Actual or Percieved Boundaries?

I work in Euless, Texas.  I live nearby; my mailing address says I live in Hurst, but my house is actually within the city limits of Fort Worth.

In the four months since we moved, we have found that none of the boundaries between these three cities makes much difference day-to-day.  There are different taxing entities, different access to services (usually based on the taxing entity). There are taxing entities (Tarrant County, Tarrant County College system, etc.) that include each of these.  So far has I have noticed, and I have even asked a variety of people, there is no noticeable preferential treatment or discrimination based on where one lives.

On the other hand, not far to my east is Irving.  I don’t know all that much about Irving, but I have found that the Irving version of some stores or services is closer to where I work than the next closest store or service of the same kind to my west.

Irving, though, is across the county line and on the other side of the DFW airport and highway 360.

Something about the way the DFW metroplex has developed, I have noticed that this perceived boundary between the Dallas side and the Fort Worth side is really quite real.

I am trying to figure this out. At the same time, I realize that I live within other boundaries that are more based on perception than reality.  Architectural style, age of  neighborhood, proximity to a WalMart (among others) that some might perceive as establishing boundaries.

Are you aware of the boundaries within which you tend to live?  Which of them are actual, which are perceived?


2 thoughts on “Actual or Percieved Boundaries?

  1. Historically, culturally, in reality, there are differences between Dallas and Tarrant Counties. I won’t bore you with details here, but know that it is a reality and not just a perception. To this day, I am fine with people saying I am from Ft. Worth (or anywhere in Tarrant Co. actually.), but I am NOT ok if someone says I am from Dallas. It is not only ‘wrong’ to me, but offensive.
    I believe all of this is independent of the lines drawn between the Central Texas Conference of the UMC and the N. Texas Conference, but I wonder if they were drawn that way based on the histories between the two Counties.

  2. I wouldn’t argue that there aren’t differences; I am, perhaps as a newbie, discontent that my frame of reference will always look east rather than west of where I am.

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