1990s Weird Tour of Houston


Strings of beer can lids are hardly typical house and garden ornaments. Buildings do not usually emit or transmit sound. Nor does a neighborhood generally continue scrap metal welded into a paean to fruit.

But all these oddities exist in Houston. They are stirs of individualism and humor in a city filled with buildings that dwarf its inhabitants. Forget the Astrodome, the Gallery, even the latest tourist magnet, the water wall at the Transco [now Williams] Tower. Lurking in inner-city neighborhoods are scores of human-scaled delights -- some whimsical, some downright odd.

Show me! / Take me back!

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