The Mayor is clueless. If Fort Worth was like Minneapolis- 60 sq miles surrounded by tiny cities all around, perhaps it would make sense, and then we could talk about regionalism and perhaps construct something like the Met Council.
But we don't have that. We have a massive sprawling city, and the hundreds of square miles of Fort Worth are already more than adequate to support and need public transit.
What we need to do is get serious about stopping the funding of the prison-industrial complex, start funding needed Police items out of the general fund, and sunset the CCPD.
Does anyone know if the parking lots along the ITC are available? Many suggestions are being made about sites whose availability is unknown. There is probably no harm to make these suggestions other than in their current state, they are inconsequential.
That question could be raised about any of the suggested sites, including Panther Island/TRV.
I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available.
I appreciate this response. I've heard rumblings that the city would similarly dedicate resources to completing the project if federal funding didn't come together.
That's a big stretch. The CCPD 1/2 cent sales tax diverts ~$90 mil a year. The proposed 1 cent property tax diversion for transit is ~$6 mil per year. Panther Island completion still needs on the order of half a billion dollars. I don't see where that comes from.
The Police force is taking in ~$90 million dollars this year from the CCPD- the 1/2 cent of sales tax that is diverted to fund things like police cars and helipads. In contrast, this 1 cent of property taxes we are talking about here is worth about $6 million per year.
"The city funds the T with a half-cent of the city’s sales tax. In 2017, the amount was about $68 million. Austin, which is a little larger in population than Fort Worth, spends $199 million on its public transportation. Dallas spends $538 million."
This is the CITY property tax that we are talking about. Last year, the City decreased the tax rate by 2 cents per $100 valuation. They did this because valuations have increased so much that they have to lower the rate otherwise they bring in too much tax revenue. This year they are looking at a 3 cent per $100 decrease in the rate.
This proposal would reduce this decrease from 3 cents to 2, matching last years decrease, and allocating that extra 1 cent to transit.
The one person for whom Fort Worth can be certain of and who will put P.I. into Mr. Bezos' in-box is Representative Kay Granger.
Based on who the manager of PI is, I think you are right.
It is unfortunate that due to such nepotism this project has been needlessly hamstrung and delayed for so long. Professional management along with public approval for such a massive public spending project would have done wonders for the support and momentum of PI.
I've long thought that the high restrictions proposed for PI were very small time thinking. Perhaps Amazon and the buildings required would be a way to shatter these restrictions.
Houston is an economic powerhouse and tons of people want to live there, events like this just seem inevitable at times.
Really??? I know plenty of people who live there, but they live there because their job is there, or they have family there. I was based there for 10 years, and although life would have been easier had I lived there, I elected to commute from Fort Worth because there was no way I'd move there.
Ask all the XTO folks who are moving there whether they are happy to be moving from Fort Worth. I'm sure they are happy to have a job, but unless they are moving closer to family, I can't imagine more than 10% are pleased to be moving there. Businesses love it there because the lack of zoning and regulation makes it very cheap for everything from housing to land to labor to operations. But there are consequences to all of these things, and in many cases these consequences make it a very undesirable place to live. And that's before we consider the hurricanes and year-round armpit weather.
Gotta wonder how great the Woodlands relocation is looking right now.
We had a tornado plow straight through downtown where all their buildings are.
Just sayin', it's not like they would be 100% safe here, either.
Tornadoes happen everywhere around Texas and the Midwest.
Houston, by design (or lack thereof) is always going to be subject to horrendous flooding, and it's only going to get worse as they continue to pave wetlands and prairies. They have now had four 500 year floods in the past 20 years.
Once again, we find ourselves comparing populations of "cities" without comparing how much land those cities comprise. Austin is 947k in 271 sq miles, Fort Worth is 865k in 350 sq/mi. (My favorite example remains Minneapolis with 382k in 56 sq/mi.) If you believe Fort Worth is in any way a peer to either of those cities, please let me sell you a bridge over dry land. There is a good reason people say Fort Worth has a small town feel...
Well it's really quite schitzo design. The lowest buildings in the area have the unnecessary high pitch roofs which block the city views higher up the hill. Meanwhile higher up the bluff there are more appropriate roof designs. And in the middle is an interesting contemporary clubhouse/pool/office area which probably is the best part of the area. Design by committee perhaps?