More Corpus Christi, More Flood Memories, 365 by Whole Foods Market

The only house left standing on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

The only house left standing on North Beach after the 1919 hurricane.

HISTORY 1: Already plenty of pro and con coming in on book about Corpus Christi. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “Lessoff is unswervingly fair. He doesn’t point fingers or assign guilt. Yet he makes it clear that Corpus has squandered opportunity after opportunity, especially in those years since an elite group of mostly Anglo businessmen ran the city from the 1920s to the 1960s. A necessary and salutary diffusion of power followed, but consensus has been fleeting. Preserve historic buildings in context, as Galveston and San Antonio did, or bulldoze them and start over? Run a major thoroughfare along the bayfront, or make it more amenable to tourists and pedestrians? Cluster civic buildings on the bay? Or maybe on the bluff? Or somewhere in between, as urban designers have urged? Corpus Christians can’t even agree on whether explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda named the bay because he arrived there on the Feast of Corpus Christi. (Lessoff finds no evidence to confirm the popular notion.)”

HISTORY 2: My column today contained this memory of dislocation during the Memorial Day 1981 floods: “Earlier this week, we shared in print one person’s vivid memories from the 1981 Memorial Day flood. We pointed readers to many more stories about that more distant cataclysm collected at I thought the following note from Tina Jackson takes a point of view not represented by those who went through direct experiences with rising waters. Jackson’s brief story, however, represents the sense of dislocation many others recall from local disasters. “I feel rather guilty about my experience, to tell you the truth,” Jackson writes. “I was 27 years old, living in an old two-story frame house at 705 West 11th St., where I was paying a whopping $125 a month rent. I had entered my weekend with the simple joy of having three days off from work, and without television, radio or phone at the time, I was blissfully unaware of the chaos just down the hill on North Lamar Boulevard. …”

BUSINESS & FOOD: Whole Foods’ new value chain to be called “365 by Whole Foods Market.” Taken from Claudia Grisales story in the Statesman: “Austin-based Whole Foods Market unveiled the name of its value brand chain early Thursday, saying the new concept will called “365 by Whole Foods Market. The moniker draws from the company’s in-house brand, 365 Everyday, which will feature prominently in the new stores slated to be launched next year. Whole Foods also launched a new website for the effort,, on Thursday. The organic foods giant also said it named their regional president for the company’s United Kingdom market, Jeff Turnas, as the new president of the new enterprise.”

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