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At Home: September 2017

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My Home Town: Arlington

My home town of Arlington is located in the Lone Star State aka Texas, in the United States, and it houses many sports stadiums like the At&t Football Stadium, Globe Life Stadium (Baseball) and many shopping and eating establishments. It is often grouped in the Dallas Fort Worth Area aka DFW as Arlington is between both cities and a nice distance. We have a downtown in the middle of our town that is often filled with little shops owned by the locals and yummy places to eat like Fuzzy’s Tacos, which are amazing. I prefer the shredded fajita chicken burrito and my husband, the supreme Nachos.


Since we have sports stadiums, games are played here and often the traffic can be horrendous in the area but, it brings a lot of profit into the city and so, with it, the city is remodeling everywhere, so be careful of construction; Also there is no bus system here despite Arlington being the largest city in the DFW area. The reason is the mayor doesn’t want homeless people and bad people gathering despite the other cities having a bus system, so you have to have a car here to get around. I have been here since elementary school and it’s become home ever since despite living in Irving and being born in a Catholic hospital in Dallas: St Paul’s. I don’t remember Irving but I do remember Arlington and all my family is here including my dad’s family whom hail from Central America, El Salvador, which I have been to. There are two major airports and I’ve been to both: Dallas Lovefield and DFW Airport. Arlington is really large, having north, south, east, and west and it doesn’t take much to get to the south side: 20 minutes tops. It also houses two separate cities: Pantego (cops are bad there) and Dalworthington Gardens that are nested into deepest pars of Arlington.

The Globe Life Stadium and the At&t stadium

Since, Texas used to be owned by Mexico and was liberated by the Americans in the Mexican-American War in the 1840’s under President Polk in his stance of Manifest Destiny and because of that, famous figures emerged like Davey Crocked, Jim Bowie, and such. In the end, after the war, Texas was a republic and had it’s own flag which became famous.

Lone Star flag
Arlington has the Trinity River and it was perfect to settle way back in the Stone Age and so many Native American tribes made it their home here and established the historical Village Creek town. It’s now a historical marker and of course, Anglo settlers came in the 1800’s to explore and set up settlements with grants of land to similar settlers. Arlington’s earlier settlers were churchmen and so, it grew into a town and of course, Native American attacks happened and sometime in the timeline of Arlington, treaties were made but Arlington was taken from the name of General Robert E Lee’s home in Virginia. It was recognized as a city in 1877 by the postal service in Jan 22.

The man responsible for all these changes and many construction project was Tom Vandergriff and because of him, and his contributions to Arlington, he has several things named for him like a park called College Park, and he was instrumental to making the Texas Rangers come here and make it their home; we also have Six Flags over Texas which is a roller coaster paradise. I swore off roller coasters for life and there was one death in Six Flags, sadly. There is a General Motors plant here, too, and it’s because of Vandergriff as he was the youngest mayor at 25, and of course, DFW is infamous for the Kennedy assassination and I went to the grassy knoll and it was freaky and that’s why in downtown Dallas, there is a JFK museum.

Arlington has two colleges here: UTA (University of Texas at Arlington) , and TCC, who has campuses all over DFW. I went to Southeast in South Arlington).

Our sister city is Bad Königshofen in Germany since 1952, and we named a center called: Bad Königshofen outdoor family aquatic center, and the sister city named a recreational center after Arlington.

My Neighborhood: Davis Street

Davis, along with other streets like: Collins, Randol Mill, Cooper, Bowen, Fielder, Matlock, Mayfield, are named after settlers in the those areas, and on my street extends all the way to a street at the end called North Green Oaks and passed Green Oaks is the cities Euless, Bedford and Hurst. My place is a duplex and I live among other Duplexes and it’s fine, because the rent has never gone up in years since I’ve lived here. I pay 725 for a 1000 square feet, two bedroom, one bath/bathroom every month and because of living in Duplexes, we don’t have to pay for lawn mowing services or maintenance. Paying rent is easy as it’s online. We even have an app called Next Door that ties Davis street and other neighborhoods around me together. It’s a great tool for information, help, or services, and of course pictures.

Davis connects with other streets like Cooper, Randol Mill (where the stadiums are near) and thus is called the Bankhead area, so it is a great street to go through to avoid the busier streets like Collins during rush hour. It’s mostly a quiet street and a quiet neighborhood.

My County: Tarrant

The history of Tarrant county stems from cattle ranchers, Cowboys, and the Old West. It is one of 254 counties in Texas and is named after General Edward H. Tarrant and established in 1849. It has a lot of historical markers like the Tarrant county courthouse that was built in 1895. It is still used in its original form.

The court house
There are a lot of historical cemeteries in Arlington and thus are taken care of like that: Masonic, Willis W. McNatt and so, these are maintained either by the city of Arlington or the families of the people that established these cemeteries.

Tarrant county is 898 square miles and I have been around it and beyond Tarrant county is the city of Grand Prairie and the start of Dallas county; and again the Trinity River is the main water source and the reason why Tarrant county expanded though of course, in Tarrant, cattle and railroads and thus it has the ups and downs of any county. I enjoy living here because of what it offers in people (they are friendly) and places to go to.

