In the four months since we moved, we have found that none of the boundaries between these three cities makes much difference day-to-day. There are different taxing entities, different access to services (usually based on the taxing entity). There are taxing entities (Tarrant County, Tarrant County College system, etc.) that include each of these. So far has I have noticed, and I have even asked a variety of people, there is no noticeable preferential treatment or discrimination based on where one lives.
On the other hand, not far to my east is Irving. I don’t know all that much about Irving, but I have found that the Irving version of some stores or services is closer to where I work than the next closest store or service of the same kind to my west.
Irving, though, is across the county line and on the other side of the DFW airport and highway 360.
Something about the way the DFW metroplex has developed, I have noticed that this perceived boundary between the Dallas side and the Fort Worth side is really quite real.
I am trying to figure this out. At the same time, I realize that I live within other boundaries that are more based on perception than reality. Architectural style, age of neighborhood, proximity to a WalMart (among others) that some might perceive as establishing boundaries.
Are you aware of the boundaries within which you tend to live? Which of them are actual, which are perceived?