tskev wrote:The Native American cultural center is located at 3103-3105 Troost. It is not owned by the Herrons but by a nonprofit called Tycor Community Development Corp. The head of that board recently passed away, so the status of that building is uncertain. If you look at it from a birds' eye view, the back half of that building is a giant shed/shanty town. There has been talk of tearing that part off to create more parking for the block. Maybe building a new garage has been discussed, though I haven't quite heard that. But I'm assuming that is what yeliab is referring to.
A few years ago, in 2004 or 2005, I went to a show in the psuedo auditorium space in that building. The building appears to be split in two: there is the older building to the south of Reconciliation Services, there is the seeminlgly 1950s or 1960s addition of a small interior shopping mall, which was infilled around the old building, to the south and east. This is the 'shantytown' as best as I can tell. To access the auditorium, you had to go in the small infill entrance to the south, on Troost, and walk around to the back to the windowless (and sweltering in the summer) space. Inside the main corridor are storefronts that appear to resemble a small interior mall, filled with junk. I'm guessing these interior shops were abandoned when this stretch of Troost was disinvested in during the late 1960s and into the 1980s, but it would make sense considering that there used to be a JC Penny, Jones Store, Movie Theater, and many other retail establishments on this stretch into the early 1970s.