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#107691 "Local" radio in financial trouble

Posted by AndyN on 07 December 2017 - 04:12 PM in Politics

I generally gave up on WBAP when they moved their studio to Victory Plaza in Dallas. The fact that they no longer play the national ABC news at the top of the hour didn't help either.

#107681 Gov owned land downtown

Posted by AndyN on 07 December 2017 - 11:06 AM in City Issues

I don't think you're phrasing that right. It's an agency authorized by the State of Texas but serves its member cities. http://www.statutes..../htm/TN.451.htm

#107504 The View of Fort Worth at Northside & 35

Posted by AndyN on 27 November 2017 - 12:10 PM in Residential

As I was toodling around this weekend doing various things, I drove by this site a couple of times and noticed that concrete columns are starting to appear as the project rises out of the ground. I didn't get any pictures but construction is well underway.


Is there a project name for this that can update the thread title yet? I see an August 7th report that says it will be called "The View of Fort Worth". Can anyone confirm?

#107437 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 22 November 2017 - 10:29 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I assume the house has sold as the "for sale" sign is gone.

#107339 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 16 November 2017 - 12:27 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

As a resident since 2006, I've noticed that long term residents on the north end of Samuels still call it Rock Island and I think many of them scorn the effort to rebrand the area. I have also heard it called The Point or Live Oak Point due to the numerous trees and the oxbow geography.


As for the Talbott Wall house, I can't help but wonder if a sale is impending. I saw some things that make me think it is getting close. As the property was also rezoned to allow for residential or commericial use, I'd be very curious to see whether it gets restored for a business or a family.

#107149 Pecan Square - Northlake

Posted by AndyN on 07 November 2017 - 11:15 AM in Residential




Mixed use development on 1158 acres on FM 407. Residential units could top 3000.

#106997 FW Chamber: Promote GE move to FW

Posted by AndyN on 31 October 2017 - 02:18 PM in City Issues

No way will it be shut down. GE is the primary supplier of Tier IV compliant locomotives in the US. By primary I mean the vast majority of compliant locomotives are built by GE. The other major builder has only just begun to produce Tier IV compliant locomotives. In the locomotive business in North America there is GE, Progress Rail and a handful of small outfits. GE and Progress Rail account for almost all new locomotives sales in North America.

Whether GE owns the locomotive division going forward or not doesn't matter much. Someone will buy it.



Interesting that Caterpillar (Progress Rail) bought GM's EMD with financing from BN's Berkshire Hathaway.

#106847 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by AndyN on 24 October 2017 - 10:50 AM in Announcements

I have an appointment at the General Land Office on Friday morning, so I won't make it. 

#106756 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 19 October 2017 - 02:49 PM in Transportation

I don't think Ron lives in Fort Worth.


I'm glad y'all found each other to debate with. Keeps me from tilting at windmills.

#106269 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 29 September 2017 - 03:46 PM in City Issues

Do it east of the ITC and continue the HSR line onwards from Dallas.


I can't help but wonder if that is impractical due to the fact that the tracks east of the ITC are all operated on by diesel-electric locomotives whereas the eastern sites are (mostly) electric locomotives. Not sure about the logistics of having to provide adequate ventilation.

#106260 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 29 September 2017 - 02:54 PM in City Issues

Interesting article in the Dallas Biz Journal and something I had thought of. Put the HQ2 on top of the bullet train station ala Tokyo's Shinjuku Station.



#106200 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 03:16 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I think the house has been connected to utilities, the foundation has been completed and some paint has been touched up. I believe the house is going to be listed soon and the owner has applied for a zoning change with a historic overlay to prevent future threats to the structure. This picture is from last week before they painted the foundation trim.





#106192 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 11:15 AM in Transportation

I'm guessing actual operation of the line will be contracted to an experienced private operator like Herzog does for the TRE. 

#106111 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 25 September 2017 - 04:01 PM in Transportation

I feel like we've had this discussion before. LOL

#105970 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 19 September 2017 - 11:15 AM in City Issues

Any proposal Fort Worth sends with Dallas will be seen as a Dallas proposal. Fort Worth would be much better off submitting its own proposal despite Amazon's request for one proposal per metro area.


Fort Worth used to anchor its own metro area, and is by far the largest U.S. city to not anchor its own census-defined metro area.


