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Old Posted Jul 4, 2007, 3:41 PM
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Why no shots of Texas Tech? I mean that campus has to be at least decent, right?
I'm curious about that, as well.

One of the job openings my brother applied for was at a Texas Tech branch campus in Abilene, but I really doubt he's that interested, other than maybe as a fallback in case a whole lot of other things fall through.
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I'm going back to Lubbock tomorrow, and I planned on getting some Tech photos then. I didn't want to put the nice looking Texas Tech photos in the same thread with the downtown photos. That would be like eating rotten meat before having cheesecake, the bad taste would still overwhelm the good.


Thanks for the compliments. Many people tend to compare Lubbock and Amarillo because they are so close in distance (120 miles) and size (about 200k metro). They are however quite different. Downtown Lubbock has long since seen its heyday, and there have been no serious attempts to revive it since then. Some of that can be attributed to the tornado, but not all of it. The simple fact is that Lubbock is more economically anchored around it's true cash cow, Texas Tech University, than it is around its commercial center, so downtown takes a back seat.

Aesthetically, the city doesn't seem to care as much about its image as most other cities, in my opinion anyway. With the exception of the Texas Tech campus, the newer developments in the southwest, and the many playa lakes around the city, there is very little green to be found. The city is laden with enough asphalt parking lots to provide parking for a population 3 times its size.The roads are atrocious. There are nasty dips everywhere, and in most cases you cannot even see the lane striping. There have been many times where I'm not sure if I'm on a 2 or 3 lane avenue.
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2007, 5:27 PM
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heh, great pics, especially the toilets. no pics of the murals though? i liked the murals, even if they all had to do with cows or buddy holly. i was there about a year and a half ago for a law school competition.

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in a wierd way, i'd kind of like to go back for a day and see the wwii glider museum. it's really not too bad for a metro of 250,000 in the middle of bfe.

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Old Posted Jul 4, 2007, 7:16 PM
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Thanks for the virtual tour of Lubbock. You really managed to capture the desolation in your carefully composed pics. The bathroom pics are badass.
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No wonder the Texas Tech students drink so much lol! Ain't shit else to do in good ole Lubbock. I'm sure Bobby Knight was like WTF when he first flew in for an interview
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look so.....empty.
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2007, 10:45 PM
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Haven't been to Lubbock since the 80's. Where were these pics taken?



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Those old tornado pics are scary. But then again, so are the pics of Lubbock today.

Like a couple of others, I'm voting for the brick streets.
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that NTS building is excellent. Reminds me of America's 1st Modernist skyscraper- the PSFS building in Philly.
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No wonder the Texas Tech students drink so much lol! Ain't shit else to do in good ole Lubbock. I'm sure Bobby Knight was like WTF when he first flew in for an interview
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Haven't been to Lubbock since the 80's. Where were these pics taken?



That is the Depot District, just south of downtown. A bunch of old warehouses that have been turned into various bars.
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No wonder the Texas Tech students drink so much lol! Ain't shit else to do in good ole Lubbock. I'm sure Bobby Knight was like WTF when he first flew in for an interview
Knight actually likes it a lot and had spent a lot of time in Lubbock long before his job at Indiana was ever in trouble. He was good friends with some of the Tech administration and used to come down to Lubbock to go hunting a lot. He's also a lot closer to his fishing. Knight does a lot of fishing in Colorado and Lubbock is only a couple of hours drive from Colorado so it isn't too bad.
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Very nice shots. I esp. liked the very first one.
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that NTS building is excellent. Reminds me of America's 1st Modernist skyscraper- the PSFS building in Philly.
The NTS Tower. It's also known as the Metro Tower. The building is 274 feet tall, (244 to the mainroof) and has 20 floors. It was built in 1955 and at the time was the tallest building in West Texas for 3 years until the Wilco Building in Midland was built. That building is 307 feet with 22 floors was built in 1958. I also have a height for atleast one of those antennas up there, 313 feet. I think they've added one if I'm not mistaken.
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Interesting how you can see the repairs from the tornado damage on the NTS Building some 30 years later:



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lubbock is so.......Boring but your pics actualy make it look descent. my millionare grandparents Retiered to that city.they lived in cal!
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About to head back to Lubbock this morning. I'll try to snap a set from Texas Tech. With the new high rise dorms and parking structures they've built, TTU's campus looks like a nicer downtown area than downtown itself.
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Doesn't look as bad to me. Inspite of some crappy parts I don't think there's any need to aplogize for posting them.

Otherwise why even waste time doing that?
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the tallest looks like it was influenced by PSFS in philly
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