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Every great city has an authentic cultural environment. In New Orleans, it's the long standing history of jazz msuic and the French influences of old. In Boston, it's the many immigrant especially the Irish and Italians who came to America looking for a better place. The hertiage of those people's lives in the music, ideas, food, community attachments making the city live and breathe. Cities with a soul in many forms causing people from around the world traveling there hoping the spirit of the city infuses into their souls. It makes them feel good.
In Richard Flordia's book, "The Rise of the Creative Class," he wrote it was these types of cities that draw the truly creative people and cause cities to thrive.
"Creative people do not focus on building-- sports stadiums, freeways, urban malls and tourism and entertainment districts that resemble theme parks--(they) are irrelevant, insufficient or actually unattractive to Creative Class People. What they look for in communties are abundant high-quality amentities and experiences, an openness to diversity of all kinds and above all else the opportunity to validate their identities as creative people."
Those are the essential cultural building blocks missing in Texarkana. The city leaders continue to look toward building economy when its the people and their diversities that build economy. It appears, the city leaders want to make a city people want to come to, but unfortuantely they overlook the cities' most prescious asset. The people themselves, who make this bi-state city a place people want to come.
If the people are permitted to thrive and grow in their own cultural way, the city will begin to have a soul of its own and attract business and industry.
Where is Texarkana's cultural center? What is Texarkana 's cultural identity? When city leaders can answer those questions they will be on the verge of a breakthrough and on the verge of making this city somewhere someone from the outside wants to come.
Instead of a lonely truck stop town for weary I-30 travelers.
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May 18, 2009
 
Interesting post, T / A.
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May 19, 2009
 
TexArk wrote:
Every great city has an authentic cultural environment. In New Orleans, it's the long standing history of jazz msuic and the French influences of old. In Boston, it's the many immigrant especially the Irish and Italians who came to America looking for a better place. The hertiage of those people's lives in the music, ideas, food, community attachments making the city live and breathe. Cities with a soul in many forms causing people from around the world traveling there hoping the spirit of the city infuses into their souls. It makes them feel good.
In Richard Flordia's book, "The Rise of the Creative Class," he wrote it was these types of cities that draw the truly creative people and cause cities to thrive.
"Creative people do not focus on building-- sports stadiums, freeways, urban malls and tourism and entertainment districts that resemble theme parks--(they) are irrelevant, insufficient or actually unattractive to Creative Class People. What they look for in communties are abundant high-quality amentities and experiences, an openness to diversity of all kinds and above all else the opportunity to validate their identities as creative people."
Those are the essential cultural building blocks missing in Texarkana. The city leaders continue to look toward building economy when its the people and their diversities that build economy. It appears, the city leaders want to make a city people want to come to, but unfortuantely they overlook the cities' most prescious asset. The people themselves, who make this bi-state city a place people want to come.
If the people are permitted to thrive and grow in their own cultural way, the city will begin to have a soul of its own and attract business and industry.
Where is Texarkana's cultural center? What is Texarkana 's cultural identity? When city leaders can answer those questions they will be on the verge of a breakthrough and on the verge of making this city somewhere someone from the outside wants to come.
Instead of a lonely truck stop town for weary I-30 travelers.
There is definitely something lacking here in this town. It lacks personality. The town has always been inhibited by the short sighted people who attempt to run it.

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The schools and the government and political correctness has has been trying to ban our culture here for years. It is the "southern culture". I have read letters to the editor from people traveling thru here, complimenting us just because we stop and wait for funerals, and take of our hat. Only in the south.

The following is not my statement, but I wish I had said it. GW

"Multiculturalism is billed as a way to make Americans more sensitive to the diverse cultural backgrounds of people in this country.
If you want to prosper in America, if you want access to opportunity in America, you must be able to assimilate: to become part of the American culture, just as in any other country in the world if an American moved there, he would have to adapt to its culture if he wanted to succeed.
The so called minorities in this country are not being done any favors when the muticulturalist forces their attitudinal segregation from the mainstream society.

For America to truly arrive as an integrated society, we havfe to begin behaving as though we are all Americans, that we have a culture ourselves and that all of the various cultruess that compose our great nation should work toward blending into a harmonious society."
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Government Watch wrote:
The schools and the government and political correctness has has been trying to ban our culture here for years. It is the "southern culture". I have read letters to the editor from people traveling thru here, complimenting us just because we stop and wait for funerals, and take of our hat. Only in the south.
The following is not my statement, but I wish I had said it. GW
"Multiculturalism is billed as a way to make Americans more sensitive to the diverse cultural backgrounds of people in this country.
If you want to prosper in America, if you want access to opportunity in America, you must be able to assimilate: to become part of the American culture, just as in any other country in the world if an American moved there, he would have to adapt to its culture if he wanted to succeed.
The so called minorities in this country are not being done any favors when the muticulturalist forces their attitudinal segregation from the mainstream society.
For America to truly arrive as an integrated society, we havfe to begin behaving as though we are all Americans, that we have a culture ourselves and that all of the various cultruess that compose our great nation should work toward blending into a harmonious society."
GW,
Southern culture.... now you're talking Charleston, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, or Albany, Georgia, places that preserve their history and keep their cities clean and quaint. Texarkana is an interstate town and without serious measures will go from bad to worse. Neglecting the downtown is like combing your hair when your feet are covered in mud and in need of an extreme pedicure.

