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  1. Hotels are indeed at risk, as mentioned in the article above. However, most of the hotels that simply did not reopen were either downtown (not a lot going on in that era) or other bad locations that were oversized (TMC, the Holiday Inn on Memorial). I could imagine an Energy Corridor hotel or two dropping out, as well as a few others in less-viable areas.
  2. Houston Chronicle. They've got the whole thing digitized these days, so searching for many things is much easier.
  3. According to the paper, it opened in November 1967 as "Orlando's Lucky 7" (Lucky 7 being a grocer franchisee at the time, much like Minimax).
  4. Different Raffles. The Houston Raffles restaurant was a one-shot operation by local restaurateur Leo Kalantzakis at 1455 West Loop South (in what was then Armco Steel Building), opened in 1969.
  5. So I guess the rest of the rail spur is history?
  6. Found 'em from newspaper microfilm. Luckily, the Houston Chronicle (but not the Post, sadly) has been fully digitized (ads and all) on the Houston Library website, all you need is a Houston library card.
  7. Never imagined apartments would go here...although I was hoping I could figure what the office building used to be than what it is now. Street View and other stuff says it was an AT&T call center (for collections), so I guess it might date back to the Cingular/Houston Cellular days as far as the call center went?
  8. It's been there longer than that...records indicate it's been there since at least 1990.
  9. If I recall, the "1930" date used by HCAD isn't necessarily accurate because of lost/missing records in those days.
  10. Discovery Channel Stores were neat, I remember visiting one in New Jersey when the chain was winding down business. My father bought a clock that projected the time on the ceiling (still in use in his bedroom) while I got a novelty inflatable tongue (which sadly didn't last).
  11. I'm pretty sure that the Weather Ball's final fate was scrap when TimeWarner officially acquired Six Flags (and by extension, AstroWorld), and if it wasn't gone by the mid-1990s, it might have been destroyed when AstroWorld was torn down around a decade later.
  12. None of the original Woodway Square buildings remain today. The fire destroyed a third of the apartments, and even by 1989 a new office building had been built on Woodway on the northeast side. In the early 1990s, the rest of the complex was redeveloped, except for a separate section that had been sold off as a new property (on the San Felipe side, my records say it was called "Woodway on San Felipe Apts."). The last of these were torn down in early 2004.
  13. That list is unfair and you know it. Giving The Dungeons its own point category, with San Francisco the only one in the States and a third of the "chain", is nonsense, as is other tacky tourist traps.
  14. I searched for the Jack in the Box in my "defunct restaurants" list, it wasn't there because it was rebuilt on the same site at one time. The fried chicken place is now a taqueria, and that other building between the fried chicken restaurant and the liquor store (notice it still has the same facade) was torn down prior to 1978.
  15. Unimpressive, mostly just a brick-tile corridor. https://southernretail.blogspot.com/2014/11/north-oaks-mall-houston-texas.html
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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:
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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