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Dalworthington.
Dalworthington. 

I first heard this word thirty years ago.  Economist Kent Gilbreath had just informed me the Dallas-Fort Worth area was one city.  I raised an eyebrow.

“What would you call it?”

“Dalworthington,” he said without hesitation. Evidently this had been an economic and statistical discussion point for years.

He also said that based on trends then, and I would expect even more so now, the entire I-35 corridor will become one indistinguishable city.  As you see the creep from the metros on the corridor, Waco, Austin and San Antonio, you see those metros swallow city after city. 

You’re always in city when you drive from Dallas to Fort Worth.  And with ESPN’s announcement this week,  Dallas , Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth and once rural towns like Burleson now suburbs shrink to an almost indistinguishable entity.   ESPN will broadcast more than 80 hours from a studio in the Chisolm Trail Mural parking lot at Third and Main Street. (See Karnegie Musa’s “Parking Lot Cattle Drive” posted on July 21st Texas Photo of the Day).

Vithu Jeyaloganathan said “The identity of one changes with how one perceives reality.”   The distinct identities of the cities in Dalworthington are still vigorous and protective. But despite the political subdivisions, the distinct origins, and the numerous civic prides, the merger continues.

Dalworthington.