Thursday, September 28, 2017

Too Much Of It

(Image via KGNS Facebook feed.)

The Rio Grande filled up nicely with the rain we've had over the last several days.  The Chacon Creek has also risen, but not enough to overwhelm the overpasses in south Laredo.  Traffic has not been interrupted on S. Meadow.

Reports to the La Sanbe news headquarters stated that the 3 Points Interchange was closed Tuesday night because of flooding in the area.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Two Buildings Torn Down

Apartment complex on the corner of Loring Ave. and Guadalupe, fenced off for demolition on July 16 of this year.

On the Guadalupe side of the complex were the sites of businesses.  The corner location was a salon right before it was shut down.  Photo from July 23.

Demolition is almost complete: August 2, 2017.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Agriculture Garden At Canseco Property

I took these photos on August 27, 2017.

The city is moving forward with the installation of community gardens at the decrepit dilapidated historic Canseco home site on the corner of Chihuahua and Seymour/Loring Ave.  The City of Laredo bought the property in July of last year.  District 3 Councilman Alex Perez mentioned turning the house into a museum or coffee house, as well as putting in a garden for the public to enjoy.

It's my understanding that, with any construction project, the landscaping is the last thing to go in.  My councilman is apparently working backwards here.

Laredo knows a thing or two about growing local.  There are definitely some natives that have their own plots of edibles.  And the downtown farmers market is undoubtedly encouraging that type of endeavor.  But my skepticism with the Canseco COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL GARDEN plan is that it will be a passing thing.  I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see private citizens tending their plots, on city property, on a regular basis.

This project is going to take a lot of TLC.  It's going to need the right conditions, a lot of attention, and dedicated gardeners with a little know-how in regards to growing food.  I sincerely hope I'm wrong in that this will be a phase that Laredoans will eventually give up.

Alex Perez has one more year to go before he terms out.  This Canseco debacle project may be his swan song, of sorts; his final accomplishment from which to hang his hat from.

This writer will surely keep tabs on this District 3 saga.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Heavy Equipment In Laredo

Was out cruising the streets of Laredo and I came across this scene: a crane standing idle near the corner of Convent and Matamoros on September 6.

Not sure exactly what it was doing there, but I did see a man lowering something by hand from the Hamilton Hotel.  Could it be that the antenna is coming down?

UPDATE: July 7, 2019

El Metro bus on Convent and Matamoros.  (courtesy photo)  Part of the Western Auto sign is on the right side.