revitalization

Amarillo’s Where We’ll Be

October 24, 2023 | By Jennifer Stewart

A Small-Town Enthusiast Embarks on the Revitalization of Bartlett in Central Texas

July 30, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

Robert Zalkin dares to dream small. Beginning in mid-2019, the native of the small town of Liberty, New York, began buying 15 buildings in Bartlett, a once-thriving cotton center 50 miles north of Austin on State Highway 95. He was drawn to Texas because of the welcoming people and economic feasibility of such a project. He intends to enliven the small town by preserving and repurposing its downtown, which he’ll document on Instagram at @downtownbartlett. “I drove through quite a few Texas towns,” Zalkin said, “but when I stepped out onto the red brick streets of Bartlett, it was magical. I felt the old ghosts and knew immediately this was the one.”

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