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  1. A little lesser known bayou in Houston called Willow Waterhole Bayou. Information here: https://www.willowwaterhole.org/flood-control-wwbayou-increased-flooding Willow Waterhole Bayou is a narrow 4-mile-long natural tributary of Brays Bayou. It flows through Houston’s Brays Oaks area—once oil tycoon Walter Fondren's ranch—and Westbury neighborhoods. In the 1940s, when the ranch land was being developed, portions of the original stream bed were rerouted. Today the bayou emerges southeast of the intersection of W. Bellfort Blvd. and Fondren Rd. and eventually flows northeast from Braewick Dr. through the Westbury and Willow Meadows neighborhoods. The bayou, Scout Lake, its weir (similar to a spillway), and the culvert connecting the lake to the basin complex can all be seen at the end of the 500-foot-long Bayou Trail, which begins at the left of The Gathering Place on S. Willow Dr.
  2. Saw this September 10, 1985 ad for The Caribana Club located at 8220 W. Bellfort Ave. Live reggae, mellow atmosphere, laid-back dancing. A touch of Jamaica in Houston. Anyone recall this night club?
  3. I noticed these two old business ads for Arnold Palmer Putting Course located at4995 W. Bellfort Ave. I thought another golf course was located here called Gooney Golf. Maybe just rebranded? September 23, 1965 October 14, 1965
  4. Guest

    Brays Bayou Master Plan

    The greatest, most well-thought out plans to improve a big city will always be stained somehow by the lesser members of the population. Littering is a behavior that is hard to police and the damage seems temporary; give it a little time and it will be blown or washed away so no one feels its damage, and so it persists. The picture below is ironic because the litter ended up in a pond designed to purify runoff. All the pointy-heads who designed this project surely had to have accounted for this scenario? The good thing is that this won't go unnoticed and will likely be dealt with. When I went to the park this weekend to take some shots of the Project Brays freshwater tidal basin work at Mason Park, I intended to post the progress here to show the non-East Enders something positive that is taking place in town. This project is a combination of flood control, habitat restoration, water purification and recreation. Really a textbook, inner-city, all around winner. However, here is what one of the water purification ponds looked like after the minor rain we had. This was disturbing to me. Prior to this rain, this pond in particular had started to have large water birds in them just about every time I've went. Now, I'm guessing they'll stay away. Here are some other shots of the project; Looking from the Forest Hill bridge, which will be replaced as the bayou is widened, northwest towards Downtown (skyline visible in the background) The only way I can imagine this can be solved is by, perhaps, to tether a giant net off of the storm drainpipe upstream and empty it after each rain. If nothing is done, this wetland habitat will become the beginnings of a landfill in a matter of months. I think the mayor should see this and get HPD to crack down on litterers and, if they ever catch one, assign them to that pond with waders, gloves and a bag. Then, get one of the local channels to do a piece on it to help teach people to behave.
  5. Reading up on the subject and I'm very intrigued. Tell me more about Pierce Junction. Texas State Historical Association says a small city called Myrtle Texas, originally known as Myrtle Turf became the Pierce Junction oilfield. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvmbh https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/htp12 Pierce Junction Oil Field in 1927 - Where the Astrodome and Reliant Stadium Sit Today https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2014/04/06/the-weekly-oil-gas-follies-29/#429de0753211 Solarized Effect of the Pierce Junction Oil Field, Houston, TX https://oilmanmagazine.com/article/solarized-effect-pierce-junction-oil-field-houston-tx/
  6. Just noticed this on Loopnet. The garden style apartment complex is a whopping 10.09 Acres! The property is being marketed by Transwestern. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/12101-Fondren-Rd-Houston-TX/25983332/
  7. I remember going here for work meetings. Our business was so small, at that time, so the church agreed to let us rent out space for a general staff meeting. Website: https://www.westburyumc.org/
  8. Hi all, I'm moving in to Post Oak Manor next month and I had been very concerned about whats going on just behind the neighborhood...then I ran across this: This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 960x768 and weights 88KB. I think this is great, and I really hope it creates a natural barrier between Main and the new tollroads to the south. Does anyone know what the current project status is? Also, any useful info about Post Oak Manor and Willowbrook / WillowBend would be great. Does Post Oak Manor have an active Civic club? Thanks
