Crime has been plummeting nationwide. It hasn't fallen here because of the CCPD. All that has gotten us is hundreds of millions of dollars thrown into the prison-industrial complex which is always happy to spend more money. Consider, this year they are getting $70 million that they don't even have to produce a budget for. They are spending this tax money on all sorts of things that the CCPD was never supposed to fund. And it'll get renewed this year with zero discussion and another rubber stamp.
The thing is, we could sunset the CCPD over a ten year period and not reduce police funding at all, by rolling the difference into the rapidly growing general fund (where it should have been all along.)
Do members of the forum think they will continue to operate this as an office building, or do you think they will convert it to another use? What do you think they will do with the 1/4 block vacant parcel on the block?
It's a poor venue for anything other than racing. No one goes to a concert wanting to sit a quarter mile from the stage. Even with their big video board.
And to be honest, if given the choice between going to see a concert at a super speedway - and, as you say, sit a quarter mile from the stage - that's stuck way out in far north Fort Worth with the only things around it being some strip malls, or going to Dallas to see a concert at a real venue like the AAC or the Granada and be right in the middle of a lot of much more interesting bars/restaurants for before/after, I'd pick Dallas every single time.
But there is a Buc-ee's right there! What more do you want??!!
The initial proposal was significantly altered in an attempt to garner the approval of the 1% who run this town. When they pulled their approval for even this modest plan, the streetcar was dead. My guess is the Magnolia expansion being fast tracked is what prompted the scuttling of the whole thing. Nothing happens here without the 1% approval. That's the big difference between Fort Worth and Dallas- Fort Worth is small enough to be dominated by a very few.
Shame on those who put their protectionist self-interests ahead of the City's future.
Unfortunately, those very few who control this City are the same ones who always put their self-interestes ahead of the City's future. That saying about Fort Worth being a City that feels like a small town? This is a City that runs like a small town.
I believe it is the former. I think if you build it they will use it. Also it would potentially help ease teaffic during gamedays as many residents and fans would most likely use it to get to the campus.
Went to a TCU/University of Minnesota game a few years back in St. Paul. They have a light rail line that goes right by the stadium. We used it to go over the game area and eat ahead of time. But it was a close game, meaning everyone was still in their seats at the end. The lines for the light rail were a disaster.
Fortunately they have robust bike share and we were able to locate a station and made the short 4-5 mile ride back to our hotel in the dark via bike paths into downtown.
I would not count on public transport for any sort of event like that were you are looking at the possibility 40-50k people leaving at once. But what are we really talking about? 6-7 home games. Maybe 2-3 of them are close enough that the crowd leaves at once. For smaller events like basketball or baseball, it would be great.