Notice any differences between the view of the Wendy’s Drive-Thru at the corner of Kirby Dr. and North Blvd. taken yesterday (at top) and a similar image (above) taken this morning? Well, sure, there’s a new construction fence up, and some of the heavy machinery’s been moved around. But you might also note the sudden disappearance of 6 or 7 mature oak trees lining the streets surrounding the restaurant. How did they vanish so quickly? Tree-removal crews worked very quickly, overnight (see photo above left). Here’s another before-and-after comparison:
Further to the east, the oaks lining North Blvd. (and its neighbor, South Blvd.) constitute one of Houston’s most-photographed residential-area attractions. All but one of the oaks lining the Wendy’s were on North Blvd. All of them appear to have been in the public right-of-way.
The earlier shots were included in Swamplot’s report yesterday on the expansion plans of Wendy’s neighbor to the south, Goode’s Armadillo Palace. Demolition work on the Wendy’s is part of a renovation plan, and is not connected to Goode Company’s plans. A redone (and far less leafy) Wendy’s is expected to open again in a few weeks.
Photos: Swamplot inbox