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T
he City of Galveston is a master
of reinvention. From a modest
trading outpost at the time
of its founding, it became
an internationally renowned port of
commerce. From there it became the
hapless victim of its neighbor to the
north and their new ship channel, yet
soon after came a nationwide reputation
as a premiere entertainment destination
with its unabashed vice economy of
illegal liquor, gambling, and prostitution.
The inevitable demise of this identity
came at the hands of Texas lawmen in
1957, and yet again Galveston was led to
restructure, reorganize, and find a way to
stay relevant.
Although it took nearly a decade, by
the late 1960s the island city was once
again showing signs of successfully
rebranding itself. On the Seawall, this was
happening by way of the multimillion
dollar Sea-Arama Marine World and the
Flagship Hotel. On the opposite side of
the Island, organizations were working
tirelessly to create an historical district
by rehabilitating the long-neglected
Victorian buildings on the Strand.
But as beneficial as this progress was,
it also amplified the contrast when
compared with the rest of downtown
Galveston, bordered to the east and west
by 20th and 26th Streets and to the north
Galveston’s
Downtown
Shopping
Mall
By Kimber Fountain
Central Plaza
Past & Present |
Galveston Lost
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