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  1. The property at 203 Aurora (near the corner of Harvard) is a house that according to the plat and property-line, is the south 77ft of that address. There is a "0 Aurora" that is the NORTH 43 ft of that property, facing the popular Heights alleyways (HCAD link) and is for sale via Linebarger-Goggan (LINK) and could be obtained very cheaply. The property there seems to be nothing but the backyard for the property of 203 Aurora. I'm trying to figure out, I guess, how or why in the hell did someone break up these properties in such a way that makes the backyard a separate property and difficult to get to. If it wasn't for the public alleyway, you wouldn't be able to get to it at all. I know that there are access rules when buying property. Would the owner of 203 Aurora be forced to provide Aurora driveway access to me for the backyard property it if was purchased? With Heights area property so expensive, if the property could be had cheaply, could it make sense to put a "tiny house" on the back and rent it out? Let's say that the property behind 203 Aurora could be had for $23,000 - which is a steal! Then, put a $30,000-$40,000 "tiny house" on the back. Total investment, $60,000-$70,000. Rent a 200-300q/ft "tiny house" out for $1200-$1400 a month, that's a superb profit margin. Can I get some comments from HAIFers? Kevin
  2. I thought the train went entirely way too slow through for the new Red line. There were several overpasses and steep turns, which I understand it will go slower through, but I thought it went TOO slow through both of them. It felt like it went 5 mph through the turns, which it should be able to handle much faster than that. I also thought it went too slow through the residential areas. Lastly, I was surprised that the train had to stop, twice even, at such places as the 610-North loop underpass, where it clearly had no preferential treatment to crossing automobile traffic. My entire thought was it that this is a much slower mode of transportation than a bus. I think the UH Downtown station southward generally makes fairly decent time as a transportation medium, the new Red line north of UH Downtown is horribly slow. I also thought the Burnett Station seemed very out of place, stuck 3 stories up on an overpass. Hmm.....
  3. No, I'm not a Metro Rail operator. Just a fan and held the camera against the class back of the driver cab, nice and stable.
  4. Houston Metro Rail - Red Line video (from north terminus to downtown) I recorded this HD video of the new Metro Rail Red line going from it's Northline Mall terminus into downtown Houston, sped up by a factor of 4X to make it more interesting... Enjoy...
  5. Some time ago, I had an old street map of Houston that dated somewhere between 1890-1930's that was a map that showed old places of interest around Houston, and had Grogan's Mill placed on it (at 25th and Yale). I cannot find this map anywhere in my archives and wish to relocate it. Does anyone here of the history buff's have a copy of this old map? I would like to have a copy of it back. theoriginalkj
  6. Does anyone have information on what is happening to the old Robert E Lee Elementary school off I-45, at 2101 South Street? Workers have torn down the shell of the school a month ago but have since re-framed it and begun cleaning up and rebuilding it's innards...
  7. Happy Friday... I was stunned when I found this, but would you believe that there is an old section of the original alignment of Braes Bayou right in the middle of the Texas Medical Center, hiding in plain sight? I found it today while walking by MD Anderson and the University of Texas School of Nursing building. The UTSN building is at the SE corner of Bertner and Holcombe. Just east of this building is a small park, which contained the homestead of a family that saw the TMC growing all around it and decided to give their 1 acre of land to the TMC under the stipulation that it be left as a park. At the north end of this park, about 15 feet from Holcombe, is a 20 foot deep gully that extends the full length of the park, west to east. After calling my brother, Texas Freeway (http://www.texasfreeway.com) owner/webmaster and doing some research online, it appears that this little 20 foot deep gully is perhaps the only remaining section of the original Braes Bayou, PRE Army Corp of Engineers re-alignment, dredging, concreting that took place in the 50's. See, the original Braes Bayou winded incessantly across Houston in a path that had to have taken water 2-3 times longer to pass through Houston's, so the ACoE decided to straighten the bayou's to provide more direct water drainage, and foliage elimination to provide less resistance. This little section of the bayou is visible in GoogleEarth historical imagery as well as TOPO maps on www.historicaerials.com going back to 1915 that show the winding alignment in this direct spot, adjacent to present day Holcombe Blvd. It would post some snap-shops in HistoricAerials or GoogleEarth to show this comparison, but I am short on time right now - perhaps another faithful HAIF poster can put some up? Kevin
  8. I know somebody who's grandpa used to work at the Shamrock Hotel and owns one of their original guest room avocado green rotary telephones.... It's one of their prized possessions....
  9. I don't know about "movies", but there was at least one movie filmed out in the area of the LH7 Ranch and Addicks Resevior called "North of 36". I don't know of any others. "North of 36" was a silent black/white movie that came out by Paramount Pictures in 1924 and was shot all around the area. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015180/ http://users.hal-pc.org/~lfa/BB18.html These two links may be of interest to you... I'd love to have a copy of "North of 36" on video, if anyone has it...
  10. Yes, that is the forgotten "Lamb Rd", mentioned on at least one of the Houston maps on texasfreeway.com.
  11. I have seen all this info detailed here, and more, but I haven't seen anything that clearly defines where structures and buildings were on the property.
  12. Highland Park was, at the turn of the century, a thriving park and promenade that Houstonian's would flock to for outdoor entertainment. According to the website http://houstorian.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/highland-park//, Highland part included a lake with leisure boating, places to eat, rides, and even a shooting range. Today, much of the land of Highland Park sits right where I-45 and I-10 join just NW of downtown Houston, but considerable unchanged land of the original Highland Park still exists on both the west and east side of I-45. I'm fascinated by the former existence of this grand outdoor entertainment venue that opened in 1903 and today not an ounce of it seems to exist. I've explored the land that's there today and compared it against the postcards that show it's grand existence and cannot seem to make heads-or-tales of just exactly where anything was of the park. Does anyone have any more details about where building and structures where of Highland Park? Certainly some evidence of the park still exists today, but I can't find it... Kevin
  13. Ever since finding out and searching for the Franklin Street bridge crypt, I have been fascinated by the apparent porch under the bridge there that appears to be remnants of the old Franklin Street bridge. It appears to have direct access to the Magnolia Brewery building, but I don't know what they use it for. I have posted pictures here, just in case you don't know what I'm talking about. Does anyone know if this is indeed parts of the old Franklin Street bridge or not?
  14. Ok. So, I'm living in the 25th and Arlington house now and I received a letter in the mail today for a "J R Whitson Small Eng Rep". I knew that the home was either an auto repair shop or a small engine repair shop, but wasn't sure and didn't know the name. This confirms it. Does someone on this forum have any info on this and can give any business info?
  15. Email me at theoriginalkj (at) gmail.com and I'll send you pics..
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