Lone Star Auto on Broadway St. (San Antonio, TX)

16Apr12

Second in the Abandoned Car Lots Photo Project Series: Lone Star Auto on Broadway St.  Broadway is a main thoroughfare, which stretches between San Antonio’s Downtown – The Alamo! The Riverwalk! – to Alamo Heights, an upscale neighborhood/mini-town with its own police force and school district. Between the two is an area once dominated by large manufacturing plants, and now occupied by working class folks left in the wake of their closing. With little, other business to support the area, the city is now working to fill this “economic gap,” and much revitalization (gentrification?) with restaurants, mixed use commercial space, and high-end urban living spaces is steadily cropping up.  The car lot sits here, and has been vacant since December 2009.

Lone Star Auto: Locked Business

As far as these mega-sales auto places go, the Lone Star Auto Lot is small. The sales lot, which houses a showroom/sales building and parts warehouse, occupies a city block.

Show Building Profile

Parts Are To The Left

Bits and pieces of once festive banner-flags wave from their original places.

Banner Decorations Remain

The location of this place has made it a refuge to some homeless. The awesome remains of this car wash offers shelter and places to hang and store goods.

Car Wash : Sleeping Shelter

The former body shop is on a lot separate from the sales area, and is set back from Broadway’s traffic, making it especially prime for the homeless. I met a guy, camped out reading, while another woman slept under the shade of the awning. I did not take their pictures for respect of their privacy.

Shade of Body Shop Office

More Shelter

This site really begs a lot of questions for me about city development and how to re-purpose these spaces. They must be re-purposed, right??

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