1978: Watkins Sundries & Club Bar, 601-607 E. Douglas. Wichita's "skid row" got a facelift in the 1970s with the demolition of this row of dilapidated storefronts. This block was also once home to Moody's Skidrow Beanery, later known as The Vortex/Magic Theatre, which hosted a reading by poet Allen Ginsberg. (See Ginsberg's epic poem Wichita Vortex Sutra.) That building was torn down in 1969; these went nine years later. The lovely Naftzger Park was created here in 1979 and is still a picturesque favorite among Wichitans.