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The Cat

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#1 Feb 4, 2010
Another ghost town photo. Where are the people, where are any cars? On what day was this taken? Obviously, it is daytime.

But the street is Dead.

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#2 Feb 4, 2010
I was downtown on the weekend...
The Cat

United States

#3 Feb 4, 2010
Sad, isn't it.
debbie

Texarkana, TX

#4 Feb 4, 2010
yes it is sad ,is the owner local

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#5 Feb 5, 2010
Its very sad when downtown contains some of the most beautiful architecture in the city and half the folks in Texarkana dont even know where they are... Most people I know and talk to have never seen these buildings.. AND THEYRE FROM TEXARKANA...
whitey

Maud, TX

#6 Feb 5, 2010
Joshua Joyner wrote:
Its very sad when downtown contains some of the most beautiful architecture in the city and half the folks in Texarkana dont even know where they are... Most people I know and talk to have never seen these buildings.. AND THEYRE FROM TEXARKANA...
These buildings are eyesores and need to be demolished to make room for parking for the cort systems !
whitey

Maud, TX

#7 Feb 5, 2010
sorry "court"
The Cat

United States

#8 Feb 5, 2010
I fail to see what is beautiful about the old Grim. The ground floor outside is interesting, but other than that, it's just an old brick building that has No value and Never Will in my opinion.

Other than a parking lot, as whitey stated. It looks like cars can drive through some of those windows, maybe the ground floor could be kept and made into a mall of sorts a long with the entrance to a parking lot. And rent segways.

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#9 Feb 5, 2010
... Do any of you know the history of the Grim? Good thing the decision is not in your hands.
whitey

Maud, TX

#10 Feb 5, 2010
Joshua Joyner wrote:
... Do any of you know the history of the Grim? Good thing the decision is not in your hands.
just suppose you are a large corporation involved in a Federal Case at our Federal Courthouse as you drive into the downtown area from third street -your view is one of an old delapidated building with the glass and windows falling out of their casings-old ragged curtins blowing in the wind--the bottom floor with all the openings barracaded with a rag tag mix of salvage lumber--Just how many investors do you think would be interested in restoring it ? obviously none or it would have happened.It would not be fair to ask the taxpayers--History not withstanding it should be demolished!!jmo

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#11 Feb 5, 2010
Dude there are old buildings abandoned buildings in every major city in the united states. The value of such buildings should not be determined on its outward state of appearance, but its story to history.Graet or not the Grim has a history to the city of Texarkana... And it is a burden that should be beared. The Alamo was a whorehouse of all things.. I guess we should have bulldozed that right?
debbie

Texarkana, TX

#12 Feb 5, 2010
Joshua Joyner wrote:
Dude there are old buildings abandoned buildings in every major city in the united states. The value of such buildings should not be determined on its outward state of appearance, but its story to history.Graet or not the Grim has a history to the city of Texarkana... And it is a burden that should be beared. The Alamo was a whorehouse of all things.. I guess we should have bulldozed that right?
i wish they could do something good with the building and in part of it maybe they could have a spot for the history of the building ,when i came to texarkana many years ago when i was 17 i stayed at the grim and im sorry to say i cant really recall alot about it,my husband had relatives that stayed there.i met my first husband who worked there.it is a shame to see it going downhill so badly
whitey

Maud, TX

#13 Feb 5, 2010
Joshua Joyner wrote:
Dude there are old buildings abandoned buildings in every major city in the united states. The value of such buildings should not be determined on its outward state of appearance, but its story to history.Graet or not the Grim has a history to the city of Texarkana... And it is a burden that should be beared. The Alamo was a whorehouse of all things.. I guess we should have bulldozed that right?
IF you want to repair and maintain the GRIM I am all for you doing--just not with my money! I also read somewhere (correct me if I am wrong ) that you do not live here..I have to look at this building falling apart dailey!!I do not beleive the history of the GRIM and THE ALAMO are inthe same league-also I belive the ALAMO is a PROFITABLE BUSINESS AND pays its own way!!