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May 22, 2009
 
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Southern culture.... now you're talking Charleston, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, or Albany, Georgia, places that preserve their history and keep their cities clean and quaint. Texarkana is an interstate town and without serious measures will go from bad to worse. Neglecting the downtown is like combing your hair when your feet are covered in mud and in need of an extreme pedicure.
Last time I looked, more than half of Texarkana is still in Texas. If you want to learn of the cultures of small town cities in Texas, and that is what Texarkana is or at least was, read Michner`s book, Texas. Especially the parts about Texas high school football. GW

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Southern culture.... now you're talking Charleston, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, or Albany, Georgia, places that preserve their history and keep their cities clean and quaint. Texarkana is an interstate town and without serious measures will go from bad to worse. Neglecting the downtown is like combing your hair when your feet are covered in mud and in need of an extreme pedicure.
Don`t get me wrong. I miss downtown Texarkana. I remember when up until 9 or 10 O`clock at night there would be folks walkin up and down Broad Street and going into the stores shopping. Your mom could drop you off at the Strand Theater and for a quarter, you could watch 2 movies, a cartoon, a serial, and sometimes a Three Stooges short film, and still buy a coke and popcorn on that same quarter. I remember The Big T Jamboree at the Arkansas Auditorium, where names like Johnny Cash, Tommy Sands, Elvis started out. And I remember Bryces`s Cafeteria when the food was great and you could actually eat upstairs and have a cigarette after your meal.
If the cities were small business friendly, which they are not, maybe they could get more stuff downtown.

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May 22, 2009
 
My question is....and this has been alluded to in a couple of other topics....what does Texarkana have to offer? You know most all of the other towns who have revitalized their *historic* downtown areas have some *history* to offer and reflect upon. What history does Texarkana have to work from? What is the heritage/culture/background that the town has, what role has Txk played in history that, well, that makes it relevant to anything? And in turn, that makes a crumbling, crime-ridden downtown area worth any real major investment for revitalization? I think that is what it all comes down to. We don't, to my knowledge, have a history of anything worthwhile enough to bring people/tourists/consumers to the downtown area to spend the time and MONEY it takes for an investor to get a return on their investment. You can't have a "downtown" just because it is there. There has to be an attraction/draw to it. It has to offer something back to the consumer.
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May 22, 2009
 
The train depot should be ...

well, something.

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Not to mention, also, that most people in this town are perfectly happy eating at the nationwide chain restaurants and nationwide retail stores and have NO DESIRE for culture. To most people, Texarkana finally got some culture when Chili's and Hooters came to town.

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May 22, 2009
 
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Not to mention, also, that most people in this town are perfectly happy eating at the nationwide chain restaurants and nationwide retail stores and have NO DESIRE for culture. To most people, Texarkana finally got some culture when Chili's and Hooters came to town.
You might have that right My idea of a home bar is a gallon jug and a gourd dipper.
I do not like the chain resturants. I try to go to the home owned ones as much as I can.
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Jun 1, 2009
 
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You might have that right My idea of a home bar is a gallon jug and a gourd dipper.
I do not like the chain resturants. I try to go to the home owned ones as much as I can.
Good point. No new club makes it in this town unless it's a honky tonk. I hope the new Ice House survives b/c at least it's a little different from the rest.

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Jun 1, 2009
 
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<quoted text>Good point. No new club makes it in this town unless it's a honky tonk. I hope the new Ice House survives b/c at least it's a little different from the rest.
Hey, there is a lot of history in the honky tonks in town. Elvis went in Shayler`s Starlite Club on night and the guy running it threw him out. Demp said he wasn`t going to have some leg shaker on his stage. Ha. TRUE

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Jun 2, 2009
 
Hopkins is real cool. They have two of the best bartenders this town has seen and their food is good. It just keeps getting better each time I go.
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Jun 2, 2009
 
If Hopkins is anything like that diner in New Boston some of you recommended, I'll pass.

Not saying the down-home-cooked meal wasn't good there, just sayin'.
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Jun 2, 2009
 
We need more places like Hopkins in town,our choices are bars (nothing wrong with a good bar) and fat jacks. the menu will have to improve....good pizza thats about it.
at least someone is trying and we need to support them ..I have.
Good staff also.

a good saturday drive to pittsburg tx and the winery is good trip. sit outside enjoying something different.

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Jun 3, 2009
 
Hellcat- Hopkins is more of a bar/eatery. Their menu is improving all the time and sounds like it will be getting better
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Texarkana still has simple tastes, it seems as though any small eatery that's not "country" cooking is doomed. We had an amazing pho shop for all of half a year. You would think something so exotic (for texarkana) would draw people in and do bang up buisness, instead it folded.
In time people will hopefully grow tired of the corporate prefab culture that has been installed the last few years, and demand something more.

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The problem in Texarkana is all of the "good ole boy" mentality and the racism. Lack of education is also a problem. In order to incorporate change, people have to be uncomfortable with their current situation. Bring in new government ( hire from the outside), offer incentives for new businesses, have some free outdoor events ( local artists and musicians), maybe a band in the park on Thursday nights. People can bring picnic and alcohol! Kick it up a notch!
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May 22, 2012
 
Yeah, there are many rednecks live in that town too...1753

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