This is what happens in the Tarrant County job market. Tarrant County gets the warehouses and the blue collar jobs. Dallas County gets the new office buildings and the white collar jobs.
If getting more white collar jobs and new office buildings is what we need to become more like Dallas then I will be more than happy to accept more blue collar jobs and more warehouses in exchange for less pretentiousness. Just my opinion of course, but as a native Fort Worthian who returned after a 17 year stint away, I have really come to appreciate Fort Worth and where it is trying to head as a city.
One thing I have noticed as an underlying theme on this forum is the need to validate the quality of Fort Worth and it's image based on the amount (or lack) of skyscrapers in our skyline. Fort Worth is a very unique and interesting city that has a strong identity and character that you can't replicate or produce. All my friends from the west coast that have visited me have really enjoyed their time here and they loved the Cowboys, Culture and and laid-back vibe that is the backbone of our city. Many of them mentioned to me (and I have heard the same from visitors to our city) that FW is very underrated and they even called it a hidden gem.
Yes I am a skyscraper enthusiast and I have lived in a few cities with iconic Skylines (SF, Seattle & Chicago) so I love skyscrapers, however I also don't believe that having more skyscrapers increases the quality of life in any particular city. I actually think it does more harm to the quality of life than it does to help it because it causes rents and property taxes to go through the roof which squeezes out those who may not be able to afford those costs. I was in SF for several years and I loved my time there and all that it had to offer, but I also loathed a lot of it as well. I finally had to leave because I could no longer afford to live there. Teachers, police officers, firefighters, restaurant/retail workers and those who are not super rich or in the tech field cannot afford to live in the city. It has basically become a gated community and playground for the super rich. Seattle & Austin are great examples of cities following this new trend and I hope FW doesn't allow itself to join that fraternity. I actually like the fact that FW is taking it's time in creating a livable city by focusing on the central core and creating mixed use neighborhoods along the river and surrounding areas that will hopefully endure and help people of all walks of life feel as though they are a part of a community and not excluded from it. If it takes more blue collar jobs to keep the friendly laid-back feel this city offers then sign me up.
Sorry for going off topic. I will get off of my soapbox now.