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Old Posted May 7, 2009, 10:05 PM
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General Houston Wanderings

Just some normal occurrences in March and April. To start, I left home and went to a Houston Symphony concert...














For a second, I thought I had left my ticket at home!!














Pennzoil Lobby... I've never really cared for the buildings from the outside, but the lobby/breezeway is pretty nice.














I wish you all could have heard it... very good concert!!




Downtown YMCA... soon to face the all-too-familiar bulldozer





Ok, so enough with downtown (ugh!!)... let's move on to Greater Third Ward























Fourth Ward... err uh... what's left of it















And to close... the East End


This area has been newly "christened" as EaDo (East Downtown)














Greater Eastwood (where we started)

























And that's all. Thanks for viewing!
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Old Posted May 8, 2009, 4:22 AM
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That Eastwood area looks sort of interesting. Is that where you live?

The ward where the boarded up houses are looks amazingly like parts of New Orleans. I'm assuming they're being razed so that more condos will go up. I guess there are pros and cons of that.

Nice photo set!
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Cool tour. I wish I could pack up that YMCA Building and move it to Austin.
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Cool tour. I wish I could pack up that YMCA Building and move it to Austin.
Yeah me too! It should be a crime to tear a building of that calibur down!
BTW great pics urbanactivistTX!
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That Eastwood area looks sort of interesting. Is that where you live?

The ward where the boarded up houses are looks amazingly like parts of New Orleans. I'm assuming they're being razed so that more condos will go up. I guess there are pros and cons of that.

Nice photo set!
yes, I live in Eastwood... the brick house in the first and last shot

Agreed... Houston and New Orleans used to have a lot more in common, but the personalities of the cities (one is obviously concerned with preservation, and the other lives "in the moment" to a fault) have caused them to go down very different paths.

It's almost laughable how time can play tricks on us... New Orleans had always been the larger city until the popularization of the automobile and freeway system...

1840 population of N.O.-- 102,193
1840 Houston-- est. 800 (the Republic of Texas did not conduct a census).

1940 N.O.-- 494,537
1940 HOU-- 384,514

1950 N.O.-- 570,445
1950 HOU-- 596,163
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Nice pics. I enjoyed your "wanderings", and also enjoyed seeing more Houston neighborhoods I haven't seen before.
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Great stuff. I've been interested in Houston for a little while. What strikes me the most about your photos is how similar the grass there looks to that in New Orleans. It makes sense if you look at a map, but it is still interesting to em.
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Why are they destroying the YMCA building?
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Why are they destroying the YMCA building?
They're building a new more modern Downtown YMCA!
Sometimes new isn't better
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Nice thread with the mix of pictures.
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Great stuff. I've been interested in Houston for a little while. What strikes me the most about your photos is how similar the grass there looks to that in New Orleans. It makes sense if you look at a map, but it is still interesting to em.
I think it's the same kind of grass - St. Augustine. As for vegetation, both cities have a lot of big oaks, but Houston has large areas of pine forest, and I don't believe New Orleans does (anyone know for sure?). And N.O. has large areas of cypress, but I haven't seen much around Houston. I know Houston seems to have palms all over, but I'm not sure about N.O.. Seems like it would, considering the coastal climate.
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Nice tour!
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