Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - The Year in Review



THE SKY-TUB SUSPENSE 


CHRONICLING THE DECLINE OF THE CHRONICLE  





THE COMING OF THE SKYHOUSE CLONES 


THE MOST REMARKABLE CONVERSION
UNDER THE GOLDEN SPIKE  

From first church to premier club 

YEAR-ROUND CONSTRUCTION CRANE GALORE 





THE MOST ENDURING EYESORE 

Former Day's Inn, abandoned, 
awaiting redevelopment dollars infusion 

CULINARY CONCEPT CREATIVITY AT THE ZENITH 



Honey Art, Dizzy Cacti, Tamale Dogs, and Halal Tex-Mex 



THE YEAR OF THE EPHEMERAL AND SEMI-EPHEMERAL STREET ART 









New murals on Jensen Drive at TBH (2016)

THE TOWNHOUSIFICATION AND APARTMENTIFICATION 
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS 


The railroad tracks that separate the East End from Downtown 


Hotel Con, formerly known as iconic

FROM ICON TO CON 


Mischievous Rebranding? ... Vandalism with a tad of humor? 


HOTEL ICON IN 2016

Corner of Congress and Main - Hotel Icon (Jan 2016)
Corner of Congress and Main - Hotel Icon (Jan 2016)  

Hotel Icon with Clock Tower - Travis Street Downtown Historic District
Hotel Icon with Clocktower - Travis at Congress (Sep 2016) 
Main Street Corridor - Kiam Building (dark purple) - Hotel Icon
Main Street Corridor - Kiam Building (dark purple) - Hotel Icon 

Hotel Icon seen in the distance from Market Square Park (April 2016)
Hotel Icon seen in the distance from Market Square Park (April 2016) 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Byrd's Building on corner of Main and Prairie now sports button-shaped red-and-white LOCAL Foods logo



LOCAL FOODS getting ready to open
in former GEORGIA'S MARKET corner space on Main and Prairie 

919 Prairie / 420 Main St. 

Not only is it a prominent corner space, with entrance on the corner, it's also multi-level, with an open flight of stairs in the interior. Uninstalled stairs below during buildout earlier in 2016.

Restaurant space buildout under way at 919 Prairie at Main (March 2016 photo)
BUTLER-COHEN signage at restaurant build-out on Main
A BUTLER-COHEN PROJECT - Dec 28, 2016 status: Stairs installed, furniture arriving 
919 Prairie - Byrd's Department Store (inscription at entrance on Prairie) 

Byrd's Lofts and State National Building seen from the South (Prairie St)(April 2016 photo)
Byrd's Lofts and State National Building seen from the South (Prairie Street)(April 2016 photo)

The former Byrd's Department Store Building dates from the 1930s and is now known as Byrd's Lofts. It is a historic landmark, with greens on the roof. The architect was Joseph Finger,

Main at Prairie with Aris Apartment Tower rising in background (August 2016 pic) 

BELOW: ARCHIVAL PIC OF GEORGIA'S MARKET AT 919 PRAIRIE 
(FORMER BYRD'S DEPARTMENT STORE BUILDING) 

Downtown location of Georgia's Market in February 2012
Downtown location of Georgia's Market in February 2012 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Alcaliente aiming to make a killing with round-the-clock halal cantina besos


Looks like the Dizzy Kaktus just got competition
in the Über-unique concept category 


Not to mention eclectic, appealing to palates of varying persuasions.

Now open: El Beso, brought to a diverse market by ALCALIENTE HOUSTON LLC:
Serving Tex-Mex and Halal meats 24 hours and not even kissing the 59 Diner breakfast tradition good bye forever. Just Elvis.


The Halal Guys must be fuming
Now, it's not just a contest for parking spaces, but one over culinary territory
and market segments







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