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I live in the Third Ward, my friend. The difference is that I do not feel like I have been violated when I observe a person drinking cheap beer on the street.

So what do you do when your NOT walking around the Third Ward drinking a forty?

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So what do you do when your NOT walking around the Third Ward drinking a forty? :P

I get on the internets and needle uptight suburban types about their various hangups. :D

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The mall's owner and others have been floating proposals to redevelop the property with the help of public funds. One idea is to tear down the mall and build an open-air shopping center in its place.

But the core of the mall and its anchors have separate owners, which makes a large-scale redevelopment challenging.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6500196.html

There might be hope for the Sharpstown Mall yet.

If the owners concentrate on the Jewelry Exchange Building first, they can use the profit from that building to help fund the renovations of the mall itself.

So before even getting into my dream for the Mall itself - a renovation and expansion of the Jewelry Exchange Building is in order. Top priority: make sure the budgeting works and leaves enough profit to fund the renovation of the mall.

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Yes, you don't even have to go a mile East/SE before it gets very nice. But "surrounded" ? Have you ever been north of Interstate 10?

I have. The "niceness" of Memorial area disappears. It looks decidedly lower-middle class with Spanish signage.

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I have. The "niceness" of Memorial area disappears. It looks decidedly lower-middle class with Spanish signage.

I think the north side of I-10 looks just fine.

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In San Diego it used to be legal to drink beer on the street. I think that in Europe you can drink beer on the street if you feel like it. When I lived in California I did that all the time. However, I have never seen anyone do it in Houston.

That's because nobody in Houston walks. You'll find most of your cheap beer drinkers behind the wheel of a pickup.

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The mall�s owner and others have been floating proposals to redevelop the property with the help of public funds. One idea is to tear down the mall and build an open-air shopping center in its place.

But the core of the mall and its anchors have separate owners, which makes a large-scale redevelopment challenging.

http://www.chron.com...ss/6500196.html

I know that the mall went into bankruptcy, so did someone else purchase it? If that is not the case the owners do not have enough money to tear down a wall much less the whole mall. This mall really has declined since Macy's and Fingers closed; the food court only has one restaurant left! I have taken several pictures of the mall in the past year that I have posted on my blog at http://southernretail.blogspot.com/ . I have several other Houston Malls and I have created articles accompanying these photos. Check my site out and leave comments or submissions.

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Johnme: Not to worry, I linked to your site at least once (check the Greenspoint Mall thread in "Other Houston Neighborhoods"). You can see the Foley's before they painted it a stark white!

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Interesting chat in this thread a while back. It seems all apartment dwellers are undesirables.

I would like to point out that a lot of working class people live in the places they can afford to

live in, which in Houston, are dwindling down. I lived in a "multi-family" development and had to

move home because of the cost of an education and a running vehicle along with ever-increasing

rents became too much. And this was no swank "Gables" property, either. I work full time at the

same place for several years, have benefits, but take-home pay does not leave a lot of wiggle-room

in the budget. I did maintain my little place well and did not throw up gang signs, but did grow a few

flowers on the patio. The nastiness came from neighbors who smoked like chimneys and stank up

my unit, camped out all day in lawn chairs on the entry area to my building, and set fire to their

balconies because they were barbecuing illegally on them. All these yahoos were young white guys,

for anyone who's tracking the demographics, btw.

I also have two African-American apartment-dwelling friends who are each working two jobs. One, an older

gent, works two full-time jobs, is a Viet Nam vet, a church-going man and is a connoisseur of classic rock.

The other is a 30-something single, no children, trying to keep up with the bills and pay down some debt that

she took on because she was in a traffic accident--the other driver hit her--and insurance doesn't pay

everything. And for what it's worth, I know a few Hispanic immigrants who work harder than some of you

ever will, unless you, too, are working 12-hour days, seven days a week. Or are also doing the two-job shuffle.

And these ain't cushy desk jobs, either.

Apartments aren't going away, people. One day, single-family homes will be beyond the reach of most

of us, especially as more people come to Houston and more people are born in Houston. It's that or say

goodbye to the countryside forever, because, from what I've seen, most developers don't care about

your green spaces, only greenbacks. And I'd hate to see that--it takes forever to get out of Houston as it is!

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I think the north side of I-10 looks just fine.

I didn't say it looked a lot worse, it looks okay, a pretty normal mixed-demographics Houston neighborhood. But you wouldn't expect it to be nearby an upscale mall.

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one thing for shure is sharpstown needs to remodle it's food court by making it more modern,cleaning it and removing the white metal decoration

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one thing for shure is sharpstown needs to remodle it's food court by making it more modern,cleaning it and removing the white metal decoration

Yea, that's it. That will revitalize Sharpstown. Remodel the Food Court in the Mall.

I say: Tear the MF down. Now.

In fact, I'd tear it down with 50 wrecking balls by surprise one day taking out everyone in it... just give all the shop owners a 15 minute notice to bolt out of there.

Odds are that would prevent dozens, if not hundreds, of murders, rapes and robberies over the next 20 years as those foke in there won't be around to commit those crimes.

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Strake Jesuit is in Sharpstown, Sharpstown gave them the land, and its doing fine. I was a Sharpstown mall rat in high school, and am saddened to see it go under. But can understand, today, First Colony Mall is what probably what Sharpstown was back in the 80's. I don't see how light rail will do anything for Sharpstown. In my opinion, it would be better to bulldoze the mall and start over, maybe make it an outdoor town center type place.

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