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Volare

Member Since 02 Apr 2009
Offline Last Active Feb 23 2018 09:34 AM
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#108826 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by Volare on 08 February 2018 - 09:14 PM

Looks like some kind of hazardous materials symbol.

 

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#108711 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by Volare on 02 February 2018 - 02:42 PM

#2 is just a cynical way of killing any talk of funding. By doing a county wide referendum- including Arlington- you guarantee the defeat of the measure.




#108687 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Volare on 31 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

TTA seems to think that it's sort of a third rail that can't be touched. One of their spokespeople said as much at the informal meeting before the Council meeting last night.

 

Perhaps TTA won't touch it, but someone needs to. This cannot be rubber stamped again with zero discussion.




#108679 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by Volare on 31 January 2018 - 01:02 PM

 

​I interpret that to mean he is going to try to market the tract to the hospitality industry.

 

Well we already lured the Hampton Inn downtown.

 

Maybe this time we can get a La Quinta!




#108677 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Volare on 31 January 2018 - 12:31 PM

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.)




#108658 Project Sundance

Posted by Volare on 30 January 2018 - 09:20 AM

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?

 

Parking garage, parking lot, bank, QT.

 

In order of priority.




#108656 Kay Granger seeking to Chair the House Appropriations Committee

Posted by Volare on 30 January 2018 - 09:10 AM

I don't understand why a representative who refuses to hold town halls is up for any sort of consideration.




#108629 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by Volare on 29 January 2018 - 12:28 PM

Or a bank. Or a QT.




#108628 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by Volare on 29 January 2018 - 12:16 PM

 

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??!!




#108610 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by Volare on 29 January 2018 - 09:25 AM

It is being billed as a "prime development site."

 

I suppose in Fort Worth this means it will be a parking garage.




#108555 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Volare on 26 January 2018 - 08:46 PM

Dallas is already about to build an extension to their streetcar.

 

https://www.dallasne...town-omni-hotel

 

With this extension I would expect the ridership numbers to increase substantially, and even more so when the final leg is connected.

 

But don't worry, we showed them now it's not done in Fort Worth.




#108318 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Volare on 16 January 2018 - 08:56 AM

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.




#107809 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Volare on 13 December 2017 - 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 12 December 2017 - 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.