Here’s a view of the Wedge International parking garage at 777 Clay St. from across Polk St. taken yesterday. It’s not particularly notable — until you realize what’s no longer visible. For years, while a surface parking lot stood on the lot in the foreground, this was the scene of Houston’s most spectacular grid of auto headlights and taillights — changing daily, and screened from their cliff-like views at each level only by low, light-looking barriers of steel cables. (A closeup side view of the scene from last week, with a few levels already partially masked by new chain-link fencing, is shown at right.)
Construction began last month on a 16-story parking garage at 1311 Louisiana St., so yes, the extraordinary-but-ordinary view was already doomed. But 777 Clay garage parkers won’t get such a clear view of its towering new neighbor as it goes up — and passersby won’t be able to see any of the cars anymore — because all levels of the existing garage except for the top have now been screened with mesh-wrapped chain-link fencing.
Photos: Swamplot inbox