Jeeper -- Very nice job. Photos are great... really took some creativity.
In fairness to Lubbock though, I don't think it ever recovered (at least downtown) from the major tornado that hit it in May 1970.
I grew up in Clovis, New Mexico which is 100 miles west of Lubbock. Time and perspective changes a lot of things... I remember how going to Lubbock felt like going to the big city -- I have since lived in many places, including NYC, the SF bay area and Philly. Call me crazy, but somehow Lubbock doesn't seem like the big city anymore.
Also, Jeeper, I saw some photos of Amarillo (i think by you), love to see more. Also, if you are ever passing through Clovis please take a few pics... it's been 13 years since I was last there.
For those not familiar with Clovis, it was once infamously described in Texas Monthly thusly : "Clovis looks and smells like the bad side of Lubbock". Now from seeing these photos of Lubbock, you can only imagine what wonder awaits your eyes when you first see Clovis New Mexico -- "The Cattle Capital of the Southwest".
For anyone to understand Lubbock, I think they have to understand what happened to the city in May 1970. If you compare the new vs. old photos, you will notice there has been virtually no high rise construction in the last 37 years. The following photos and info is from this website (I hope I am not violating any SSP posting rules here):
May 12, 1970: Tornado Leaves Death, Rubble
A massive tornado ripped through the heart of downtown Lubbock late Monday night - leaving death, destruction in the millions, and a city badly crippled. Unofficial estimates placed the dead at 2 a.m. today as high as 20, with more than 200 hurt, at least 14 of those were hospitalized.
I believe these first 4 photos were taken by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal (local newspaper).
These last two are attributed to "spotted"