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IronTiger

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  1. Simplifying the roundabout to one lane may help drivers but I'm not sure if it helps traffic. Two lane roundabouts DO exist in Houston (ex. Washington and Westcott, which is a good example since it also includes of a single road going from north/south to west/east) but every time I see one of the "two lanes narrowed into one" design, it tends to affirm my belief that traffic circles are just form-over-function novelties.
  2. Problem with that if you block the druggies/alcoholics/the ones most likely to trash the place and start fires, those are the ones that stay on the street, furthermore it would just be a way to spend the night, while the day is spent panhandling (unless they are denied doing so, in which case it becomes a de facto jail). That's not to say that the homeless should get nothing, but building housing for the homeless is, at best, more complicated than it seems, and at worse, will just make the problem worse at the taxpayers' dime.
  3. A little further research shows that the Greenway Inn closed in the mid-1980s was not the same as the Greenway Inn that closed in 2014. The "original" Greenway was at 2525 Southwest Freeway at Kirby and Southwest.
  4. Ten years ago that intersection didn't even have stop lines painted on the road, much less crosswalks. For as a significant a street as Yale is, I wonder why it got passed over for improvements over the years.
  5. In the days since creating this topic, I have an entire blog about the city and everything in it, and more than half of that is restaurants (pretty much everything on this page has been covered). The way you're describing the place is either (what is now) Grill at the Pavilion, which still exists (the chairs face toward the hallway) but I don't think the Pavilion was like that in the 1970s (I think it was rebuilt wasn't rebuilt as actual office space until the 1980s). It sounds more like the MSC, which had cafeterias and other small restaurants inside of it.
  6. Different companies (at the time) and different reasons. Safeway (original Houston) division failed because due to Safeway assuming lots of debt due to getting bought by KKR to "save" them from corporate raiders, and that meant a lot of divisions had to go, including the entire Southern California division (where Safeway had done quite well) to Vons. The "new" AppleTree chain in Houston failed because it had lots of debt and old stores, whereas Randalls and even Fiesta were zooming ahead with larger and nicer stores and getting attacked by newcomers Food Lion and HEB Pantry at the
  7. 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.
  8. Houston Chronicle. They've got the whole thing digitized these days, so searching for many things is much easier.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. It's been there longer than that...records indicate it's been there since at least 1990.
  14. If I recall, the "1930" date used by HCAD isn't necessarily accurate because of lost/missing records in those days.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Unimpressive, mostly just a brick-tile corridor. https://southernretail.blogspot.com/2014/11/north-oaks-mall-houston-texas.html
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 Galleri
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