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Do any of you guys have old pictures of my neighborhood?


The Drake

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Yeah, I've always wondered what this neighborhood looked like back in the day.

When i moved here in 1995 (i was about 3 years old) ,there used to be a library that stood about 30-40 feet, a parking lot with a visible foundation and a lot of trees where Concord/Sky View apartments are now. There are apartments called "Royal Palm" and I was wondering, where they always this bad? There's an old sign near there that says "Mexican Restaurant" with a red arrow. Looks cool.

Thanks so much. I'm trying to dig up information about the ongoings in this neighborhood, historically of course.

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Hehe, I still live here. I only have photos of me and a few of my backyard from the 70's and 80's. I used to go to the Young Branch library when I was a kid. It was on Beekman. It's now in the Palm Center business complex, which used to be a pretty nice shopping center. : )

...and yes, I'm almost 20 years older than you, the Royal Palms apartments have always been bad lol. I asked my mom is she remembered anything about that Mexican restaurant and she said that it was called Loma Linda. Even I don't remember it.

Did you know that Kings Flea Market used to be a store called Montgomery Wards? Yep, it's true. : ) What do you think of the new light rail over here?

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Hehe, I still live here. I only have photos of me and a few of my backyard from the 70's and 80's. I used to go to the Young Branch library when I was a kid. It was on Beekman. It's now in the Palm Center business complex, which used to be a pretty nice shopping center. : )

...and yes, I'm almost 20 years older than you, the Royal Palms apartments have always been bad lol. I asked my mom is she remembered anything about that Mexican restaurant and she said that it was called Loma Linda. Even I don't remember it.

Did you know that Kings Flea Market used to be a store called Montgomery Wards? Yep, it's true. : ) What do you think of the new light rail over here?

I love Young Branch. I used to go there every day for 4 years to read beginner books to learn to read! Most of the librarians know me and I think that's like the best feeling, when you walk into a businnes and the owners/employees welcome you with your name!

Yes, I read about the old Montgomery Ward. I wish I knew what the WHOLE neighborhood looked like and what businesses were there at the time. Before the Exxon was built on MLK and Browncroft, there was, again and empty lot with a visible foundation.

Now about the rail line. I'll have to wait and see how things work out. The park that was built 3-4 years ago on Beekman is very close to the rails, maybe the city will enclose the park.

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Did you get to check out the link provided in post #2 here on this thread?

There's 2-3 pages devoted to old memories of Palm Center.

Give it a look, but keep in mind that the posts were made over 5 years ago so some places have no doubt changed since that time.

Yes I did.

I don't think much has changed since then, aside from the new park being built and the constable area being fenced.

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Drake, you mentioned the Exxon. When I was a little girl, there used to be a Jack in the Box there and we'd walk to it sometimes. Those shops next to it used to have a U-Totem convienence store and a Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream : ) The U-Totems are no longer in business as far as I know, but they were a bit like 7-11's. It was similar to what's there now, but it was nicer. That Jack in the Box was torn down sometime in the mid 80's and the lot stayed vacant until the Exxon arrived some years ago.

Did you know that they are going to build a Harris County library in that vacant lot on the corner of Griggs and MLK? I heard about it on the radio. I've only been to one county library and it was the one past the east beltway.

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Drake, you mentioned the Exxon. When I was a little girl, there used to be a Jack in the Box there and we'd walk to it sometimes. Those shops next to it used to have a U-Totem convienence store and a Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream : ) The U-Totems are no longer in business as far as I know, but they were a bit like 7-11's. It was similar to what's there now, but it was nicer. That Jack in the Box was torn down sometime in the mid 80's and the lot stayed vacant until the Exxon arrived some years ago.

Did you know that they are going to build a Harris County library in that vacant lot on the corner of Griggs and MLK? I heard about it on the radio. I've only been to one county library and it was the one past the east beltway.

Yeah, where Maxie Hair salon used to be?

What used to be there anyway? And why is that business opposite of Exxon so unsuccessful. Last time i checked, it's being turned into a car electronics installation place.

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I don't think it will be a "county" library. Those are built outside the city in the unincorporated areas.

I thought that was strange too when I heard it. We will have to wait and see. I heard it on 90.1 a few months ago.

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Yeah, where Maxie Hair salon used to be?

What used to be there anyway? And why is that business opposite of Exxon so unsuccessful. Last time i checked, it's being turned into a car electronics installation place.

I have foggy memories of it being a restaurant called Kips Big Boy. It was cool because of the 'Big Boy' statue in the front holding a hamburger lol. This was way back in the 70's.

As for that other area, I only remember it being a 'Kings' building with various things through the years. Mostly food. Nothing seems to last very long there.

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No, I don't remember that car incident. I don't venture back there lol. As for as the what used to be where the park is, It stayed vacant for a long time, but when I was little, it was a mini shopping strip center. One of the businesses was a beauty salon that was owned by one of my mom's friends. This was way back in the late 70's to early 80's. In fact, if you go to Google Earth, you can do a history and see when this area was just a field....circa 1943. : ) I was curious about it too.

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I have foggy memories of it being a restaurant called Kips Big Boy. It was cool because of the 'Big Boy' statue in the front holding a hamburger lol. This was way back in the 70's.

As for that other area, I only remember it being a 'Kings' building with various things through the years. Mostly food. Nothing seems to last very long there.

Ang, I went to that Kip's, as a kid, was probably late '60's, early '70's. There was a pharmacy down the street I remember going into once, and an auto body shop with a huge neon sign, had a microscope with car on slide, kind of sign. Was very large! Anyone remember that? I think the sign was on that street. May be mistaken.

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