A few weeks ago our family drove the two hours south to Corpus Christi. It's the closest beach to San Antonio and makes for an enjoyable day trip. The girls especially enjoyed the Texas State Aquarium and splashing around on the beach. Mommy especially enjoyed the fajitas and the piña colada she had at the seafood restaurant we ate at for dinner.
Daddy, however, was a little disturbed by the buildings.
Corpus Christi is an interesting example of what can happen when a harsh environment exists in a community that, for whatever reason, isn't terribly interested in preserving its past. The 1914 Nueces County Courthouse, for example, exists as a crumbling ruin next to a highway interchange (see image above). The limestone of it's 1936 Centennial Museum has been painted and is being used as a youth boxing ring.
There are examples where buildings have been lovingly preserved and as a city that boomed in the 20th century it has fewer older buildings to preserve in the first place. Still, as far as cities go it is simply not as committed to preservation. That's not to say Corpus isn't a nice place to visit - it is and my family will continue to go there - it just always feels like something is missing. It always feels like Corpus is missing its past.