  9. Inspired by the Westbury thread here, I googled like crazy to find photos.
  10. Aldi Is Coming to the Former Westbury Centerette http://swamplot.com/aldi-is-coming-to-the-former-westbury-centerette/2018-02-01/
  11. I know a thread for Westbury Square was started but I think I might have been a bit late getting to it. In that thread I mentioned yesterday that for the first time I went back there to visit a coffee shop that just started up a couple of months ago. Yesterday was really the very first time I stepped foot back on their turf. It's weird to see it now, when you remember many things about it then. Today it looks almost like a ghost town to see whats left, yet I believe the coffee shop might bring some extra life back into it! If you wish to stop there for a visit, here is a phone # 713-728-JAVA When I was a child, the year of 1985 Westbury Square had a Halloween costume contest which I won first place as a home made robot. And today I still have the trophy which is what I wanted to share with this forum. Here are two photos of it which I snapped. Yet I wondered if anyone else here has photos from those costume contest or stories about them. I guess I could put this on ebay, but it's mine and I wish not to sell
  12. Houston OK's contract to design new library for Westbury, Meyerland area https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/development/2019/11/20/harvey-damaged-library-to-get-$14-million-replacement/
  13. The old Johnston Middle School, JMS, was renamed to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School a few years back. The school opened in 1959 making it 62 years old. Any word on a demolition and rebuild? Major remodel or renovations planned?
  14. Does anyone remember the Hawaiian Village on South Main in Houston? It was apparently a reception venue for weddings and am curious to figure out what the street address was for a bio I am writing. Google didn't turn up much. I do know it was in existence in 1967.
  15. Max Challenge to open fitness center in Meyerland https://communityimpact.com/local-news/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/news/2019/07/29/max-challenge-to-open-fitness-center-in-meyerland/
  16. Does anyone remember these old amusement places in Houston? Gooney Golf which was I think, at South Post Oak and W. Belfort.
  17. Memories for the area just out side the loop in zip coeds 77096 77035 & about 1/3 of 77025 I remember before the walmart south Poast Oak & 610 was built in the late 80s to early 90s there use to be a golf course there. Where the Krogers South Post Oak & West Bellfort is now there use to Beldens which is now at Chimeny Rock & North Brasewood. Behind the Beldens use to be a drug store do not remember the name they sold hamburgers. Where the Cabana Carwash is now there use to a putt putt miniature golf Next to Beldens just south there to use to a AJ Foyt car dealer there Right after AJ Foyt closed behind where the Meyerland car repair is there to use to be a place that sold 4 wheelers & dirt bikes it burnt down Right next to the Meyerland car repair is now a Day care to use to be a restaurant do not remember then name they use to serve home style food the drinks were served in mason jars South Post Oak & West Bellfort right next to the chase bank use to be a cafeteria do not remember the name About 150ft down from the cafeteria there use to a small green auto repair shop it was torn down but the foundation stayed till about 5 to 7 yrs ago There use to a BBQ restaurant on Omeara about 1 block from south main next to the ghetto carwash now it is a place where they park ambulances West Bellfort at the rail road tracks between Cliffwood & Stella link there is a big warehouse it is now used a band rehearsal where you rent space I have no idea what was there originally Murworth & Buffalo speedway where the town homes are now there use to be a strip shopping center with Loma Lind mexican restaurant Stella Link & 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box Stella Link where Work Force is now in the same shopping center there use to be a Crown book store one time in the mid 80s I was with my mom we were just out to leave my mom working out the fronu door & a mexican guy was be chased by the police mom was only about 5 to 7 ft from this guy Willow Bend on the Wast side of the train tracks where the baseball field about 5 to 7 yrs ago their use to be a place that sold plants there still is a old brown metal building that still stand Craig Head & Willowbend right next to the train tracks next to Carolyns bar there to use to be a Firestone South Main & Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window
  18. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, March 23, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Two vintage 1950's modern/contemporary style houses, situated southwest of downtown Houston are featured. They are both in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in fall 2014. 