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  1. Unimpressive, mostly just a brick-tile corridor. https://southernretail.blogspot.com/2014/11/north-oaks-mall-houston-texas.html
  2. Unless the lens is extraordinarily screwed up, the intersection isn't perpendicular. The other road is wide, accommodating three lanes on each side, which eliminates a lot of options. There's also a movie theater in the background.
  3. I was always a bit fascinated with the Katy line, and until relatively recently, there was a user, @Purpledevil, who swapped stories about living in the Heights and many of his posts dealt with the Katy railroad, including some of the crossings (mostly crossbucks on a few crossings, but one had a big, overbuilt crossing with lights everywhere and gates, I think Houston Avenue). When I was living in Houston, I crossed the MKT trail near work (along Spring Street, with inconsiderate bicyclists) or if I was going to Walmart, on Yale (great ice cream nearby). Sadly, during that time, I was unable to contact Purpledevil despite being in the very areas we had discussed previously.
  4. You wouldn't be able to put enough commercial development in that could rely on foot traffic alone unless the area reached critical mass in terms of people (offices, universities, Manhattan, etc.), so it would have to have ample parking and good visibility (i.e. a strip center), which would have a hard time in the area as-is. Even in New York near Central Park, most blocks have residential entirely with only one café, drug store, or convenience store on the entire row.
  5. While I'm fond of the Dillard's department store building being there, there really isn't any movie theater in the Galleria area anymore. At one time, both the Galleria and the Saks Center had movies, but they've been long gone. I do wonder how feasible it is to connect Dillard's to the Galleria. The ice rink level (basement) ends at a post office, but Neiman Marcus probably has a basement used for shipping. The Dillard's probably has a basement too, though I imagine some of it is unused (abandoned Joske's Budget Store area?) While expanding is intriguing, it would lengthen Galleria I by about 75%. What could they even put there?
  6. There's probably still lots of remnants though, even over houses. A long-abandoned (from the 1960s) right of way near my parents house has had a road built over it for the last 15 years (and it was properly engineered to the point where it never needed to be resurfaced completely), but when expanding it, they dug up old ties and even a few spikes. Who knows how much has resurfaced when the original houses near the right of way were torn out for new buildings? They might have even had rails!
  7. The yellow pages (without the covers, as it's only microfilm) are at the downtown Houston library, so I don't think it would violate copyright. Modern AT&T cares about copyright (certainly the Warner Media division), but I don't think old yellow pages will cause any problems.
  8. It used to be part of a larger chain but they started expanding locally in the last few years. For example, a location opened in The Woodlands in a former Black Eyed Pea. By the way, in terms of Wienerschnitzel, there is a separate topic:
  9. I was rewatching some E3 trailers, and I noticed around 1:09 in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator trailer, you can actually see Minute Maid Park and the convention center. It appears only around a second, but it's definitely Houston.
  10. Something tells me that no one would've mentioned it as a Roy Rogers until I brought it up in this thread. It's all an example of what is dubbed by others as "information laundering", where the news media will pick up things on Internet forums and Twitter feeds, true or not, and report it, making it "legitimate" in the process.
  11. I remember driving through there relatively recently, earlier this year, and remember the storefront still being occupied. From what I've been told, the ZDE started out as a Roy Rogers and was later a head shop after its time as a food establishment. It was ZDE by 2003 IIRC.
  12. The problem with homeless care is the chance for actually incentivizing homelessness. San Francisco screwed itself over on homelessness by actually having stipends for the homeless for years (even now they're guaranteed a small cash grant monthly, from what I've heard) and other homelessness initiatives to the point where tents are now crowding out sidewalks and the amount of human fecal matter is 10 times more than New York and 21 times than Chicago [https://www.realtyhop.com/blog/doo-doo-the-new-urban-crisis/#figure1], and the "poop maps" are used as political ammunition.
  13. The Wolfe Nursery at Shepherd and North Freeway was there in 1982, with 8223 North Shepherd being listed for "Wolfe Garden-Land Nursery", with the building (and the address, though changed to North Freeway later) is the same and operating as Cash America Pawn today.
  14. I was impressed at some of the details researched, and even the things that I thought were errors actually weren't (the dry zone WAS repealed in 2017, not 2016, from online articles, and I thought they had goofed on the Fiesta on Wirt, which was still open, turns out they were reporting on the Long Point/Wirt location). However, online says that the former Confederate House (known as State Grille by that time) closed in 2008 (despite the property being sold in 2006, like it says). It does not, however, answer a mystery about the restaurant, a second location. Sometime in the mid-1980s, they appear to have opened a location in College Station, TX with the same logo and from what I've heard from others, same sort of service. The founder of Confederate House did grow up in the Brazos County area and had relatives there, but I can't find anything else on it. It ultimately disappeared in less than five to six years, and the building (part of a FedMart, originally) was recently torn down for new development.
  15. One of the things that's annoyed me about the newer homes that my uncles (two different uncles, two different houses, though admittedly only one is actually in the Houston area) have bought is high ceilings. They're hard to clean, they make heating and cooling more expensive, and they destroy the warm, intimate feeling that I feel like houses are supposed to have. This was in stark contrast to the houses they both used to have, which were darker with lower ceilings, and more interesting floorplans.
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