Q: Why is this blog called csroadsandretail, when I see so much that isn't College Station or retail?
It's an artifact name, like how MTV isn't really "music television" anymore. For a while this site was named "In, Around, and About Brazos Valley", and there may still be references hanging around there in reference to that fact.
Q: So tell me about Brazos Buildings & Businesses. What's it about?
I created this website in 2010 to showcase the roads and retail about my town (hence, that's why the URL is csroadsandretail), until I expanded it to general history and a greater focus on buildings.
Most of the information here is either what I remember or what I've researched. I have used photos here that are not my own and should not be credited to me.
Q: Are there any errors in this blog? (or, "I noticed an error in your blog!")
I try to make this as error-free if possible: if you notice an inconsistency of what really happened, leave a comment, and I'll correct it. A few people claim that this is riddled with errors, but that's a few people.
Q: Do you make any money from this site?
No. I never made a dime off of it.
Q: Didn't there used to be a forum?
Yeah, but it never took off. I think it maybe had 2 members besides me. I had in mind this grand idea to displace MyBCS as the premier site for College Station and its popularity to outstrip even the main blog. Well, that never happened unfortunately. I never took the forum down, but it's defunct for all intents and purposes.
Q: Can I send you a guest article?
Click here for more information. Due to the blog being closed, I'm not going to post it immediately, but as things cool off, maybe.
Q: How long have you lived in the area?
Not super-long, but the clues are there.
Q: There was an article here prior to 2013, what happened to it?
This happened a lot in the 2013 revamp. The only ones gone were really bad and outdated. A few were changed after that, but stuff doesn't get removed anymore.
Q: Hey! When you were reviewing [Article X] you left out [Tenant Y].
I know that some of the buildings I review do have gaps in them. There are going to be things that are skipped over if I don't know or can back them up. In the meantime, leave a comment and we can fix it.
Q: Can I request you cover something?
No. Officially, the blog is closed to new entries, with the main activity being updates to legacy entries. However, I could tell you about it through email.
Q: How do I cite this stuff for a school paper?
Email me and we'll go from there.
Q: Do you remember [x]/Can you look up [x] for me?
A few people have asked me specific questions, most of which have been answered or discussed in private emails. Give me a few days...
Q: Why do some posts cover multiple buildings, while others don't?
It was a result of flip-flopping over several years. Sometimes it was "here's a street, let's examine all the disparate businesses on it", sometimes it was "here is a very specific building", and a bunch in between. The current system tends to favor single-building posts but that's not always the case, usually when the building is not really significant to cover separately, like the defunct Shell station being thrown in with the Whataburger post. There was also a time when I attempted to cover houses (this was in the phase I was trying to emulate Arch-ive, and even discussed a merger at one point), that went over like a lead balloon.
Q: Isn't most of this stuff on TexAgs/MyBCS?
When this blog was younger, a lot of stuff did come from MyBCS/TexAgs posts. In all cases, it's credited, and most of the modern stuff cannot be found elsewhere easily. It's not like they actually read it, though.
Q: There should be a map that covers this blog's contents...
Tried that. It took a long time to do, especially when the blog was in it's growing years. I later tried to pick it up again, but it was really boring, and I didn't think it would pull anymore traffic in.
Q: What's your real name?
A few people know my real name, but I don't publicize it.
Q: I'd like to run the blog!
I approached several people about running the blog after I left (this was several months ago), but no one stepped forward. If you want to actually run it, contact me, and send samples of your work. As co-editor, you'll receive access to unpublished photos and can redesign the site.
Q: Why are there two indexes?
In December 2014, I closed the blog as I felt I had dedicated too much of my time to the blog and wanted to end it at a time when I was preparing to move (and the demolition of Kyle Field felt like a fitting transition point to the College Station as I knew it). When things didn't work out, I realized there was still more to be done about the blog and a lot of the posts were sorely out of date, and I was unhappy with the format on a lot of them. Thus began the quest of redoing things again. Some posts were trimmed and renamed, some were merged, and others were changed around. Ultimately, the second list will get smaller and hopefully disappear.
last updated June 2017