|Where a single road is torn asunder, so too was a human being.|
|It's a ghost bike. It stands for this January incident in which a man was struck dead on the nearby bridge and thrown into the confluence of Brays and Buffalo Bayous.|
|Tap to expand. Ghost bike explainer screengrabbed from www.ghostbikes.org.|
|The Houston ghost bike map confirms the identity of the person and the hit-and-run circumstances of his death. |
I wonder why none of the deaths on the southeast side of town have been memorialized?
Also see Bike Houston for information on local efforts to reduce fatalities such as these.
Screengrabbed from Google.
|Those ghostly old warehouses that are sandwiched between the train tracks and the Houston Ship Channel are being torn down. View from East Navigation Blvd., which is lined with live oak trees such as the one in the shadowy foreground here. You can see a yellow excavator behind the tank car, as the end of this warehouse is removed.|
|One wall still standing. I was sorta hoping that at least one Jackie Chan-type movie would be filmed here before these unusual warehouses met with their demise.|
|One thing is clear - they are older than old, older than most other development in this area. This is a public domain pic of the Houston Ship Channel (available via the UH archives). The warehouses are those solid masses roughly in the center of the photo. That straight diagonal line you see to the left of the warehouses is East Navigation.|
|Unfortunately, the curator hasn't done such a great job of estimating the age of that photo, narrowing it down to a period of 106 years (duh). But with the north side of the channel still being partially forested (!!), the actual age could be closer to the first date than the second. This reference has a similar photograph (partially view-able in Google Books) suggesting it was taken around 1930.|
|Very roughly what the same view looks like today, showing full development all along Rio Buffalo. |
Tilted, screengrabbed, and rotated from Google Earth.
|Warehouses (center of photo) as seen in a recent photo on Google Earth.|
|Well, you could, but you wouldn't be very successful. |
Chan had a talent for identifying movie scene locations that were as exotic as they were decrepit. These old warehouses would certainly have fit that bill.