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Old 12-10-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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It appears this project is still on:

Developers cautiously proceed with Katy Main Street project | Katy News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Here is a layout of the project:

http://instantnewskaty.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/1210-katy-main-street-ka.jpg (broken link)
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Houston
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fancy strip mall
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:46 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Sure is, but this is good for that area. You know it wasn't going to sit vacant for long. Wonder what the tenants will be.
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Well shucks, I was thinking a REAL Katy Main Street, a la Old Town Spring!
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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Well shucks, I was thinking a REAL Katy Main Street, a la Old Town Spring!
I agree with you mom... HA, I called you mom.

The state has the audacity to have an exit sigh on I10 that indicates 'DOWNTOWN KATY'! Yet another one elsewhere that says 'HISTORIC DISTRICT' or similar.

In all seriousness, the city is trying to build up Katy and have made improvements for sure. However, if I were a stranger passing through and I went to "downtown" Katy, I'd have to say it sucks, there is no downtown.

Instead of cafes, watering holes, restaurants, pubs, the typical small town novelty stores, we have churches on almost every corner. Not that there is anything wrong with churches, but it just does not lend itself to a small downtown atmosphere. There are really no old structures, brick buildings, theaters, etc. that you might find in small towns.

What I'd like to see is new construction in "downtown" Katy, but made to look as if it was there for a hundred years. Nice brick buildings, lofts, etc. 'Just my opinion though, I'm sure others may find it to be nice the way it is.
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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There actually is a Downtown Katy. I'm not sure on the exact directions, but we use to go to the Library there.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I agree with you mom... HA, I called you mom.

The state has the audacity to have an exit sigh on I10 that indicates 'DOWNTOWN KATY'! Yet another one elsewhere that says 'HISTORIC DISTRICT' or similar.

In all seriousness, the city is trying to build up Katy and have made improvements for sure. However, if I were a stranger passing through and I went to "downtown" Katy, I'd have to say it sucks, there is no downtown.

Instead of cafes, watering holes, restaurants, pubs, the typical small town novelty stores, we have churches on almost every corner. Not that there is anything wrong with churches, but it just does not lend itself to a small downtown atmosphere. There are really no old structures, brick buildings, theaters, etc. that you might find in small towns.

What I'd like to see is new construction in "downtown" Katy, but made to look as if it was there for a hundred years. Nice brick buildings, lofts, etc. 'Just my opinion though, I'm sure others may find it to be nice the way it is.
Agreed. Actually, Old Town Spring moved a lot of those cute little houses in from other areas so that they'd blend in with the structures that were existing. Katy could do the same thing as well, and bring in another MKT caboose like the one they have at the baseball field/park.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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Mom,

When was the last time you were in Katy proper? I'd say a long time since that caboose has been moved over a year now from the baseball park. It now resides on 1st and Ave A, where it belongs, right across from the rail road tracks on the north side.

I went in there to check it out once, nice photos of what used to be in Katy. The last passenger service was in 1967 I believe. It was originally located a little further east where the fertilizer place is on 1st street, on the tracks of course.

Believe it or not, Katy had many buildings, saloons, banks, hotels, etc. The storm of 1900 that wiped out Galveston also brought the 'ugly' side of the hurricane right smack to Katy. It literally wiped out Katy, that is why you don't see any old structures. Not even the old trees you see now are original, it was mostly fields. The nice oaks were planted about 50 years ago.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Oh is that right?!? Well, you can see I don't get out much, I have a 9 month old and a 3 year old. LOL!

I remember hearing about Katy and the town of Addicks both being innundated with water during a 1930's-40's hurricane as well, prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to wipe out an evacuated Addicks with a controlled flood from the dam that was built. The Addicks Reservoir apparently used to be the town of Addicks. The Cemetery was moved to its current location at Hwy 6 & Patterson Rd, and the Church (Addicks United Methodist Church) was moved to its current location at Hwy 6 and Park Row. Beautiful little church and until about 10-15 years ago, services were still conducted in German.

We have so much history. We like to cover it, tear it down, and build around it. Houston is just one big version of The Little House. The question is, what do we do to save what we have so it doesn't fall victim to progress?
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:15 AM
 
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You are talking about the Blue Light Cemetery. Yes, not only was there a church right next to it, but the whole area was a little thriving community almost 200 years ago now (Addicks). There is documented history there. It's Federal property now, so no one is supposed to be in there. I've always wanted to take a metal detector to the area, I'm sure there are lots of treasures waiting to be found.
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