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johnfwd

Member Since 20 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 18 2018 06:21 AM
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Sculptures in movie houses

20 March 2018 - 06:49 AM

The Chinese appear to be more imaginative, than us, in their design of movie theaters, as depicted in this article on the CNN website.  It's probably a fanciful idea to expect AMC at Ridgmar Mall to give free rein to a sculpture artist.  

 

https://www.cnn.com/...ship/index.html


Tariffs, interest rates, and Fort Worth construction projects

13 March 2018 - 08:06 AM

National political decisions and economic events often have consequences, potentially of an adverse nature, both at the national and local levels.  The president’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum could provoke a trade war.  An undesirable outcome could be higher costs for steel and aluminum.  If the Fed raises interest rates markedly that could result in tighter restrictions on borrowing to finance capital projects.  Even the uncertainty created by such events may have adverse consequences.  An indirect result locally might be a slowdown in construction.  Plans for new high-rise hotels, residential condos, and mixed-use projects in and around Fort Worth, might be put on hold indefinitely.

 

 


Mosier Valley Park expansion

02 January 2018 - 12:17 PM

Here's an interesting look at a unique part of Fort Worth's and Texas's history, as told in a Channel 5 report.  I didn't know Mosier Valley Park was the first site where freed slaves settled in Texas.

 

https://www.nbcdfw.c...-467640943.html


Fort Worth in cinema history

27 December 2017 - 09:19 AM

While reading another thread about film commissions, I thought about how Fort Worth has been viewed historically in filmdom.  Two classic movies come to mind..."Fort Worth" (a 1951 western starring Randolph Scott) and "Strategic Air Command" (1955 film starring Jimmy Stewart).  I have personal memories of the latter movie in that I grew up on the city's west side under the flight path used by Carswell AFB, which is one of the locations shot in that movie.


No smoking in bars (ho hum)

15 December 2017 - 08:20 AM

When I read this FWBP article about City Council action to ban smoking in bars and bingo parlors my reaction was, yes, "ho hum."  This would have been a controversial decision 20 years ago, maybe even 5 years ago.  But the anti-smoking movement has changed our culture, health-wise for the better, such that this is no longer news.

 

http://www.fortworth...c9f175fe4b.html