Friday, August 26, 2016

Forensic job almost completed

At least the exterior part of the undertaking 
New county morgue facility (Aug 2016 photo)
Project sign for new building to house the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Project sign for new building to house the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
(County Medical Examiner's Office) 

View from Bertner Ave. 
Old Spanish Trail (OST) at Bertner Ave. - New Building of Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
(Aug 25, 2016) 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Texas Children's Getting Taller


Status of upwards expansion as of Aug 25, 2016
Texas Children's Hospital 
New tower rising: Texas Children's Hospital is adding floors 
Panoramic view from Pressler Street:
TMC Transit Center on the left (Metro Light Rail stop and Metro bus station) - Texas Women's University - Texas Children's Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 

TMC West - New highrise construction status (Aug 25, 2016)






UT HEALTH - BANKS OF THE BRAYS BAYOU 

With Hatch-A-Palooza party over, Central Market Now Calling All Food Groupies



Palmed Central Market 
Just don't enter 
Electric security on the parking grounds; office building with adjoining garage and new residential tower on Weslayan in the distance

THE HATCH-A-PALOOZA PARTY IS OVER 



Patio of under-renovation Central Market during Hatch Festival Aug 12-23, 2016
Patio of under-renovation Central Market during Hatch Festival Aug 12-23, 2016

From King of Prussia to Highland Village: Lilly Pulitzer

HIGHLAND VILLAGE ANNO 2016 


If you think the King of Prussia is dead, don't think again, click this link: King of Prussia is whence Lilly Pulitzer hails, for that's where the women's clothes and accessories company's HQ is located. In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Lilly Pulitzer will soon open a brick-and-mortar store at Highland Village, and both remodel work and hiring is on, as the pics below attest. 


The Palm Tree Alley segment of Westheimer in Highland Village with shops to the left and the right (and X-mas lighting all year long at night). Restoration Hardware ahead left center.  
LILLY COMING: NOW HIRING TOO 
DONALD J PLINER 4033 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Coming soon: Lilly Pulitzer cozying up to Donald J Pliner, a footwear purveyor; Starbucks right front  





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Real non-estate hotspot news: Richwood Girl with Sombrero is back with more of what she does best

EXTRA, EXTRA, BREAKING NEWS.


No, it's not another 22-year realtor caught in flagranti in a house that just went off market (but not off the radar of observant neighbors and the peering eyes of the law). Nor is it about smoke emanating from the pits at the Talk-of-Town-to-Barbie conversion. It's all about La Tapatia today. Swamplot has it that she is back from her smoke break. Ready to give the masses what the masses really want: margaritas, not mug shots.

A few weeks ago, things got so smoking hot she had to close the kitchen and take a break 

Below, a couple of archival glimpses taken during the intermission.
Open-door advisory: Temporarily closed due to "small fire" 

Beating the Heat: Unfortunately, the Margaritas did not do the trick.
They had to call the Fire Department. Good thing it is that the firemen are stationed on the same block; -- on the corner with Dunlavy. 

La Tapatia's lot after the fire is  being deserted, save for the folks attending to the fire damage.  
HFD STATION 16 - ARCHIVAL PICS 

City of Houston Fire Station 16 in Montrose with flags
HFD Fire Station 16 
Ladder Truck from Fire Station 16 heading East on Richmond Ave (archival pic from 2015)


Tattoo no longer Taboo: Body Art Shops of varying degrees of scariness run the gamut from Sacred Heart through Scorpions to Secret Assassins

TATTOO RAMPAGE  ALONG LOWER WESTHEIMER 

Rampage Tattoo  1425 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 Cloud 9 Smokeshop
Rampage Tattoo  1425 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 Cloud 9 Smokeshop 
Secret Tattoo 1508 Westheimer Road -  Houston, TX 77006 Montrose
Secret Tattoo 1508 Westheimer Road -  Houston, TX 77006 Montrose 
713 Tattoo Parlour 1533 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
713 Tattoo Parlour 1533 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 
Scorpion Studios 1401 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Scorpion Studios 1401 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 
Assassin Tattoo Houston 604 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Assassin Tattoo Houston 604 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Sacred Heart Tattoo on Lower Westheimer at Taft St 
Houston Ink Society Tattoo Co 1639 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Houston Ink Society Tattoo Co 1639 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Shaw's Tattoos & Hollywood Food & Cigars on corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy
Shaw's Tattoos & Hollywood Food & Cigars on corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy 
Shaw's Tattoo Studio 1660 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 at Dunlavy
Shaw's Tattoo Studio 1660 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 at Dunlavy
next to demarcated Mark's (black signage-less wall in pic) 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No longer Strictly Golf, nor much else. - Just vacant, awaiting the next boom in Upper Kirby

2622 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098


Signs of excess retail store space capacity in Upper Kirby 
It's not the only store that's shuttered. Ashly's Fine Rugs, for example, lingered long, but is now finally gone. 


 Vacant for more than half a year, and then some 

Vacant Retail space in Upper Kirby 2622 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
Store space in Upper Kirby 2622 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098 
Strictly Golf store front in January 2012 (archival photo)
Strictly Golf storefront in January 2012 (archival photo) 

Demuralized on West Alabama - Bemoaning the destruction of another iconic H-Town themed tableau

Grand whitewash wipes out panorama of Houston architectural icons from the past and the recent present, along with painted-in tribute to blue-panted but not blue-collared artisans 

Mural at Pittsburth Paints Store on W Alabama before destruction

Not just faded; - gone: The H-Town cityscape theme mural on the East-facing wall of the Pittsburgh Paints Store on West Alabama next to Bollo Pizza. Photos from before and after the whitewash, above and below, respectively. 
 2220 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
Pittsburgh's West Alabama heritage wiped out and painted over 
PPG Pittsburgh Paints: Still into selling paints, after stripping the multichromatic vibrancy off its own wall, exuding a saddening sense of striped blues. -- Go figure.

bollo pizza and bar on West Alabama Street at Greenbriar

BELOW: MURALISTIC RETROSPECTIVE 

Detail of Orange Show Mural depicting Downtown Houston skyscrapers and landmark pylon sign of  the Alabama Theater
(on S. Shepherd, now Trader Joe's(Nov 2015 photo) 
Full spread of The Orange Show Mural in Nov 2015 
Area denizens and preservationists should have given a hoot and campaigned against the whitewash. At least the Owl across the street still adds quality to the neighborhood, now with sidewalk landscaping in flowery hues to complement the lush well-watered grass after the ample rainfalls. 


Owl Bar patio with seasonal red and white dots on the green strip out front 
Also see older post on --> Murals we Lost (archival pics)


Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos
thumbnails of blog post pics Summer 2015

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics
2015 Jan-Feb Pics Posted