Friday, February 5, 2016

Changing Montrose: The transformation of Lower Westheimer

With time comes change ... 


EMPTY LOT PROLIFERATION AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS ON LOWER WESTHEIMER 

The Psychic's haunt was demolished to make room for a more expansive empty lot 
Excavator and bulldozer on lot next to Indika at 516 Westheimr 
Cat clinic with a rubbish pile and brownfield 
George at 219 Westheimer lost his neighbor to the West 
223 Westheimer Rd Houston TX - Lot for sale after demolition
223 Westheimer Rd. next to Georges Bistro: Lot for sale with pile of bricks 
Another old one went up in flames last year 
Letting grass grow over it: site where the villa burned next to Jus Mac 

ruggles was here once 
The Ruggles Green site has finally found a new purpose:
Overflow parking for the Burger Joint and Aladdin's (on the parts of the unpaved lot that are not under water) 
NEW CONSTRUCTION 

New construction next to La Fendee, apparently residential  


La Fendee is about to get a new neighbor in the West 
TRANSFORMATION 


From Planthouse to Italian Steaks 

Shell of a Plant House 
The bistecca reincarnation  
Sole survivor in Mango's fenced backyard  
From Mango to Biscuits 



Awaiting the Arrival of the Biskit Junkies 
The lady behind bars is history,
and no, she didn't escape 



From red horse in two dimensions 
to golden horse in three


El Tiempo on Lower Westheimer 
From Poly to Mono 

1416 Westheimer has lost its luster: The murals are gone and new gallery is open
after the white-wash 
The new apparently color-averse occupant (safe for the blue carpet): SUGA Gallery 

From Space to Pile on the Ground  

Densely arranged satellite communications junk  
Space City no more 
Since this pic was taken: Gaslight Gallery replaced, Space City gone, next building to the East demolished. with new construction under way

MATTRASSIFICATION 



From Holiday Foods and Custom Boots 
to Firm Mattresses on Helena's corner 



Before and after PRO and FIRM: 
The SW corner of Westheimer and Montrose prior to reoccupation by the mattress duo (above), and in its current state of blissful mattressification (below)     



And an Emergency Room next door 



  CITY INFRASTRUCTURE WORK



A small-gauge water piping project is in the pipeline 

SPACE FOR LEASE OR OTHERWISE VACANT 

The Year of the Radical's Demise 
No more radical Eats: Along with the plates, the parking got liberated  
Bombshell on corner of Stanford Street defused, building de-signed

 The old house next to the new poscol (or corner with Stanford)
 has been on the market for months, beckoning information seekers   
Fostering speculation: For rent, for sale, or for what?
Google Maps as an entry for "Gods & Monsters"
609 Westheimer in 2014 prior to transformation into (relocated) poscol
The rehabbed neighbor is barely recognizeable in its new life as a restaurant
609 Westheimer in 2014 prior to transformation into (relocated) poscol 
1614 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 Space for Lease sign
1614 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

The last of the Wish Warehouse - Posted for lease for many months, without apparent success  
Wish Warehouse on Lower Westheimer prior to closure 1614 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Wish Warehouse next to Buffalo Exchange on Lower Westheimer prior to closure 1614 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 


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