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Old 11-20-2017, 08:44 PM
 
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I subscribe to this persons photo stream, but do not know him personally.

There's so much here that I never had any idea existed. Either it was before my time,
or I missed it growing up in Farmers Branch/Carrollton. We went to Fort Worth from
time to time, but I was just a child when some of these things were being torn down,
if not already gone.

There's so much about Fort Worth that seemed really great, and am sad I missed.
Fort Worth is still pretty great. It seems to have hung to more of its physical history
than Dallas has.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/101669...57614878066596
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:56 PM
 
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Nice pics.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:43 PM
 
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Nice pics.
There are a couple of people documenting this area in photos, but he's the only one that has a section for Fort Worth. I was really surprised to find out about some of those things, such as the Leonard's subway.

Fort Worth has always had something Dallas just doesn't. I grew up in north Dallas. The only really neat thing Dallas ever had that really appealed to me was Fair Park, and now that's slowly disappearing. Fort Worth has all sorts of natural areas, historical buildings, the stock yards, and so on. Dallas just tends to raze anything it can for real estate.

I'm glad I'm in Tarrant county now.
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Old 11-24-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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Thanks for posting these pictures, Gone Again. I really enjoyed them.
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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That album is fantastic. Before we go patting Fort Worth on the back too hard, keep in mind that probably better than half of the buildings featured in those photos are gone. Fort Worth has plenty of preservation victories, but there have been plenty of times they haven't been reluctant to pave over their past.
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Old 11-24-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Cool pics, thanks for posting the link!

(So many neat signs)
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:25 AM
 
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That album is fantastic. Before we go patting Fort Worth on the back too hard, keep in mind that probably better than half of the buildings featured in those photos are gone. Fort Worth has plenty of preservation victories, but there have been plenty of times they haven't been reluctant to pave over their past.
So much this.

Fort Worth and Haltom City have/had a lot of great buildings from the 1930s to 1960s built in the Art Deco style of the 1930s into the automobile era of the 1960s but a lot them have been torn down or they are in complete disrepair.

Dallas has a lot of older buildings but they stand in the shadows of larger buildings built in the 1970s-1990s. Plenty of old motels, shops, apartment buildings, etc. in the city but they are more spread out.

Neither city has done a great job of maintaining its historical legacy. Fort Worth does a little better with the area around the museums but otherwise it's mostly the facade of its history. Downtown languished for decades before the Bass family unloaded money to redevelop it. The stockyards are a big part of Fort Worth history but half of it is empty and if you go a couple blocks off Main Street and it's a different world. Southside was nonexistent to the city until millenials descended on the area (much like Oak Cliff in Dallas). Fort Worth loves the idea of its history but has almost entirely relied on private money to purchase and redevelop its physical identity.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:17 PM
 
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Thanks for posting these pictures, Gone Again. I really enjoyed them.
You're welcome.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Arlington
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That album is fantastic. Before we go patting Fort Worth on the back too hard, keep in mind that probably better than half of the buildings featured in those photos are gone. Fort Worth has plenty of preservation victories, but there have been plenty of times they haven't been reluctant to pave over their past.
Of course you're right. I recently found out that Fort Worth is going to be tearing down quite a few old buildings, and filling up more of its precious open space. Yeah, I can be naive, but not that naive. I was carried away by what I saw in those photos, I'll admit. But I also realized much of what those photos showed is gone now.

Money motivates blindly everywhere, not just Dallas.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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So much this.

Fort Worth and Haltom City have/had a lot of great buildings from the 1930s to 1960s built in the Art Deco style of the 1930s into the automobile era of the 1960s but a lot them have been torn down or they are in complete disrepair.

Dallas has a lot of older buildings but they stand in the shadows of larger buildings built in the 1970s-1990s. Plenty of old motels, shops, apartment buildings, etc. in the city but they are more spread out.

Neither city has done a great job of maintaining its historical legacy. Fort Worth does a little better with the area around the museums but otherwise it's mostly the facade of its history. Downtown languished for decades before the Bass family unloaded money to redevelop it. The stockyards are a big part of Fort Worth history but half of it is empty and if you go a couple blocks off Main Street and it's a different world. Southside was nonexistent to the city until millenials descended on the area (much like Oak Cliff in Dallas). Fort Worth loves the idea of its history but has almost entirely relied on private money to purchase and redevelop its physical identity.
Someone recently told me that some portion of the stockyards is now, finally on the chopping block. Not just under discussion, but with actual plans, dates, etc.
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