Monday, October 6, 2008
Downtown Showdown, a Photo Series: Lewisville
Lewisville has a newly revitalized Old Town, but has managed to stay true to its roots.
A metroplex is more than just the sum of its parts. Or is it? To dive into the true character of Dallas/Fort Worth, here we present the second segment in a photo series featuring the down towns, old(e) towns and city centers that feed into Dallas/Fort Worth. Each city brings its own character that, together, make D/FW such a special place to live. So keep an eye out for us, we will hit your neighborhood downtown soon. The metroplex, however, is a very large place. To tell its story through only two pairs of eyes (mine and staff photographer Laura Evans) wouldn't do it justice. If you have photos of your area city center, send them to our Flickr group and tag them Downtown Your City's Name and we will feature them in the segment on your city.
Lewisville was incorporated in 1925, but remained a rural town until the last few decades. The city originally offered agricultural type goods and services, including a cotton gin and a feed mill, which is still in operation and still owned by the same family. Over the years, the city has hosted the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, Janis Joplin and Led Zepplin.
Today, Lewisville has experienced quite the suburban sprawl, now reaching Carrollton (the Castle Hills subdivision) and close to The Colony, and then all the way over to Flower Mound. Main attractions include the Vista Ridge Mall and Lake Lewisville, although I believe Lake Lewisville still holds the title of deadliest lake in Texas. The city center, aka "Old Town" Lewisville, consists of old buildings that have been resurfaced and remodeled in an effort to revitalize the area, which is along Main Street. One thing Lewisville has managed to hang on to is their roots in agriculture. From the high school mascot (the Fighting Farmers) to the 100+ year-old feed mill, the City of Lewisville screams "farmers!" even if little farming actually takes place there anymore.
Nicknames: I don't think Lewisville has any nicknames. Maybe we can coin one for them. L Ville... Farmer's City (although this seems a little too close to Farmer's Branch). Anyone else?
Does your city or suburb have an awesome downtown? Let us know, and we will make it out there for its very own Downtown Showdown. Next Time: Downtown Grapevine
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