In recent decades, the biggest marketing tool for Grapevine, Texas, a city northwest of Dallas, was its historic feel, but now its downtown area is experiencing a surge in development and is transforming the city, reports Steve Brown for the Dallas News.

"We've had almost $700 million worth of projects announced in the last 26 months -- that's a lot of stuff," said Bob Farley, Grapevine's director of economic development.

A $1 billion-plus TEX Rail line will link downtown Fort Worth with DFW International Airport, adding to the construction fervor.

"Downtown Grapevine, given its fiscal tightness, will always be somewhat unique," Farley said. "There aren't many places like this in North Texas, and the city was smart enough to realize what it had and stuck with a plan to bring it back."

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