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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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East Arlington (Texas) Landscape Changes With New School Facilities

Posted 11-24-2021 at 09:34 PM by case44

A few months back, I wrote about a situation in Wichita Falls, Texas, where their school district is replacing aging facilities built last century with newer, more modern buildings.

Well, another Texas city is going through it, too. It's already happening in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth and also a place where I once attended school. I got to drive there this past weekend. While there, I checked out two sites where an elementary school building spanning seven decades of existence, wear, and tear has just faced a wrecking ball. In those two spots, both campuses are gone now. In the interim, they are empty lots. The past is over, as a certain former president once said. In a matter of a few months, those two sites will each see new construction on a new building. Both of the aforementioned are in East Arlington, where the General Motors plant opened way back in the 1950s, when Arlington was being formed as a town, and later, a city. That plant prompted the opening of four schools (three elementaries and one junior high since repurposed), but whose campuses have outlived their usefulnesses. One of those schools was one which I used to pass by very often as a kid, but never attended. It feels strange not having those old buildings anymore.

In another part of Arlington, its north side, another new elementary building is already underway with its new construction, but in this case, this happens to be a larger piece of land which included an original junior high (no relation to the one in East Arlington, but meeting the same fate). That school had long since been repurposed as an elementary school, and the students get to watch their new campus go up right next their current facility. The old building will be demolished shortly after the opening of the new one. Ironically, that old campus used to be the junior high which I attended as a teen. Ah, the mists of time....

There's a time to tear down. But there's also a time to build back up. Sooner or later, the old departs, and the new steps in. Such are the seasons of life.
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    Those new (old) schools, incidentally, are Thornton and Berry in the east, and Webb in the north. Three other old campuses will also close: Roark and Knox Elementary will close their doors and merge their students in with Berry and Thornton, respectively. The third building is Carter Junior High in Central Arlington, which will relocate its students to a new building to be constructed where Knox currently is.

    And to answer your curiosity, Webb Elementary occupied what used to be Nichols Junior High back in the day. My, how times change.
    Posted 11-24-2021 at 09:53 PM by case44 case44 is online now
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    Just to clarify my title, I won't change it just because I mentioned two schools in another part of town. There will be (if the Good Lord wills) another post for all other places later on. My focus primarily is on two East Arlington schools which are seeing drastic changes in the now. There will be more drastic change by the time we get to 2025. It's just the times we live in now.
    Posted 11-25-2021 at 02:40 PM by case44 case44 is online now

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