Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 14, Number 2, Fall, 2002 Page: 4
This periodical is part of the collection entitled: Legacies: a History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas and was provided to The Portal to Texas History by the Dallas Historical Society.
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
DALLAS FRINGE COMMUNITIES
AND ANNEXATION, I890-1978
BY JOHN H. SLATE
Fruitdale had its own Fire Department in i957.
n anecdote in Dallas city government
regarding annexation involves businessman
and civic leader John Carpenter.
Carpenter (1881-1959), who advised the
City of Dallas on a number of land acquisition
matters extending back to the city's annexation of
Oak Cliff, once suggested that the Trinity River
bottoms northwest of the city would one day be
a good investment. He himself had significant
land holdings there. City officials listened-but
decided against annexing it. Had they heeded
Carpenter's advice, the City of Dallas might
today include a very valuable piece of land
indeed. The real estate in question? Las Colinas.
The City of Dallas now comprises more
than 400 square miles. Most of its growth has
resulted from the annexation and consolidation
of small towns and villages, both incorporated
and unincorporated. From the acquisition of
East Dallas at the end of 1889 up through the
smaller strip annexations of the 1990s, there have
been more than 600 separate annexations of land.
It is a natural tendency for a city to annex land
to increase the municipality's borders. As a population
grows, so does the need for room to house
it. And, as the City of Dallas has used annexation
and consolidation to acquire land over the last
century, many towns and villages bordering it
have essentially turned into neighborhoods.
According to the United States Geological
Survey, the trend toward increased urbanization
in the western United States during the twentyfirst
century is an unstoppable one. Some view
annexation as "urban sprawl." Among the problems
connected to annexation are issues of
zoning, regional planning, transportation systems,
housing policies, competition for tax revenue,
and lifestyle choices.1 Sometimes the
annexation process has improved living conditions;
other times it has hurt communities.
Disadvantages of annexation and consolidation
include increased taxes, the added costs to
local governments, inner city decay, health and
environmental impacts, and for some communities,
a loss of identity. Ironically, however, annex
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Dallas Historical Society. Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 14, Number 2, Fall, 2002, periodical, 2002; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth35097/m1/6/: accessed June 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Historical Society.