The Top Five Biggest Blights on the Houston Skyline
Houston gets a lot of negative publicity for things like sprawl, pollution and other problems common to urban areas short on zoning and long on business interests. Notable, however, is the downtown skyline, which, for all the issues our city faces, is one of the more distinctive features Houston has.
Photo by Jeff Balke See how nice that looks with nothing in the way?
Unfortunately, there are a few things that stand in the way of our collective view. These blights on the skyline, some easily solved, others not so much, stain an otherwise attractive portion of our not-always-that-attractive city.
Here are our top five blights on the Houston skyline.
5. Abandoned Buildings
Photo by joe_stephens_3
Most cities suffer from the scourge of developers who walk away from buildings only to leave them rotting. Many cannot be renovated and the exorbitant cost to have them demolished makes clearing room for another building or even a parking lot difficult. Two of the worst offenders are the former Central Square Apartments (2100 Travis) and the Savoy Hotel (1616 Main), the latter of the two an addition to the original hotel that was demolished in 2009.