Mar 16, 2013 | 11:00 am
Beckett’s existential tragicomedy Happy Days concerns itself with the plight of Winnie, a middle-class, middle-aged woman who is quite literally stuck, buried to her waist in crusted earth. Her husband Willie lives in a hole behind her mound, physically and emotionally out of reach. Even in his company she is essentially alone.
Armed with a shopping bag of everyday items and routines, a series of half-remembered stories, songs, and prayers, and a heroic capacity for optimism, Winnie presses through an endless series of unforgiving days to the merciful night to come. The bell rings again and when the blazing sun comes charging back, she is buried up to her neck. Her last resources depleted, her arms and body sunk and gone, her predicament is irreversible, hellish, seemingly eternal. Through it all she perseveres, struggling with that which remains to make real her impossibly hopeful exclamation: “Oh this will be another happy day!”
tuning up the triangle
At nearly 63 years old, Bellaire’s first shopping center is in need of an update. Now, a Texas company is stepping in to give the Bellaire Triangle, developed in 1959, a refresh.
Dallas-based Shop Companies is teaming up with MC Management & Development, which owns and developed Bellaire Triangle for a multi-phase renovation to the venerable shopping center.
The renovation is slated to begin in late 2022, according to Shop Companies.
Design focus will highlight both original designs, married with new public art installations from local talent. A centerpiece of the makeover will be the restoration of the open-air arcade between the two main buildings, meant to provide a relaxing, naturally-lit space during daytime shopping activity and a warm social gathering spot for area residents and families in the evenings.
Extra attention will be also be placed on landscaping for open-air dining, shopping, and lounging.
“We have approached this project with history in mind,” said MC Management’s Dan Meyer in a statement. “The new design will expose many of the Triangle’s original architectural elements including steel columns, brick parapet walls and bright accent colors, all of which were typical of the ’50s era.”
So named in part due to its strategic location between three major streets — Bellaire Boulevard to the north, Chimney Rock to the west, and Bissonnet Street to the south — the Triangle shopping center encompasses some four acres and more than 70,000 square feet.