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  1. Thanks.  As I've said, I'm trying to rely on memories that are over 40 years ago.  I just thought that I remember my parent's and my dad's cousin going to a skating rink on IH-610 just west of Telephone Road.  A "Diet Rite Cola" sign is also coming into view when I think of that rink.

    Chet Cuccia

    I think there is a trailer company where the rink was, I don`t remember any info though. Info was second hand from family member.

  2. There are old photos of the Baytown-LaPorte Tunnel on "texasfreeways.com."

    I remember going through it back in the early 1960s.  It felt fine as a little kid.  I heard that years ago they demolished it, and took the pieces out into the Gulf of Mexico and constructed so kind of a reef.  Does anyone out there know if this is true or not?

    Chet Cuccia

    It is still there. They were going to blow it up and haul it out to sea and make a reef or something. If I remember correctly the entrances were blown up and then there was not enough funding to haul it out. I think they just weighted it down, and left it there.

  3. Has anyone on here built a shelter themselves or considered building one?  I actually have considered building one just because I like to do construction projects like that.  I remember I once saw a documentary on fallout shelters and they showed the largest private one, it was huge!  And he built it all by himself.  The problem I see of having one is what if your neighbors know about it and you only have enough supplies for your family?  And a disaster is imminent

    This scenario was a Twilight Zone Episode.

  4. And another one was telling me how she was going to yank out the old wood windows in her house (all in the same neighborhood) and go buy vinyl ones...I left there with a feeling of futility

    Hey Danax, pm when she gets ready to remove her windows. If they are the same size as mine, I will remove them and haul them away, (only to be reused of course)

    What kind of neighboorhood meeting do y`all have, where and when?

  5. I'm wondering if some of these old-timers are confusing tunnels and basements.

    Before the garage was there on Market Square that side of the street had a set of buildings dating from the 1860s-1870s.

    After going to Power Tools and the surrounding bars that were connected, I always felt that that was one large lower level that had been cut up as time, and business` changed. It would have been the equivelant of a storage basement.(?)

    There was a bar next to Power Tools (toads?), and from what I remember you could barely see the lower levels of the other buildings.

    Another post alluded to areas under the basements that are flooded. Has the bayou changed that much, and how much water are we talking. It seems that natural erosion would cause the buildings to sink, and foundations crumble.

  6. Speaking of a loooooong time ago, at some point my mom worked at Gulfgate Mall, and always told me about a tunnel system under the mall. It was designed so that trucks could pull in underground and unload into the stores `basements`. It was also a designated bomb/fallout shelter. Does anyone know if these tunnels are still there? During the construction I never saw excavation down very far.

  7. OK I didn`t want to offend anyone, but yes these wil be junk. This is the Walm@rt mentallity that pisses me off. Why buy a house that will be a p.o.s. in 8 yrs. , when for the same amount of money, a house can be bought. For the people that don`t know the area, these houses are cheap. It makes no sense to cram all of these on small lots. I`m sure with this wonderful addition there will be alot of financial incintives to get people (who otherwise couldn`t afford it) into these units. I hate to be negative, but these will be future slums, nothing more.

  8. Are these actually townhomes? The lots are around 2000 sf. That is 3 dwellings per lot. This cheap construction is a great concern of mine, is the East End going to eventually a bunch of cheap housing? I have been thinking about selling and getting out of the neighborhood. As I look around Lawndale area most the houses are 2 bedroom peir and beam construction, and if fairly run down condition, but they are repairable. Why do people people want this crap.

    OK just a bunch of thoughts that might not much sense, but do y`all think Lawndale (Telehone/Lawndale) will eventually be alot of cheap, new construction, housing?

  9. After reading all the posts here, there is one thing that I keep thinking about that has yet to be brought up. Why do people (any orig. if it matters) come to U.S., congregate in a certain part of town, and then try to recreate the crap (living conditions etc.) that they were trying to get away from in the first place. I live on the East end, and yes I knew it was a Hispanic neighborhood going in, but how many Taqerias operating out of trucks, and ice cream vendors on bikes do we need. I guess its a matter of perspective, and what is deemed as ok. Oh yea, I don`t know who regulates, if anyone, the bicycle ice cream vendors, but these guys are also selling beer out of these carts.

  10. Although anything can be restored, this building is B A D. Nine years ago, I was helping my friend move into the 2nd floor of unit. I inspected the lower unit with the idea of maybe renting, and the upper toilet was flushed and water went everywhere. The leak was never fixed. We later learned that as problems came up either the tennant repaired them or moved out. Thats why so many were vacant. There were roof leaks in most vacant units. Why would anyone want to save something anyway, just tear it down and replace it with a megaplex made from sawdust and glue, and see how long it lasts.

  11. Is this story for real this time? I have a friend that lives in these apartments, and has heard this story many times before. For those that have never seen these apartments, they are really nice on the inside. The tenants have always been able to do whatever to the inside, as long as they made to improvements to the exterior. The interior of the apartments are very decorative, with aluminum(?) stair railings and other deco touches. Unfortunately, lack of maintenance has taken its toll and they need to be torn down. The owner actually still lives on the property, and his sister owns the property across the street (Fiesta center). They have suposedly (second hand info here) been in an argument for years, and has kept the apartments around just to spite his sister. Maybe BS but it sounds interesting.

  12. I HAVE BEEN LIVING 2 BLOCKS SOUTH OF THAT INTERSECTION FOR 3 YEARS

    NOW AND REALLY LIKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. ALOT OF THE HOMES IN THE AREA

    ARE RENTAL PROPERTY, AND ARE IN NEED OF REPAIRS. THE PRICE IS CHEAP

    THOUGH, AND SHOULD TURN OUT TO BE A GOOD INVESTMENT. THERE ARE

    POCKETS OF PROBLEMS THOUGH, BUT THATS ANYWHERE.

    ITS UNFORTUNATE YOU HAD A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

    I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THIS WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.

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