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I Love Downtown Arlington: Love Local

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured
by the compassionate actions of its members.

- Coretta Scott King

Since early January 2021, we’ve committed much of our blog, e-newsletter and social media to local stories of love and kindness. It seemed only fitting following the tumult of 2020 that we allowed ourselves cautious optimism for the future, because love, after all, has the power to lift us up and light the way.

Then last week, our business and residential community here in Downtown and across the City once again faced devastation, this time by an epic winter storm which took down the power grid across the state. But did you notice that unlike some areas in Texas, we in Arlington stuck close to one another? Warming stations, fresh water distribution, blanket drives, neighbors helping neighbors, folks buying gift cards from local businesses, and proactive communication from the City of Arlington made up our arsenal. The pandemic showed us and the storm reminded us – as if we had any doubt – that we have each other’s backs.

This week is the final week of our I Love Downtown Arlington campaign, and we’re celebrating what we love most of all about Downtown. 

We love local.

To us, local means hometown, home runs, homestyle cooking, and homegrown. It means having a Pavlovian response to the smell of J. Gilligan’s Irish Nachos and getting a little choked up when our kids march by in the Arlington Independence Day Parade. It means meeting up with friends on our favorite Downtown patio, cheering for the UTA Mavericks, and catching a great concert, show, exhibit or play. It means remembering the ways things used to be, standing by Downtown businesses during tough times today, and working together for a strong, sustainable future.

Discover all the guest blog posts and feature stories of our I Love Downtown Arlington campaign:

Now it’s your turn. What do you love about Downtown Arlington? Please leave your comments below or in our social media feeds.

Three More Reasons to Love Local    

Within the last week, the City of Arlington has made three important announcements. In their own unique ways, they reflect a desire to build a culture of caring throughout our city. We encourage you to learn more and get involved. #ArlingtonKindness 

Unity Council

After eight months of research and a series of community conversations, the citizen-led Unity Council presented a proposed racial equity plan to the Arlington City Council on Tuesday.

Storm Recovery Resources

Through a newly established Storm Recovery resource site, the City of Arlington has centralized valuable information, resources and updates on the winter storm recovery.


CodeRED, a web-based emergency notification system, allows the City of Arlington to securely send information and urgent notifications to residents and businesses over phone, text message and email. This free service provides quick communication dissemination within minutes.