4520 Oleander Street, Cranford Place, Bellaire, Texas 77401 (For Sale by Owner and Option Pending) Architect William Jenkins, associate of the firm William N. Floyd Associates (possibly assisted by Harwood Taylor) designed and built this beautiful modern house in 1952 for Arthur and Hannah Ginzbarg on a large lot in the City of Bellaire. Mrs. Ginzbarg has recently died. Her son who lives out of state is searching for a new owner for the house who will promise to preserve it. The house was cherished by the family and thoughtfully maintained in original condition in hopes it would someday attract an appreciative next owner. It has a compact and efficient design incorporating many fine details such as walls of floor to ceiling operable windows, blueprint matched wood cabinet walls, built-in TV and hi-fi system, built in clock, cork flooring and a tectum ceiling. Next door and two doors down, to the East, Jenkins and Taylor built two similar houses which have been replaced with new construction. Photos shown from the Houston Mod publication High Style in the Suburbs- The Early Modern Houses of William R. Jenkins, 1951 - 1958 5702 Warm Springs, Westbury, Section 3, Houston, Texas 77035 HAR LINK Rob and Laura Petrie of the 1960's Dick Van Dyke television program would be right at home in this still authentic house built for the 1959 Parade of Homes in the Westbury neighborhood. Architect Jack W. Knostman, of the firm Knostman & Webster, designed the house as well as two others for the '59 Parade plus oversaw the architectural control committee that year. He was a 1936 graduate of Rice Institute. The house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and large open living, dining and kitchen areas as well as many unique features incorporated in response to surveys of thousands of potential home buyers from the previous year's event. The house was included in Art & Architecture magazine. The original promotional material states: A gay informal note is struck by the Hawaiian lanai entrances which are located on each side of the house behind the carports (now enclosed). The housewife hasn't been left out. Her paradise is a beautiful kitchen of inspired design. The kitchen remains in near mint condition as well as many other aspects of the house. News and Events Thanks to all who attended and sponsored last week's DoCoMoMo US National Symposium in Houston. Over 125 modsters from across the country visited Houston to examine modernism's legacy and consider its future.April is MODern Month in Houston and Texas. This year's roster of events will be issued soon. Check the Preservation Texas Website for more information Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  19. While talking with my mother tonight about Westbury back when all was new, she mentioned something about a street of houses near Westbury Square that had a "gingerbread" theme to their exteriors. She thought it odd for the times. Anyone else recall those homes or the street they were on?
  20. This 9' x 24' mural was made for the 40th Reunion of Westbury Rebels
  21. The Westbury Community Garden project is well underway! With the help of sponsorship by Leadership Houston Class XXVIII, the Westbury Civic Club in cooperation with the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation is breaking ground on Tuesday, February 23rd for a two acre community garden in historic Westbury. The Westbury Community Garden Website Leadership Houston is bringing construction and fundraising resources to bear and will be constructing the June Holly Garden Educational Pavilion and Habitat Area to augment Phase One of the Westbury Community Garden, being brought to reality through the efforts of the Westbury community and led by Ray Sher with Urban Harvest, a longtime Westbury resident. The June Holly Pavilion will be used by HISD to provide horticulture and healthy eating education opportunities to the students of Foerster Elementary and other area schools. Construction of Phase One is expected to be completed by June 1, 2010. A major garden bed build day and media event is scheduled on March 10, with appearances by Mayor Annise Parker, Councilmember Ann Clutterbuck, and other local civic representatives and political leaders. This event will serve as the primary focus of Keep Houston Beautiful's participation in the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and the Scotts Miracle Gro Give Back to Grow Edible Community Garden grant program. An amazing project that we need more of in our city. Come out and join us on March 10 if you can!
  22. When I was a small child in the late 1970's, I took swimming lessons at the YWCA near or on S. Willow. It was called the Peden Y - and I loved it. I also took tumbling classes there...and as I recall it was partically housed in a ramshackle house like structure. I enjoyed running around the building - and I recall that there was a bar area with a soda gun that from time to time actually worked. I recall sneaking off behind that bar area to try to snag a soda. It closed when I was child - and I never understood why. Later my parents joined the ELKS lodge - and our family would go there to swim every summer. I tried to look up the ELkS lodge on a google map recently - and I noticed that it had vanished with barely a trace. I last visited the Elks Lodge sometime in the 1990s. The Elks Lodge was located on S. Willow....the Peden YWCA was near S. Willow - but it wasn't on S. Willow. Does anyone have any information about The Elks Lodge or the Peden YWCA????
  23. We are planning to buy a house somewhere in these neighborhoods (Westbury 1 or 2, or maybe 3; Parkwest; Maplewood South). My preference would be Parkwest, because it is pretty & zoned to Parker (we have little kids). But we could be in a nearby neighborhood and magnet in to Parker or Kolter. My question, for residents there, is whether there are other differences that might not be readily apparent. Are there more kids in the neighborhoods zoned to the better schools? (Fewer kids in Maplewood South, for example, than in Parkwest?) And the fees in Maplewood South are higher... do you get more for that? If so, what? Any other insights into the little differences in these neighborhoods would be appreciated. Thanks.
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