Bulldozers at the Gate

Houston fiddles while its architectural and cultural heritage disappears

Mrs. Vazquez has lived on Kane Street for 40 years. She had been ill but was due to come home from the hospital the following day. As a sort of welcome-home gift, Morin and friends repaired the brick pathway to her door that had been upset by the roots of an old hickory tree.

Al Morin wants to capture the Old Sixth Ward's past.
Deron Neblett
Al Morin wants to capture the Old Sixth Ward's past.

Morin shifts in his seat and nods through the branches of his lemon tree to the house next door. "Nobody got anything out of it," he says. "What I got was an old woman who talks to her plants. But there's value in that."

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