One Tyler, TX Man Wants Historic Brick Streets Torn Up, All of Tyler Reacts
So, yeah, "One Tyler, TX Man" is definitely hyperbole, while most probably don't agree with this particular Tylerite's stance regarding our brick streets, there are obviously a lot who do.
I'm going to be honest, tearing them up has never even entered my mind.
To start, I don't know if this is a new opinion, or one that I just hadn't come across before. However it's clear that there are a lot of folks with very strong feelings about these historic brick streets of ours. Inspired by a post on Tyler, Tx Rants & Raves, I thought this'd be a good conversation piece, something for us to dive into.
As far as I'm concerned, I've always enjoyed them. It's fun to say "on the brick streets" on the radio. Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival is 25% cooler when it's on the brick streets of downtown Tyler as opposed to just downtown Tyler. On top of that it's something that helps set The Rose City apart from other towns.
But, I suppose if you live on them or have to drive down them daily it could get... umm.. bumpy? Look, I'm trying to stay neutral here, but it's hard to because I definitely have an opinion. How about we dive into what other folks had to say about the suggestion to tear them up.
Yara writes, "Those trying to get rid of the brick roads are equivalent to the a**hole who thought it was a bright idea to tear down the original courthouse for the trash ass one we have now. Seriously. It’s historical and rare in existence."
Dianna declares, "I hate them. They’re the worst downtown by my work. Go down Line Street and over the railroad tracks just once. Anything over 10mph, you’ll be doing a Dukes of Hazard!"
Like I said there are some strong opinions both ways. So what do you think? Would you like to see Tyler's brick streets protected as an important part of our history, or just ripped the eff out?