Since: Jun 09

Scrotum, Idaho

#14 Feb 5, 2010
It would be virtually impossible to bring the Grim back to its former glory or even to a usable condition.

The main problem is that it would have to be brought in compliance with current building codes - as well as the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act.

For what this would cost, it would be much cheaper to tear it down and build a new replacement building on that location.

Sad, but unfortunately true.

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#15 Feb 5, 2010
whitey wrote:
<quoted text>IF you want to repair and maintain the GRIM I am all for you doing--just not with my money! I also read somewhere (correct me if I am wrong ) that you do not live here..I have to look at this building falling apart dailey!!I do not beleive the history of the GRIM and THE ALAMO are inthe same league-also I belive the ALAMO is a PROFITABLE BUSINESS AND pays its own way!!
Ur an idiot... I from the area and I make regular visits home... dont ****ing pay for cuz noone is asking you. As far as the alamo thing.. I was citing am example of the few narrow minded individuals, such as yourself, making a historic building a run down mess and even considered demolishing it before responsible [people decided to cherish it and did what waas necessary to make sure it was protected. You are not one of those people and this is the last time I will respond to your stupidity.

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#16 Feb 5, 2010
Telstar wrote:
It would be virtually impossible to bring the Grim back to its former glory or even to a usable condition.
The main problem is that it would have to be brought in compliance with current building codes - as well as the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act.
For what this would cost, it would be much cheaper to tear it down and build a new replacement building on that location.
Sad, but unfortunately true.
and your probably right as well... Im only making the case that this is a sad situation and it can be saved for the right amount of money... It took 1.6 million dollars to convert the US courtouse downtown into an art museum... I expect the grim to cost twice that... it comes down to how important the building is to the city... Whitey thinks that his tax dollars are to be used.. what a idiot... No most likey a private developer or grants would be used... Ive noticed he likes to fight on here so heres your shot big guy...

“Soldier Medic... ”

Since: Jan 10

De Kalb, Texas

#17 Feb 5, 2010
whitey wrote:
<quoted text>IF you want to repair and maintain the GRIM I am all for you doing--just not with my money! I also read somewhere (correct me if I am wrong ) that you do not live here..I have to look at this building falling apart dailey!!I do not beleive the history of the GRIM and THE ALAMO are inthe same league-also I belive the ALAMO is a PROFITABLE BUSINESS AND pays its own way!!
My thoughts exactly on the matter... My family lives in Texarkana and I was born and raised from this area (born in Mt pleasant raised in Dekalb)... Bowie county is my home. I care deeply about every aspect of our community... right now I live in washington state ( not by choice).. but when I do call a place home again it will be Texarkana... Forget the haters and the ones who say it cant be done

Since: Jun 09

Scrotum, Idaho

#18 Feb 5, 2010
I remember the Grim Hotel from the late 1970s.

It was still open at that time although it was obviously showing its age.

There were pretty nice apartments that had been made by combining 2 or 3 hotel rooms.

But there was also this pretty seedy element of men in the lobby too.

At that time you could still see the grandeur of what it once was.

Since: Jun 09

Scrotum, Idaho

#19 Feb 5, 2010
On a related topic - the McCartney Hotel.

The exterior of its first floor was painted and was used in the movie, "The Town That Dreaded Sundown".

I believe several scenes were also shot in the first floor cafe.

I remember that it looked really odd for a while with that really nice paint job - just up to where the camera would film the first floor.
debbie

Texarkana, TX

#20 Feb 5, 2010
Joshua Joyner wrote:
<quoted text> Ur an idiot... I from the area and I make regular visits home... dont ****ing pay for cuz noone is asking you. As far as the alamo thing.. I was citing am example of the few narrow minded individuals, such as yourself, making a historic building a run down mess and even considered demolishing it before responsible [people decided to cherish it and did what waas necessary to make sure it was protected. You are not one of those people and this is the last time I will respond to your stupidity.
josh are you the owner of the hotel,if so then if you ever need someone to volunter sorry bout the spelling please let me know i cant afford to offer money but i can offer my time and my hands and also my husband would help

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