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Old 09-29-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Sharpstown Shopping Center: 50 years later | Bayou City History | a Chron.com blog

This is for the native Houstonians, some Old school pictures of Sharpstown Mall from the chronicle, before it turned into "Plaza Americas" aka a ghetto flea market.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Where nothing ever grows. No rain or rivers flow, Texas
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dude you have to put quotes around "ghetto"
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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This is for the native Houstonians, some Old school pictures of Sharpstown Mall
WOW! Thanks SO much! What great memories those photos brought back. My sister and friends and I used to "live" at that mall in the early 60's. It was the coolest place ever.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:17 PM
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Location: Houston
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I remember going there once as a kid and thinking it was such a cool mall because it was my first time seeing a two level mall. I'd only been to Willowbrook Mall prior to that.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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I remember going there once as a kid and thinking it was such a cool mall because it was my first time seeing a two level mall. I'd only een to Willowbrook Mall prior to that.

I'm not THAT young, but by the time I was "mall age," Sharpstown was already on the slide. Talking mid 80s. That area went up and down sooo fast
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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Nice history.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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Wow, this brought back so many memories for me. Thanks for posting the link, 14Bricks.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Default Hmmm...

From the Chron article: "Sharpstown Mall ceased to be when it was rebranded as PlazAmericas, its name reflecting the diversity of southwest Houston today."

Diversity. Really? Is that what it is called? PlazAmericas reflects, what, Japan? India? Whales? Australia? Political Correctness run amok.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Thank you for the post, I especially liked the picture from 1988.
I was just a child around that time, but I do remember living in the area (I was born at Sharpstown Hospital) and going to visit Sharpstown Mall on a regular basis.
There was a place called Physical Whimsical (I think it was inside the mall) that I would have a blast at.
I remember they had this scary (at the time) mirror maze that would freak me out.
I last went to the mall around 2003-2004, when I moved back to Houston, and it was just depressing to say the least.
And yes I agree that having a 99.9% Hispanic/Spanish-speaking clientele does not make a place "diverse".
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Inner Loop
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I hadn't gone to Sharpstown in maybe 8 years. Even when I went it was depressing. Never new it was this nice. The picture in the 80's made it look like a actual nice mall. When the name was changed to PlazAmericas, I knew it was over. Now I would never go back to it.
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