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Lancaster, TX

Historic Town Square at Christmas

Hi. I posted the photo above and have lived in Lancaster for the past five years. I have never regretted that decision. There are still many people living here, like me, who take pride in our unique community.  (May 9, 2011 | post #2)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

The statement about the crime rate just isn't true. According to the official crime statistics published by the FBI each year (the latest data available is for 2008), Lancaster's overall crime rate declined 13.2 percent from 2007 to 2008. The violent crime rate fell 35.5 percent and property crimes declined by 10.8 percent. The city's per capita violent crime rate is at a 17-year low, the per capita property crime rate is at a 9-year low and the same is true for the overall crime rate. Lancaster's violent crime rate is notably lower than the metropolitan area average. All of these numbers can easily be verified by visiting the FBI's website. I have lived in Lancaster for several years and have not experienced any problems with crime. I also have a brother who just graduated from Lancaster High School and he had wonderful teachers who cared about the educating their students. Six of the seven elementary schools are rated “Recognized” and test scores have steadily risen. The district just appointed a new superintendent and every member currently serving on the school board won by defeating an incumbent or running unopposed because the incumbent decided not to run again. The school district isn't perfect, none are, but to ignore the positive things that have taken place in the district by suggesting everyone avoid it is ignoring the fact that progress has been made. If a child is a highly motivated student with supportive parents, he/she will be successful in Lancaster ISD or anywhere else. Lancaster is a nice, middle-class community and was one of the fastest growing communities in Dallas County over the past decade. I live in a quiet neighborhood and don't regret moving here. Most of the negative things that are said about the city are coming from people who don't live here. When looking at the posts on this thread from self-identified current Lancaster residents, the overwhelming sentiments expressed are positive.  (Jun 8, 2010 | post #54)

Lancaster, TX

Lancaster, Texas Community Pride

Hi Petra, Don't believe everything you read on this site about Lancaster. I created an account on Topix after reading things about Lancaster that were completely false and just over the top. Most of the negative comments come from people who don't live in the city. Another group of people who post a lot of negative comments are those who may have lived here in the past but moved away because the less diverse, semi-rural town transformed into a much more diverse, suburban bedroom community of Dallas. This type of change has continued to occur in cities and towns all over the rapidly-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area. The posts that come from actual Lancaster residents are mostly positive. I moved to Lancaster in 2006 and have not had any problems. The city has been one of the fastest growing suburbs in Dallas County over the past decade, increasing from 25,894 residents in 2000 to approximately 36,600 today. Like any city, there are some neighborhoods that are nicer than others, but there are plenty of safe, well-kept areas in the city with beautiful homes. Lancaster is a mostly middle-class community and according to census data, the fastest growing income group over the past decade has been households earning between $75k and $149k per year. I truly believe that you will be fine living in Lancaster, but you might want to consider renting a house for several months until you get more accustomed to the area before buying. I know of families who have done this and later purchased a home in the city. Lancaster isn't perfect, but no city is, and it is a nice place to live. I have no regrets and take pride in my community. I posted this link on one of the other Lancaster-related discussion pages, but thought it would be helpful to you as well. It contains photos of Lancaster and the nice homes/neighborhood s found throughout the city: http://www.city-da ta.com/forum/dalla s/664279-lancaster -photos.html  (May 16, 2010 | post #7)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

Understood. No city is a 100 percent perfect match for everyone. As long as you are happy where you are now is all that matters. I'm one of the 36,000 people who choose to live in Lancaster because it is still a nice community with decent people. I do respect your opinion and appreciate the fact that you didn't resort to the broad generalizations and crude stereotypes like some people have previously done.  (Mar 18, 2010 | post #49)

Lancaster, TX

Thinking of moving to Red Oak

I agree with you. This was one of the first threads that I commented on after joining. All I did was tell the person posting that Red Oak was a fast-growing small community and I was judged as "clueless. " You kind of have to take all of the comments with a little grain of salt because some people will say just about anything. I live in Lancaster and some of the things that I've read about my community are nothing but garbage and when actual residents refute the claims being made, the bashers usually don't respond again. I guess it is up to people like you and me who have first-hand knowledge of our respective communities to set the record straight! All the best.  (Mar 18, 2010 | post #45)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

DFW is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and has been for many years. That means that no place in the area is the same as it once was. Cities are continuously changing. You may not choose to live in Lancaster and I don't choose to live where you are, everyone has a right to decide that. Having lived here for years, however, this city is nowhere as bad as some have tried to portray it here. I would also like to point out that a majority of posts from Lancaster residents on this thread have talked about the positives of living here. No place is perfect. I suggest you come and visit the community. The Town Square is still as charming as it has ever been, the historic homes in downtown are well-preserved, the newly-constructed subdivisions are visual evidence of the fact that Lancaster is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Dallas County, and there are plenty of friendly, hardworking residents who love this city and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.  (Mar 18, 2010 | post #46)

Lancaster, TX

Closings

In Lancaster, there was just under 11 inches of snow in my backyard. Its the most I've ever seen. Many of the local school districts held classes on Thursday but had to close early due to the deteriorating conditions. On Friday, just about every school district cancelled classes.  (Feb 13, 2010 | post #2)

