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bclaridge

Member Since 28 Jun 2014
Offline Last Active Jan 19 2018 08:50 PM
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In Topic: TCC Students Call 911 on Professor

19 January 2018 - 04:22 AM

What does his behavior have to do with teaching an astronomy class?  Some professors do like to be creative with teaching their courses, but this just crosses a line in my book.

 

I would have been scared myself had I been in his class and would have probably called the police myself if I felt it were safe to do so.  With campus shootings being a fear of many people, behaving in a manner that could be perceived as threatening someone with a weapon is simply not okay.


In Topic: River District news

05 January 2018 - 09:41 PM

My understanding is that it fell thru but Fort Capital is working with others to restart. Apartments still ago but rest out until more funding

 

That's unfortunate if Crystal Springs did fall through.  I was really looking forward to seeing development there, hopefully it will come sooner rather than later.

 

That said, things have started to reach a "critical mass" in the River District with the Elan complex, Salsa Limón, and the other residential developments there.  Many of the pre-existing businesses have even renovated their buildings.

I'd love to see some of the redevelopment continue along the river towards downtown; my family has property next to that stretch of the river that I'd like to try and help develop once that starts happening.


In Topic: New elementary school for the Tanglewood area

28 December 2017 - 05:21 AM

Something seems off the story. They have the land listed for sale. http://images3.loopn...M8/document.pdf

I doubt they were going to build a retirement center but sell for a retirement center. My two cents this is a strategy to get price up

 

I was thinking that too, with regards to selling to a company wanting to build a retirement center.  Property in this area is pretty valuable, but might be even more valuable going towards other uses (like office space), but who knows?

 

 

I agree wholeheartedly. Schools, especially elementary schools should be built off the traffic grid.

 

This site is just located too far from the neighborhoods where the kids are living, and I don't think building an elementary school in a commercial district is the wisest choice.  The best example of a "misplaced" elementary school in the FWISD that I can think of would have to be Alice Contreras Elementary, which is adjacent to an industrial/warehouse district and is largely detached from the neighborhoods which it serves (much of the housing across the street from Contreras is actually for the seminary).  Contreras is not on the "traffic grid" so to speak, but isn't in an ideal location either as trucks may drive through the area coming to and from the warehouses.  

 

It would be preferable if FWISD could acquire some of the other empty land that is already in neighborhoods west of Hulen, like the Overton Woods example I previously mentioned.  The intersection of Bellaire and Arborlawn would be another possibility, although the proximity of the Chisholm Trail Parkway might bring road noise issues into the equation unless a sound wall were built.


In Topic: New elementary school for the Tanglewood area

23 December 2017 - 10:37 PM

Though this update is a little bit late, the Star-Telegram states that FWISD will most likely select the site behind First Command and Ahavath Sholom for the Tanglewood relief school.

 

According to the article, Ahavath Sholom had planned to use their empty property for an assisted living community.  Here are my suggestions that would still allow Ahavath Sholom to use most of their empty property (around 3 acres) and maintain an adequate-sized swath of property (roughly 9 acres) for the Tanglewood relief school.

 

Personally I would prefer to see the new school be built at the southeast corner of Bellaire and Ranch View, or in Riverhills, in order to keep the school in a neighborhood setting.


In Topic: Proposed housing in Randol Mill Road area

16 December 2017 - 04:44 AM

I've always wondered why that area wasn't developed.

 

In terms of housing developments, the area is in the Trinity floodplain.  Plus with regards to families wanting to move into that area, the FWISD schools in east Fort Worth aren't the best.

That said, River Trails is also close to the floodplain (but just outside the flood risk zone), though they get HEBISD schools.