I can't remember how long, but there was some downtown in between the old site crashing and the new site being brought up, so, for a while, none of us had any site to go to. I'm sure during that downtime, some of the lesser active members just simply gave up and stopped coming. It also didn't help that the new site required everyone to sign up for another account, which would probably weed more people out. I know the site administrators worked really hard to get this site up and running, so I'm thankful, but I can imagine the switch definitely weeded some people out. But, if you think about it, I'm sure the original site wasn't all that active when it started and then, naturally, over time, it gained a following. The same will eventually happen here.
I haven't been around for TOO long, so I can't remember what the site was like when we were dreaming big about DFW's potential growth, but I can see what you mean about excitement dying. I guess when Dallas experiences explosive growth, you kinda get used to a high rise being announced every few months, so it loses it's appeal very quickly. I think there is nothing wrong with that. Our city is at a different level now, so our expectations are also at a different level. We can and will get excited, but, these days, it takes a much bigger project to excite us, that's all.