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#1 renamerusk

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:57 AM

Coupled with the infamous Street Car debacle and some recent decisions that have become hotly debated, I am questioning whether or not our leadership is as strong as it ought to be.  There seems too much of a willingness to be a Regionalist; too much of a willingness to follow then to lead; and too much of a willingness to remain subordinate to its neighbor to the east.  Do the times demand another Amon Carter?

 

How is Fort Worth Leadership doing?



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:47 PM

Rename, you have a good point.  Does seem that Fort Worth Mayor Price is teaming up often with Dallas Mayor Rawlings for out-of-state trips to promote some project or other, perhaps mostly from a regional perspective.  I thought about this this morning and wondered if Arlington Mayor Williams gets irritated by not being invited along.  Yes, Amon Carter might have bucked the regionalist tide.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:59 PM

Yea I don't like the regional thing with Dallas too much. When I hear Fort Worth Dallas mayors do joint trade business trades. I feel it is Dallas and Collin Co. that benefit.

 

But to be fair Mayor Price went toe to toe with Dallas city councilman Lee Kleinman when he gripped about a International conference being held in Fort Worth. That Fort Worth led the bidding for, years ago. Scroll down to Star-Telegram  "Like old times at DFW"  :laugh:  http://www.star-tele...le53890400.html



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

This is our local newspaper showing leadership

 

http://www.star-tele...e172631641.html

 

If these are our representative, who needs distractors?



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:14 AM

We've discussed at length the issue of regionalism with respect to the Metroplex, but regionalism is not going to go away anytime soon.  In the S-T article (Post#4), Dallas-Fort Worth is treated as one bidder and may lose out for lack of adequate mass transit, evidently from a regionalist perspective. 

 

In the far distant future perhaps, as Fort Worth and surrounding communities grow to one million population and more, there may be a greater perception that the west side of the Metroplex should be treated almost entirely independent of the east side.  The U.S. Census Bureau may decide to split our region in half, if they believe the count would be more efficient.

 

In the meantime, we may jump on Fort Worth leadership for hopping the regionalist bandwagon, but give them credit for pulling on the reigns every now then to slow that wagon down.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:45 AM

Fort Worth and Dallas used to be two separate metro areas, but our suburbs brought us closer together.

 

I'd like to see Fort Worth anchor its own MSA again. Maybe it will happen when DFW threatens Chicagoland in population.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:06 AM

The U.S. Census Bureau does I believe recognize that the area is comprised of two SMSA's:  Fort Worth/Arlington and Dallas/Irving/Plano.

 

DFW is branding for commercialism. For example, combining TV market, sport territory, weather statistics, purchasing power, etc.

 

The brand has not served the two SMSA's equally. 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:10 PM

Fort Worth and Dallas are separate metro divisions, but are combined in metro area (MSA) rankings.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:14 PM

So far in the past week, under Mayor Price's administration one leasing company lost a tenant to another leasing company because of DDRB politics; and our mayor was left home alone while her regional partner traveled in secret to Seattle to urge Amazon to relocate to Dallas.

 

Terrible leadership.



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:38 AM

I can not yet say or definitively conclude something that is recently becoming a greater concern to me: The seemingly lack of our civic institutions to prioritize Fort Worth's self interest.  In the light of the unabashed and quick movement of a dozen North Texas cities so far who intend to reply to the Amazon RFP, it is alarming to me that the leadership in Fort Worth has been practically silent or has made Fort Worth reply to the A-RFP a regional reply.

 

From CBS11 -

 

Betsy Price, Fort Worth - "She [Price] says she is not surprised so many cities [North Texas] are competing for Amazon..."Why wouldn't they consider it? - the fourth busiest region in the nation..fourth largest metropolitan region behind Chicago...and one of the youngest metropolitan regions".

 

From Fort Worth Business Press -

 

Price said, "When the subject of expanding mass transit is addressed, it should be all of Tarrant County, and not just Fort Worth".

 

Does this sound like a Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas or a Mayor of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas?

 

I have a theory and will share it with you soon.  But what do you think, is my concern justified?






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