Back in January of this year Russ posted a great forward looking item that predicted, among other things, that "the area on the east side of the railroad tracks, near Howard Avenue and near Bayswater Avenue will see some of the auto related uses disappear and housing or offices appear in their place."
Yesterday, eagle-eyed blogger Pete Garrison sent me a photo of John Lam in his Smog All shop that is co-located with the Olde English Garage that many know as Coast gas operated by Jaguar Bob (see the first photo in the January post). The reason was that Pete was John's last smog inspection and the end has finally come for this independent station. We have known is was coming. Gas sales ceased about a year and a half ago (along with full-service, remember "full service")? The good news is Jaguar Bob is moving over to California Dr., so all you Olde Englishmen can still tap his expertise. Nonetheless, it merits a post and a pic. End of an era.
Every vehicle I took to John passed. True Gems of B'game. Three stories of retail/office space are apparently on the way.