IMO, Fort Worth ought to be considered its own metro area.



Well apparently Frisco didn't get that memo because they've already produced a video including Jerry Jones touting Frisco. There's your regional effort.

#105837 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 15 September 2017 - 10:43 AM in City Issues

I was under the impression that TRWD only acquired the land they needed for the bypass channel. I don't have time to fact check that information, but at the very least, La Grave field and the surrounding land is privately owned.


Edit: So is Panther Island Brewing at 501 N. Main.  I tried doing a georeference search for other area properties, but TAD's site isn't cooperating.


Edit 2: Scratch that on La Grave.  It is owned by the water district, but I believe the current proposal to field a team there calls for a private land owner to swap nearby land for the field with TRWD.


TRWD is probably the largest owner of property in the P.I. area. Followed by Panther Acquisition Partners, the current owner of LaGrave Field and nearby tracts. One of the larger parcels on the west side is still owned by Union Pacific/St. Louis Southwestern. I'm pretty sure they are willing to sell as they are no longer providing service to that site.


As others have reported, Jim Lane was longtime friends with Carl Bell and made arrangements for TRWD to buy several of Bell's tracts for above market rates when he was going through bankruptcy. But that is a matter for the politics page. The remainder of Bell's tracts including the ballpark went to his creditors who then sold to Panther Acquisitions. 


I'm sure Amazon could put together a sufficient sized tract to build a nice HQ.

#105721 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 13 September 2017 - 02:31 PM in Transportation


This bridge is an absolute monster. I noticed in the last week that you could see the pylons coming into downtown on 121 and girders started going up this week.




Yes, and looking like quite the roller coaster ride.

#105697 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 12 September 2017 - 01:47 PM in City Issues

Sorry for the double post, but rename asked about TRV funding.  I've gone back and read posts from last year and I'm unclear on where the funding stands. It sounds like it's been approved as part of one bill and appropriated in another omnibus spending bill.  After both bills were approved, there was mention that there was no guarantee the Corps passes up backlogged projects to fund TRV and that the money could disappear in future funding cuts.  My point was that funding still may be in limbo and I was concerned that the funding and construction timeline may not match up with Amazon's wants or needs.  More of a question than a statement.


I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available. I believe the majority of the delays are over now and we won't see any issues like with the bridge construction. At least I hope not.


As for transportation, the PI folks are actively planning for a transit line. Wouldn't take much to extend it to 9th and Jones Intermodal Station.


I think PI is a great suggestion for Amazon. Housing, office and amazing lifestyle all in a central location. I hope the CofC, the Mayor, and JD Granger get together with a knock it out of the ballpark proposal.

#105696 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 12 September 2017 - 01:34 PM in Transportation


DART - Downtown Dallas to DFW Airport: 10 stops,  65 to 70 mins.




Man, that orange line ride to the airport is a beating. I rode out one night just to see the line and I didn't get past Northlake College before I gave up and turned around.

#105171 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by AndyN on 22 August 2017 - 09:10 PM in Announcements

Dentist appointment on Thursday. If I make Benito's, I might not be eating.

#104867 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 13 August 2017 - 09:04 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

The house is down on the new foundation now and the artificial stone blocks are being installed and look great. I'll try to grab a picture this week.

#104736 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 08 August 2017 - 02:43 PM in Transportation

Man, it's about butts in seats. Identify where your riders are, where they want to go and connect the two places.


Battery ZEBs sound good, but what is the environmental cost of the total lifecycle of the batteries? Not sure what flavor battery they are going with but lithium titanate batteries were mentioned on one of the buses electricron linked to. Battery production has issues and then end-of-life recycling and/or disposal need to be looked at in the big picture.


Personally, I prefer ETBs, but I realize the T doesn't have a budget for that and many complain the overhead contact system is visual pollution..

#104666 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 04 August 2017 - 11:25 AM in Transportation


Stadler completes first US assembled FLIRT for TexRail project:



#104647 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by AndyN on 02 August 2017 - 03:56 PM in Transportation


"She (Mayor Price) also discussed a possible $400 million bond issue in 2018 -- with 65 percent of that money dedicated to transportation."


I'm sure in city-speak that means streets.

#104553 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by AndyN on 28 July 2017 - 10:07 AM in Announcements

Too many projects on my desk today. I'll have to try again in August.