Page 10 - Amarillo Senior Link Magazine Winter 2021 - Online Magazine
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Courtesy of Amarillo Public Library

           School was built on Bell Street. That meant students   •   Hodgetown, our AA minor league baseball stadium,
           and their parents no longer came downtown to         brought 400,000 people to Center City in its first
           school.                                              season in 2019. After closing for the pandemic year,
                                                                319,000 people attended games in 2021.
         •   Finally – and this happened throughout the country
           – shopping patterns changed.  People started       •   New places to live include apartments in the
           shopping close to where they lived instead of close to   FirstBank Southwest Tower, the Lofts on 10th, The
           where they worked.  First came Wolflin Village, then   Parkview Apartments, Vineyard Manor, The Fillmore
           Sunset Center, then Western Plaza, then Westgate     Lofts and The Firestone apartments.
           Mall and finally, the Shops on Soncy. Downtown had
           banks, courts and offices, but retail shops sat empty.  •   The Barfield Hotel, a luxury hotel, opened at 600 S.
                                                                Polk St. with more than 100 rooms, a Speakeasy, an
         In the 1990s, a group of citizens formed Center City of   Italian restaurant, a rooftop patio, a lobby bar and full
         Amarillo as a nonprofit organization to revitalize our   amenities.
         historic downtown.
                                                              •   The Downtown Dining District boasts 30 restaurants
         Today the work of Center City is evident as downtown   from Scratch Made Bakery and Sunday Kitchen on
         Amarillo has a new life:                               West Sixth Avenue to the fine dining Amarillo Club
                                                                and OHMS on Tyler Street. Las Brisas Steakhouse
         •  The Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts       has opened on Buchanan Street adjacent to the new
           opened to rave reviews in 2005. The Center is        Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. Center
           the home to the Amarillo Opera, the Amarillo         City has added to our city’s quality of life with fun
           Symphony and the Lone Star Ballet as well as touring   events including:
           productions. The Center and the Amarillo Civic
           Center Complex form the foundation of the Amarillo        ◦  The Amarillo Community Market, downtown
           Cultural District of the Texas Commission on the         each Saturday in the summer, with more than 50
           Arts.                                                    vendors

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