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I bought a trumpet for high school band from Buzze's, and still buy all my flowers from Mr. Reed. Schmaltz's has the best fresh baked bread ever. They are trying like mad to revitalize downtown, they have built some new apartments and some lofts, but take up all the parking to do so. I have hopes that it will reclaim at least a portion of its former glory, but many of the projects are already having financial difficulties.

Nice pictures. Thanks for visiting.

Great post. Always sad to see all the wonderful buildings sitting empty while everyone shops on the outskirts of town. Great photos too!

Excellent photos - both sad and beautiful.

Cool set! Thanks for sharing.

Waco was always a nice town... I haven't been since '91.

I hope the Feds. vs. the people haven't set them back too far...

Whatever happened to private property rights?

As of last week, the Waco Hippodrome is closing now as well. Unfortunately, Waco cannot seem to get the right people to decide what is needed to be done. This downtown area has so much potential and yet, there has not been anyone who has been able to get anything done. I live here and the one thing that Waco supports are restaurants. If we could get the right restaurants (like Ninfa's which we already have downtown and appears to do well) come in and take a chance, maybe some good will come of it. There is too much "Old Wacoans" that do not like change and will not let things happen here, and until, these persons have been upgraded to modern times and let change happen, Waco will never bring the "money potential" that is just sitting there "waiting to happen". I know I am one of MANY MANY people who feel the same way here. We have a great opportunity to open up this area and bring some local money into our town. It needs to happen.

I am so tired of "Waco" getting slammed for the Mt. Carmel incident. It WAS NOT IN WACO, and it gave this town such a bad name. It was Mount Carmel, not Waco. We just happen to be the closest city so it became a "Waco" incident. When you live here and have tourists come in and associate us with that incident only and automatically pass judgement on this town, it becomes discerning to those that love this town so much. Unless you live here, and understand, that this is a great place to live, no one will think any different. I lived in Dallas and Houston, and I came back here because it is wonderful and quiet and NO TRAFFIC and mess to deal with. It's the best kept secret in the US in my opinion.

Today there are some businesses still operating, and a popular warehouse district nearby, but downtown Waco and its surrounding area has a lot of vacancies.

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easy on the earth. Plant trees. Kill
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all creatures. i will restore the earth
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To most non-Texans, Waco is associated with the 1993 FBI standoff with David Koresch and the Branch Dividians that led to the latter group's fiery death. It's known to me as the city where my mother-in-law lives (also, Ted Nugent). When asked about the downtown area, she explained that after the tornado in 1953, the deadliest in Texas' history with 114 deaths, downtown Waco never recovered. Today there are some businesses still operating, and a popular warehouse district nearby, but downtown Waco and its surrounding area has a lot of vacancies. Let's look at those first.

I do not have time to read it all at the right now but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds.

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I like the picture of the man headed to get his hair cut.. did you notice it must just be a trim.. he is missing most of his hair.. he looks good from the back though.. keep smiling.. things will get better for your town! Look forward to comming there someday!

As an update, downtown Waco is really growing. There are several new bars, coffee shops, galleries, restaurants, lofts, etc. It's taken a while, but things are looking bright in downtown Waco.

If that Thomas Container store was off of Franklin Ave. it was demolished about a month ago. Very Sad ...

I'm in Austin. Looking for abandoned places to photograph in waco

We just visited from California. My wife and I saw 2 country music concerts at the hippodrome, featuring Tracy Byrd and Wynona Judd. We also went to Magnolia and the restaurants and bakeries associated with it. We went to Baylor University to watch a basketball game against West Virginia. We saw some of Baylor baseball also. We love the town. It’s a simple old American town that has character and really nice people. Things that are missing in the big cities and suberbs. Well worth visiting. Show your children a more peaceful time our country used to have.

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