Have You Forgotten About Arlington, Texas?

For a city of about 400,000 people, Arlington is easy to overlook when looking for a home of your own in Tarrant County. We often think of this part of the Mid-Cities as an entertainment destination, not as a home. But things are happening in this second-largest city in the county that are making it better for life and better for play than ever before.

Here are a few things you may not know about that are happening in Fort Worth’s neighbor to the east – according to journalist O.K. Carter, writing in his final column for the Fort Worth Business Press:

Improvements around Globe Life Field. The city has approved an $810 million expansion of its Entertainment District, including a new Loews Arlington hotel with nearly 900 rooms plus a convention center and thousands of new parking spots. Residences, retail, entertainment and coworking are coming to the site of the old ballpark.

School improvements of all sorts. In November, Arlington voters invested in their schools with a nearly $1 billion bond package, which includes replacing some aging facilities. County voters also approved millions for Tarrant County College that will directly impact the too-small Southeast campus in Arlington. In addition, the UT Board of Regents approved a new building and more for the University of Texas at Arlington.

Medical City improvements. Medical City’s hospital on Matlock Road has opened a $60 million Women’s Hospital and broken ground on a $54 million 4-story office building and 7-story parking facility that will open in the spring.

Downtown slowdowns easing. It’s still not finished, but downtown Arlington is getting better with a huge rebuilding of Abram Street as well as a new-mixed use building at Abram and Mesquite – and much more. And have you seen Arlington’s massive downtown library? It’s unlike any other in the area.

Bardin Road changes. In 2010, National Semiconductor closed its plant in Arlington, leaving a hole in the city at 1111 W. Bardin Road, parallel to I-20. But now, that area is Arlington’s leading employment generator with 2 new warehouse and distribution centers on the old semiconductor site and another new building opening in the spring.

Oh, and that’s not all. There’s a Medal of Honor Museum coming to the city. And the GM Plant, plagued for a part of 2019 by a strike that resulted in facilities in other cities closing, survives as it has since 1954 – making popular SUVs and offering good jobs to Arlington area residents.

All of this adds up to booming times in Arlington, a city that shouldn’t be overlooked. More than just a place you pass when traveling I-20 or I-30 from Fort Worth to Dallas, Arlington is the center of the world for some people, organizations and businesses. What role will Arlington play in your next chapter?

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