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Volare

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#107809 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Volare on Today, 08:27 AM

Meanwhile in Dallas...

We sure showed those Feds where they could stick their money!

 

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#107782 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Volare on Yesterday, 01:45 PM

  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.




#107174 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Volare on 08 November 2017 - 04:23 PM

 

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.




#106905 The Worth Residences (24 floors)

Posted by Volare on 27 October 2017 - 02:33 AM

I hope it doesn't look as much like Burnett Plaza as the sketch suggests.




#106769 Best Mexican Food in Fort Worth?

Posted by Volare on 19 October 2017 - 07:29 PM

I dined with a friend at Uncle Julio's last Saturday evening.  Great food!  I didn't know this restaurant was based in Dallas, but now learn it's been sold to a Connecticut firm.  Story in FWBP.

 

http://www.fortworth...2b5f188bea.html

 

They have fantastic fajitas. They have completely ruined me from ordering fajitas anywhere else. Any time I do, I quickly regret it. I wish only that their beer selections were better.




#106767 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Volare on 19 October 2017 - 06:45 PM

Like a morbidly obese person bragging about packing on another 50 pounds.




#106215 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Volare on 27 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

The city of Fort Worth is making 8 proposals. 

 

 

 

Wow. Sounds like a good way to get ignored. 




#106211 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Volare on 27 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

 

This is the first official mention that I've seen about Panther Island as a possible location:

http://www.star-tele...e175681491.html

 

So, city council. About that streetcar . . . 

 

 

Thank you Mayor Mike for saving us from that tyranny and sending that money right back to those Feds!!




#106210 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Volare on 27 September 2017 - 06:12 PM

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.




#105959 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Volare on 19 September 2017 - 07:21 AM

 

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.




#105682 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Volare on 11 September 2017 - 08:32 PM

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.

 

http://www.star-tele...e172727811.html

 

"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."

 

And we wonder why we can't have nice things.

 

 




#105660 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Volare on 10 September 2017 - 10:34 PM

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.




#105606 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Volare on 09 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

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.




#105603 TEX Rail project

Posted by Volare on 09 September 2017 - 12:00 PM

Point of Information, the new big international terminal is Terminal D. Although international flights leave from throughout DFW.




#105599 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Volare on 09 September 2017 - 11:02 AM

A decent article about some of the issues involved in this:

http://www.slate.com...n_s_new_hq.html