Posted 16 June 2011 - 07:31 AM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:02 AM
where did ' Hemphill ' get its street name from? Cant find anything online regarding it. Thanks!
Probably John Hemphill, early Texas judge and US senator. A city and county in Texas are named for him, why not a street in Fort Worth?
Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:17 PM
Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:36 PM
The historic photo's of Hemphill mezmerise me because my whole life it's been "the hood" LOL (and I am 49). It must have been really something to see, big wide street with trolly lines, BIG beautiful homes of the well to do. The south side was upscale according to my late grand parents. They said the same thing about Poly...Which is hard for me to visualize honestly. I had family once that lived in a BIG old but very dilapidated home on Ave. J I think.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:51 AM
I meant that with LOVE....not disrespectfully BTW....I remember when you didnt go downtown after dark on Friday till sun up Monday morning....street people (i'll be kinda here)
porn shops, Main and Calhoun...whew scary. My mom dide buy me a Schwinn from Massey's, is that correct? on Main about 1970 LOL. In the early 80's I drove a delivery route for Butler Paper...ever see those canary yellow bobtails? My route was ALL over the southside. I mean all over it, from Williamson Dickie, Motherall, all the way to what you guys say was Stove Foundry Road,. Lot's of fond memories. Man, there was a printer I delivered too right near the river by Montgomery Wards that was smashed by a tornado about 87 or so...anyway, another flashback.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:39 PM
Massey's was on Main, and Cromer's Ace was on Commerce. My first 10 speed bicycle was purchased from Cromer's.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:44 PM
The southside "hood" isn't too bad, really. I ride my bicycle through there all the time and several forum members live there. Not high-fallootin', but not bad really.
Hemphill will never again be a high-end street by modern standards, but it is slowly becoming a real urban main street. I look forward to the future.
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:36 AM
While we'd like to move into Fairmount or Ryan Place, I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up in Shaw Clarke. There are some neat areas in that neighborhood. I don't really remember Fairmount when it was bad, I don't think Shaw Clarke neighborhood ever sunk to that level. With a few conscientious owners moving in here and there, that part of town could really bloom (including the Hemphill corridor). I know the Wal-Mart has gotten a lot of flack, but really, it's great to have investment in that area.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:14 PM
Fairmount was pretty bad before it turned around. I really think the historic district overlay started that renaissance. I would tend to agree with you that Shaw Clarke never got as bad as Fairmount in its lowest.
Yes, it is good to have Walmart investing in the neighborhood; however, I still think the Urban Village Standards should not have been lowered just to get the company to build a new store. The company has plenty of money and they could have afforded to build a new building without asking to deviate from the standards and guidelines.
Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:51 PM
As a resident of the 'hood' and living on Capps Park, I'll chime in w/ a couple of thoughts. Many people call the area 'Scary Berry' or the 'hood' - that's really not a fair observation. Granted we have arailroad track that seperates us of Ryan Place and Fairmount. This area has some great (and affordable housing). My house was built in 1922 by Joseph Conelly, the owner of Fort Worth Planing Mill. The house is framed with douglas fir - and is stout.
The College of St Thomas More is moving in the OLV convent, the president of the university has purchased a house here.... overall pretty good. The area has suffeed from decline that's true. TABC has taken down a couple of blocks and are building now. It looks like they are here to stay. If they carry out what they indicate on their master plan, there would be senior housing along Hemphill.
Regarding the Walmart. The only design that was rejected was a big blank tan box with no windows (typical Walmart design). Wal-Mart did a good job of selling how this area is worthless and only could be saved by them. They got to a lot of council folks and drove home there story - witnessed by the unpresedented over-ruling by the Mayor of Councilman Burns on a good comprmise motion last year. The Walmart is better than most. we were able to get some tranparentcy, landscaping and screening. So we did accept the store design. Believe me any other Walmart option was a big tan box. The parcel set aside to encourage future development along Berry Street (as requested by Council) is there, however, Walmart put a buried utility vault in the middle of it to ensure that it won't be developed.
Walmart can do better but they know that they can wait out neighborhoods, divide people and get into see people. Multi-billion dollar companies do that and people keep shopping there. I've never stepped foot on their property and will never shop there. I just don't believe in taking advantage of people like they do. HEB was in the wings but folks at the church and City Hall wanted a deal now.
We countinue to strengthen our neighborhood and look forward to the future.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:00 AM
Oh man, I was picturing an actual field of hemp! Good to know, I've always wondered myself.
My high school was named Hempfield ;-)
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