River Oaks is holding themselves back by not allowing any liquor sales. No national grocery store will locate in the city limits. Few restaurants will locate there for the same reason. It is very puzzling to be a "dry" city in this day and time.
True. People here are generally opposed to apartments too, thinking they will just bring problems like crime. If they are nice apartments (like Elan River District) that would not be the case. They need to eliminate the dry aspect to get more economic development, pure and simple. Too many people here are stuck in the past, in my opinion.
I believe Benbrook is also dry and many of your points mentioned would also apply there too if that is the case.
EDIT: though Benbrook is better positioned with Interstate access and the like, including plenty of empty land facing Interstate 20 between Winscott and the Clear Fork Trinity River. River Oaks would need to capitalize on access to 199 via 183 and/or Roberts Cut-Off road (including 820->199->Roberts Cut-Off), and/or proximity to the River District and NAS JRB Fort Worth. The base proximity plays into the plans for the area proposed by NCTCOG, though I was not fond of the plans to connect Meandering directly to 183 by having Roberts Cut-Off south of Meandering becoming Meandering by using the curve (and where Roberts Cut-Off north of Meandering would make a T-intersection with this curve) as I thought this would ruin a potential town center development, although this would make East Gate access easier. I have personally noticed more through traffic using Roberts Cut-Off in my life of living in this area, and to have to turn to continue north or south on Roberts Cut-Off is simply nonsense in my book. My plan would also address the East Gate access issue by providing a slip lane from westbound 183 onto a new "downtown"-type street connecting with Meandering, and a slip lane for eastbound traffic leaving the base onto southbound Roberts Cut-Off for access to 183.
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