A changing Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex has led to ranchers and farmers moving further and further out of the city. Prosper, just north of Dallas, was once home to my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Don who raise cutting and roping horses. Economic and population growth in both Dallas and Fort Worth have changed the surrounding areas as city life encroaches on country life. Prosper, like many DFW suburbs, has become a confusing mix of remaining farmland and brand new buildings. The land Don and Debbie once lived on now is a shiny development. It’s weird, driving around on so much concrete, remembering what it once was but unable to orient myself. Is this where the barn was? Or here?
Don and Debbie moved to Weatherford in 2013. It’s west of Fort Worth. They are hopeful that new developments won’t reach them as they are surrounded on all sides by plenty of farms and ranches.
This series toggles back and forth between where Don and Debbie once lived and where they live now. Their story is one of many as the DFW metroplex continues to expand outwards with no end in sight.