If any topic ever deserves it own thread, this may be it.
BTW, I like the M&O units over the Tandy units.
I was going to make this a poll, but I figured it would be better to just say what you believe was the worst thing to happen. I know a lot of you have your opinions on it, so I'll just make this one open.
I'll start it off by saying that I believe demolishing the old Med. Arts Building for Burnett Plaza was an absolutely awful idea. I HATE Burnett Plaza. I'm sure many of you know that... but it's NOT what I think is the worst decision.
Honestly, I think getting rid of the old Tandy (Leonard's) Subway was the biggest mistake. I'm sure many of you wont agree with that, but I feel that it could have been something more. We could have been the only city in Texas with a full, functioning subway system. Sure it was only a mile and went from one stop in downtown to a parking lot a mile northwest, but it was still a subway.
Maybe I'm being to overly optimistic, but I could envision a subway line running up and down Throckmorton, Houston, 1st, & 9th Street. Of course, it would only stay underground in downtown. I'd be crazy to suggest a full underground subway anywhere outside of it. The rest of it would be typical light rail.
Just my take. It's not gonna happen now, but a guy can dream.
It totally breaks my heart to think that we could've expanded the subway. I didn't even know that was an option. I think between shutting down the subway and demolishing Hell's Half Acre that those two things really would have helped Fort Worth maintain a stronger national and regional identity. The subway at the very least would be an awesome tie into a modern streetcar system (like Philadelphia), and Hell's Half Acre would probably be Sixth Street (Austin) meets The Strand (Galveston). Gosh now my night is ruined thinking of all that wasted opportunity. I'm sure I'll get over it soon.
The city actually had a plan in the '70s to take over the Leonard's subway and expand it through the rest of downtown and the surroundings. I used to have a PDF of the plans. I dearly wish I hadn't lost it.