|Decommissioned Day's Inn|
There is breaking news; there is daily news; there is old news; and there is the opposite of news, though the latter category lacks a proper descriptive term. Olds would seem the logical opposite of news, but wouldn't that be odd? Let's call the antonym anything-but-news, nonstories, or non-news of the year. Objects in the urban environment that just sit there, attracting no media attention at all, nor even a quirky neighborhood blogger's raised eyebrow, not to mention serious thought or discussion. But all the while they are there ... a quotidian presence. Undisturbed relics of the past that are biding their time after retirement from active use, and weather-proofing at best. A few interested parties may be speculating, but even such speculation is likely to be imperceptible; - of the wait-and-see sort of sitting on one's assets. Newsworthy? - Anything but. Not until something actually happens. Like a sale, an impending demolition, or a redevelopment plan that spawns signs on the ground, and arrival of construction crews. If it does.
The former Day's Inn on the southern rim of Downtown is a textbook example. More storied hotels of times long gone have bitten the dust. (--> Ben Milam Demolition). Not this one. Which has the dubious distinction of remaining the most conspicuous eyesore on the Downtown horizon. Ghostly. With latent haunted-house potential for Halloween. With a bit of morbid imagination anyhow. Or perhaps a suitable canvas for a screening of Hitchcock's The Birds on one of its side walls. Such a theatrical repurposing might actually make for a newsworthy story, and would justify more than a blog post in the nature of a gapfiller. A gapfiller of the nothing-better-on-offer-today genre, accompanied by a few images of urban decay on the edge of the Downtown construction frenzy.
|The Birds are here - Bring on Hitchcock|
|Completely de-airconditioned and partially de-glassed hotel cubbyholes|
Abandoned hotel history in reverse chronological order: Heaven on Earth Inn / Days Inn / Holiday Inn. Also see --> Downtown Houston Eyesores 2013 edition
(featuring demolished and revitalized Downtown properties)