Lancaster, TX

Cucumber Billboard Offends Some Texans

What a classless remark. I live in Lancaster and we aren't ever in the national news for murders. Its not like that type of thing is a regular occurence here. Ferris, Waxahachie, and a many other DFW suburbs have had more murders in the last year or so than Lancaster. But getting back on topic, most of us have better things to do than to sit around and worry about a billboard in one corner of town.  (Jan 31, 2010 | post #8)

Lancaster, TX

Lancaster, Texas Community Pride

I started this thread after reading the comments left by current citizens of Lancaster on this forum. Their comments were mostly positive despite the occasional negative remarks from others. Here, we can focus on the people, businesses, neighborhoods, and events that distinguish Lancaster from other communities. I encourage residents of the other nearby suburbs to do the same. If you take pride in your community like I am, let it be known!  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #1)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

Continue speaking the truth, Southwest 342! We are fed up with the BS being left here.  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #39)

Lancaster, TX

Lost Dog

Any progress?  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #3)

Lancaster, TX

Lancaster Post Office

Thanks for not bashing the entire city of Lancaster like a lot of people who come on here. I wish you all the best and hope your situation is corrected soon!  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #2)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

For those of you who live outside of Lancaster and think you have a full grasp of how life is here, you don't. You just don't. If I wanted, I could probably find things wrong with where you live as well. No city is perfect or without fault. No school district is without fault either. Some neighborhoods and apartment complexes are nicer than others. If I labeled your community in a negative way or said things that were not fully true, wouldn't you be angry, too? Wouldn't you want the truth to be known? For those of you living in Lancaster and are disparaging your own community, what have you done to try to change things? Did you vote in local elections, attend school board meetings, attend city council meetings (or watch them on TW Cable Channel 16) and town hall events, or talk to city officials about your concerns? Instead of complaining, why aren't you using this forum for good by making it an outlet for citizens to work together for the betterment of Lancaster? Remember, when this city and its 36,000 residents are stereotyped into over-generalized categories, that also includes YOU and YOUR FAMILY!  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #38)

Lancaster, TX

Why do people talk about Lancaster like it's ghetto?

The Lancaster that the two earlier commenter's (jake and resident) are describing isn't the Lancaster I live in. This is STILL a nice community even if the people who moved try to portray the city in a bad way. Again, look through the comments left and see that the MAJORITY of negative statements are coming from who DON'T live in the city or are basing their opinion on hearsay from others. A lot of the people who left the city weren't necessarily contributing anything positive to the community, rendering their negative opinions irrelevant to the discussion. If you only knew the mindset and motivations of some of them, their choice to move out was a positive action. I have a brother and other relatives in Lancaster schools. They aren't that bad. Involved parents with motivated students will do well anywhere. I have never witnessed a crime while living here and know that one single event at one entertainment venue on one particular night of the week isn't a great measure of the community as a whole. Crime is down and down significantly. Check out the FBI stats here: http://www.city-da ta.com/forum/fort- worth/766101-2008- dfw-crime-statisti cs-city.html The following is a list of DFW cities that have a higher per capita violent crime rate (murder, assault, rape, & robbery) than Lancaster in 2008: Addison, Azle, Arlington, Balch Springs, Blue Mound, Bedford, Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Commerce, Crandall, Dallas, Duncanville, Ennis, Everman, Ferris, Forest Hill, Fort Worth, Glenn Heights, Greenville, Haltom City, Hutchins, Irving, Mesquite, North Richland Hills, Royse City, Springtown, Terrell, and Waxahachie. The state per capita violent crime rate was 507.9 crimes per 100,000 population in 2008. Lancaster's was much lower (358.1). The following is a list of DFW cities that have a higher per capita property crime rate (burglary, theft, auto theft) than Lancaster in 2008: Addison, Anna, Azle, Balch Springs, Dallas, Ennis, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Greenville, Haltom City, Hutchins, Hurst, Lake Worth, Mesquite, Pantego, and Terrell. The property crime rate was nearly twice as high in the late 1980s than it is now, according to statistics that can easily be accessed at the FBI's official website. Those cities with higher crime rates than Lancaster are different sizes, have a variety of demographics, and some even claim to be "the safest city", yet Lancaster – with its lower crime rate - is somehow made out like it is one of the most dangerous communities in the Metroplex. NOT!!! Neither is Lancaster frequently in the news for crime related stories. We are not accustomed to violent crime and most of the criminal activity in the city is non-violent, like every other city. Like it or not, there are still a lot of nice things about Lancaster that make it an attractive place to live - beautiful homes and safe neighborhoods, a large-middle class population, small town feel, etc. If it was as "awful" as some of the people here are trying to make it look like, why the hell do people with the educational background and financial means to live anywhere continue to move to the city, thus explaining the overall increase in the city's median and per capita income? If the robberies and violence were so commonplace and people stayed in their homes out of intimidation, sales tax revenues for Lancaster's businesses would not continue to register month-after-month of increases while neighboring communities and suburbs around DFW witness steep declines. There has been more development in Lancaster over the past decade than any other in its history and businesses continue to show interest in the area, proving that the uninformed fear-mongering and scare tactics levied against this community in recent years isn't working.  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #37)

Lancaster, TX

Whataburger restaurant burns in Lancaster

The store burned down in September and nothing could even be done until the insurance issues had been handled. The remains of the building were recently removed, so construction couldn't have started by now.  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #11)

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Lancaster, Texas

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Brookhaven Estates II