Yes, there is slang here: Ya’ll, Y’all is the way to say, “everyone” and I used to drive my Illnois born cousin insane by saying, “Ya’ll” and he’d correct me saying, “EVERYBODY”. It’s subconciously imprinted in my brain and some of us do have the Texan accent and of the attitude that everything in Texas is better and of course, there is horses and livestock around in Tarrant county, outside and inside city limits and it isn’t uncommon to see people riding horses around and in public spaces like Walmart. I caught a picture of it, too.

Horses

Because of railroads and the cattle industry, Tarrant county boomed in population and settlement and thus, it brought posterity though in the 1930s, it was affected heavily by the Great Depression and only bounced back during WWII. For the longest time, Tarrant loved Democratic candidates and they ruled supreme until 1948 and in 1951, Republicans took over and Tarrant has been red since. Also, Agricultural products like: Hay, beef, cattle, wheat, and horticulture are key and so, livestock and farms still exist in Tarrant and makes up 53% in 2014 census. Though of course there are a lot of attractions in Tarrant like: The Amon Carter Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Rangers, The Cowboys and such, but you can find so much in Tarrant county that you couldn’t find in other places. It encompasses Euless, Hurst, Bedford, too and so that adds more to the prestige of Tarrant.

Remember, Texas is the West and not the South, so Tarrant preserves that Western Zeal and it isn’t uncommon to see citizens in full Texas regalia like boots, big buckles, and cowboy hats. It’s a sight to see and thus, the whole world has the picture of Texas being entirely Cowboy culture and they are right in some respects.

My Home Region: Mid-Cities

It comprises of these cities: Irving, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville, HEB (Hurst, Euless and Bedford), NRH (North Richland Hills and Richland Hills), Haltom City, Watauga, Keller, and Roanoke; Though, Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Irving are the largest and most notable, though of course, the Mid-Cities are a thirty-mile span between Dallas and Fort Worth, so that makes traveling to those bigger cities easier.

There is a lot of places, colleges, highways, and such in the Mid-cities region, but I have been to a lot of them, and while I do miss living in Euless, Arlington is still great to live at.

 

Conclusion:

Like, I mentioned, I moved to Arlington when I was in elementary school and went to various schools, near and away from my house and when my parents divorced 16 years ago, I went to live with my mom and my little brother with my grandparents for awhile before we found a place of our own near the city limits. Of all the places I’ve lived in my life, I love Arlington and it’s the most familiar and I know my way to various places without a map which is great, because GPS eats my battery like candy. I grew up with my cousins just a block away from my childhood home in Arlington, so we are so close but in the end, Arlington is my hometown full of good and bad memories. I am still friends with people that lived near me and from the jobs and schools I went and worked in Arlington.

I can’t live anywhere else than Arlington, honestly.

Other Facts:

 

Sources:

http://www.arlington-tx.gov/history/arlington-history/1977-present/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/01/sports/baseball/01van.html

http://www.arlington-tx.gov/history/arlington-history/stone-age-1876/

http://www.arlington-tx.gov/history/arlington-cemetery/

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct01

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington,_Texas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Cities

Posted on September 9th, 2017 in link up, Writings by adminess. 1 Comment


Thanks for joining the “At Home” linkup! The only thing I know about Arlington is, like you mentioned, the Texas Rangers baseball team (one of the rivals of my home team, Oakland A’s). I’ve always wondered about other people’s hometowns, especially when it comes to the big/major cities, because I’m pretty sure there’s more to making that particular city (or town) special other than the ones us “outsiders” know about that place.

I don’t know about the term “liberated” by the Americans. I do know for the fact that Texas was originally part of Mexican territory (same with California). Many Californians believe that the Americans stole the region from the Mexicans and the native tribes who live here, rather than “liberated.” I didn’t mention this in my entry because the history is just too long for me to write it, but California was a part of a larger region in Mexico before the Americans took the area from them (the peninsula south of the Californian border is Baja California (Lower California); the original name for California before the Americans took over was Alta California (Upper California). California also used to be its own country right in between (after “seceding” from Mexico and before the U.S. decided to make it a territory). Our state flag (the grizzly bear with the red star) had the words “California Republic,” rather than “The State of California,” or something like that. Anyway. 🙂

I’ve never been to Texas before, but we have relatives who live there (San Antonio area). I remember back in middle school that my 6th-grade class had a pen pal project with another 6th grade class in Texas. I believe they were from Houston. I remember we exchanged videos of our little skits showing how we live in our own hometowns and shared our thoughts (more like stereotypes) of one another’s cities. My penpal then had a misconception that Union City is close to L.A., and thought that all we did was hang out at the beaches under the California sun (not true), check out Hollywood stars every day (not true of course lol), and speak with that annoying valley accent (not true – that valley accent that you hear some “trendy” girls talk came from San Fernando Valley, a suburb of L.A.). I remember the video that we made: we were creators, innovators (technology), foodies (back then, we didn’t really call ourselves ‘foodies’), and “liberal politics” (through protesting/demonstrating) to represent the Free Speech Movement era that started in U.C. Berkeley back in the ’60s. Still, fun times to explore what you generally know about your home, only to discover something you never knew all along. I don’t know if that makes any sense.

By the way, new blog?