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Old Posted Oct 20, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Waco, Texas - birthplace of Dr. Pepper and Big Red (some cool buildings too)

poor Waco has a bad reputation. a railroad publicity stunt that killed people in 1896, an attrocious lynching in 1916, an Air Force base closure, a F4 tornado that hit downtown in 1953 that killed 114 and hit at the same time as "urban renewal," and then the 1993 Branch Davidian siege nearby.

so instead of being known as a soft drink mecca, the birthplace of Dr. Pepper and Big Red, and a city with some nice architecture, it's known as "Whacko."

here's some pics from a hot day in May. the sane people are inside, avoiding the 110+ degree heat index. a heat i hadn't felt since the Kuwaiti desert.

skyline (partial) from Dr. Pepper museum
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the tallest...for the past 99 years

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one of the coolest masonic temples i've ever seen...
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this guy took Dr. Pepper to the big time
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filming the indie movie "Sironia"
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2010, 10:27 PM
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Nice shots, LSyd! Alas, it appears that Waco's central core has been allowed to become quite dilapidated...

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Old Posted Oct 21, 2010, 1:11 AM
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Apparently there is stuff going on to rehabilitate downtown Waco. It is just across the freeway from Baylor University and still is a area with a lot of offices(people do commute to work there).


Unfortunately the Waco Tribune site requires a subscription to see the good articles and the sites for the development projects are kind of limited in terms of renderings.

But you can see a lot of good images on the city's Economic Development homepage http://www.wacochamber.com/downtowndev.php
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I've heard that Waco actually has many fine neighborhoods, both old and new.
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2010, 1:48 AM
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I'd definitely like to see some photos of the Baylor University area, no question about it.

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Very interesting thread.

I love the ALICO Building (sans the 'modernized' lower floors), and the McLennan County Court House is quite beautiful.

But I'm surprised by how desolate the area seems.
Was it a Sunday morning when you took the photos?

Anyway, thanks for posting your photographs.
I can now visualize Waco in my head.
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2010, 2:26 AM
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thanks for the replies.

i wanted to photograph the Baylor area but lost the motivation in the heat. maybe if i'm ever back in the area...

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Very interesting thread.

I love the ALICO Building (sans the 'modernized' lower floors), and the McLennan County Court House is quite beautiful.

But I'm surprised by how desolate the area seems.
Was it a Sunday morning when you took the photos?

Anyway, thanks for posting your photographs.
I can now visualize Waco in my head.
it was a hot sunday afternoon. a hot, hot, sunday afternoon. like insanely, painfully hot. a hot you don't understand unless you've been in it, and had to walk through it to get from point A to point B and back. like i said at the start of this thread:

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here's some pics from a hot day in May. the sane people are inside, avoiding the 110+ degree heat index. a heat i hadn't felt since the Kuwaiti desert.
it was miserably hot.

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If it was in May, I'll bet the humidity was suffocating.
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Waco has some interesting old architecture (a few gems actually), but as someone else mentioned, downtown looks pretty dilapidated & desolate at street level.

It is showing signs of progress however.

Some of those structures though it makes you wonder what the architect was thinking at the time or if they were even thinking at all...specifically numbers 7, 8, & 13.
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Nice pictures. It looks like there's a ton of nice older buildings there.
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2010, 9:29 AM
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Nice. I've always liked the Alico building and would look for it whenever I drove past Waco on I-35.

Perhaps I'm confusing Waco with somewhere else (I was last actually IN the city 10 years ago), but isn't there a small district in downtown with a high concentration of restaurants, shops, et al? Somewhat similar to The Strand in Galveston. Could have changed by now.
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nice pics as always. but man, waco looks dead. i cant believe that this is that close to baylor but still so desolate. thats sad. this whole area should be filled with clubs and bars and resturants and maybe some condos. someone needs to teach those baylor kids how to go party and keep a small town from dying.
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Looks like the 60s were not kind to that place.

Isn't there a really old suspension bridge somewhere in downtown?
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Looks straight out of 1980.

That Alico building is c-r-a-z-y.
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I definitely like a lot of the older buildings, but, the city looks pretty dreadful. Hopefully some revitalization will help improve things.
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Wow, Waco looks like its stuck in 1990 and no rehabilitation of downtown ever took place. For some reason Ive never made it to Waco, maybe Ill visit when I go down to Austin this Christmas. I collect antique bottles though, so seeing the Dr. Pepper museum would be pretty sweet.

Too bad seeing such a craptastic downtown though, hopefully at some point in the future the downtown sees some progress. The city reminds me a lot of Lufkin, TX and its rather large and devoid of life downtown.
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Sad. Waco's downtown has tons of potential. It's really a beautiful setting with the Brazos River on the southern end. You didn't go over to the old suspension bridge? Waco's old suspension bridge was the first suspension bridge in Texas, and the first bridge to cross the Brazos. It was built in 1870 and was designed by the same architect as the Brooklyn Bridge. I wish Waco would start something up with its downtown. It has very nice architecture, but the place feels and looks like a ghost town. They have converted some old office buildings into residential, but it's still one of the sleepiest downtowns in Texas.

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nice pics as always. but man, waco looks dead. i cant believe that this is that close to baylor but still so desolate.
Well, Baylor is on the other side of I-35. That's what did it in. And honestly, there isn't much foot traffic there either. I've been over to the university in November when temperatures were in the 60s, and only saw a few people walking around. Austin almost wound up in the same situation in the 60s with a plan to build a freeway between the Capitol and UT. It would have chopped Austin's core in half. Of course Baylor in Waco is a few miles farther east of downtown, where as UT in Austin directly borders downtown, but it's still a good example of what not to do.
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I have always thought Waco was pretty terrible...Baylor is nice though...
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