>> October/November 2006 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October Arlington Heights had just been annexed by the city of Fort Worth when Carl L. “Pat” Hoera and his young bride, Jennie, found their dream home at 2009 Hillcrest in 1922. It was a perfect one-story red brick English cottage with finely detailed white wood trim. The Hoera home included three bedrooms, one and a half baths and a small room for domestic help. There were also hardwood floors and curved plaster ceilings in the living room.
A number of other bungalows were already built on the block, but none looked like the other. Even then, each had its own unique style and charm. Just a block away was Hi Mount School (now Thomas Place Community Center) on Lafayette St., built in 1921 by contractor Harry Friedman from the designs of architects Clarkson and Gaines. A few blocks over, the Arlington Heights Firehall was built in 1923. The streets weren’t paved yet and they were named Seneca, Mineola and Mohawk, before being re-named Washburn, Harley and Dexter.

>> September/October 2006 Neighborhood Newsletter September/OctoberIs there anything more distressing than waking up to the sounds of a bulldozer taking down your next door neighbor’s home? Unfortunately, some of our neighbors in Arlington Heights have experienced this, though not as often as it’s happening to our neighbors on the north side of Camp Bowie Boulevard where whole blocks have been wiped out and redeveloped into oversized town homes and McMansions. Luckily, the predominant trend on our side of the boulevard is to fix up rather than tear down, even though two beautiful 1920s bungalows in our neighborhood were recently demolished and replaced with duplexes that look more like Mira Vista than the surrounding cottages and Tudors.

>> July/August 2006 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October I left Fort Worth when I went away to college. After 30 years of living everywhere else I returned when I had a child. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t even think I desired it, but something salmon- or swallow-like in my subconscious had me flying this way from Berlin-Lucerne-Seattle-New York-to bring my baby home. I’m married to a German Citizen. I’ve lived in 3 countries and 7 states. But I want to raise my child on the bricks of Camp Bowie.

>> May/June 2006 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October High winds and thunderstorms came through after midnight on May 5, downing trees and power lines in the neighborhood. The firefighters at the Carleton Avenue station went on nine runs before daybreak. It had been a demanding night, but it was all in a day’s work for the crew at Fire Station No. 18. And helping people is one of the main reasons why firefighters sign up for the job.
“Even when I was little, I had dreams about saving people, where I would swim through the air like a super hero to save them,” explains Laura Jean Jenkins, a 22-year fire department veteran and Arlington Heights homeowner. “So it’s not surprising that I ended up being a firefighter.”

>> September/October 2005 Neighborhood Newsletter September/October Camp Bowie Boulevard wouldn’t be here without Denver real estate developers Alfred W. and H. B. Chamberlin who purchased 2,000 acres of land west of the town of Fort Worth in the late 1880s. The two men invested heavily in “Chamberlin Arlington Heights” by constructing a dam to form Lake Como, which they named after the Italian resort. They added an entertainment pavilion and boathouse to attract visitors to their resort. A two-story hotel, Ye Arlington Inn, was built on the high bluff at present day Merrick St. and Crestline Rd. The key component for the success of their new empire was the streetcar line they built in 1892 to connect their development to the city of Fort Worth. The electric trolley line was flanked by two vehicular lanes which was named Arlington Heights Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in the sparsely populated suburban prairie subdivision.