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We started a blog there! You are looking at the very humble beginnings of Midland Dirt, an offspring of CandysDirt/DallasDirt. In the fall, I went out to Midland to visit a farm/vineyard — yes, they have a LOT of vineyards in the area — and I kind of fell in love. There’s something about Midland terrain that just got to me. By the way, Dallas architect extraordinaire Frank Welch, who lived in Midland, totally agrees with me.

When I saw the hot real estate market first-hand, the dearth of inventory and prices that just about made me choke, I decided we needed a Midland blog.

So I was tickled pink to watch WFAA-TV last night and see a story on belt-tightening in the oil patch: Boom or Bust -Who Makes Money On Falling Oil Prices?

When I was in Midland, I learned that many clients were practically giving designers access to their checkbooks when they hired them.

What’s the budget, one designer asked her client.

There isn’t any, she was told. (more…)

Photo courtesy Charles Henry via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy Charles Henry via Creative Commons

In our culture of “bigger, better, newer, faster,” historic theaters may well be one of America’s most endangered buildings.

There are at least 160 of these beauties in the Lone Star State, once the center of a city’s entertainment district. But now these Arcadias, Palaces, Majestics, Paramounts, and Pioneers often sit in states of disrepair.

Some municipalities or private groups have stepped up and renovated these architectural treasures, like the Pines Theater in Lufkin, the Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, and the Crighton Theatre in Conroe.

But all too often, these buildings are demolished to make way for new development that looks flashier and brings in more rent per square foot.

In Odessa, the Ector Theatre is at the center of just such a situation now, with a proposal to make it part of a new downtown hotel and convention center, a $73 million project. Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital, a real estate investment company, made the proposal for development of the area that would include retaining the historic Ector image, but details are sparse.

Check out the whole story over on MidlandDirt.com!

 

 

While the city tries hard to keep up with the influx of new residents with new water towers, housing is still a tight market it Midland.

While the city tries hard to keep up with the influx of new residents with new water towers, housing is still a tight market it Midland.

This report from the Texas Tribune tells a scary tale for troubled children and teens in the fast-growing areas of Midland-Odessa. It’s impossible to find housing in the oil-boom areas of West Texas, which means that critical workers, including state Child Protective Services caseworkers, have no place to live.

This has resulted in a necessary transciency for some staffers of the over-taxed CPS offices that oversee Midland and Odessa, which may mean that some cases and some children who are victims of abuse are slipping through the cracks:

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