Once popular Houston shopping destination now riddled with violations

Channel 2 Investigates finds people living inside the crumbling Westbury Square

What's up with Westbury Square?
What's up with Westbury Square?

HOUSTON – It was once a Houston shopper’s dream. Now, southwest Houston’s Westbury Square is dilapidated and some said a collection of dangerous buildings.

Westbury Square in its Heyday

“It was very exotic, the Chinese shop, the glassblowers and the candle shop,” said Cathy Miles, a longtime resident of the Westbury neighborhood.

It was a retail marvel -- known for its European design and unconventional shops.

“Freddy Fender used to play at the Village Inn,” Miles said.

But, the buzz of activity these days is different.

“The community feels this is the biggest scar in the area,” said neighborhood resident Bill Burhans.

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Fountain in the Plaza as seen in a postcard.

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