been around.
  6. Given what I remember of the café and waterfalls, I'd be pretty certain it was all demo'ed when management renovated the mall in the late 80's. That's when the ficus and all of the cool sculptures were removed from the corridors, and my favorite water feature in front of Montgomery Ward's met its demise. It used to fill up with water on one end, dump the water when full, and raise up on the other end striking a brass pipe that let out the most beautiful gong. The walled up area near the skylights would be too high to conceal the stairs. The skylights were there from the beginning, and cascaded sunlight down onto the center court and subsequent café area. Ah, yes. The days when Greenspoint was still classy. What predated Target at Memorial City Mall was Montgomery Ward's. It was an old dookie brown colored building that simply screamed 1970. Indeed, it too had a second floor. Sat right across the mall corridor from the recruitment offices for the Armed Forces, and oh yeah, the best Whataburger that Memorial has ever known.
  7. For those of you out there that like their rock music on the harder side, Houston has gained its first hard rock station since 1995 when Z-Rock 106.9 left the airwaves. Introducing the all new KHMX-HD2 "HarD Rock 96.5". As announced on Mike McGuff's BlogSpot. http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2017/11/hard-rock-96-5-hd2-houston-radio.html
  8. The mall itself was only 1 level, Tiger. There once was a second floor in the center court, which was originally a café. Each of the department stores had a second floor, i.e. Lord & Taylor, Montgomery Ward's, J.C. Penney's, Joske's, Foley's, and Sears. Sears & Joske's closed off their second floors off first. As of today, there isn't a second floor open to the public anywhere within the entirety of Greenspoint.
  9. Leo Doyle's vision of a restaurant has made many a dollar in Oak Forest over the last 60 years. It can be done, and the place doesn't have to be "hip" to be successful in the dual Oaks. The old blue haired clientele sure know it's there. http://doylesofhouston.com/ GOOF...I like that. I've known a good number of goofs from Garden Oaks/Oak Forest over the years.
  10. I see now. Looks like I'm the one who needed some clarification, Ross. Could you PM me a link of where you went to obtain this information on 290's infancy, Tiger? I distinctly remember a divided highway after Mangum, and I want to say it ran clear up to Cypress. After Cypress, the median went away and that old section of 290 (now business 290) is what it became afterwards. 290 in Houston, as I recall, was built in the median directly between the two double lane roads around 1981, maybe 1982. Now, I'm a little nuts, but I don't think I've taken the dive off into the deep end of crazy yet. My folks used this route to get to my grandparent's place in Bellville, and this would have been in the 70s. I didn't start taking the I-10 to Texas 36 route to get to granddaddy's until I was driving myself in the mid 80s. Gracias, mi amigo. Edit to add: Never mind, I see you linked the map in your post above. Have you ever found anything further on the more northern portions of the Northwest, between 8 and 34th? I know you have become quite the encyclopedia of knowledge on that particular highway since the construction began.
  11. Neat map, Ross. Thanks for posting that. The inquisitive side of me wonders what the HLSR had in mind for use of that property originally? Headquarters, I presume? Just to keep the good Tiger up to speed, Northwest Freeway is actually U.S. 290 not Texas 288. Looks like a simple typo by our fellow HAIFer Ross, but I thought that might need a little clarification. Edit to add: As an aside, it's interesting to me to see the map use the term "Northwest Freeway" and to see the freeway laid out in full over Dacoma. The Northwest Freeway was merely a stub that terminated at Dacoma (perhaps it was at Mangum?) up until I was in my late teens. Interesting to note that this map, which would predate the expansion of U.S. 290 past the original stub by some 15 years, shows a full fledged freeway already planned out, documented, and mapped in 1967, when it didn't actually exist at the time.
  12. 1972, I do believe, was when Humble became Exxon. So, you'd be right on about the Humble listing. Nice find, Tiger.
  13. 4400-4550 Dacoma St. 24 acres in total. Demolished building was 254,566 square feet, built in 1976 by Exxon. Latest appraised value of land that I could find through HCAD was $31,905,156. The entire complex apparently took 5 years to build, with 1971 showing as the initial ground breaking.
  14. Post of the Year candidate is what we've got right here, folks. Well said, cspwal!
  15. That would be eerily reminiscent of Town & Country's last days, with the mall gone and Marshall Field's building becoming the only remnant of what once was there. Having grown up with Northwest, it would be yet another loss of something from the childhood days, but so is the price of progress. I documented my last trip to the mal here on the HAIF, and I'm sure the pictures are floating around here somewhere. It wasn't even worthy of being deemed a shell of its former glory at that point in time. Quite depressing. It's really a shame that Almeda and Northwest are identical. Someone with a vision saw fit to save Almeda, yet Northwest (and its nearly identical footprint to Almeda) has seemingly been deemed unworthy of a revamp. Oh well, the wrecking ball will never demolish all of the memories that I hold for Northwest Mall. R.I.P. old friend. I will never forget the butt whipping I received for running away from my mother in a mad dash away from Penney's and in to Foley's so I could get on that kid's shoes department's boat more quickly than the old lady could get across that mall. It was worth every welt.
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